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Thrasos Kyriakidis vs John Shaw
European Team Championship (2005), Gothenburg SWE, rd 7, Aug-05
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  0-1



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Sep-03-05  notyetagm: Black uses the old <pin-breaking by discovered attack> trick here with 23 ♗b5? ♘xe5! 24 fxe5 ♗xb5 to win a pawn for free.
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  samvega: <nyagm> I think I've seen this stock tactic refered to as a 'rubber band'. One of those tactics that are obvious to the perpetrator, but sometimes overlooked by the prospective victim.
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  samvega: ('Rubber band' refers to 23..Nxe5 24.Bxd7 Nxd7, a common way for a knight to snaffle a pawn.)
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  tamar: <samvega, notyetagm> Two such knight combos in one game!

White who is the victim on move 23 falls into another "rubber band" combination four moves later with 27 Nd6 Nxf6 28 Nxe8 Nxe8.

After 27... Nxf6 he can no longer bail out with 28 exf6 as that would leave the knight stranded after 28...Rd8, so the best he could do was allow the same tactic again.

Sep-05-05  notyetagm: Amazing that a 2100 rated player misses such simple tactics, a pair of rubber-band knight moves.
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  samvega: speaking of which, here is an example where the motif occurs within a complex combination: P Troeger vs Keres, 1962
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  samvega: Another rubber band: B Kreiman vs Adams, 1996

21..Nc4xe5 is almost a mirror image of the usual scenario.

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