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Robert Bellin vs Vladimir Epishin
Gibraltar Masters (2003), La Caleta GIB, rd 1, Jan-28
Torre Attack: Classical Defense. Nimzowitsch Variation (A46)  ·  0-1

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Jul-09-07  notyetagm: 16 ♗e2xb5? loses material to 16 ... ♗b7x♘f3 <DISCOVERED ATTACK>.

The Black b8-rook actually counts as a defender of the Black b5-pawn because the Black b7-bishop can move off of the b-file with a <GAIN OF TIME> by capturing the White f3-knight.

Since the masking piece (Black b7-bishop) can move with <TEMPO>, it is as if the line from the Black b8-rook to the Black b5-pawn is already open so that the Black b5-pawn is actually <DEFENDED>.

<A MASKED LINE PIECE (Black b8-rook) ACTUALLY CONTROLS SQUARES ON ITS LINE (b5-square/b5-pawn) IF THE MASKING PIECE (Black b7-bishop) CAN VACATE THE LINE (b8-b5) WITH A FORCING MOVE/GAIN OF TIME (16 ... Bb7xNf3)>.

Jul-11-07  notyetagm: Position after 8 c2-c3


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In this position I would not know what to do as Black.

What do you do? <LazyPawn(IM) kibitzes: when you don't have a clear target, just gain space, that's the rule>

And that's exactly what Epishin does, playing 8 ... ♖a8-b8, 9 ... b7-b5, 10 ... c6-c5, 11 ... a7-a6, reaching the position shown below.


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Nov-17-08  apexin: Thankyou notyetagm. I have always enjoyed your annotations.

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