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Karen Asrian vs Rafael Felipe Prasca Sosa
37th Chess Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 1, May-21
French Defense: Tarrasch. Morozevich Variation (C03)  ·  0-1



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May-22-06  notyetagm: 35 ♕xe4?? ♕h6! is a winning <DOUBLE ATTACK>, threatening both 36 ... ♕h1# and 36 ... ♕xc1, winning a whole rook.

Just like Dr. Nunn wrote, "If your king is exposed to check, then you need only one loose piece to lose material to a double attack" and <LPDO - Loose Pieces Drop Off>.

Here Asrian is remarkably cavalier with his piece safety. In the final position, his b5-rook, c1-rook, and e4-queen are all undefended. In addition, the Black h8-rook on the always dangerous open h-file makes the h2- and h1-squares next to the White g1-king loose. <All these undefended pieces and loose squares next to the White king are a recipe for disaster.> 35 ... ♕h6! hits the nail on the head, exploiting the multiple instances of looseness in the White position.

Just like Reinfeld wrote, "Loose pieces are the basis of combinations." Here the undefended White c1-rook and loose h1-square next to the White king spell doom.

May-22-06  notyetagm: 35 ... ♕h6! is about as simple an example of <DOUBLE ATTACK> with a mate threat as you are ever going to see.
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  Domdaniel: Actually they're *both* mate threats -- the ...Qxc1 threat isn't 'just' a matter of picking up a stray rook, it's a back rank mate (in 2).

Given the ingenuity of white's piece offers earlier in the game, he might have found a way of playing on without a rook. But not with a forced mate in each line.

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