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Kjetil A Lie vs Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian
37th Chess Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 4, May-24
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Modern Bishop's Opening (C55)  ·  0-1



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Dec-24-06  notyetagm: Those knights on KB5 (White f5-♘, Black f4-♘) are so damn powerful.

After 12 ... ♘f4 Black threatens the standard trick 13 ... ♖xd2! 14 ♕xd2 ♕g5!, with the dual threats of 15 ... ♕xg2# and 15 ... ♘h3+ with 16 ... ♕x♕ to follow.

Like David Bronstein said, "A knight belongs on f5/f4".

Dec-24-06  notyetagm: This line of the Two Knights Defense, 4 d3 h6 5 0-0 d6, is analyzed by Marin in Chessbase Magazine 114 (
Dec-24-06  notyetagm: When there are doubled rooks on the 7th rank ("pigs on the 7th"), there is always the threat of a <CORRIDOR MATE>, with one rook covering the 7th rank and the other rook covering the 8th rank.

Here 48 ... ♘e4 ends the game by <DEFENDING> the Black f2-rook so that the Black g2-rook is free to give mate on the the 8th rank.

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