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Ivan Popov vs Avetik Grigoryan
World Youth Stars (2007), Kirishi RUS, rd 11, May-27
Queen Pawn Game: Levitsky Attack (D00)  ·  1-0



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Oct-06-07  notyetagm: White To Play: 38 ?

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Here White would love to promote his passed c7-pawn. Since Black is not stopping this pawn from promoting by neither <DEFENDING> nor <BLOCKADING> the c8-promotion square, the -only- thing preventing the coronation of the White c7-pawn is that the White c8-knight is in the way. White want his passed c7-pawn to occupy the c8-square, not the knight.

So what do you do when -your- piece (White c8-knight) is in the way, occupying a square (c8-square) that you want a -different- one of your pieces (White c7-pawn) to occupy? You use <CLEARANCE>: move it (White c8-knight) out of the way with a <FORCING MOVE (GAIN OF TIME)>.

White plays 38 ♘c8-d6+!:

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and no matter how Black gets out of check, White will promote his passed pawn into a queen next move with 39 c7-c8=♕.

Oct-06-07  notyetagm: Position after 36 ♘c4-b6:

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Here GM Popov gives a textbook example of using your pieces to support the advance of a passed pawn.

Note that all(!) three of White's pieces (b7-rook, b6-knight, and c5-bishop) are working single-mindedly to force through the promotion of the passed White c7-pawn.

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