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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Essam El Gindy
World Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Nov-25
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Modern Variation (B61)  ·  1-0

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Mar-17-17
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  fredthebear: SPOILER ALERT! This game gave me a jolt. Perhaps the reader should PLAY IT OVER FIRST and then read my comments below.

White plays a crazy looking 20.RxNf6 exchange sacrifice sequence that turns up even in material with a trade of queens included. Surely this is not known opening/early middlegame theory?

It boils down to a bishops vs. bishops ending. Then White boomerangs a pin into a simple discovered attack of sorts that wins a pawn w/a passer. White already had a queenside pawn majority, so Black's resignation is in order.

Mar-17-17  crwynn: I'm sure it's not theory, as the combination 20.rxf6 wins a pawn by force & seems quite uncomplicated: the queen is hanging on a5 and you only have to see 21...qxd2 22.nd5 qxd2 23.nxf6+ ke7 24.nxg8+.
Mar-18-17
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  fredthebear: The combination uses the theme of overloading the dark-squared bishop as it tries to defend both diagonals at the same time. Of course, the Black queen must be defended (or traded off as <crwynn> notes allowing White a zwischenzug capture of the bishop w/check), so the hanging White knight gets to retain it's penetration and give a forking check to win back the exchange.

Perhaps it's not as dramatic as my original impression, but still a nice sequence for White, a winning sequence at that. Trading off three pieces and gaining a passer is always a bargain.

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