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Friso Nijboer vs Jan Smeets
Dutch Championship (2008), Hilversum NED, rd 2, Apr-03
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0

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Apr-05-08  Dr. Funkenstein: This was a spectacular attack by Nijboer where pieces appear to be hanging left and right but they can't be taken.

The sacrifice of the d5 pawn combined with the move c4! activates white's light squared bishop and blunts black's attack. Black's plan with g6 and Kg7 is pretty desperate, but he was understandably worried about the pawn landing on g6 with the f-pawn pinned and the white's plan to open the h-file isn't at all obvious. Could black have tried 21 ... Kh8 to unpnin the pawn? This doesn't stop 22.Rc1 and the rook's invasion, but additional kingside weaknesses have not been created.

In the final position if the connected passed pawns (and the passed pawn yet to be created on the queenside) weren't bad enough on their own, the black bishop is lost as Kc4 allows Kc2 I think which stalemates the white king and the pawns can run free in peace because of the mating threats (I'm not sure if white can mate after Rb6 but the constant threats seem enough to promote the g-pawn or gain further material).

Apr-07-08  SniperOnG7: Shoot, the sheer number of intermediate moves White makes from move 24 and 29 is staggering and very aesthetic - activating White's entire army with lethal efficiency and wresting control of key ranks, files and diagonals from Black. Meanwhile, Black's pieces can only sit and watch their Queen getting chased all over the board.

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