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Zoltan Almasi vs Mihail Marin
Reggio Emilia (2008), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 2, Dec-28
Pirc Defense: Byrne Variation (B07)  ·  1-0

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Dec-29-08  Discerning King: 26. Bf3! Tempi
Dec-30-08  Takya Kotov: It's hard to believe a 2500+ rated player can get hammered as easily as this?
Dec-30-08
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  Gilmoy: 39.Qxd4?! <for Bxc6#> Qxb3! <mutual threat> 40.Bxc6+ Kb8 and White's Q has no check, nor any loose piece to attack with tempo. White can recover the exchange, but Black stops the d-pawn.

Hence, <39.d7!> is a devastating clearance for Qd6+! Black must settle the mate threat first <39..Nxb3>, and has no time to stop the promotion, e.g. 39..Re7?? 40.Qxd4 Qxb3 41.Bxc6+ Kb8 42.Qd6#.

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