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Ni Hua vs Manuel Leon Hoyos
Reggio Emilia (2008), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 4, Dec-30
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0

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Dec-31-08
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  pbernh: How about 28. Bxf7 with threat of Qxh5? What is the best defense for black?
Jan-01-09  s4life: <KKDEREK: What a game...> agreed. Double-edged till the end....
Jan-01-09
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  GrahamClayton: The interesting part of the game for me was 25. ♘hf5+. What would have happened if Black had declined the knight with 25...♔g8.

Would White have been happy to win a pawn with 26.♘d6 ♗d6 27.♕d6, or would he have preferred to keep building the pressure? This is one of the problems that I have in my games - I seem to prefer a simplification for material which eases the pressure on my opponent, rather than increasing the pressure.

Getting back to the Knight sacrifice, was the reason why White played 26. ef5 so that the Knight on g3 is still attacking h5?

Jan-01-09  Karpova: <pbernh: How about 28. Bxf7 with threat of Qxh5? What is the best defense for black?>

With the ♘ on f6 (and the ♘d7 ready to retake on f6) Qxh5+ is not a threat. Black could play (28.♗xf7) 28...♗xh3 threatening checkmate on g2, etc.

Jan-01-09  dumbgai: If this exact game were played in the FIDE Grand Prix series or some other Cat. 18+ tournament, it would be a good candidate for game of the year.
Feb-04-09  KnightFortress: 25.♕d2 would have been much stronger than 25.♘hf5+ that was played in the game. Black could have caused a lot of trouble with 27...♔h8! instead of the decisive blunder 27...♔h7?. Great game though.
Jul-02-15  fisayo123: Awesome game from Ni Hua!
Sep-19-18  sakredkow: When Ni Hua was looking at 25. Nhf5+ (I assume he found it over the board but maybe not) 25...gxf5, I wonder if he considered 26. Nxh5+ Kg6 27. Bxf6 Nxf6 28. exf5+ Kg6 and Black looks like he's in critical condition. Too many possibilities and alternatives I suppose.
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