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Lenka Ptacnikova vs Yury Shulman
Reykjavik Open (2008), rd 1, Mar-24
French Defense: Tarrasch. Morozevich Variation (C03)  ·  0-1



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Mar-30-09  erad1288: ok, well, this game is just totally too complex for me. I can imagine what Ptacnikova was thinking by move 30. Shulman played one very interesting game.
Mar-30-09  patzer2: This fine recent effort deserves to be a game of the day!

Toward the end of the game, Shulman could simply play 30...Nxb2 to , win the exchange and work hard to grind out an endgame win.

Instead, he plays the clever 30...Nxf4!! which begins an attack to use the pin, deflection and knight fork tactics to set up a neat obstruction combination after 31...Nh3+ and 32...Nf2+ . This forces White to give up the Queen for a Rook, which is clearly more decisive than winning a mere exchange.

Mar-30-09  patzer2: In this 30...Nxf4!! obstruction combination, Black also picks up a Bishop in addition to the Queen for the Rook due to the threat of a back rank mate after 35. Rxe3 Qb1+ (mate-in-three to follow).
Mar-30-09  Phoenix: Nice game by the US Champion. One note, though: the year should be 2009, not 2008.
Mar-30-09  patzer2: For the pun try "The missing Lenka," referring to the Knight's blocking or obstruction of the Queen's protection of g2 after 30...Nf2+!

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