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Anish Giri vs Andrey Zontakh
Russian Team Championship (2012), Sochi RUS, rd 1, Apr-09
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense (D12)  ·  1-0



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Apr-10-12  twinlark: Magic. The Knight is trapped in the middle of the board in a rook and minor piece endgame.
Apr-10-12  popescuag: Actually the knight is not trapped. The problem is that Nxg3 is met by Bf6 and there is no way to stop Rd8#.
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  Penguincw: So the knight is lost, or mate.
Apr-10-12  twinlark: I call that trapped, but I can see that a stickler might define it differently. Stuck, maybe?
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  HeMateMe: Nasty little trap.
Apr-11-12  5hrsolver: 31...Nc5 32.Bd4 pins the knight and wins at least the exchange.

Or maybe even 32.Bf6 Ne6 33.f4 threatening f5 to drive away the knight.

Apr-11-12  shivasuri4: <5hrssolver>, after 31...Nc5, Bf6 is an inaccuracy, as it will be followed by Nd7.
Apr-11-12  5hrsolver: <shivasuri4: after 31...Nc5, Bf6 is an inaccuracy, as it will be followed by Nd7.>

Good catch. So only 32.Bd4 works.

Apr-11-12  pawnofdeath: 31. ...Nc5 Bf6 32. Nd7 Bxg5 and white is up a pawn.
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  beenthere240: If any piece is stuck it's the rook on b6!
Apr-13-12  shivasuri4: <pawnofdeath: 31. ...Nc5 Bf6 32. Nd7 Bxg5 and white is up a pawn.>

Black regains it immediately with Rxb2 and will have good winning chances.

32.Bd4 is clearly the best reply to 31...Nc5.

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