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Erwin L'Ami vs Wang Hao
Tata Steel Group A (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-17
Bogo-Indian Defense: Vitolinsh Variation (E11)  ·  0-1



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Jan-17-13  dumbgai: Powerful queenside play by black. In the final position the two pawns beat the two pieces (the e6 bishop covers the c8 square).
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  Oginschile: Great innovation, cashing in on that queenside majority. Very inventive way to clear the path for those powerful pawns!
Jan-17-13  Ezzy: L'Ami,Erwin (2627) - Wang,Hao (2752)
75th Tata Steel Chess Group A Wijk aan Zee (5), 17.01.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 c5 5.Bxb4 cxb4 6.g3 0–0 7.Bg2 d6 8.0–0 a5 9.a3 Na6 10.Nbd2 Qc7 11.Rc1 Rd8 <Novelty. 11...b6 and 11...Bd7 has been played before. >12.Ne1 e5 13.Nd3 Bf5 <[13...exd4 14.axb4 axb4 15.Nb3 Winning the pawn back]> 14.e4 Bg4 15.f3 Bd7 16.axb4 Nxb4 17.Nxb4 axb4 18.Qb3 Qb6!< Wang Hao's queenside play from here is extremely impressive.>19.c5 dxc5 20.Nc4 Qa7 21.dxe5< [21.Nxe5? Be6 22.Qe3 Rxd4] >21...Ne8< Black now has a serious threat of 22...b5 winning a piece when the knight moves with 23...c4> 22.Qe3 b5 23.Nd2< L'ami likes moving his knights back. 12 Ne1 instead of 12 Ng5 and 23 Nd2 instead of 23 Nd6. Black has the initiative and a strong advantage.> 23...c4 24.Qxa7 Rxa7 <Threatening 25...Ra2> 25.Rfd1??< 25 Rf2 defending the b2 pawn in case of 25...Ra2 26 Nf1 is better.> 25...Be6 <Threatening 26...Rad7 winning.> 26.Nf1 Rxd1 27.Rxd1 c3 28.bxc3 bxc3 29.Ne3 b4 <Connected passed pawns are the soul of chess :-) >30.Bf1 b3 31.Rd8 g6< With 2 passed pawns you can just sac everything :-) >32.Rxe8+ Kg7 33.Bd3 Rd7 34.Bb1 Rd1+< The Art of Sacrifice.' >35.Nxd1 c2 0–1

Superb queenside play by Wang Hao. Once he grabbed the initiative, there was no letting go, and just crushed L'ami.

Very nice game by the talented youngster.

Jan-17-13  Puente de Lucena: In my opinión, this is not a conventional victory. Brilliant and imaginative attack. Well done.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I don't recall seeing a game where a pawn on the seventh threatens to promote on three different squares, b1, c1, and d1.
Jan-18-13  DrAttitude: An Englishman excellent comment!
Jan-18-13  ozmikey: Very attractive finish.
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