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Manfred Willich vs Pascal Ehemann
Bad Zwesten op 8th (2004), rd 6, Jan-05
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  1-0



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  Once: This is an interesting game to play through. Black seems fixated with the standard King's Indian plan of a kingside pawn push. Meanwhile white is pursuing a policy of making his knights better than black's.

A move I particularly liked was 18. Ba3:

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White wants to keep his fabulously outpost Nd5. He doesn't want black to nudge it out of the way with 18...c6. So he plays Ba3 to target the d6 pawn and stop c6.

In fact, most of white's moves seemed to be based on the idea of improving his knights whilst torturing black's. The a pawn push kicks the Nb6 away (and incidentally removes one of the defenders of d5). The f4 and e5 sequence gives white a deadly knight outpost on f6 which makes the final combination possible.

In our puzzle position, the queen and rook reloader on d8 is the quickest win, but it would have been entirely consistent with white's strategy if he had played 28. Bxc6.

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White completes his domination of the black knights. The bishop cannot be taken because of the threat of Qd8+ leading to mate.

Sep-01-14  ruzon: How many puzzles has Black created by failing to develop his queenside bishop?
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  agb2002: The material is identical.

White can deliver mate in three with 28.Qd8+ Nxd8 29.Rxd8+ Rg8 30.Rxg8#.

Sep-01-14  morfishine: White mates with <28.Qd8+> forcing 28...Nxd8 29.Rxd8+ Rg8 30.Rxg8 mate

Black's loss of time (or neglect of his Queenside) is directly related to the gyrations of his Knights. We see Knights on d7 & f6, then the QN goes to b6 allowing the KN to pass thru d7 on the way to the home of the Q-Knight, b8. After this remarkable achievement, the QN then dutifully returns to d7 forming the rare pattern of QN on d7 & Kn on b8

This "horse & pony" show can only go on for so long in the face of uncompromising chess laws, namely those concerning development, position & point of attack.

And so Black's WSB remains immobile during these complicated maneuvers, which on the face of it, appear to be some sort of dress rehearsal or quick change contest, but sadly is in fact the real thing: No, this is not a movie


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  Morten: Did not get this one!

I wanted to play 28 Qxg5, hxg5 29 Bxc6 winning a piece with a completely won position since black cannot retake 29 - bxc6 due to the Arabian mate after 30 Rd8+ "Good thinking, Bond". But I missed the obvious.

Sep-01-14  zb2cr: 28. Qd8+, Nxd8; 29. Rxd8+, Rg8; 30. Rxg8#. A neat little mating pattern.
Sep-01-14  Nick46: The spirit was Willing but the Flesh was Pastel Pink. (Sorry)
Sep-01-14  stacase: Black's Knight can only defend against the mate at d8 once.
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  Once: <Morten> Your variation wins too!

I like this line:

28. Qxg5 hxg5 29. Bxc6 Be6 30. Bxb7 Rb8 31. Bxa6

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Okay, so it's not a quick mate, but white is a clear piece up and is going to have fun pushing his pawns. Or doubling his rooks. Or finding a juicy outpost for his bishop.

Black can't capture the b3 pawn as Rd8+ would hurt a lot.

Go on, give yourself at least a half point ;-)

Sep-01-14  Lingard Goulding: White uses great restraint: after move 14 every piece is optimally placed before he engages with the enemy. In contrast, Black gets himself into a convoluted chaos of undevelopment.
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  FSR: ♫♪♫ Monday, Monday, let's sac that queen ♫♪♫
Sep-01-14  David2009: Very perceptive and useful analysis by <Once>: <Black seems fixated with the standard King's Indian plan of a kingside pawn push>. This explains a lot.

Here's the position at Black's move 22:

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It is amazing how quickly Black's apparently well-defended King becomes fatally exposed. Clearly opening lines with 22...f5 when lagging in development and allowing 23.f4 etc. was most unwise. Developing with 22...Bd7 was much better: after 23.f4 Nc6 24.Bc3 White has more space but Black is not dead yet.

Sep-01-14  Sally Simpson: I think it could have/should have been set from here.

White to play.

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Though Nf6+ is screaming out to be played the student has to see it also clears the d-file for the Queen sac on d8.

As 'Once' mentioned, there is the lazy hole to fall into when calcualting from the above position that after 27.Nf6+ 28.Bxc6 wins a piece and their analysis stops missing the traditional Queen sac.

Sep-01-14  Chess Dad: 28. Qd8+ Nxd8
29. Rxd8+ Rg8
30. Rxg8#

Pretty easy, even for a Monday. You look at the obvious, and find that it works.

Sep-01-14  patzer2: <offramp: This is the Best Zwesten.> Good one! Didn't catch it until I saw the location of the tournament in "Bad Zwestin," a small spa and health resort town in Germany and related it to the US "Best Western" hotel chain.

As I recall from my four year stay in Germany in the early 1980s, Bad in German can mean spa, bath or bathroom. In the context of a town name it generally means there is a swimming pool, spa or health resort facility with a pool available.

According to the wiki link for Bad Zwestin at <The spa of Bad Zwesten bases its burgeoning prosperity on its L÷wensprudel ("Lion's Fizzy Water"). In this spa town, two clinics are to be found, Hardtwald Clinics I and II with about 650 beds.>

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  Penguincw: I just love Mondays. Give a queen sac, and then finish with Arabian Mate.
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  offramp: <patzer2> Well-spotted!

I am always alive to <BAD>s because I would love to visit any one of them. I am in London so the closest is the eponymous <Bath>, in the west country. But the greatest <BAD>s are in central Europe - full of very old and very rich European families. Beautiful towns such as Bad Marienbad, Karlsbad, Baden Baden... chess players may not realise how lucky they are to be invited to these exclusive places!

Sep-01-14  Nick46: I can tentatively recommend Badenweiler in southern Germany, which I visited 40 years ago.
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  LucB: <FSR:> Thanks for the musical note characters; I can now copy-paste them to my heart's content!

♫♪♫ Tell me why I DO love Mondays ... ♫♪♫

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  OhioChessFan: ♫ü˘♫ Come Monday, it'll be all right ♫ü˘♫
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  OhioChessFan: Ah, need a link to that great song.

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  FSR: <LucB> Glad to help. I always search kibitzes (musical notes user:FSR) when I want to use them again.
Sep-01-14  BOSTER: <ruzon: How many puzzles has black created by failing to develop his queen side bishop>.

This is the position black to play 22...,who has already made couple mistakes.

Nevertheless, here black could play 22...Bxh3.

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If 23.f4 Bxg2 24.Qxg2 Nec6 Bc3 and black is pawn up for compensation in development.

If 23.Bxe5 Bxg2 24.Bxf6 Bxf6 25.Kxg2 Bg7.

Sep-01-14  WDenayer: Interesting game. These variations with Nbd7 would work if Black could develop his queenside. But if White does not take on e5, he is better and if Black takes on d4, White is also better.
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  kevin86: Mate in three with an Arabian finish.
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