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Levan Pantsulaia vs Vladimir Onischuk
"Pants on Fire" (game of the day Jun-17-2015)
Nakhchivan Open (2015), Nakhchivan AZE, rd 5, May-06
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Uhlmann-Szabo System (E62)  ·  1-0

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Jun-17-15
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  Phony Benoni: No lie?
Jun-17-15  Honey Blend: Would have been more awesome if it were a game against Yu Lie.
Jun-17-15  morfishine: Amusing pawn-pilfering game

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Jun-17-15
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  AylerKupp: I wonder if Onischuk considered 14.Qxc6. Another case of c6-ness?
Jun-17-15  mruknowwho: The fake queen sacrifice is nice. I do not think Black anticipated that.
Jun-18-15
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  kevin86: Is this pun a connection to one of the greatest like in American history: Watergate? (43 ago on 6/17)
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  Gilmoy: I'm certain Black saw <14.Qxc6> coming as soon as <12.Nd5> was played -- and probably even earlier, when he was deciding whether <11..Nd7> was viable. In fact, he may have deliberately invited it, as a way to trade off his "bad Q" for White's active Q.

The long-term problem is <congestion>. <9.Bg5!> is an obnoxious free mini-tempo that grabs good space. If Black trades Qs, he must immediately challenge for d with rooks, and that's probably not-winning. Declining that allows <10.Qa4 11.Rad1> kicking his Q into a passive outpost.

After <12.Nd5> Black basically has no easy way to prevent Qxc6. All possible retreats just make his position worse. (Try it; you'll see.) 12..Bxd5 13.cxd5 Nd4 looks like it favors White's active pieces:


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Note that Onischuk basically invites <12.Nd5>, and then twice has a chance to prevent Qxc6, and both times <12..e4 13..h6> he chooses not to. Around <25..f4>, you can see his idea finally paying off: he sacked b7 to achieve the pawn roller vs. the fianchetto:


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Alas, it peters out. Credit White for a correct middle-game, with enough counterplay up d to dissipate the flow.

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