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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Endgame Strategy 17

Pin It .Judith Polgar-Viswanathan Anand, FIDE Championship, San Luis, 2005.Caro-Kann Defense.

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Grabbing the b5-pawn by 22.Bxb5 would be a bone-headed clunker of a move for many reasons. The first one is that, as greedy as I am where pawns are concerned, such a capture would open up the b-file. The very file occupied by White's King! Warning bells should go off that such a grab would put

our King in immediate danger. It is with great trepidation that we should capture a pawn and expose our King to attack. The real problem is that with 22...Rxb5 Black would win a Bishop and threatens 23...Nxc3+, forking King and Queen. If White captures the Rook 23.Qxb5? Nxc3+ 24.bxc3 Qxb5+ White loses his Queen.Even if the Bishop wasn't lost immediately, Black could also consider a combination where, after a b5-capture, he plays ...Nd5xc3+ and ...a7-a6, winning back the sacrificed piece and exposing White's King..