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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Combination - trapping the knight

Sometimes analysis with a computer engine just finds gems like this:

image White to move

16. d6!! This pawn sacrifice clears the square for the c3 knight. exd6 17. Bxf6 Bxf6 18. Nd5! the idea is to take away f4 and b4 squares from the black knight Bg7 19. Ra2 Nd3 20. Rd1 The loose knight on d3 is lost, the knight on d5 dominates the position. White is winning.


I would probably have not found the idea without the computer, and there is some irony in it – I did not create the combination, but I can enjoy it! The computer definitely did find the combination, but is not there to appreciate the aesthetic side of these dancing knights in the endgame.

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