Ivanchuk V. - Wang Yue

M Tel Masters Sofia 2009


1... h4+!!

Yes, he can! This is a very recent high-level game where none other than Vasily Ivanchuk was dumbfounded by Black's move. If you found this move you have just rendered Vasily Ivanchuk speechless.

2. Kxh4 Kf3

The White King is stalemated and he must fall on the sword:

3. b4

3. a5 is slightly more tricky: 3... b6! (3... b5?? is a mistake, enabling White to force a stalemating breakthrough! 4. c4 b4 5. h3 Kg2 6. c5 dxc5 7. d6=)

Meanwhile,after 3. Kh3 Kf2 4. a5 c6! White runs out of moves.... 5. dxc6 bxc6 6. b4 d5 7. c3 Kf3 8. Kh4 Kg2

3... b5 4. a5 Kg2 5. h3 Kh2

White has to allow Black his passed pawn.

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