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    Cross-pin: not very common but elegant

    The power of cross-pins
    Gabor Horvath, 22 Oct 2019

    “a cross-pin occurs when a piece is pinned from two different directions, and the pins form an × or a + sign”
    “The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.”
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    Yes a very aesthetically appealing motif. A bit like the wooden shield, where the piece in the middle is attacking 4 targets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond View Post
    Yes a very aesthetically appealing motif. A bit like the wooden shield, where the piece in the middle is attacking 4 targets.
    Thanks, I hadn't heard that term before. I've heard of "family forks", but they are not necessarily central.
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    “There’s no point blaming the tragedies of socialism on the flaws or corruption of particular leaders. Any system which allows some people to exercise unbridled power over others is an open invitation to abuse, whether that system is called slavery or socialism or something else.”—Thomas Sowell

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    Real game with elegant cross-pin

    The now GM Murray Chandler sportingly published this brilliant combination against him in his weekly chess column in the Listener (New Zealand)

    [Event "Islington weekender"]
    [Site "London"]
    [Date "1978"]
    [Round "5"]
    [White "David Friedgood"]
    [Black "Murray Chandler"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ECO "D90"]

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    Last edited by Capablanca-Fan; 26-04-2021 at 04:47 PM.
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    “There’s no point blaming the tragedies of socialism on the flaws or corruption of particular leaders. Any system which allows some people to exercise unbridled power over others is an open invitation to abuse, whether that system is called slavery or socialism or something else.”—Thomas Sowell

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    Double cross-pin

    From the first article, and I think it's a Troitsky study. Susan Polgar once posted the position after B4 as one of her puzzles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    The now GM Murray Chandler sportingly published this brilliant combination against him in his weekly chess column in the Listener (New Zealand)

    [Event "Islington weekender"]
    [Site "London"]
    [Date "1978"]
    [Round "5"]
    [White "David Friedgood"]
    [Black "Murray Chandler"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ECO "D90"]

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    Interesting example of the motif, but I assume 3.Qxd5 was not played there giving up the Q for B ?
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    ↑↑ Sorry, of course you are right. Will fix.
    Last edited by Capablanca-Fan; 27-04-2021 at 11:08 AM.
    “The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.”
    “There’s no point blaming the tragedies of socialism on the flaws or corruption of particular leaders. Any system which allows some people to exercise unbridled power over others is an open invitation to abuse, whether that system is called slavery or socialism or something else.”—Thomas Sowell

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    ^ No worries. That Troitsky one is really beautiful too, employing the motif twice. I enjoy his studies very much, though rarely can I solve them.
    So what's your excuse? For running like the devil's chasing you?

    See you in another life, brotha.

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