|Jun-23-05|| ||Greginctw: i truly hate games like this. It seems like Wall, Diemer, and all those other guys with all these crazy wins are able to make incorrect sacrifices that simply drop pieces and still come away with victories. Nxf7 in this game is a horrible move that instantaneously loses against anyone but a class E player (it drops a piece). There opponents seem to always put up horrible defense.|
|Jun-23-05|| ||korger: The "horrible" move is in fact not 10. Nxf7, but 9. Ng5. It's a risky and unsound attack, and it would indeed yield to a proper defense, leading to Black's victory on material advantage. But I wouldn't denounce anyone for playing a game like this.|
Chess games are not supposed to be free from errors, otherwise we would be playing the same game (or one of a few games) all the time. Errors, albeit unwelcome, introduce a variety in the game. They exist even at the highest levels, they are just not so easy to be spotted there. Deliberate errors with the intention to baffle the opponent are also part of the game; knowing your opponent can be more important to victory than knowing chess rules themselves. Wall must have figured that his opponent was likely to succumb to some crazy attack, and went for it. I bet he wouldn't have played this against a GM, but in that situation, I think his attack was justified from a practical point of view.
In order to win a game, you need your opponent to make an error. But what if they don't? One way is to make an error yourself, hoping that it will lead to a cascade of errors on the other side--unless it leads to a loss on yours. There's a certain amount of gambling here, but then again, I think that also belongs to the nature of the game. As such, in no way would I call a game like this "horrendous."
|Aug-12-09|| ||kooley782: It has to be acknowledged that Wall is an amazing player. Even some of Tal's attacks were considered unsound, and Tal was a World Champion. He himself admitted that his sacrifices were unsound, but can anyone deny that he was a great player? Absolutely not. Same with Mr Wall.|