chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Larry Mark Christiansen vs Yasser Seirawan
"Merry Christiansen" (game of the day Dec-25-2011)
San Francisco (1978), San Francisco, CA USA
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System Chigorin Line (B08)  ·  1-0
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 8 times; par: 60 [what's this?]

NOTE: You are using our new chess viewer, "Olga." For more info see the Olga Quickstart Guide. You can switch back to the old viewer (pgn4web) from the pulldown menu below. If you have questions or suggestions see our Olga chessforum.

explore this opening
find similar games 19 more L Christiansen/Seirawan games
sac: 29.Rxh6 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you find a mistake in the database, use the correction form. There is a link at the bottom that reads "Spot an error? Please suggest your correction..." Avoid posting corrections in the kibitzing area.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Jun-04-11  Everett: <ToTheDeath: Amazing combination! It only works because Yasser left his king completely undefended, but still a magnificent conception.

If 30...gxh4 White wins with a nice zig zag of Queen checks: 31. Qc1+ Kh5 32. Qd1+ Kh6 33. Qd2+ Kh5 34. Qe2+ Kh6 35. Qe3+ Kh5 36. Qf3+ Kh6 ( 36... Kg5 37. Qxf7) 37. Qf4+ Kh5 38. Qxf7+ Kg5 39. Qg6+ Kf4 40. Ne2 mate!>

That's not mate, as the King can now move to e5, so more convincing is, in your line, after 38.Qxf7+ Kg5 39.f4+ Kh6 40.Qg6#

Dec-25-11  Magic Castle: The Queen was in a camouflage. I guess Seirawan did not even see its threat until the rook sacrifice.
Dec-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  al wazir: 42...Kf3 43. Nd2#.

Interesting -- after tormenting the black ♔ for 10 or 15 moves, white's ♕ and remaining ♖ are mere spectators when the coup de grace is delivered.

Dec-25-11  thegoldenband: Love the attack that Christiansen conjures seemingly out of nothing!

<ToTheDeath: If 30...gxh4 White wins with a nice zig zag of Queen checks: 31. Qc1+ Kh5 32. Qd1+ Kh6 33. Qd2+ Kh5 34. Qe2+ Kh6 35. Qe3+ Kh5 36. Qf3+ Kh6 ( 36... Kg5 37. Qxf7) 37. Qf4+ Kh5 38. Qxf7+ Kg5 39. Qg6+ Kf4 40. Ne2 mate!>

I'm guessing 39. Qg6+ is a typo for 39. Qg7+, which makes 40. Ne2 mate since it guards e5 (as <Everett> pointed out).

Dec-25-11  sevenseaman: Very complex to follow. At first sight some are very arcane.

A fine game!

Dec-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheBish: Inexplicably (except maybe time pressure), Larry missed two quicker mates: 40. Rxe7+ Kf5 41. Qg5# (or 41. Qxg4#), as pointed out by sevenseaman, and earlier, 38. Qg5+ Ke6 39. Rh6+ f6 40. Rxf6+ exf6 41. Qxf6#.

<wanabe2000: Larry is a great player and a great guy. He sat down with me and played a half dozen speed games before a small tournament in Modesto CA. He didn't have to do that, yet it is one of my favorite memories.>

I second that sentiment. I met Larry C in Modesto (my hometown) when he was living there, through a mutual friend, and got to spend some time with him. Never saw him play in Berkeley (saw Nick deFirmian play there often), but I watched him play in San Jose once, where he was beating a 2400 player. He told me during his smoke break that 2400 players were "easy". Must be nice, I thought! I think Larry often sees tactics that many GMs miss. He doesn't miss much! I asked him what it was like to play Kasparov, and his comment was "That guy is too booked!"

Dec-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: < TheBish: Inexplicably ....

<wanabe2000: Larry is a great player and a great guy. He sat down with me and played a half dozen speed games before a small tournament in Modesto CA. He didn't have to do that, yet it is one of my favorite memories.>

I second that sentiment. I met Larry C in Modesto (my hometown) when he was living there, through a mutual friend, and got to spend some time with him. Never saw him play in Berkeley (saw Nick deFirmian play there often), but I watched him play in San Jose once, where he was beating a 2400 player. He told me during his smoke break that 2400 players were "easy". Must be nice, I thought! I think Larry often sees tactics that many GMs miss. He doesn't miss much! I asked him what it was like to play Kasparov, and his comment was "That guy is too booked!>

Fascinating! He was also popular on WCN when he commented on games or gave everyone a chance to play 2 minute game against him "Master Challenge"). He used to win just about every game. You could here him eating corn chips or something...he used to tell funny anecdotes and put on an exaggerated NY (Bronx?) accent.

"Nice attack by Larry, I have a book of his on attacking chess. I played a blitz game online with Seirawan once. He won as might be expected! When I started playing I was so surprised at who I was playing, I joked "please tell me when to resign, and he typed bac: "As long as you tell me also!"! He was waiting to watch an International event (I think it was on ICC).

Dec-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: It's good to see my favourite anti pirc/ modern line being played far better than I ever can. The formula goes something like this: Qd2-Bf4 (or Bg5)-Bh6-Bxg7 then throw everything at the black king. Eg h4-h5 or Re3-g3 or f4-f5.

Crude, hyper-aggressive, caveman chess, but great fun.

Makes me smile every time I see 1...g6 (or d6 followed by g6)to answer my (inevitable) 1. e4. Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.

Dec-25-11  franksp: At move 38 White has a mate in 4. 38.Q-g5+ K-e6 39.R-h6+ f6 40.Rxf6+ ef 41.Qxf6#
Dec-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: <franksp> As <TheBish> notes, it was probably time pressure. The game could well have had a time control at move 40, so he was probably just giving safe checks until then. It would have been a shame to throw away a win for the sake of a few extra moves. Let the crowd with their computers find the faster wins afterwards.
Dec-25-11  SimonWebbsTiger: Christiansen in Informator 25/177 noted he was in time trouble around move 34
Dec-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Thanks cg!

After 20 moves I would have loved to have Black's position.


click for larger view

Am I wrong?

Dec-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Great game for Christmas.
Dec-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eduardo Bermudez: Tal could signed this chessgame !!
Dec-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  johnlspouge: < <keypusher> wrote: [snip] After 20 moves I would have loved to have Black's position. [snip] Am I wrong? >

No. Toga 3.1 evaluates White as -0.5 P. The lemon (much to my surprise) seems to be 24...Nc4, which shifts the evaluation by better than a P to 0.8 P in White's favor.

Dec-25-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<johnlspouge>

Christiansen suggested 24...b5 and 25...Ne5= in his Informator notes.

Dec-25-11  Caissanist: Of course Christiansen missed several quick mates near the end, but he was just trying to make the time control. This is a good example of how Fischer's invention of incremental time controls changed the game. In hindsight it's surprising that nobody thought of this seemingly obvious idea earlier, but so far as I know nobody did.
Dec-25-11  waustad: This game looks like some of the lines they come up with commentating on ICC. Sac everything anywhere near the king and see what happens. It would be fun seeing Christiansen play in an event like the Czech Coal or Euwe Memorial now. He said in one interview, when asked why he didn't play as much now, that he was tired of staying in the same hotels and playing in the same tournaments year after year.
Dec-25-11  scormus: Lovely game by Christiansen, the way his attack explodes all over Seirawan's vulnerable K. Tremendous vision in 29 Rxh6, seeing that B was lost if he took the 2nd R.
Dec-25-11  waustad: <caissanist> Before the digital era that sort of clock would have been a lot more difficult to make. A mechanical clock that could do various different incremental additions that may start from the beginning or maybe at a specific later move would be very complex and expensive.
Dec-26-11  indoknight: Kasparov vs Anand, 1991 and L Day vs T Koliada, 1994 have similiar style
Dec-27-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: elegant:black can choose how to be mated.
Dec-30-11  Tigranny: <ToTheDeath> Even a shorter force-mate than your line, if 30...gxh4, there is 31.Qc1+ Kh5 32.Ne4 (threatening mate on g5). If 32...Kg6, White wins with 33.Qg5+ Kh7 34.Nf6+ Kh8 35.Qh6#. If 32...f6 (to defend against the mate threat on g5), White has 33.Nxf6+ exf6 34.Qf4 Qd8 (to defend the pawn on f6) 35.g4+ hxg3 36.fxg3 f5 37.Qxd6 Kg5 38.Be2 (to prepare for 39.h4#) Qh8 (to defend against the mate threat on h4) 39.h4+ Qxh4 40.gxh4+ Kxh4 41.Qh6+ Kg3 42.Qh2#.
Jan-03-12  Caissanist: <waustad> According to Wikipedia Fischer got his patent for the incremental clock in 1988, which I believe was well after digital clocks had come into widespread use.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fische...

Jun-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <TheBish: Inexplicably (except maybe time pressure), Larry missed two quicker mates: 40. Rxe7+ Kf5 41. Qg5# (or 41. Qxg4#), as pointed out by sevenseaman, and earlier, 38. Qg5+ Ke6 39. Rh6+ f6 40. Rxf6+ exf6 41. Qxf6#....>

McCambridge commented in his work on Seirawan's games that Christiansen was indeed in great zeitnot.

Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 3)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.


NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
christiansen 1
from great attack games, 2 by emilio martinez
Pirc Classical Quiet System Chig (B08) 1-0 Dbl R sac declined
from Chigorin's Games by fredthebear
double rook sac from left field
from unique themes by kevin86
Paralog's favorite games
by Paralog
c3 attacking the kingside castle position 51
from flfl2's favorite games by flfl2
tivrfoa's favorite games
by tivrfoa
Rook sac makes for an interesting king chase.
from Amazing endings by Endangered71
3. Ripping Apart the King Position
from Storming The Barricades by jakaiden
rook sac
from Combinations by wwall
Pirc Classical Quiet System Chig (B08) 1-0 Dbl R sac declined
from Larry's Lovely Art by fredthebear
Great Finishes
by williscreek
Brilliant Games
by Phi
nice rook sac
from onammano's favorite games by onammano
barb's favorite games 2 compiled by barb
by fredthebear
Spectacular games and combinations
by stanleys
3. Ripping Apart the King Position
from Storming The Barricades Compiled by jakaiden by fredthebear
Christiansen shows Sereiwan how to attack
from The Greatest Games of All time 2 by addiction to chess
MeRRY CHRiSTiaNSeN
from ViGHeNZ #a by ViGHeNZ
Incredibly Complex Games
by Saniyat24
lookin 4 mate
from lookin 4 the mate by lordhazol
plus 26 more collections (not shown)


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2017, Chessgames Services LLC