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Sergey Borisovich Smagin vs Sergej Aleksandrovich Salov
"Opening a Kan of Worms" (game of the day Sep-08-2006)
Halle (1984), It
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  1-0


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  jaime gallegos: what a game! Smagin Rook sac is great, attacking the unprotected castled King ( see the bishops placed on d3 and e3 ... in fact the attack on h7 would be possible with a white Knight placed on f3 ) and finally creating two free central pawns !!!
Nov-29-04  themindset: this is indeed an incredible sac, one that takes a computer quite a while to justify - but does turn out to be sound.

ps - this would be a perfect sunday puzzle.

Dec-14-04  Gowe: This game is just amazing. The whole combination is almost perfect. Valery play every move after the sacrifice forced. Change that rock for the 4 kingside pawns, was incredible.
Sep-02-06  e4Newman: nice play - it's the continuation that always amazes me
Sep-08-06  horseyattack101: i think chessgames is trying to give us a hint as to how we should continue the game versus Arno Nickel. it seems a little too convenient that this is exactly how the game with Mr. Nickel opened and white is victorious here.
Sep-08-06  syracrophy: I don't know why, but this game reminds me this charming attacking game: Carlos Torre vs M Schapiro, 1924
Sep-08-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I think <> wants us to move 5.Bd3 in our match against GM Nickel. :)
Sep-08-06  rookattack: Would'nt 15...g6 have been a better defence than Nf8?
Sep-08-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <rookattack> I think after 15...g6 follows 16.Bxg6.
Sep-08-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <Emperor> How did you know? :)
Sep-08-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Autoreparatufwerkbau> It's just a guess.
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  kevin86: White's attack is so strong that black offered a rook and white gladly refused. Instead,he pushed a couple of foot soldiers forward and black resigned.
Sep-08-06  RonB52734: <Emperor> Did you also notice that today's puzzle of the day has a B on d3?
Sep-08-06  dehanne: Did black go wrong in the opening somewhere? I don't think black is supposed to let white dump a rook on just the 13th move for a slashing attack.. heck, after 12 moves white could even be tempted to play Bxh7+

What does the theory say? Shouldn't black first play Nbd7 to prevent the immediate e4-e5 thrust?

Sep-08-06  johnnyfroaction: <kevin86> if you are talking about 29. ...Rd7 as the free rook, after 30. exd7 black could have taken the white rook on e3 with check, and mated in a matter of moves. i think black was just getting ready for whites next move.
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  GrahamClayton: 12...♔f7 allows 13.♕h5+, and now:

13...♔g8 14.♗h7+ ♔h8 15.♗g6+ ♔g8 16.♕h7#, or

13...g6 14.♕h7+ ♔e8 15.♗g6+ ♖f7 16.♕f7#

Can White play the same sacrifice after 12..♘e8?

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