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Juris Saksis vs Alexey Shirov
Riga (Latvia) (1985)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  0-1
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Jan-04-05  Whitehat1963: 33...Qxd5!! a very early gem from the player of the day. Beautiful combination! But even after the last move the material is even. Sure, white is tied up with the pin, but was it hopeless enough to resign? What do Crafty and the rest of the engines have to say?
Jan-04-05  aw1988: I don't have a computer right now, but I tell you it is dead lost. Brilliant combination!
Jan-04-05  Whitehat1963: I think it's probably lost as well<aw1988>, but I'm wondering what the best moves are after the last. How about 38. Qe3, Rxg2? Does that look right, or is there something better?
Jan-04-05  Whitehat1963: Now that I look at it, white just has nothing to do. A stunning combination from Shirov!
Jan-04-05
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  tpstar: 38. Rd1 Re8 39. Qg4 Ree2 with no defense to ... Rxa2# (40. Qg8+ Ke7); 38. Rc1 Rd2 39. Rc4 Rxd4 40. Rxd4 Bxd4+ 41. Qxd4 Nc2+; 38. Qe3? Nc2+.
Jan-04-05  Whitehat1963: I can see clearly now, the pain is gone, etc., etc. Thanks, <tpstar>!
Jan-05-05  Whitehat1963: I've looked at this over and over. I think it's one of the prettiest and deepest queen sacs I've seen.
Jan-05-05  anamateur: i like this game !!!
Dec-22-08  DwayneMeller: 38Qe3?? Nc2+ (Nd4 is pinned) & ...Nxe3 as previously posted other moves lose as well.
May-12-10  daugava: I had to use Rybka to see why white resigned, it did show that it's all over in 2-3 more moves.
Apr-05-12  screwdriver: Excellent game. I concur that it is the best queen sacrifice in the history of chess.
Sep-09-12  Lacplesis: <Whitehat1963: 33...Qxd5!! a very early gem from the player of the day. Beautiful combination! But even after the last move the material is even. Sure, white is tied up with the pin, but was it hopeless enough to resign? What do Crafty and the rest of the engines have to say? >

Rybka says its +16 for black, Bd4+ is treathened with horrible threats to come. No escape.

Sep-09-12  Lacplesis: <screwdriver: Excellent game. I concur that it is the best queen sacrifice in the history of chess.>

Best has to be Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962. Amazing game, amazing finish!

Sep-09-12  DanielBryant: <Lacplesis> I can't believe I had never seen that game before. What a beautiful combination!
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