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Robert Hardarson vs Gaby Livshits
Valoz Cup (2001), Olomouc CZE, rd 1, Aug-02
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Moeller-Therkatz Attack (C54)  ·  1-0


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  InspiredByMorphy: Deep sacrifice with 21.Qxf6 was there a better move for black than 20. ...Qa5 ?
Feb-17-05  aw1988: <InspiredByMorphy> No, 20...Qa5 is pretty effective. In fact, despite how "deep" it may be, this sacrifice is losing.
Feb-17-05  Saruman: Even the try 43.<-Rxe6> 44.Bb3 c2 45.Bxe6+ Kh7 46.g8Q# fails its promise.
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  InspiredByMorphy: <aw1988> <this sacrifice is losing.> How so? My gut tells me your right but I dont see what black could have done better.
Feb-17-05  aw1988: Give me a few minutes while I investigate this...
Feb-17-05  Milo: 31...Kd8, maybe.
Feb-20-05  Saruman: oops typo in my line. it shouldve been 46.Qg8+ Kxh6 47.Qc8 and wins.
Feb-17-07  cgaros: In the game line, 27...Qc7?? 28. Qf6?? is a terrible double-blunder, so there is no point in analyzing beyond that point. 27...Qe1+ at least draws, while 27...Qc7?? 28. Qf8! Rxf8 29. e7+ Rf5 30. e8=Q+ Qd8 31. Qxg6 wins easily for white.

In the attempt to refute the sac earlier, 23...Qb1 looks much better than 23...Qe4. Why go off the back rank and release the pin when you can cover the same diagonal while maintaining the active queen? Qb1 restricts white's possible active plans to one: move the queen and push the e-pawn. However, the immediate 24. Qf7 is easily met by 24...Qf5, when 25. Qe7 loses times relative to the game continuation and 25. Bd3 doesn't quite work.

Jan-30-09  Dr. J: <cgaros> I think 23 ... Qe4 iust just fine because (after 24 b4 Qf4 25 Bg2) 25 ... Rf8 forces 26 f3 strangling White's counterplay.

<27 ... Qc7?? 28 Qf8!!> : beautiful analysis!

Nov-28-09  psmith: <cgaros>: It seems that 27...Kb8 wins (according to Fritz 5.32).
Aug-07-15  kyg16: Future GOTD!!!
"Hard as Livshits"
Aug-07-15  kyg16: Even better "Hard to be Liv"
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