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Otto Giordanengo vs Rolf Gehrke
Zurich (1991), Zurich (Switzerland)
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Fried Liver Attack (C57)  ·  1-0


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  InspiredByMorphy: 22.Qxc5! and wins. The queen not only captures a piece, but defends the bishop guarding blacks king. if 23. QxR Qh5+! and wins. White commited a faulty combination upon which he should have lost. This excites me because, this is the only game in the database with the move 10.Nd4 as black, and I was told by somebody that 9.Nc5 was no good. I now have hope!
Jan-23-04  clendenon: If 22..Qxc5 then rxe7+ if queen takes rook then Rc7+ and black loses queen.
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  InspiredByMorphy: 22.Qxc5 Rxe7+ 23.Qxe7 Rc7+ 24.Kxc7 Qxe7+ And white gets a knight,and two rooks for a bishop and queen. Completely equal. So clendenon your analysis is correct, and it is not a force win. Good call. However this line would have kept an interesting fairly equal game.
Jan-23-04  fatbaldguy: 22 ... Q:c5 23 R:e7+ Q:e7 24 R:c7 K:c7 25 Q:e7+ looks like the correct analysis to me, but at least black might have some drawing changes left with two rooks against the queen. The game's continuation 22 ... b:c5 lost outright.
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  patzer2: Typically, 5...Nxd5?! in the two knights is a novice mistake. Much stronger for Black is either 5...Na5! (the mainline) or b5! (the Ulvestad Variation).

While some theorize that Black can survive the fried liver attack with 6. Nxf7!?, most players who brave these troubled waters (as in this game) don't survive. However, if Black deliberately plays this inferior line with 5...Nxd5?! , he has to be prepared for the response 6. d4! as recommended by Fischer (his book of favorite games) and Kasparov & Keene (Batsford Chess Openings) as leading to a White advantage.

In this particular game, the first 11 moves actually follow Kasparov and Keene's recommendation in BCO. However, after 12. Qg3!? Black misses an opportunity to equalize or even gain a slight advantage with 12...Qd7! Play might have continued 12...Qd7! 13. Re1 Qg4+ 14. Qxg4 Bxg4+ .

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  patzer2: Black missed at least three chances to equalize:

(1) 12...Qd7 13. Re1 Qg4+ 14. Qxg4 Bxg4+ .

(2) 18... Re8 19. Rc1 Kc8 20. Rc4 Re6 21. Rxd4 Rg6 =

(3) 20... Rhg8 21. Qh6 Rxg2 22. Kc2 c4 23. b1 Rc8 .

After 20...b6? and 21...Rhg8?!, White plays a decisive clearance combination with 22. Nxc5!

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  GrahamClayton: After 12. ♕f7, Black can voluntarily continue the King march with 12...♔c5 & 13...♔b6, with the King being safe on the Q-side.
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