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Simon Winawer vs Martin Severin From
Paris (1867), Paris FRA, Jun-05
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  1-0


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May-08-07  Whitehat1963: Is there no defense to the queen sac? Would 27...Bc5 (preparing to get the bishop on the b8-h2 diagonal) be a better move?
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  Honza Cervenka: <Is there no defense to the queen sac?>

It was a desperate swindle in utterly lost position from Winawer that (with some cooperation from black) surprisingly turned the table. Of course, after 27...Bc5 white could just resign and even after that point black was still quite comfortably won, let's say after 28...Kg6! 29.Ree7 Bd4 or 29...Qd4. After 31...Qd4+ 32.Rf4 Qxb2 33.g3 Bxg3 34.Kxg3 white's counter-play can be already strong enough to save him but black should not lose. 32...Bxg3 was black's last chance to draw. After 32...Qg1?? 33.Kh5 black King has no escape from mating net.

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  wwall: Instead of 17.h3?, which allows 17...Qf6!, perhaps best is 17.Bh7 Kf8 (17...Kh8? 18.Nxf7+ forks king and queen) 18.Nf3 Qf6 19.Ne5, which should hold. White is now probably better.

After 28.Rxf7, instead of 28...Bc5, Black could play 28...Kg6 29.Ree7 Bd4 and 30...Kxg5 for the win.

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