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Ivan Lesnik vs Joze Siska
"Sicilian Mafia" (game of the day May-04-2013)
Rogatska (1948)
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  0-1


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Jun-30-12  backrank: This game has been awarded a 1st brilliancy prize. With its multiple sacrifices, it's a glorious justification of the Sicilian dragon.

16. Bd3, however, was weak. After this, White never gets any counterplay again.

In the end, Black misses the immediate mate by 31. ... Qg5+. However, he can win as he pleases now.

May-04-13  Tim Delaney: I am not a Sicilian expert, but it seems to me that O-O-O presupposes Kb1 at some point. Castling long and then running away seems to give black all the play.

Nonetheless, a fine prosecution of the attack by Siska.

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  morfishine: 21.Bxf6 must be better than 21.Kd2; After 21...Bxf6 22.Qxh7+ Kf8 23.Qxg6 Qxb2+ 24.Kd2 White has the idea of Rh8+; If Bxh8 then Qxe6

Obviously Black has a serious momentum

May-04-13  Abdel Irada: A most thematic counterattack. This is why, when playing against the Sicilian (especially such a sharp line as the Dragon), it's kill or be killed. White slackened his pursuit of the kill, and paid the usual price.

May-04-13  PaulLovric: how did Siska miss 31...Qg5++ time?
May-04-13  Abdel Irada: This is a technicality, but 31. ...Qg5† is not mate. White can delay it for a move with 32. Qe3.

May-04-13  belgradegambit: The Yugoslav attack was young back in 1948. 11.Kb1 is the universal reply today since 11...Qa5 is met with 12. Nd5!
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  FSR: <Abdel Irada: This is a technicality, but 31. ...Qg5† is not mate. White can delay it for a move with 32. Qe3.>

Two moves, even: 32.f4! and 33.Qe3!

This game is the sort of thing Black dreams of when he plays the Dragon.

May-04-13  Abdel Irada: Er, yes. *Two* moves.

May-04-13  jheller1: What's wrong with 22.Bxb2
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  kevin86: I would prefer "Sicilian Pizza" over "Sicilian Mafia"-I like how the queen and rooks enter white's position at a1,b2,c3-in consecutive moves!
May-04-13  goodevans: <jheller1: What's wrong with 22.Bxb2>

I can't see anything particularly wrong with it, although it still leaves white in the doggy do. I guess white's reckoning was that the rook was pinned so there was no need to take it straight away. Nevertheless, delaying the capture didn't seem to help much either.

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  fm avari viraf: Siska massacres Lesnik with his Dragon Fist with some spectacular combos!
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  TheAlchemist: The location should be Rogaška Slatina. For our pun-loving friends, white's name Lešnik means nut (no, not in that sense, but as in hazelnut).
May-04-13  Moszkowski012273: Not sure about brilliancies here...Black missed the crushing 19...Rxc3
May-04-13  kia0708: beautiful attack
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