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Konstantin Yuryevich Landa vs Mihail Marin
Torneo di Capodanno (2007), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 3, Dec-31
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0
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Jan-02-08
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This is one of the more remarkable intuitive sacrifices I've ever seen--in fact, it looks so intuitive that one can't help but wonder if it wasn't a sacrifice at all. It almost looks like Landa simply blundered away the Exchange and had to scramble to create some sort of compensation, and then got lucky. There are so many possible defenses for Black at so many turns that one would think he could have held the position.

Or perhaps the whole notion of compensation has completely changed since I played. Seriously, would Morphy, Spielmann, Alekhine or even Tal have offered the same sacrifice? I mean, if this was actually sound, then it's one of the most profound sacs I've ever seen.

Jan-02-08
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  Gilmoy: 44..Kg7? Black is so sure he's winning, he declines the repetition draw. 47..b4? lets Landa find the decisive breakthrough 48.g5! returning a pawn to establish an outside passed pawn. With Black's R stuck on d8, his K must avoid (h6,h8) due to the N fork, which also rules out (f6,f8) due to h7, Kg7 h8=Q+ and he's on h8 (or Rxh8 Nc6 ). That leaves him bouncing passively between h7-g8. White's K triangulates so that 58.Kg5 occurs with Black's K blocking g8, snuffing any R check, and Black's pawns are ripe apples.
Jan-02-08
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  whiteshark: There was an interesting possibility for white on move 35 instead of h4:

<35.Qe5!>, utilizing the poor position of Rg6 and the strength of ♙d6 <35...f6 36.Qc3!> threating 37.Qc7 <36...Kf8 37.Qc7> anyway <Rg7 38.Qb6 >


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Jan-03-08  crwynn: <Good Evening: This is one of the more remarkable intuitive sacrifices I've ever seen--in fact, it looks so intuitive that one can't help but wonder if it wasn't a sacrifice at all. It almost looks like Landa simply blundered away the Exchange and had to scramble to create some sort of compensation, and then got lucky.>

Well Landa was getting massacred on the c-file and nothing was happening on the k-side, I think if sacrificing an Exchange gives you play, and anything else gives you a missing c-pawn and no play at all, it's an easy choice. It was probably easy enough to decide, around move 19, that Bh6 somehow would be his best chance whether or not it drops an exchange. The hard part, for me, would be checking that 22...d5 or something else, even 22...Nb2, doesn't work.

Mar-16-08  ToTheDeath: Nice game, Black should have taken the draw.
Oct-03-08
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  GrahamClayton: 49...g4 50. h6 b5 51. b3 puts Black in zugzwang, with 52. ♘c6 winning.
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