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Dennis Monokroussos vs Louis Barcarola
US Amateur Team East (1999), Parsippany, rd 6
Three Knights Opening: General (C46)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-20-10  SimonWebbsTiger: crazy stuff! somebody ask Dennis about this one on playchess.com!
Jan-20-10  Alphastar: nice game indeed! Worth analyzing in detail.
Jan-20-10  zanshin: Wild one indeed. <53...Kf6> should have won for Black.
Jun-01-10  MKalafatas: Louis Barcarola was a young Candidate Master (early 20s) when I played him at the Air Force Championships in 1985. I believe he subsequently achieved a National Master rating. Here he plays a worthy foil to White's creative genius.
Apr-05-17
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  fredthebear: What a festival of sacrifices!

I like to think of the opening queen sacrifice as a result of the Bb5+ unpin as a sort of queenside version of Legall's Mate (attempt, in this case). Typically, Black is often forced to interpose with his own queen, or interpose by playing c6, when dxc6 sets up a discovered check with a promotion threat. This opening unpin that leaps the knight into the center while exposing the sitting queen is fairly common on the kingside and queenside.

Speaking of leaping knights, I like snatching the pawn with 24.Nxc5. Black dare not recapture.

On second thought, I would not care for the absolute pin after 24...Qa7. The greedy Nc5 would be lost.

Alert half-point bail out by White in the end! What a fun game!

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