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Stef Soors vs A R Saleh Salem
"Soor Loser" (game of the day Nov-08-2012)
World Junior Championship (2012), Athens GRE, rd 9, Aug-11
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Barmen Defense (B22)  ·  0-1


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Aug-12-12  abuzic: Is there in the database any similar game where black sacs the Q on move 8...dxe3?! in the Alapin variation? I found Ramirez Garcia vs. Ribas Carbo Malgrat del Mar 1997, where white continued 7.c4 Qd6 and was a draw. I think this game coming from junior players is worth reviewing.
Aug-16-12  KingV93: Amazing, gives up the Queen on move 8 and uses Queen checks to stay one tempo always ahead and eventually win Whites Queen. Great game by Black.
Nov-08-12  Steve.Patzer: Does 12. 0-0-0 help white?
Nov-08-12  Djoker: Does 9....Nxd2 help?
Nov-08-12  Zan: That queen sacrifice is pretty astounding, but engine analysis confirms it.

<Steve.Patzer: Does 12. 0-0-0 help white?> After <12. 0-0-0 exd5 13. Nd4 dxc4 14.Qc3 Rxd4 15.Rxd4 Nxd4 16. Qxd4 Be6 17.Qxa7>, black has a small advantage (Bishop Pair and Knight vs Queen), where as the main line is equal after <16. Qxf7> Crafty actually prefers <12...Nb4 13. O-O Nd3> for black slightly over the main line.

<Djoker: Does 9....Nxd2 help?> Assuming you actually meant <10.Nxd2>, the answer is no, because then black wins the bishop with <10...Nxd5>.

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  piltdown man: An entertaining game! Well played!
Nov-08-12  kasputine: Epic game!! Playing without his queen, the young grandmaster "checkmates" the white queen in the center of the board in 23 moves! Amazing!
Nov-08-12  abuzic: 12...Bb4+ is actually the best cont. here,

if 12...♘b4 13.♘e5 ♗d6 14.♖d1 ♗d3

<if 14...Nd3+ 15.Rxd3 Bxd3 16.Bxb7+

<(or perhaps 16.Bf3 Bb4+ 17.Kd1 Be4+ 18.Kc1 Bd2+ 19.Qxd2 Rxd2 20.Kxd2)>

16...Kxb7 17.Qf3+ Be4 18.Qb3+ Ka8 19.Nxf7 and white is OK.>

15.♗xb7+ ♔xb7 16.♕f3+ ♗e4 17.♕b3 ♗c2 18.♕f3+ ♗e4 19.♕b3 ♗c2 and white has draw by repetition; if black diverts with say 19...Bxe5 then 20.Qxb4+ Kc7 21.0-0 and white is more than satisfied.

Nov-08-12  Abdel Irada: A very impressive sacrifice: at first glance speculative because it is extremely difficult to calculate all the lines and verify that it's justified, it is apparently sound against all defenses.

If this is representative of Saleh Salem's play, he is a player to watch.

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  Castleinthesky: How about (non-chess engine analysis) after 10...O-O-O 11. Bxc6 Rxd2 12. Bxb7+ Kxb7 13. Kxd2 (with an even game) I thought 11. c4 was a bad mistake
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  kevin86: The pieces fly in this one! A queen sac in eight moves!

Holy Cow!

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  Willber G: <abuzic: 12...Bb4+ is actually the best cont. here>

I don't understand your analysis - how is this better for black?

Also, this is one of the most exciting games I have seen for a long time!

Nov-09-12  abuzic: <Willber G:> my analysis was in respons to <Zan: Crafty actually prefers <12...Nb4 13. O-O Nd3> for black slightly over the main line>
Nov-09-12  Zan: <abuzic: 12...Nb4 13.Ne5 Bd6 14.Rd1 Bd3 16...Kxb7 17.Qf3+ Be4 18.Qb3+ Ka8 19.Nxf7 and white is OK.>

Actually black is better here, after <19. Rb8 20. Qh3 Bb4+ 21. Ke2 Rhf8> 20. Qd1 or Qa4 has similar results but slightly worse for white.

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