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Andrew Sacks vs Marlo T Micayabas
"Sacks his Queen" (game of the day Jan-12-2013)
American Open (1984), Los Angeles, CA USA, Nov-24
Sicilian Defense: Velimirovic Attack (B89)  ·  1-0
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Jan-12-13
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  offramp: A very good game! Even Mr Fawlty would've liked it.
Jan-12-13
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  FSR: <Sneaky: ... Reminds me somewhat of that famous Spassky game where he permitted his opponent's pawn to capture-promote-check all in one move.>

You refer, of course, to Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960. When I saw the present game, I thought of Keres vs D Byrne, 1972, where Keres just let his opponent get a passed pawn on the queenside, and promote it with check. Keres responded with 33.Kg2 and Byrne resigned.

Jan-12-13  erniecohen: White's in trouble after 22...h6.
Jan-12-13
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  FSR: Incidentally, 23.Rxh7!! is not "showing off"; it's the only move! Houdini says that everything else loses, e.g. 23.Qc1? Bf1! (23...h6 also wins) 24.Qxf1 Qxc2+ 25.Ka2 Rd3!, or 23.Bd2? h6! And 22...Rfd8 turns out to be a losing blunder! Black should have played 22...h6! Chess is a hard game.
Jan-12-13
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  perfidious: <andrew> Nice 'un!!
Jan-12-13
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  andrewjsacks: I thank you all. Yes <FSR>, Rxh7 was indeed rather thrilling to play. Unusual Queen sac: taken with check for no material comp by White at that point, but Black is hopelessly lost.
Jan-12-13
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  andrewjsacks: When Micayabas resigned, my friend NM Jimmy Lakdawala, who had been watching the final stages of the game, kiddingly asked, "Hey, Andy, do you have $75 bucks I can borrow?" It was a reference to the monetary award for 1st Brilliancy Prize in that tournament. In fact, later I was awarded only 2nd, by Vince McCambridge, judge of those prizes for the tournament.
Jan-12-13
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  andrewjsacks: <FSR> Right, and Vince's explanation to me was that with your suggested move, Black would have been about equal, after all.
Jan-12-13
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  kevin86: Nice one-white sacs the queen WITH CHECK so that he can throw a dragnet around black's king.
Jan-12-13
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  TheFocus: <andrewjsacks> Fantastic! Good to see you get Game of the Day!!
Jan-12-13  KingV93: Excellent example of persistence in attack, sticking with the plan!
Jan-12-13
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  maxi: Very interesting attack.
Jan-12-13
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  Check It Out: <andrewjsacks> Great game!
Jan-12-13  bischopper: why dont move the king to the rook?
Jan-12-13  LoveThatJoker: <LM Sacks> Congratulations on this awesome game, and it being GOTD!

LTJ

Jan-12-13  SuperPatzer77: What a quarterback sack by Andrew Sacks!! LOL LOL

That's a football term - QB sack.

SuperPatzer77

Jan-13-13
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  andrewjsacks: <LTJ> Thank you!
Jan-13-13
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  andrewjsacks: <SuperPatzer77> Thank you, Coach!
Jan-13-13
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  andrewjsacks: <Check It Out> and all others who have posted here while my game was GOTD, thank you very much.
Jan-17-13
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  bharat123: <andrewjsacks>: When Micayabas resigned, my friend NM Jimmy Lakdawala, who had been watching the final stages of the game, kiddingly asked, "Hey, Andy, do you have $75 bucks I can borrow?" It was a reference to the monetary award for 1st Brilliancy Prize in that tournament. In fact, later I was awarded only 2nd, by Vince McCambridge, judge of those prizes for the tournament.

It is great finish. I want to see the 1st brilliancy prize winning game.

Jan-17-13
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  wordfunph: <andrewjsacks>

beautiful 23.Rxh7!! nice :)

Jan-17-13
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  AylerKupp: Nice game <andrewjsacks>! When will they be posting your win over Kasparov?

Actually, in spite of the White queen's capture with check, I think that 23.Rxh7 was relatively easy to see since it was clear that Black's king would not escape after 25.g6. I would have played 23.Rxh7 in a blitz game with my eyes closed and after several glasses of wine without much hesitation (and not much time to think about it). Much more impressive, to me at least, was 20.e5 making 21.Rh4 and everything else that followed possible.

Just for fun, I entered the position after 22...Rfe8 into Houdini 1.5a. Biggest eval swing I remember seeing, from [-0.44] at d=12 following the unimaginative (at best) 23.Qc1 to [+37.86] at d=13 following 23.Rxh7 to [+M15] at d=14. I could almost see the smile on Houdini's face at d=13.

Jan-17-13
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  andrewjsacks: <AylerKupp> My old friend! Yes, the idea behind 20.e5 was actually, in a way, more "inspired." I agree. On the other hand, if you can make moves like 23.Rxh7 in blitz games with your eyes closed and after consuming potables, I strongly suggest that you challenge Anand to a blitz match for stakes.
Jan-17-13
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  andrewjsacks: <AylerKupp> Once again Art Drucker "threatens" to host another reunion of the Student Club. Just FYI. We will see if it actually transpires... Sometimes, as we know, the threat is more powerful than its execution.
Jan-17-13
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  AylerKupp: Of course, I could only make a move like 23.Rxh7 in blitz, with my eyes closed, and after consuming potables. Otherwise I would never see it, not to mention lack the courage to play it.

I did challenge Anand to a blitz match for stakes but he declined after seeing my conditions. Something about not thinking that he could match me potable for potable ... :-)

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