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Tiger Hillarp Persson vs Tomas Laurusas
"Persson of the Year" (game of the day Mar-25-2019)
Chess Olympiad (2018), Batumi GEO, rd 7, Oct-01
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1-0
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Oct-05-18
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  luzhin: Bravo, Tiger!
30.Kf4!! and the mating King march to h6 is reminiscent of the 1991 Short-Timman brilliancy. But Tiger adds a Q sac. If 34...fxg6 35.Re7+ Kg8 36.Bd5+ Rf7 37.Re8+ Kg7 38.Rxf7 mate. One for every chess anthology.
Oct-06-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: This game got/won the brilliancy price (of the tournament)!
Oct-14-18  Saniyat24: Incredible last couple of moves...!
Jan-26-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: [Fritz 10]: 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 g6 4. c4 c6 5. b3 Bg7 6. Bb2 0-0 7. 0-0 a5 8. Nc3 Ne4 9. Na4 Bxb2 10. Nxb2 Nd7 11. d3 Nef6 12. d4 b6 13. Rc1 Bb7 14. Nd3 Rc8 15. Nfe5 Nxe5 16. dxe5 Nd7 17. Qd2 [17. h3!? ⩲] dxc4 [=] 18. Rxc4 Nxe5 19. Rh4 h5 20. Rd1 Nxd3 21. Qh6 [21. Qe3 Qc7 22. Qxd3 e5 =] Qd6 [ ⩱] 22. Rxd3 Qf6 23. Be4 Ba6 24. Re3 Qg7 25. Qg5 Rcd8 26. Qxe7 Rd1+ 27. Kg2 Qa1 28. Bxc6? [28. h3 Bc8 29. Rd3 =] Rg1+ [-+] 29. Kf3 Qf1 [29 ... Rf1 30. Kg2 Bc8 -+] 30. Kf4 [ ⩲] Qxf2+?? [30 ... Bxe2 31. Kg5 Qa1 +-] 31. Kg5 [+-] Kg7 [31 ... Rc1 32. Rf4 Qxe3 33. Qxe3 Rxc6 +-] 32. Rf4 Qxh2 33. Qf6+ Kh7 34. Qxg6+!! Kh8 35. Kh6 1-0.

The third Olympiad game to make the Top Ten for 2018 was this dandy, ending with a memorable King walk and a sparkling Queen sacrifice. Double fianchetto openings can be pretty safe and solid for White, yet this one opens up starting with the Pawn sacrifice 17. Qd2 dxc4 18. Rxc4 Nxe5 19. Rh4 leading to a sharp QRRB vs QRRB situation where Black's weak dark squares on the Kingside prove costly. Black would have done better with the computer suggestion 29 ... Rf1 instead of 29 ... Qf1 but then we all would have missed the big finish. Juniors and students, work out the mate after 34. Qxg6+!! here.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Game Collection: Best Games of 2018 Contest! =)

Mar-25-19  newzild: Bravo!

Reminiscent of Short's famous game.

Mar-25-19  newzild: <luzhin> Great minds think very, very much alike ...
Mar-25-19  newzild: Added to Game Collection: The Best Games You've Never Heard Of.
Mar-25-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: beautiful combinative work.
Mar-25-19  Ironmanth: Fantastic!!
Mar-25-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Per the engine, White's pawn sacrifice wasn't even sound. But rather than hang onto the material, Black chose to sacrifice it back for a spectacularly failed attack ...
Mar-25-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Breunor: Black was ahead most of the game. After 28 Rg1 chance Stockfish rates the game as -.42. It's even after 29 ... Qc1 (Bc8 is considered insignificantly better). The losing move is 30 Qf2 ch! Stockfish recommends Qa1 (even). After Qxf2 ch it's rated 3.57. I guess taking the pawn on f2 allows white to play Rf4 with tempo.
Mar-25-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 22 dpa done

1. = (0.21): 10...d4 11.Na4 Na6 12.a3 Rb8 13.d3 Nf6 14.c5 Bg4 15.Ne5 Qc8 16.Rc1 Qf5 17.Nxg4 Qxg4 18.Qd2 Nd7 19.e4 Nc7 20.Qxa5 Nb5 21.Nb6 Nxb6 22.Qxb6 Nc3 23.Rc2 Kg7

2. = (0.23): 10...Na6 11.d3 Nf6 12.Na4 d4 13.Qd2 Bg4 14.Ne5 Qc7 15.Nxg4 Nxg4 16.c5 Rad8 17.a3 Qe5 18.b4 axb4 19.axb4 Nc7 20.h3 Nf6 21.Nb6 Nb5 22.Rfe1 Kg7 23.Nc4 Qf5 24.e3 dxe3 25.Rxe3 Rfe8

Mar-25-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 22 da done

1. + / = (0.37): 30...Qa1 31.Kg5 Rc1 32.Bd5 Qg7 33.Qf6 Rc5 34.Rd4 Bb7 35.Re5 Bxd5 36.Rexd5 Re8 37.Qxg7+ Kxg7 38.Rxc5 bxc5 39.Rd2 Re4 40.f4 a4 41.Rc2 axb3 42.axb3 f6+ 43.Kh4 Kh6 44.Kh3 g5 45.fxg5+ fxg5 46.Kg2 Re3 47.Kf2 Rxb3 48.Rxc5 g4 49.Rd5 Kg6 50.Ra5 Rb2 51.Ke3 Rc2 52.Kd3

2. + - (1.73): 30...Bc8 31.Kg5 Qa1 32.Rf4 Qg7 33.Rf6 Rc1 34.Bd5 Rc5 35.Re5 Kh7 36.f4 Rxd5 37.Rxd5 h4 38.f5 Bxf5 39.Rdxf5 gxf5+ 40.Kxf5 hxg3 41.hxg3 Kg8 42.Kf4 Rc8 43.e3 Rc1 44.Qd8+ Qf8 45.Qxf8+ Kxf8 46.Rxb6 a4 47.Rb7 axb3 48.axb3 Rf1+ 49.Ke4 Rg1 50.b4 Rxg3 51.b5 Rg4+ 52.Kf5 Rg3 53.e4 Ke8 54.b6 Rb3 55.Kf6

Mar-25-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 24 dpa done

1. = / + (-0.44): 29...Rf1 30.Kg2 Bc8 31.Rd3 Rg1+ 32.Kf3 Bg4+ 33.Rxg4 hxg4+ 34.Kxg4 Rd1 35.Rxd1 Qxd1 36.Qe5 Qg1 37.Qf6 Qxh2 38.e4 Qh5+ 39.Kf4 Qh6+ 40.Kf3 Qh8 41.Qd6 Qh1+ 42.Ke3 Qh6+ 43.Kf3 Rc8 44.Qd7 Qh1+ 45.Ke2 Rf8 46.Bd5 Kg7 47.Qc7 Qh5+ 48.Ke3 Qg5+ 49.Kf3 Qf6+ 50.Kg2 Re8 51.Qc1 Re7 52.Qe3 g5 53.Qe2 Rc7 54.e5 Qf5

2. = (-0.14): 29...Bc8 30.Qe5 Bg4+ 31.Rxg4 hxg4+ 32.Kxg4 Rc8 33.Bd5 Qxe5 34.Rxe5 Kf8 35.f4 Re8 36.Rxe8+ Kxe8 37.Kg5 Ke7 38.a4 Rd1 39.e4 Rd2 40.h4 Rg2 41.Kg4 Rg1 42.Bc4 Re1 43.Kf3 Rc1 44.f5 Rc2 45.fxg6 Rc3+ 46.Kf4 fxg6

Mar-26-19  Patzer Natmas: With all my chess study, I'm noticing the game compels you to know the fundamentals (especially different checkmates).
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