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Jacob Henry Sarratt vs NN
Unknown (1818)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Greco Gambit (C38)  ·  1-0

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Jun-25-17
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  fredthebear: The final position is still playable, but Black is "darned if he does and darned if he doesn't." Exchanging knights 26...NxNc5 27.dxc5 leaves White w/a connected passed pawn that will require Black's constant attention. Not exchanging leaves the Black knight hanging. Playing 26...Rd8 to protect the knight allows 29.Ne6+ and fork. 26...N5f6 to protect seems best, but Bxf5 puts two attackers on the blockading Black knight that is protected only once.

Black might have thoughts of a spiteful Re1+ but after Kf2 the rook must move again and finds itself out-of-position to help defend against the d-pawn promotion. The rook check does set a temporary pin on the back rank, but is otherwise not useful.

The position is simply unpleasant for Black to continue. White's pressure will increase as the bishop pair develops.

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