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John Littlewood vs Nigel Short
ENG (1978)
Bird Opening: Leningrad Bird (A02)  ·  0-1

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May-23-03  ZScore: 40. Bxf1 Bxe4+ 41. Bg2 Bxg2+ 42. Kg1 Bf3+ and white's queen is taken with black still left with a rook and a bishop.
May-23-03  Kenkaku: I would have done 39...Bxe4 after a quick glance, but maybe upon further analysis this can be refuted by white.
May-23-03  Cyphelium: I think 39.- Bxe4 wins too, but you have to admit that the queen sac is much more elegant! =)
May-23-03  Cerebrate2006: I was thinking 39...Qxe4. It still is a queen sack in a way, but it looks cool since the Bishop and Queen are both lined up.
May-23-03
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  Honza Cervenka: <Cerebrate2006> What do you want to play after 39...Qxe4 40.Bxe4?
May-23-03
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  paulalbert: I looked at Qxe4 initially also, but after Bxe4 and Bxe4ch Rf3 defends, giving time to move h pawn and get away from pin. Bxf3ch and then Qxf3 leaves white with a win, Q vs. R, gradually maneuvering to pick up blacks extra pawns.
May-23-03  IZZY: 39...Qxf1 is the best move. // 39...Qxe4 will cause 40 Qf3 which will lose tempo and most importantly prolong the game, which can lead to errors and losing. However,Black keeps the initiative by responding 40 Qf3 Qxf3 which holds Black's Queenside "Pawn Majority" to Black's advantage.
May-23-03  tayer: I will argue that 39. ... Bxe4 seems better, because it forces the checkmate faster.
May-23-03
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  Honza Cervenka: <tayer> You are right. After 39...Bxe4 the brutal threats like Qxf1# or Bxg2+ are unavoidable. But 39...Qxf1+ is very elegant.:-)
Feb-05-08
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  Richard Taylor: Well played by Short - nice finish!!

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