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Mihai Suba vs Gyula Sax
Hastings (1983/84), Hastings ENG, rd 10, Jan-??
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  1-0



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16...Nxf7 17.Qxc6+ Kd8 18.Nxf7# or
16...Nxf7 17.Qxc6+ Bd7 18.Qxd7#

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  Fusilli: Didn't GM Sax see it coming? It seems he would have lived (in a very bad position though) if he had played 15...Nxc6, instead of 15...bxc6 allowing the simple and beautiful winning blow 16.Bf7+.
Apr-28-10  JohnBoy: This ought to be a GotD.
Sep-10-11  DrGridlock: There's a very nice analysis of this game in Watson's "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy."

After 8 moves, Watson comments, "Which side is being more 'modern'? White dances around with his king and ignores weakneses, whereas Black moves the same knight for the sixth time, when no other piece has been touched!"

To Watson, this game illustrates the triumph of "rule-independence" where "analysis and work come first, and the supporting vergiage comes later (if at all) for the sake of closure, or more often, for the sake of the popular audience."

Watson notes that Black's alternative at move 9, ... g6, prompted White to seek 9 h4 as a better alternative to Ne5.

Watson concludes, "I don't think the average modern professional would play through it with a feeling of amazement or incredulity. We have internalized the modern pragmatic approach to such an extent that the moves seem almost 'normal.' But it would be great fun to see this game annotated by Tarrasch, Capablanca, or even Alekhine! I suspect we would get a number of expressions of horror, at least between moves 5 and 9, as well as a healthy dose of ridicule."

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  perfidious: <DrGridlock: Watson concludes, " would be great fun to see this game annotated by Tarrasch, Capablanca, or even Alekhine! I suspect we would get a number of expressions of horror, at least between moves 5 and 9, as well as a healthy dose of ridicule.">

Alekhine no likey Black's 1.e4 g6 in this game: Alekhine vs V Mikenas, 1933.

Mikenas scored one for the good guys four years on with a nice combination, though: Alekhine vs V Mikenas, 1937.

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  Everett: Watson is not my speed, and is over-rated. He ignores the fact that Lasker and Capablanca literally invented piece play, technique and tactics in the endgame, yet thinks they would have a tough time understanding modern chess theory. When he writes that stuff he merely plays the role of a smug idiot.
Jun-01-15  Eduardo Bermudez: Fabulous variant of checkmate on f7 !!
Nov-02-19  Whitehat1963: Brilliant attack!
Apr-29-22  Saniyat24: Sax in the back-bench...!

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