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Gyula Sax vs Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov
Hastings (1977/78), Hastings ENG, rd 4, Dec-31
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0

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Mar-22-06  zev22407: Dynamism and initiative.
White has more active pieces and he create threat against the black queen than against g7 and finely against the last rank. A clear example of a overloaded queen.
Jan-07-12  backrank: I wonder if the game score given here ist correct. Teschner (in 'Schachmeisterpartien 1976-1980) gives 18. ... Qb5. The point is that after 18. ... Qb6 19. Bf6 Black could have played gxf6 in order to return the piece after 19. exf6 (19. Qh6 is not possible due to 19. ... Qxf2+ followed by Be3) Qxf2+, stopping mate (leaving White a superior position, however).

After 18. ... Qb5, though, 19. Bf6! is actually winning, because after 19. ... gxf6 20. Qh6! (here 20. exf6 fails to Qh5!) Mate is unstoppable, e.g. 20. ... Kh8 21. Qxf8# or 20. ... fxe5 21. Ng5! Hence, with Black having played 18. ... Qb5, 19. ... h6 makes much more sense as the only possible defence after 19. Bf6.

Sax' further play is ingenious. In giving up the b- and f-pawn, he must already have foreseen the surprising 23. Qb4!!, suddenly threatening another mate: 24. Qxf8+! and 25. Rd8# (Black had captured f2 in order to be able to answer 23. Qf4 by Qe3 or Be3).

23. Qb4 leaves Black defenceless. 23. ... Qb6 fails to 24. Qe7!, threatening 25. Rc7 and again 26. Qxf8+ etc., while the text move 23. ... Bb6 allows White to win material (24. ... a5 25. Qb2 Qe3 26. Rc3 and now Black's Queen must leave the Bb6 unprotected).

The final blow 26. Qxf8+! Kxf8 27. Rxe3 is pretty again: Black can't recapture due to the bank rank mate, so White stays a whole rook up.

Apr-05-14  Everett: Sunday puzzle material. White to move after 18...Qb6
Jan-17-16  clement41: Nice finish, enabled by the dark square weakness that the Bf6 exploits wonderfully

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