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Sang Cao vs Vitali Golod
European Championship (2001), Ohrid MKD, rd 2, Jun-02
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  1-0



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May-13-18  patzer2: According to the computer, White's decisive mistake was 24...f6?, allowing 24. axb3 +- (+3.20 @ 20 ply, Stockfish 9).

Instead, 24...Rxb3 = (0.00 @ 23 ply, Stockfish 9) holds it level.

May-13-18  mel gibson: I saw the first move straight away.
It causes Black to lose the black square Bishop when White has a black square Bishop near the Black King.

Stockfish 9 says:


(26. Rxf6 (♖f3xf6 ♗h8xf6 ♖f1xf6 ♖e8-e6 ♕d2-f4 ♕b8-a7+ ♔g1-h1 ♕a7-a1+ ♘g3-f1 ♕a1xc3 ♖f6-f8+ ♔g8-h7 ♗h6-g5 ♖b5xg5 ♕f4xg5 ♔h7-g7 ♕g5-d8 ♖e6-e8 ♖f8xe8 ♗d7xe8 ♕d8xe8 ♕c3-d3 ♕e8-e7+ ♔g7-g8 ♕e7-f6 ♕d3xe4 ♕f6-d8+ ♔g8-f7 ♕d8xc7+ ♔f7-e6 ♕c7-g7 ♕e4-d3 ♔h1-g1 ♔e6-d5 ♕g7-f7+ ♔d5-d4 ♕f7-c7 ♔d4-d5 ♕c7-e7 ♔d5-c5 ♕e7-a7+ ♔c5-d5 ♘f1-e3+ ♔d5-e6 ♔g1-f2 ♕d3xb3 ♕a7-d4 ♕b3-b7 ♘e3-c4 ♕b7-f7+ ♔f2-g3 ♕f7-e7 ♕d4-e4+ ♔e6-f6 ♕e4xc6 ♕e7-e1+ ♔g3-g4 ♕e1-e2+ ♕c6-f3+ ♕e2xf3+ ♔g4xf3 ♔f6-e6 ♘c4-d2 ♔e6-f6) +3.71/37 75)

score for White +3.71 depth 37

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Second consecutive 7/7, but had focused on variations after 27...Qd8, which looked better than 27...Re6 as played. Still felt that White had more than enough compensation.
May-13-18  morfishine: I assume the exchange sac <26.Rxf6> is what categorizes this Sunday problem as "insane", but for all intents and purposes, this seems quite normal

For the exchange, White nets a pawn while removing Black's only nearby King defender, his DSB

This all seems very normal. In fact, it would be insane if White passed on such a juicy opportunity

Well played remaining 15 moves by both sides


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  takchess: Got the first move...
May-13-18  areknames: What <morfishine> said. Hardly insane, but who knows what I have missed.
May-13-18  Marmot PFL: White is playing for a king side attack so the exchange sacrifice 27 Rxf6 seems a good place to start. For one thing there aren't too many other aggressive moves.

28 Qf4! i didn't find, a tricky move since it allows black to counterattack with his queen and white has to block with the knight. I wonder if either player saw through the complications to the end, or if white simply figured with the black king exposed the tactics would work out as they usually do.

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  Jimfromprovidence: I liked 32 Bg5 a lot.

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It forces exactly what white wants, 32...Rxg5, because of the threat 33 Qh4+ with mate next move.

And it also prevents 32...Kg7 because of 33 Qf7#

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  Breunor: First few moves are obvious, but getting all of these moves is crazy hard.
May-13-18  messachess: Yes, that is difficult. I think that was a speculative sacrifice. It worked out
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  agb2002: I haven't found the time for this puzzle today but I think I'd play 26.Rxf6 based on the line 26... Bxf6 27.Rxf6 Rxb3 (27... Kh7 28.Rf7+ and 29.Rxd7) 28.Rxg6+ Kf7 29.Qf4+ Kxf6 30.Qg5+ Kf7 31.Qg7+ Ke6 32.Qg6+ Ke5 33.Bg7+ Kf4 34.Qh6+ Kg4 35.h3+ Kxg3 36.Qg5+ Bg4 37.Qxg4#.
May-13-18  ShadowMaker: 26. Nf5 gxf5 27. Rg3+ Bg7 28. Qf4 fxe4 29. Rxg7+ Kf8 30. Qg4 Bxg4 31. Rxf6#

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