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Christopher Lutz vs Lubomir Ftacnik
"Checkout Line" (game of the day Apr-16-2011)
Bundesliga (2000/01), Hamburg GER, rd 10, Mar-10
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Mar-09-06  The17thPawn: <pawn to QB4> Thanks for the solace. I have had a God awful showing this week. Barely got monday and zip for 3 thereafter. Maybe I'll go back to Gin Rummy.
Mar-09-06  Kwesi: got it - but only cos i had seen it before ;)
Mar-09-06  dhotts: Another safe way to win is 32.Qh7! Its not a mate but will win.
Mar-09-06  YouRang: A beautiful queen sac! :-)
I wish I had found it. :-(

I actually did give it a look, but didn't see the simple but brilliant follow-up: 35. f6+!

I settled for 32. Bxf7, which [1] wins a pawn (32...Kxf7?? and it's mate-in-3), [2] it busts open black's defense, and [3] creates a passed pawn. It looked good enough.

(I know..."when you see a good move, look for a better one.").

Mar-09-06  mormonchess: Whoa....she's extremely cute!
Mar-09-06  tacite: <Richerdby : Isn't it implicit in the rules that you can only win the Darwin award once>. I even missed that! ;-)
Mar-09-06  Horse Face: A great forcing sacrifice - white's f-pawn does more than black's trio of majors! Note that after 32.Qxf6+,Kxf6 33.Rg6+ if black tries 33...Ke7 to try to shelter the king and pocket the material 34.f6+ is still devastating, with the g1 rook protecting the mating rook instead of the d5 bishop.
Mar-09-06  Confuse: interesting. if black rejects the rook after taking the queen, and instead falls back with his king, is he not alive?
Mar-09-06  AlexanderMorphy: no because of f6+
Mar-09-06  RandomVisitor: <dhotts>32.Qh7 Rxd5 33.Rg7 Bxg7 and now what?
Mar-09-06  AlexanderMorphy: <dhotts> lol it's not a mate but will way i just analysed for a few minutes and theres no win...
Mar-09-06  RandomVisitor: <dhotts>32.Qh7 Rxd5 33.Rg7 Bxg7 34.Qxg7 (Rxg7 Rd1!) Rd3! in both cases white can make no progress.
Mar-09-06  vangogh228: The only reason I got this was that it was in a puzzle. I figured "It probably starts with a Queen sac." Then I thought, "Why not sac the Rook, too?" If I had encountered this in a game, I'd have probably been resigning 10 moves out.
Mar-09-06  drnooo: What makes this a rather easy and eye catching combo is the ring of straight line pieces surrounding the black king. Trapped in his own castle. Also the lines of attack are all so forced and cut down that once the queen is gone everything else follows quickly. There are just not enough lines after the sac to make it difficult to see. But there is no denying its beauty.
Mar-09-06  PinkPanther: <mormonchess>
Who's cute?
Mar-09-06  mihai: What if instead of 33. ...fxg6, Black plays 33. ...Ke7? I cannot see a mating possibility for White afterwards. Am I missing something?
Mar-09-06  YouRang: <mihai: What if instead of 33. ...fxg6, Black plays 33. ...Ke7? I cannot see a mating possibility for White afterwards. Am I missing something?> After 33...Ke7 comes 34. f6+ followed by 35. Rg8#
Mar-09-06  LivBlockade: Where is <Patzer2> today??
Mar-09-06  RonB52734: <pinkpanther> I think he means <dhotts>'s avatar. Or, maybe, <chessic eric>'s avatar. "Not that there's anything wrong with that"
Mar-14-06  patzer2: The decoy 32. Qxf6+!! initiates a neat mating combination.
Mar-14-06  patzer2: <LivBlockade> I've been working and visiting with my children and grandson. Taking just a little time now to catch up on the daily puzzles.
Jan-07-10  Eduardo Leon: The black ♔ died trying (and not being able) to cross the Berlin Wall.
Oct-01-10  sevenseaman: Lutz, Where were you all the while? Interesting insight to know Q sack will work.
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  Phony Benoni: Took a minute to see the point of the queen sacrifice. Another case study of how opposite-colored bishops can be useful to the attack; that was an archbishop on d5.

I wonder if Ftacnik's guard was down. It seemed like a pretty routine game up to the finish, the quixotic quest of the h-pawn being something to chuckle at rather than fear.

Apr-16-11  sevenseaman: My second visit to this game; no way I saw the Q sac.

Clearly it goes over my head; but then that is the road to a win. That is why I aint a GM.

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