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Friedrich vs Peter Leisebein
Gambit/ (1987), rd 4
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Traxler Counterattack Bishop sac line (C57)  ·  0-1



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Jan-21-06  offramp: White can't avoid the loss of his queen.
Apr-16-07  BadTemper: gosh i am bad. i dont see it
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  AylerKupp: <BadTemper> I didn’t see it either. But per Stockfish 8 Black is threatening mate in 6 by 15…Qxg3+ 16.Rf2 Nxf3+ 17.Qxf3 Bxf2+ 18.Kf1 Qxf3 19.d3 Bg3+ 20.Kg1 Qf1#, so White needs to take action.

At d=27 Stockfish 8 indicates that Black mates after any White move except 14.d3; in 10 after 14.c3 Qxg3+ 15.Rf2 Nc2+ 16.Ke2 Qxf2+ 17.Kd3 Nxa1 18.Qe2 Rxf3+ 19.Qxf3+ Qxf3+ 20.Kc4 Qxe4+ 21.d4 b6 22.b4 Ba6+ 23.b5 d5# and in 7 after 14.Rf2 Qg1+ 15.Rf1 Qxg3+ 16.Rf2 Nxf3+ 17.Qxf3 Bxf2+ 18.Kf1 Qxf3 19.d3 Be3+ 20.Ke1 Qf1+

So White’s “best” is apparently 14.d3 when Stockfish did not find a forced mate at the low search depth but White has no choice but to give up his queen to avoid mate: 14…Nxc2+ 15.Qxc2 Qxc2. The rest of the line goes: 16.Bxf4 Qxb2 17.Nd2 Qxa1+ 18.Ke2 Qb2 19.Rh1 Kg8 20.Rh5 Bb6 21.Rh1 Qd4 22.Rf1 d6 23.g4 Be6 24.Nb3 Qb2+ 25.Nd2 Bxa2 26.Be3 Bxe3 27.Kxe3 a5 28.f4 a4 29.Rh1 b5 30.g5 Qc2 31.f5 b4 32.g6 hxg6 and the position is clearly lost for White.

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