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Eduard Hagara Jr vs Mikulas Manik
"Manik Panic" (game of the day Nov-30-2012)
Komercni Banka Open (2000), Pardubice CZE, rd 4, Jul-24
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Wing Attack Fianchetto Variation (B43)  ·  1-0



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Jun-17-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

E Hagara vs M Manik, 2000.
Your score: 39 (par = 26)


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Nov-30-12  xthred: Is there a mac compatible tool for analyzing these games?
Nov-30-12  King Sacrificer: Is the knight sac sound? Or in more general, where did Black go wrong?
Nov-30-12  leo.bulero: playing black I would try to castle instead of moving the king
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  Honza Cervenka: The Knight sac on d5 is perfectly sound. I think that black played the opening "on autopilot" without much thinking about white's play and possibilities. I don't like black's mixing of ideas from different Sicilian setups here. I guess that already 7...Qc7 was not ideal but 8...d6 and 9....Nf6 paved the way to a disaster. Black King stayed in the centre and white just exploited it in the most effective and energetic way.
Nov-30-12  Abdel Irada: <Honza Cervenka>: Agreed: Saccing on d5 is thematic in many Sicilians anyway, and here 9. Re1 should have been a warning.

However, in this position at least Black can decline the offer with 11. ...Qd8, when I see no immediate way for White to cash in. But then, I may be overlooking an idea.

Can you (or anyone) show a convincing win after 11. ...Qd8?

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  Honza Cervenka: <Abdel Irada> I think that 11...Qd8 just runs into big troubles after 12.Bg5.
Nov-30-12  Garech: Great game!

11.Nd5 is very strong. In response to 11...Qd8, as suggested by <Abdel Irada> there is no knockout blow, but simply 12.Bg5 gives white a huge edge at nearly three pawns:

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the biggest threat being e5! where the Bb7 is in tactical danger and sacrifices on e6 are looking lethal. Nb black can't answer 12...Be7 or white answers 13.Nxe7 Qxe7 14.Nf5!

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with a crushing attack.



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  benveniste: Black seems to have gone wrong on move 14. I think 14. ... ♕c5 would have disrupted white's timing and led to an approximately equal game. 15. ... ♔c8 ensured the end would come quickly.
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  kevin86: black's game collapses like a deck of st Louis Cards.
Nov-30-12  shavale: 15. Qe8+, NxQe8 16.RxNe8+, Qd8 17.RxQd8+ is faster
Nov-30-12  shavale: or may be 17.BxQd8
Nov-30-12  jovack: I find it hard to believe manik is 2400 here...
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  perfidious: < jovack: I find it hard to believe manik is 2400 here...>

Everyone has their moments, even in the same event.

A few years before this game, I played Manik in a rapid event at Philadelphia, got a winning position after some dubious play by him, but he escaped with a draw. Later in the event, he beat Roman Dzindzichashvili in a crucial game. Should we criticise him for failing to defeat the relatively weak player, or laud him for taking down the GM?

Here is a similar Nd5 sacrifice in the Sicilian Kan: Shabalov vs J Benjamin, 1993

Nov-30-12  Moszkowski012273: With proper play on blacks part the Nd5 sac should result in a draw.

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