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Tatiana Kosintseva vs Alisa Mikhailovna Galliamova
European Championship (Women) (2003), Istanbul TUR, rd 10, Jun-13
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  1-0

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Dec-31-04  white pawn: Got this one :-D... pretty simple. Of course, I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to find this OTB.
Dec-31-04  euripides: <cg> Has crafty been fed the wrong position ? In the line given isn't 28...Rxg8 possible ? Of course, White is winning anyway if he plays something else on move 28.
Dec-31-04
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  chessgames.com: <In the line given isn't 28...Rxg8 possible> No it's not, it's double-check.
Dec-31-04  jkiipli: <fizixgeek>
23 ... h6 24. Rg1+ Kh2 25. Rg7+ Kh8 26. Rxf7+ Kg8 and now Rg1+ is not mate because the rook on f7 is unprotected: Kxf7
Dec-31-04  euripides: <cg> True. Clever Crafty.
Dec-31-04  MonsieurL: Why does black leave so much behind the cramped position?

8 ... Bxf3 is a bad move for the pawn structure, leaving a black bishop blocked in. Why would she take the knight, removing white's g pawn, without adequate development for an attack? It makes no sense. Any comments?

Dec-31-04  MonsieurL: I forgot to add... removing the pin too soon, and giving up the valuable light bishop, important to any kingside attack.
Dec-31-04  pawn52: <chessgames.com> Is there a pun for this game?
Dec-31-04  vangogh228: Here's mine:

21. ... gxh5
22. Bxf6+ Kg8
23. Kh1 h6
24. Rg1+ Kh7
25. Rg7+ Kh8
26. Rag1

Now, Rxf7 and the loss of the Black Queen can't be stopped without sacrificing the game. It seems to me that the worst scenario for White is being up a knight.

Dec-31-04  Milo: jkiipli: 27.Rxd7 and white's got an extra knight?
Dec-31-04  vangogh228: Actually, it is that 27)Rg8+ Kh7 28)R1g7++ can't be stopped. I got into the mode that mate was not going to happen, going down a path that led to winning the black queen and giving up the bishop, leaving the knight advantage. Another example of not looking for the 'best' outcome when I have a 'pretty good' one. I've lost a lot of games that way...
Dec-31-04  Andrew Chapman: <23 ... h6 24. Rg1+ Kh2 25. Rg7+ Kh8 26. Rxf7+ Kg8 and now Rg1+ is not mate because the rook on f7 is unprotected: Kxf7>True but 27.Rxd7 wins the day
Dec-31-04
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Andrew Chapman>--Agreed. In fact this was pretty much like my inferior solution to the problem because I didn't see 23.Kh1 and thought white had to play 23.Re3 instead.
Dec-31-04  catlover: So what happens if Ivanchuk refuses the sacrifice? If 21...Bxg5, 22. Qxg5 f6, 23. Qh6 Rg8 and it is not clear to me how the attack can proceed. What am I missing?
Dec-31-04  catlover: Never mind. What I missed in my hasty post was that Ivanchuk would limp along without a knight. Refusing the Queen just prolongs the agony.
Dec-31-04  eainca: There is no immediate mate but white will be up a piece and will be able to exchange into a won endgame.
Dec-31-04  chessowl: This was not an easy one as complications arise if the sacrifice is not accepted. However like you all say, after the knight goes things look pretty bleak for black in a positional sense and in the endgame. If I were black though I dunno if I would have just given it up like that though. What do you guys think? Fight on?
Dec-31-04  Iron Dragon: I saw 21. Qxh5, and thought I saw a mate there somewhere after 21...gxh5, but couldn't make it happen. What happens if 21...Bxg5?
Dec-31-04
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  tpstar: <Iron Dragon> Declining the sacrifice with 21 ... Bxg5 22. Qxg5 leaves White a piece up with an easy win. See the previous posts for the forced mate after 21 ... gxh5.
Dec-31-04
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  kevin86: Let's get it right:Instead of capturing at f7,white doubles her rooks,double checks at g8,and mates on g7.It is a forced mate in 8,crafty is right.
Dec-31-04  be3292: <mendel> Of course you're right that the rook @ f7 has to be defended if 27. Rg1+ is played. I was looking at 27. RXQ. Sorry.
Dec-31-04
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  patzer2: <vangogh228> and <kevin86> Thanks for the excellent analysis and summary of the solution to today's (21. ?) problem.
Aug-05-05  tacticsjokerxxx: this isn't really a queen sac, because white regains the queen.
Feb-13-06  DeepBlade: Accepting the Queen sac leads to a forced mate in 8

21. Qxh5 <gxh5> 22. Bxf6+ Kg8 23. Kh1 Qxf5 24. exf5 h6 25. Rg1+ Kh7 26. Rg7+ Kh8 27. Rag1 Re6 28. Rg8+ Kh7 29. R1g7# 1-0

Declining the sac is possible, but it loses a piece.

Aug-02-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: Does OTB means On The Board
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