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Grigory Serper vs Ioannis Nikolaidis
"The Usurper" (game of the day Jun-08-2004)
St. Petersburg op (1993), St. Petersburg RUS
King's Indian Defense: Kramer Variation (E70)  ·  1-0



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May-31-15  houtenton: Again: when you know there must be a winning line, the two basic moves Rxc6 and Qd5 "must be the solution", even more by absence of other acceptable moves. At least that is how I "solve" them most of the time. So I found the first two moves easely based on the priciple above. OK, I sometimes also miss the easy problem of tuesday too.

Then I thought 27.c6 will win quickly, and that finish my work for today (to early maybe).

May-31-15  houtenton: I'm sorry: Rxc6 must be Rxc8 of course.
So: 25.Rxc8 Qxc8 26.Qd5 fe3 27.Nd3 and what can black do? Threat now is 28.c6: Nd7 cannot step away because of Qf7+ and Qe7#.
May-31-15  vajeer: Would 26. Rc7 followed by c6 win too?
May-31-15  houtenton: <vajeer> At the first view it looks like your line (26.Rc7 followed by c6) and my line are winning easier than in the game. No time anymore to work it out. Maybe <patzer2> will still help us in the last hour of the day.
May-31-15  Pedro Fernandez: Hey <Chris>, this puzzle is almost impossible to solve on terms Serper did. At the puzzle position one sees clearly that white possesses a superior position. For instance, 25.Qxb4 "should win" too, and if 25...fxe3 then 26.Qxh4 threatening mate at e7, etc. However if black side can do ...0-0! my variation doesn't work. At first glance I didn't like 25.Rxc8+! since the black bishop on 'c8' is pinned.
Dec-09-15  Lamateur: Impressive game by serper !
Dec-09-15  Shams: From Page 1 of the kibitzing:

<acirce> <It's funny as a curiosity but not much more than that.>

I hope ol' Ulf has learned to have fun, wherever he is!

Jul-11-16  todicav23: White basically sacrificed all his pieces, except the queen.

I haven't analyzed the game to see if the whole "concept" is sound, but this must be one of the most impressive games ever played by a human chess player.

Jul-12-16  todicav23: Actually white also sacrificed the queen in the end, although you can say that it is not a real sacrifice because a new white queen appeared on the board immediately.

Here is the analysis of the game:

Does anyone know any other game where a player made so many sacrifices?

Jul-12-16  FairyPromotion: <todicav23: Does anyone know any other game where a player made so many sacrifices?>

This is the closest that I'm aware of:
G Mahia vs Quinteros, 1980

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  saffuna: <todicav23: Does anyone know any other game where a player made so many sacrifices?>

There's always I Rogers vs G Milos, 1992, which became controversial in the Best Game competition at the 1992 Olympiad.

Mar-23-19  stridergene: Immortal sacrifice game according to agadmator (a youtuber)
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  gezafan: Wow. Serper sacrifices every one of his pieces! How many times in chess history has this happened?
Aug-08-19  Caissas Clown: I have just watched a wonderfully precise endgame by Capablanca. Instructive,sure - but I would much sooner watch a game like this.Absolutely electric!
Feb-25-20  MordimerChess: Definitely fun to watch but analysis gives headache :D Serper played his immortal game and sacrified literally ALL his pieces. And the game was pretty precise with no chances to save it.

21...Qb7 doesn't help 22. c6 Rxa1 23. cxb7 Rxf1+ 24. Kxf1 Bxb7

Of course white had to be careful couple of times, for example:

29. Kxf2 Qxc5+ 30. Ke1 Qc1+ 31. Kf2Q d2+ 32. Kf1 Ng3+ 33. hxg3 Qd1+ 34. Kf2 hxg3+ 35. Ke3 Bh6+ 36. f4 Bxf4+ 37. Ke4 Qd4+ 38. Kf3 Qe3+ 39. Kg4 Qe2#

47. Kxe2?? Nf4+ 48. Kxf2 Nxg6∓
Or 48. Kxe3?? e1Q+

Where Nikolaidis made the mistake? Maybe 11...h4! instead of Qc7

Or maybe 18...f5 was too brave?

I recorded exaplanation of coupld of lines in this crazy game:

Enjoy! And watch out the headache syndroms ;)

Jul-19-21  Chesgambit: 18... Ne6!!
Jul-19-21  Chesgambit: 27.Nd3 alternative
Jul-19-21  Chesgambit: 15...Nf8 is too brave
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  Check It Out: The immortal sac game. What a gem, white sacs all his pieces. Never seen it before? Look at it!
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  moronovich: What a game !

Chess is easy : sac sac sac sac and resign !


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  Check It Out: That's more my style: sac sac sac, and then I resign :D
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  moronovich: But sometimes better to go down in flames,instead of going nowhere, at all :)
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  saffuna: <But sometimes better to go down in flames,instead of going nowhere, at all :)>

I remember GM Neil Young saying something like that.

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  moronovich: "Better to burn out, than fade away" I think it was.
Sep-16-21  Nina Myers: <The insane, on occasion, are not without their charms.>

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