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Zoltan Almasi vs William Nicholas Watson
Bundesliga (1994/95), Germany
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1-0

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Aug-29-08  Autoreparaturwerkbau: 34.Rxf7! What a move...
Dec-20-08  Soinne: Why not 14. Bxf8???
Oct-22-09  Elrathia Kingi: <Soinne>, after 14.Bxf8 Qxf8, there is the threat of ...Bh6 pinning the white Q. That threat can easily be avoided, but the overall importance of the R sacrifice in this position is that it gives black total control of the dark squares with strong attacking possibilities on the Queen side. In order to get to the black king, white needs to eliminate the powerful g7 bishop, which is made difficult if white does not have a dark bishop.
Oct-23-09  holy tramp: I dunno, <Elrathia>, you make a good point but as for me, I'd take the rook, go with 14. Kb1 and start advancing pawns kingside in the usual dragon fashion. Don't think I could lose with that advantage...
Oct-27-09  Elrathia Kingi: <holy tramp>, after Kb1, Rb8 pins the pawn, leaving the knight on c3 hanging and vulnerable to ...e4. The knight couldn't move because of the threat of Rxb2. There is the additional threat of ...Qa3, which puts heavy pressure on the white king. It is not a clear situation, and white would certainly have counter-attacking potential, but the play in this game is stronger (and obviously worked out for white).
Oct-27-09  310metaltrader: where is the win for white, he is down a rook if black takes the rook!
Oct-27-09  310metaltrader: never mind, taking the rook leads to mate, but it is won if he does not.
Jan-04-10  zmoravec: I think Rxf7 was possible even in 33rd move.
Jan-04-10  ppeti84: zmoravec after 33.Rxf7 black can move Qg1 check, and white can't take the g6 pawn after 34...Rxf7 35.Qe8 Rf8
Mar-09-11  apexin: Great combination.Its a rarity to see something like this in QRvsQR endings.

34.Rxf7 istn obvious as there is Qg5

Mar-10-11
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  FSR: Agreed, 34.Rxf7! is a stunner. It's simple enough once you see it, but I don't recall ever seeing a combination like this.
Sep-16-13  takchess: Last move would make a good wednesday puzzle
Sep-16-13
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  ChemMac: 33..d5 was a mistake; 33...Qg2 to protect the g6 pawn holds for the time being.
Sep-16-13
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  ChemMac: 33..c5 was a mistake; 33...Qg2 to protect the g6 pawn holds for the time being.
Sep-16-13
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  perfidious: This is a clever and by no means obvious variation on a familiar theme.
Dec-04-13
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  bharat123: It is true that 34.Rxf7 is a great combination. But simple 34.Qe7 threatening Qxf8+ followed by Rd8 mate has no answer.
Dec-05-13
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  FSR: <bharat123> You're right; that is also crushing. Incidentally, in the game continuation 34.Rxf7, White also had to consider 34...Qd4+, when his quickest win is 35.Qxd4 cxd4 36.Rxf8+! Kxf8 37.b4!
Dec-05-13
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  FSR: <zmoravec: I think Rxf7 was possible even in 33rd move.>

Looks like it. Probably White was playing a "safe" move in time pressure.

Dec-05-13
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  bharat123: <FSR>: <bharat123> You're right; that is also crushing. Incidentally, in the game continuation 34.Rxf7, White also had to consider 34...Qd4+, when his quickest win is 35.Qxd4 cxd4 36.Rxf8+! Kxf8 37.b4!

I found 34.Qe7 while trying 'Guess the Move' tool. It looks better for me than the text, but I was given only partial credit of 2 points against full credit of 3 points.

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