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Stephen McGrane vs Jovanka Houska
Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006), Gibraltar, rd 2, Jan-25
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack Bishop Hunt (B12)  ·  0-1



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Jun-15-06  notyetagm: 19 ... ♖xb2! is a great example of a ♖xg7/...♖xg2 sacrifice.

The loss of the knight pawn (White b2-pawn here) demolishes the White castled king position and leaves the White king terribly exposed to the fury of the Black queen, dark-squared bishop and other rook.

Jul-10-06  notyetagm: After the <DESTRUCTIVE SACRIFICE> 19 ... ♖xb2! 20 ♔xb2, Black follows up with 20 ... ♗a3+.

This bishop move adds another piece (with tempo) to the attack on the White king. And by leaving the back rank, the bishop move prepares castling so that the king's rook can also participate in the attack.

After the Black h8-rook has joined the attack by moving to the open b-file (21 ... 0-0, 22 ... ♖b8+), Black will then have -three- pieces attacking the enemy king (a3-bishop, a5-queen, b8-rook) and as we all know <THREE PIECES IS MATE!>

Jul-10-06  notyetagm: In regards to 19 ... ♖xb2!, GM Chandler said in his excellent book "How To Beat Your Dad At Chess" that <you should examine the sacrifice ♖xg7 every move to see if it now works>.

By following this advice, Black (Houska) was able to score a quick win. She saw that 19 ♘c3? -immediately- allowed a devastating ... ♖xb2! sacrifice and played it straight away.

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