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Patrick Lebel vs Michael Arwanitakis
European Club Cup (2006), Fuegen AUT, rd 2, Oct-09
Polish Opening: Outflank Variation (A00)  ·  0-1

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Oct-25-06  ARival: <Richard> interesting to compare this double B sac with the one in Zgy Frankel v Mariner that Jonathan posted on your forum.
Oct-25-06
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  Sneaky: This ♗♗ sac is a little different from most. Usually once the king is stripped bare naked, a rook lifts to deliver the final blow. Well that happens here too, but the rook isn't all ready to go in "lift position", it takes a few moves to get mobile!
Oct-25-06  Marco65: <Richard Taylor> <if he couldn't see Bxh7+...> That double bishop sacrifice is a classic, but one thing is to "see", another is to "calculate". Could you calculate all possible defence lines up to a clear win for Black? Congratulations.

I couldn't (see my previous posts about 19.f4) and I don't think I'm alone. I found this a difficult puzzle.

Oct-25-06
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  lilfoohk: DBS

Double Bishops Sac!

Oct-25-06  zb2cr: Saw this in a little over a minute--for some reason the double Bishop sacrifice just seemed like what the position called for, and it was just a matter of looking for how to do it.
Oct-25-06  Chesschatology: What's wrong with 20...g3 21.fxg3 Qxg3+ 22.Kh1 Rg8 ?
Oct-25-06  Fisheremon: <Chesschatology> Same as noted before 23. Bg4 Qh4+ 24. Kg2 Rxg4 25. Qxg4 etc., or if you want to delay 23...h5 24. Qf3 Qh4+ 25. Qh3 etc. the point is that White has now free square f2 for combining pieces.
Oct-25-06
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  kevin86: I saw the first sac,but not the second. I also missed black's rook detour around the pawn on h7.

The win was quite sharp and quick.

Oct-25-06  Sami Jr: I saw the double bishop sac, but I think the key here is to realize that the rook could be brought out for the kill way before any of the white pieces to get to the scene to defend the king.

I think the opening move 1.b4 is somewhat surprising (especially in todays era). If you check out the opening explorer, though 1...e5 is the most common response, the played response, 1...c6 (along with the second move)appears to be the most effective response for black according to the statistics. Nice play by Arwanitakis from beginning to end.

Oct-25-06  Castle In The Sky: Missed it, I was thinking 16..Rxg2 followed by 17...Qh4, but white can defend himself with Rh1
Oct-25-06  Chess Classics: I saw the double bishop sac, decided it went nowhere. I figured chessgames.com was giving us one of those puzzles where the correct answer is a quiet move. It's been a long week.

Regards,
CC

Oct-25-06  Blackreptile: to Ahatchu: after 16.Ne5! instead of Nd2?? or Ne1, it is not even clear that black is better.After all the exchanges of pieces in e5, Bd3 may be by white, to be able to play Rb1...with no more pieces,his king in the center and weaknesses in the queen's wing,black will have more work to justify his strategy!
Oct-25-06  SanChess: Wow! A Polish Opening? Played in 2006? What's going on!?
Oct-25-06  Gouki: <SanChess> indeed! I was just as surprised to see that some people still play the polish opening in the 21st century.

The thing about it is that in this game, white deliberately made his dark squared bishop very 'bad'. It makes you wonder what was going through the mind of this guy when he did that. Its good to see that black punished white for this weak play.

Oct-25-06
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  BlueMooner: Personally speaking I was looking at Nxc5 which wins a pawn...I'll get my coat then shall I?
Oct-25-06  ahmadov: This man with 2265 rating must be a promising chess player with such beautiful game.
Oct-25-06  ahmadov: I checked this position with Fritz 9. For a while it said the position was equal, then immediately it changed and showed 4.65 starting with Bxh2. However, according to Fritz, white blundered when played 19.Kxg2. The engine prefers f4 instead.
Oct-25-06  TheSlid: <Richard Taylor> <10 ways to win...Bxh2+...banned from playing chess>. Brilliant commentary, my undead friend.
Oct-25-06  thesonicvision: <That double bishop sacrifice is a classic, but one thing is to "see", another is to "calculate". Could you calculate all possible defence lines up to a clear win for Black? Congratulations.>

exactly. another question is would you be bold enough to play the sac in tournament play? few would take the risk unless they were able to
calculate precisely. if black is
not careful, he may sac too much
material and have to settle for the
half-point via perpetual queen checks.

Oct-25-06  metallurgist: I would have started with 16 ...Bxg2.
After anything, ...Qh4.
Of course, to white's f4 (to block the dark squares B) the reply is PxP(e.p.).
Oct-25-06  unferth: <Chesschatology: What's wrong with 20...g3 21.fxg3 Qxg3+ 22.Kh1 Rg8 ?>

<Fisheremon: <Chesschatology> Same as noted before 23. Bg4 Qh4+ 24. Kg2 Rxg4 25. Qxg4 etc., or if you want to delay 23...h5 24. Qf3 Qh4+ 25. Qh3 etc. the point is that White has now free square f2 for combining pieces.>

Instead of 22 ... Rg8, 22 ... Qh3+ 23 Kg1 Rg8+ 24 Bg4 Rxg4+ 25 Qxg4 Qxg4+ and black has Q+2P for R+N along with a fierce attack (23 Kf2 Qg3#). Not as clear-cut as the game continuation, but enough to win. If 20 ... g3 21 Nf3 g2 22 Nh2 gxf1/Q+ 23 Qxf1 Rg8+ 24 Bg4 Rxg4+ 25 Nxg4 Qxg4+, black still has two extra pawns & a win I think.

Oct-25-06  VinnyRoo2002: After 21. Re1, Rg6 is a blunder due to 22.Nf1 Rh6 23. Ng3, then I believe white may be able to hold on. However, after 21. Re1 g3 is winning for black. All this is done without computer analysis, so I'm not sure if black can still force a win in the first set of moves.
Oct-25-06  Tariqov: <<<<<<exactly. another question is would you be bold enough to play the sac in tournament play? few would take the risk unless they were able to calculate precisely. if black is
not careful, he may sac too much
material and have to settle for the
half-point via perpetual queen checks>
>
>
>

Yes i think most would play it(unless you calculated wrongly or you did not see Bxh2!).Bxh2 is a common tactical theme. In chess you should be brave.Some people even play this tactics eventhough they did not calculate, they trust their intuition.

Oct-25-06  cjhasbrouck: Can anyone confirm if 16. ...Qh4 is also winning?
Oct-26-06  Marco65: <cjhasbrouck> Look at a previous post of mine: 16...Qh4 17.g3 Qh3 18.Nxe4 and now what can Black do?
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