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Michael Francis Stean vs Gyula Sax
Amsterdam IBM (1979), Amsterdam NED, rd 2, Jul-13
English Opening: King's English Variation. Three Knights System General (A27)  ·  0-1



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  chancho: Had Sax first played 21...Nh4, Stean had 22.Qg5. (keeping an eye on g2) But after Sax's 21...Ng4! 22.fxg4 Nh4, the white g4 pawn blocks the white Queen from the defense of g2. If White now plays 23.Bf3, then 23...Nxf3+ and mate on the next move.
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  chancho: On 22.Qd6 Sax has 22...Rf4! obstructing the b8-h2 diagonal. (23.Qxf4 Nxf4 and mate on g2 or h2)
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  fredthebear: This is game 4, p. 30 in the book Power Mates by Bruce Pandolfini.
Mar-12-18  Retireborn: In Informator Sax criticises 16.0-0 and 18.Rae1, but there is not a lot wrong with these moves, objectively.

18...Qd7! is a nice example of what Kotov calls a creeping move. 18.Qc5 would have been OK for White, but now 19.Qc5 is a loser because the black queen gets in at h3.

White had to find 19.Kh1 (only move), the difference being that if 19...f3 20.gxf3 Qh3?! 21.fxe4 Ng4? 22.Bxg4 Black does not recapture with check; 22...Qxg4 23.f4 Nh4 24.Rf2 & White wins.

Of course Black can do better than 20...Qh3; Sax gives 20...exf3 21.Bxf3 Nh4 22.Bd1 Ng4 with compensation.

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