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Julio Becerra Rivero vs Justin Sarkar
US Championship (2007), Stillwater USA, rd 3, May-17
Scandinavian Defense: General (B01)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Don't let this one slip past with looking at it, because this is an excellent example of a Queen side attack with many interesting moments.

The first is the gambit 9.0-0, which Black should have declined with 9...Nxf3+; 10.Qxf3,e5. Taking the c-pawn gives White the two Bishops and an open c-file...

...which he exploits with a second passive sacrifice (i.e., non-forcing) 16.Rfc1. Again, Black should have declined, accepting a cramped position with 16...Nfe8, but it shows how the open file is worth more than a pawn.

I doubt that Becerra-Rivero saw the entire attack, but he keeps finding moves to keep up the pressure (who knows? They might not be best) and finishes with a flourish: 30.Bxe4,Rxc8??; 31.Bxc6+,Kxc6; 32.Rxd6+!,Kxd6; 33.Bf4+ wins a piece. Black's last move must have been a time pressure error. missing the discovered check after ...Kxd6; Bxf4+.

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  Mating Net: A fine example of a non stop attacking game and the value of the initiative. The Magician from Riga would have endorsed White's aggressive play. As <An Englishman> says, <Don't let this one slip past>

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