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Jonny Hector vs Mikkel Antonsen
"Heeeeeeeeere's Jonny!" (game of the day Oct-02-2012)
DEN-chT 48th (2010), Denmark, rd 7, Mar-02
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Tartakower Attack (C52)  ·  1-0



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  Gilmoy: 15..cxb5 16.Bxb5+ Bd7 17.Qe6+ <easy to overlook; it's a typical pin-dogpile> Kd8 18.Be7+ Kc8 <Ke8 19.Bxf6+ is #2; now the Bd7-Be7 complex traps Black's K on 8> 19.Qc4+ <Δ20.Ba6>:

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Black has no answer! His Q can run, but it still traps his K in a fatal triangle:

19..Bc7 20.Ba6

19..Kb8 20.Bd6+ Bc7 21.Ba6 Qb6 22.Bxc7+ <Black must self-block c7 *and* open b> Qxc7 22.Q(b3,b4)+

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19..Qc7 20.Ba6+ Kb8 21.Qb3+ Bb6 22.Rd1 <Q#!>

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Not only does Black's Ra8 never get into the game, but it's part of <White's mating net>!! I guess that's what justifies all the sacs in White's attack.

May-15-11  DarthStapler: In your last line, what happens if black plays 22...Ba4?
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  Gilmoy: <DarthStapler: 22..Ba4> Nice complication! But Black is still playing two Rooks down, and White has all the line intersections. 23.Qxa4 Qxe7 (Qxc3+ Kb1 ) 24.Rd7 and Black's Q must:

A. stop 25.Q<c6> (eliminates: 24..Q(e8,f8))

B. stop 25.Rb7+ Kc8 26.Q<d7># (eliminates: 24..Qc5)

C. hide from 26.R+ discovered check (eliminates: 24..Qe6 26.Rxb6+)

Black's Q is out of squares, and White mates anyways.

May-13-12  computer chess guy: Accepting the sac looks ok for Black after 14. .. cxd5 15. ♗xd5 ♕c7 16. ♗xa8 ♕xc3+ 17. ♕xc3 ♗xc3.
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  Big Pawn: It's about time this game got some recognition. This is the best example that I can think of, of modern players playing the Evans Gambit. Morphy would be proud of White's play in this game!

14.Rd5 should only lead to a draw with correct play, so says houdini. It looks like the strongest line, which still leads to a clear advantage for white is:

14.Nxe5 bc 15.Qxd7 Bxd7 16.Rd7 and white is up about 1.11. Black can't really defend his position and keep his extra material. His undefended bishops provide tactical opportunities for white in a number of lines. For example:

If 14...Rb8 to defend the bishop then 15.Bd6 attacks the rook.

If 14...Ba6 then 15.Re7+ Kd8 set's up the knight fork 16.Nxc6.

Best, according to Houdini is 14...c5 15.Rxb7 Bxc3 (attacking the knight) 16.Nc6 0-0 17.Bxc5 white gets his material back with a great position.

Oct-02-12  rilkefan: I imagine 13...bxc4 leads to 14.Rxd7 cxb3 15.Re7+ Kf8 16.Rxa7+ Ke8 17.Rxa8 - no, 16.Rxe5+ is better - anyway, white wins. So 15...Kd8 16.Rd1 Bd7 17.Rdxd7 and white's picking up too many pawns. Or 14...Bxd7 15.Qb7 Re8 16.Qxa7 and white gets the bishop too as ...Bxc3 17.Qc5 is curtains.
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  sfm: <Gilmoy>
Nice work, but over your second depicted position you write: <19..Kb8 20.Bd6+ Bc7 21.Ba6 Qb6 22.Bxc7+ <Black must self-block c7 *and* open b> Qxc7 22.Q(b3,b4)+ > You mean " ", after 22.-,Qb6 white can resign?
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  sfm: (Reg. comment below)
Instead of 18.Be7+, 18.Rd1 is indeed game over.
Oct-02-12  Abdel Irada: An Iliad of woes for that latter-day Patroclus, Mikkel Antonsen. The entire game seemed to consist of Black threatening a white piece, White ignoring the threat and offering another, and Black refusing both.
Oct-02-12  KingV93: This is a tactics masterclass, makes me want to study the Evans Gambit, looks like fun!
Oct-02-12  NewLine: This game makes no sense.
Oct-02-12  LoveThatJoker: According to Stockfish, if 15...cxb5 16. Bxb5+ Bd7 17. Qe6+ Kd8 18. Bxd7!

Analysis Diagram - Position after 18. Bxd7!

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18...Qxd7 19. Rd1

It should be noted that in this line, both 18. Be7+ and 18. Rd1 lead to winning positions for Black.


Oct-02-12  hugogomes: Black ignored all of white's pieces, and only took pawns.
Oct-02-12  Castleinthesky: A tactical masterpiece. I worked through each move to understand why Black couldn't take White's seemingly available pieces. White masterfully kept Black's king in the center and used a potential rook pin to dominate the game. One of the best Game of the Days in a while.
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  playground player: Good heavens! Or should it be good Evans?
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  The HeavenSmile: what is going on here?? don't understand half of this game...
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  kevin86: Black attacked...white held...white will win!
Oct-02-12  JohnBoy: <Heaven> - the black king is stuck in the center and white is taking shots at it. Trying to pry away its last bit of protection while bringing more fire power into the fray.
Oct-02-12  Julian713: <<Big Pawn:> It's about time this game got some recognition. This is the best example that I can think of, of modern players playing the Evans Gambit. Morphy would be proud of White's play in this game!>

I agree! I went through this game without looking at the date and wouldn't have been surprised one bit at 1910 rather than 2010.

Oct-02-12  rapidcitychess: Astounding how well Evan's Gambit was played here. I feel like yelling at black "Did your mother ever teach you to castle?" Although, I would be proud to be at the losing end of this brilliancy.
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  Bozantium: Why is this not called "Hector's Immortal"?
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  keypusher: <Bozantium: Why is this not called "Hector's Immortal"?>

Because he isn't. Achilles gets him.

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  FSR: Great game!
Oct-02-12  Abdel Irada: <The HeavenSmile: what is going on here?? don't understand half of this game...>

This is one of those games that very much reward analyzing all of the sacrifices in turn. They are all sound, even when multiple pieces are hanging at once, but you do have to examine the consequences of taking them to see why.

It is precisely by such exercises (whether undertaken in their own games or those of strong masters) that all chessplayers become better tacticians. Once you understand why these sacrifices work, you will forever after recognize the patterns involved in them, and can then adapt them to your own needs.

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  Alex Schindler: If I didn't see the date or names I would have assumed this was a Morphy game unjustifiably overlooked. Love to see a modern Evans gambit, especially when it plays so classical.

Hector left all of troy en prise... Antonsen knew better than to look a gift horse in the mouth, or a gift rook, but the attack was overwhelming.

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