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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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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?
Oct-02-12  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.
Oct-02-12  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.

Dec-22-19  Walter Glattke: 14.Bxb5 cxb5 15.Rxb5 Qc7 (Qd7 Rd1) 16.Qd5 Qxc3+ 17.Kb1 Qxa3 18.Qxa8 or 16.-Rb8 17.Rxb8 Qxb8 18.Qxa5 Nf7 19.Rd1 this BLITZ seems to offer a better continuation than 14.Rxb5.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: To my shock, solved the problem if Black accepts the sacrifice, but completely forgot to consider the actual game move. Calling it 6.5/7 for the week.
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  agb2002: White is a pawn down.

Black threatens cxd5 and bxc4.

The uncastled black king invites to play 15.Rxb5:

A) 15... cxb5 16.Bxb5+

A.1) 16... Bd7 17.Qe6+ Kd8 18.Bxd7 (threatens 19.Be7+ Kc7 20.Qd6#)

A.1.a) 18... Qxd7 19.Rd1 Qxd1+ 20.Kxd1 seems to win decisive material because the black pieces are scattered and uncoordinated. For example, 20... Re8 21.Qd6+ (better than 21.Qd5+ and 22.Qxa5) 21... Kc8 22.Qc6+ wins a rook. Or 20... Kc7 21.Qe7+ followed by 22.Qxg7 traps the black knight.

A.1.b) 18... Qb6 19.Bd6 looks crushing (19... Ng8 20.Qe8#).

A.2) 16... Kd8 17.Rd1+

A.2.a) 17... Bd7 18.Rxd7+ Qxd7 19.Bxd7 Kxd7 20.Qd5+, followed by 21.Qxa5, wins decisive material.

A.2.b) 17... Kc7 18.Bd6+ Kd8 (18... Kb6 19.Bc4+ followed by Qa4+ and mate) 19.Bb4+ Kc7 (19... Bd7 20.Rxd7+ as above) 20.Bxa5+ Kb8 21.Bb4

A.2.b.i) 21... Qxb5 22.Bd6+ Kb7 23.Qxb5#.

A.2.b.ii) 21... Nf7 22.Qxf7 Qxb5 23.Bxd6#.

A.2.b.iii) 21... Qb6 22.Bd6+ Kb7 23.Qd5+ Qc6 24.Qxc6#.

A.3) 16... Qd7 17.Qe6+ Kd8 18.Bxd7 Bxd7 19.Rd1 wins.

B) 15... Bb6 16.Nxe5 (probably stronger than 16.Rd1)

B.1) 16... cxb5 17.Bxb5+

B.1.a) 17... Kd8 18.Rd1+ Kc7 19.Qc4+ Kb8 20.Bd6+ Bc7 21.Nc6+ wins.

B.1.b) 17... Bd7 18.Qe6+ Kd8 19.Qe7+ Kc8 20.Bxd7+ wins.

B.2) 16... fxe5 17.Rxe5+ Kd8 (17... Kd7 18.Rd1+ (or 18.Re7+) 18... Kc7 19.Re7+ Kb8 20.Bd6+ Bc7 21.Bxc7#) 18.Rd1+ Bd7 (18... Kc7 19.Re7+ as above) 19.Be6 wins decisive material (19... Re8 20.Bxd7 Rxe5 21.Bc6+).

C) 15... Qc7 16.Rd1

C.1) 16... cxb5 17.Bxb5+ Bd7 18.Qe6+ Kd8 19.Rxd7+ Kc8 (19... Qxd7 20.Qxd7#) 20.Rxc7+ Kxc7 21.Qd6+ Kb7(c8) 22.Ba6#.

C.2) 16... Bb6 17.Bd6, recovers the pawn, with an overwhelming position.

Dec-22-19  JimmyRockHound: Well I had no idea what was going on there!
Dec-22-19  mel gibson: That's beyond my pay grade.

Stockfish 10 says:

15. Rxb5

(15. Rxb5 (♖d5xb5 ♗a5-b6 ♘f3xe5 ♗c8-g4 ♘e5xc6 ♕b7xc6 ♗c4-d5 ♕c6-d7 ♗d5xa8 ♗g4-e6 ♗a8-d5 ♔e8-f7 f2-f4 g7-g6 f4-f5 g6xf5 e4xf5 ♘h6xf5 ♗d5xe6+ ♕d7xe6 ♖b5xf5 ♕e6xb3 a2xb3 ♖h8-g8 ♖h1-f1 ♖g8xg2 ♖f5xf6+ ♔f7-g8 ♗a3-d6 ♖g2-g1 ♖f1xg1+ ♗b6xg1 ♗d6-e5 ♗g1-c5 ♔c1-b2 ♗c5-e3 ♖f6-e6 ♔g8-f7 ♖e6-c6 h7-h6 ♖c6-f6+ ♔f7-g8 h2-h4 ♔g8-h7 h4-h5 ♔h7-g8 ♗e5-d4 ♗e3xd4 c3xd4 ♔g8-g7 ♖f6-a6 ♔g7-h7) +8.88/39 230)

score for White +8.88 depth 39.

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  dorsnikov: Even God couldn't have seen the sequences of moves following 15.Rxb5!

Hector obviously took the Rudolph Spielmann route and depended on the possibilities of 15. Rxb5.

Dec-22-19  dhotts: The truly astounding move by Johnnnny is 14. Rd5!!!
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  scormus: I suppose we should be relieved it wasn't 14. White to play :
Dec-22-19  schachfuchs: In view of the 3 diagonals b3-g8, a3-f8 and b5-e8 (after 15.Rxb5 cxb5 16.Bxb5) controled by White, 15.Rxb5 was not too "insane" to find and indeed my first choice. However, as <dhotts> stated already, <the truly astounding move by Jonny was 14.Rd5!!>
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  Breunor: Stockfish views 14 Rd5 as a blunder, and if black accepts the sacrifice the game is even. 14 .... f6? Is the losing move.

Instead 14 Nxe5 gives a lasting advantage; bxc4 15 Qxb7 Bxb7 16 Rd7 and white recaptured the piece. If 16 ... Rb8 17 Bd6 wins.

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  fredthebear: ...f6 is often a bad idea, particularly in double king pawn open games, and whenever the opposing bishop and queen remain on board, as White has here.

That White knight was suicidal!

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  patzer2: For the Sunday Dec 22, 2019 puzzle (15. ?), we witness the explosive, tactical potential of the Evans Gambit with 15. Rxb5!! +- (+4.78 @ 22 ply, Stockfish 9).

P.S.: Black's decisive mistake, as several previous posters mentioned, is 14...f6? allowing 15. Rxb5!! +-.

Instead, 14...cxd5 15. Bxd5 Qc7 16. Bxa8 Qxc3 + = (0.00 @ 27 ply, Stockfish 9) keeps the game level.

According to our Opening Explorer, instead of the seldom played 8...Nxe5?! 9. Nxe5 ±, the second player has had more success with the popular move 8...Bd6 = as in Black's win in Nisipeanu vs Caruana, 2015.

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  patzer2: As <Breunor> observes, instead of 14. Rd5!? allowing 15. cxd5 = (0.00 @ 35 ply), Stockfish 10 indicates White should have played 14. Nxe5! +- (+2.62 @ 34 ply).

But then we wouldn't have had the fun in yesterday's Sunday puzzle (15. ?) of figuring out White's extremely difficult winning combination after 14. Rd5!? f6? with 15. Rxb5!! Bb6 16. Nxe5! +-.

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