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Zahar Efimenko vs Richard Forster
"Forster and Seven Sacs Ago" (game of the day Dec-17-2011)
European Team Championship (2011), Porto Carras GRE, rd 7, Nov-09
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Yugoslav Attack Panov Variation (B76)  ·  0-1



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Nov-09-11  jon01: Wow, thriller game. I would have loved to see Efimenko's face after 9. ...Bxg4!

This is probably the best game of IM Forster.

Nov-09-11  savagerules: What a tactical melee! Most interesting game of this tournament so far. Looks like White wasn't prepared for a tough battle like this despite the big rating difference.
Nov-09-11  luzhin: White seemed to have negotiated the stormy waters and with 27.Ne4 e2 28.Re1 would surely have pressed on to victory, but 27.Rf1?? allowed a dramatic turning of the tables. Still, Efimenko had one last trick. If 43...h1=Q?? 44.Ne6+ Kh7 45.Qf7+ Kh6 46.Qf4+ would have been a draw by perpetual check!
Nov-09-11  howlwolf: This would be a great Saturday or Sunday puzzle. Qxf1+ was a great shot, that I sure didn't see.
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  Phony Benoni: <howlwolf> Probably the most famous instance of the idea introduced by 28...Qxf1+ is the game Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922. After <30.Rxa8>:

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Alekhine (Black) played <30...bxc3 31.Rxe8 c2!>.

Incredibly, Alekhine pulled off the same trick again later in the same game. After <47.Rd2>:

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<47...Qe2! 48.Rxe2 fxe2> simplified into a won endgame.

I was pretty impressed by 27...Rcxd7! luring White's bishop off a crucial diagonal.

Nov-10-11  Dr. J: Couldn't White have done better with 28 Qxd7 Qxf1+ 29 Nxf1 Rxd7 30 Nxe3, or, much later, 41 Qf6+ Kg8 42 Nf2?
Nov-10-11  Dr. J: <jon01: This is probably the best game of I.M. Forster.>

And what would be the best of E.M. Forster?

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  Phony Benoni: <Dr. J> After <28.Qxd7>:

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It looks like Black has the possibility of 28...Rxd7 29.Rxf4 exd2 30.Be2 d1Q+ 31.Bxd1 Rxd1+ 32.Ka2 Rd2, with an extra pawn or so.

But I don't know if that's better than the game or not. It's too dark to analyze properly right now. I prefer a room with a view.

Dec-17-11  xthred: Wow. Killer.
Dec-17-11  rilkefan: Why not 15...Nxc2+? And how does black continue the attack after 26.Rd4?
Dec-17-11  thegoldenband: Great game, and a great pun too. I think I counted seven sacs, at that!
Dec-17-11  rilkefan: Anyway, I sure hope 15...Bf6 is wrong, I hate giving up that bishop in Dragon and open KID lines.
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  Gilmoy: Dedicated to the proposition that <some pawns are worth more than others>
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  HeMateMe: Is 43...R-a1+ what's called a "forcing move"? White was forced to resign.
Dec-17-11  Llawdogg: Nice to see this kind of chess can still be found today.
Dec-17-11  onur87: This is the real, amazing, beautiful chess!
Dec-17-11  Kimmel: Abe would have approved.
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  FSR: 27...Rcxd7!! was an outrageous swindle, one clever enough that a 2700+ player fell into it. As for the opening, I was surprised to see that 7...Bxg4, which at first blush looks absurd, has been played 12 times and gotten Black a plus score! Opening Explorer 12...d5 is a surprising theoretical novelty - it looks unsound, and perhaps it actually is.

Incidentally, Black is an IM who spent <three years> researching and writing the most amazing chess biography I have ever seen - on Amos Burn. As John Watson has said, it's a shame he didn't choose a more interesting subject. Forster's research did, however, unearth the most spectacular move of all time - Black's 33rd in E MacDonald vs Burn, 1910.

Dec-17-11  getnacke: This is truly s beauty by Forster!
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  Penguincw: Wow. Dragging the king into a position where black will queen with check.
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  kevin86: Black will soon make a third queen and will win easily.
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  whiteshark: What is the pun about?
Dec-17-11  newshutz: <whiteshark>
The first line of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is "Four score and seven years ago"

For those of you outside the USA, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is a very fine example of rhetoric, issued at a critical time (politically) during the American Civil War.

Dec-17-11  JohnBoy: <whiteshark> - "Four score and seven years ago..." start of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address. The clearest, most succinct explanation of the American experiment I know of.

BTW - did you close your personal forum? I posed an innocuous question there and find myself unable to return. Have I been banned?

Dec-17-11  JohnBoy: I don't get much of this game. Why not Looks to me like a great swindle starting with black's 27th.
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