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Andrew Sacks vs Marlo T Micayabas
"Sacks his Queen" (game of the day Jan-12-2013)
American Open (1984), Los Angeles, CA USA, Nov-24
Sicilian Defense: Velimirovic Attack (B89)  ·  1-0



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  piltdown man: Whoever came up with this pun should be sacked.
Jan-12-13  darshandatta: Nice game <andrewjsacks>
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  andrewjsacks: Thank you <darshandatta>.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Quite the impressive combination!
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  FSR: Cool game, <andrewjsacks>! I love the nonchalant 23.Rxh7! Playing such a move must have given you a thrill.
Jan-12-13  lemaire90: What a game by white !!
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  HeMateMe: Well planned, Andrew.
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  FearNoEvil: Andrew -- can you email me, Joel Johnson --
Jan-12-13  morfishine: Sactacular combination!

If 23.Rxh7 is the wake-up call, 25.g6 is taps, lights-out and sack-time for Black

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  Sneaky: It's not just that he sacks his queen--no offense, but queensacs are a dime a dozen. What's really special here is that he leaves his queen en prise *with* *check* ... and when it's taken, he cooly tucks his king away. That's truly rare.

Reminds me somewhat of that famous Spassky game where he permitted his opponent's pawn to capture-promote-check all in one move.

Jan-12-13  PaulLovric: <andrewjsacks> did you know on move 23. Rxh7, that there were about 14 moves left in the game. Or was it pure 'intuition' or a combination of calculation and intuition?
Jan-12-13  faroiden: Fantastisk !! Right in my colleections.
Jan-12-13  morfishine: <andrewjsacks> A great game! Very impressive too is your draw vs Fischer: Fischer vs A Sacks, 1964
Its not like Fischer was still a kid
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  offramp: A very good game! Even Mr Fawlty would've liked it.
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  FSR: <Sneaky: ... Reminds me somewhat of that famous Spassky game where he permitted his opponent's pawn to capture-promote-check all in one move.>

You refer, of course, to Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960. When I saw the present game, I thought of Keres vs D Byrne, 1972, where Keres just let his opponent get a passed pawn on the queenside, and promote it with check. Keres responded with 33.Kg2 and Byrne resigned.

Jan-12-13  erniecohen: White's in trouble after 22...h6.
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  FSR: Incidentally, 23.Rxh7!! is not "showing off"; it's the only move! Houdini says that everything else loses, e.g. 23.Qc1? Bf1! (23...h6 also wins) 24.Qxf1 Qxc2+ 25.Ka2 Rd3!, or 23.Bd2? h6! And 22...Rfd8 turns out to be a losing blunder! Black should have played 22...h6! Chess is a hard game.
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  perfidious: <andrew> Nice 'un!!
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  andrewjsacks: I thank you all. Yes <FSR>, Rxh7 was indeed rather thrilling to play. Unusual Queen sac: taken with check for no material comp by White at that point, but Black is hopelessly lost.
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  andrewjsacks: When Micayabas resigned, my friend NM Jimmy Lakdawala, who had been watching the final stages of the game, kiddingly asked, "Hey, Andy, do you have $75 bucks I can borrow?" It was a reference to the monetary award for 1st Brilliancy Prize in that tournament. In fact, later I was awarded only 2nd, by Vince McCambridge, judge of those prizes for the tournament.
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  andrewjsacks: <FSR> Right, and Vince's explanation to me was that with your suggested move, Black would have been about equal, after all.
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  kevin86: Nice one-white sacs the queen WITH CHECK so that he can throw a dragnet around black's king.
Jan-12-13  TheFocus: <andrewjsacks> Fantastic! Good to see you get Game of the Day!!
Jan-12-13  KingV93: Excellent example of persistence in attack, sticking with the plan!
Jan-12-13  maxi: Very interesting attack.
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