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This is a game that I played on-line on the Chess.com website. There were several people who were watching it. As soon as it was complete, one of the Internet spectators said that I should publish this game on one of my websites. It is a fairly good game, and many facets of it may be interesting to the average chess student. There are also a number of things that can be learned from this game, such as the use of a mobile Pawn center, and the Bishop sack on h7. ("Greek Gift.") The analysis is fairly detailed, and it should be quite useful, especially for lower-rated players. What is especially noteworthy is that I had the sack on h7 in mind ... starting from about my tenth move; how I was able to recognize the features that made this sacrifice possible and how I was able to set it up - well in advance - are the main reasons that I wanted to go ahead and share this game. (I hope that you enjoy it!)


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   FLchessplayer (1932) - atty_at_win (1754)   
  [D45]  
  Chess.com; Live (3-0)  (R#1) / 14, 09, 2012.  

  [A.J. Goldsby I]  

 

For the opening, I simply try to develop quickly and naturally. (I follow my own principles.) 

[Without being extremely obvious, Black makes several bad choices in the opening. 
To wit: he, without any provocation, exchanges off his good Bishop, and then he surrenders the center.] 

   1.d4 Nf62.c4 e63.Nc3 d54.e3 c65.Nf3 Bb4!?6.Bd3 Bxc3+?!;  
   7.bxc3 dxc4!?8.Bxc4 Nbd79.a4! 0-0; 10.0-0,  

The opening is over, Fritz says that White has a fairly nice edge. (" +/ "). 

 

 

 

               [ Interesting was: 10.a5!? ]  

 

Now a Pawn break ... (probably the advance of ...c6-c5) ... was called for. 

 

   10...Nb6?!; ('?')  11.Bd3 Nbd512.Bd2 Re8(Probably '?!' here.) 
This move was very likely an error, the box says it was better to try for (the plan of) ...Ne7-g6.  

 

 

Now White tries to use his mobile Pawn center to gain a lot of space. 
(Several engines now agree that White has a fairly large edge, and has a nearly won game.)  

 

   13.e4 Ne714.e5 Nfd515.c4 Nc7(artificial)  
This is probably (much) inferior to playing the Knight to b6/d7, and then possibly on to f8.   

 

 

 

Now a crucial position has been reached, White must decide on which way to go from here. 

 

   16.Bxh7+!(Maybe - '!!')  ----> Destroys / rips away the Pawn cover in front of the BK. 
This must be correct, if only from a philosophical standpoint, although some engines do actually prefer Ng5 at this point for White.  
(I had this idea in mind, since right around move ten.).  

 

 

 

With Black's pieces bunched on Q-side, a quick decision on the K-side is not only logical, it is the best way to end the game.  
(This sacrifice is typical of the "GREEK GIFT" ... usually a Bishop sack on h7.)  - ye olde editor 

 

               [ The continuation of:  RR 16.Ng5 Nf5; 17.Qh5, "-->"  
                  yields White a very powerful (and a probably winning) attack ... 
                  after only a handful of moves. ]    

 

   16...Kxh717.Ng5+ Kg8[]("Box.") 
This looked forced, the alternative of ...Kg6; appears to be much worse for Black. (See below.)  

 

               [ Worse was:  </=  17...Kg6?18.Qg4 f5!?;   

                        (Or, if Black plays: 18...Nf5 ; than simply 19.Nxe6+ , "+/-" wins for White. )  

                 19.exf6 gxf6!?20.Ne4+! Kf721.Qh5+ Kg722.Bh6+ Kh823.Nxf6,  "+/-" ]  

 

   18.Qh5 Ng6[];  (Forced.)  
Here, Black had no choice.  

 

               [ Worse was: </=  18...f6?19.exf6!,  
                  Best.   

                            (Or 19.Qf7+ Kh8;  20.Ra3, +-)  

                 19...Nf5(hmmm)  
                 This is as good as anything else.   

                           (Or 19...gxf6 ; 20.Qh7+ Kf8 ; 21.Qf7#.)   

                 20.Qh7+ Kf821.Qh8#]    

 

   19.Qh7+ Kf8;    
Black has nearly run out of good (or useful) moves ...   

 

 

 

   20.Be3[ '!' or '?']   
This is all wrong, yet this was the plan that I chose. 
(This might even win for White, it MIGHT be possible to defend the second player's position ... in a tournament game. 
 However, in a game of 3-0, it is (IMO) not feasible that Black should be able to save his game ...  
 White's plan of h2-h4 is so strong that only a chess engine could find a decent defense.)

 

You might think I am very pleased with this game ... I am actually cross with myself for not finding a more energetic continuation, 
something that would have been a substantial improvement over the course of the actual game ...  
(See the two lines just below.)

 

               [ White had two very brilliant winning lines here.  They were:   

                        #1.)  >/=  20.Ra3!! Qxd4!?21.Nxf7!!,  "+-"  

                  Or  #2.)  >/=  20.Bb4+! Re721.Ra3! Ke822.Rf3! Qxd4; 23.Nxf7!, "+-" ]   

 

   20...Na621.h4! Ke7('?')   
This loses, although Black was probably much, much worse ... (and maybe even lost) in any event. 

 

               [ The best plan was probably >/= 21...b7-b6; yet nothing will save Black here, viz: 
                 RR 21...b6 22.h5 Nh423.h6 Nf524.hxg7+ Nxg725.Ne4! Nf526.Bg5,  "+/-"  
                 (Black must give up the Queen, or allow a checkmate.) ]  

 

At the end of the game, I had over 1.5 minutes left, while my opponent ran his time down to about 25 seconds ... 
just after the sack on the h7-square. (Predictably, now very short of time, Black blunders.) 
   22.Qxg7 Rg8??23.Qxf7#.   

 

 

The analysis of this game may prove useful to players below the level of (say) 1600 FIDE. 
{Right after this was played, a lower-rated player requested that I analyze this game and then post it on my web-site.}

 

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