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Gyula Sax vs John Nunn
"Sax and the City" (game of the day Apr-27-2004)
Lugano op (1984), Lugano SUI, Mar-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: 28.Qe1 threatening 29.Rh4 would have been even better than the text move.
Oct-29-03  erikcu: I thought maybe 18.Bxd6
Is there a way for black to regain parity from that fork? It seems to me in that case after trading it will be white with a rook, bishop, and knight against black with 2 rooks.
Oct-29-03  aulero: Yes Honza, just a little care in order to avoid 28...Rde8 29.Rh4?? Rxe7 30.Qxe7 Qg1+ :-)
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  Honza Cervenka: <aulero> Of course, if 28...Rde8, then 29.g7+ Kxg7 30.Nf5+ Kf7 31.Re7+ Rxe7 32.Qxe7+ Kg6 33.Qg7+ Kh5 34.Qxh7+ etc.
Oct-29-03  Diggitydawg: <eriku> One of my candidate moves was 18.Bxd6. I discounted it in favor of the text move because I calculated: 18..QxB 19.QxQ BxQ 20.RxB, leaving the material count even, with Black having the option to play 20...g6xf5.
Oct-29-03  DexterGordon: What do y'all think of 18. Bh3?

18...Ne5 either loses an exchange or leaves the BK in the center; 18...h4 19. fxg6 fxg6 20. Qd3 seems to give W a pretty good attack.

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  patzer2: If 19...Qc6, then 20. Re1 Ne5 21. Bxe5 dxe5 22. Rxe5 Rc7 23. f6 Rd7 24. c4 Kd8 [if 24...h5, then 25. Bg2!; if 24...h6, then 25. Qd4!; if 24...Rxd5, then 25. Rxe7+-] 25. fxe7+ Ke8 26. Bg2 f6 27. Re1 Kf7 28. Qh6 Rd6 29. e8Q+ Rxe8 wins for white, per Fritz 8 (+6.66 @14/14 depth & 736kN/s, as last assessed for black's 24th move).
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  patzer2: <Honza Cervenka> As usual, your analysis is outstanding! For white's 28th move, Fritz 8 gives five wins, rating your choice best (@12/41 depth & 734kN/s):

28. Qe1 (+7.16)

28. Re1 (+5.81)

28. a3 (+5.75)

28. gxh7 (+5.38)

28. a4 (+5.25)

Oct-29-03  noone2: Why not 20 N:e7
If Q:e7 B:d6 Qh4 (else Qe2 + or Re1)
Re1 + Kd7 or d8 Bg3 +
Oct-29-03  crafty: 20. ♘xe7 ♕xe7 21. ♗h3 ♘f6 22. fxg6 ♖c6 23. ♖e1   (eval 3.46; depth 13 ply; 500M nodes)
Oct-29-03  noone2: 20 N:e7 looks quite obvious (even without Bh3 - Bd6 looks crushing).

I wonder why this line wasn't chosen...

Oct-29-03  John Doe: What the heck kind of puzzle is this?
I was much more enamored by a knight sac at b5 with a following check by the bishop and a pawn trade on the other flank. I envisioned something similar to a Boden's mate but couldn't come up with the move order for it.
Oct-30-03  noone2: I see the error of 20 N:e7 Q:e7 21 B:d6 Rd8! 22 Re1 Ne5! (23 R:e5 Q:e5) and black wins
Apr-27-04  vonKrolock: Nunn's defense is sound, whith the stronghold 'e5' completelly compensating for Sax's pair of Bishop's; but 14...Tc8? was a mistake. Better would be 14...0-0-0, to be followed by Kb8, Tc8 etc. , whith equilibium.
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  kevin86: It's not really a puzzle-but it's an illustration on how even the best players miss the best move-more often then we would think.

The notes here often show the converse problem of parlysis by analysis.

Apr-27-04  iron maiden: "Sax and the City?" Someone stop the puns before they kill again! :-)
Apr-27-04  notsodeepthought: <iron maiden> It could have been worse - "the Nunn who didn't like Sax"?
Apr-27-04  iron maiden: LOL, you're right.

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