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Leonid Shamkovich vs Milan Rodoje Vukcevich
USA-chT phone (1976), rd 5
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  0-1



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Jan-11-10  I play the Fred: 16...Ng3! is a thing of beauty, as well as the rest of the game. Dr. Vuckcevic must have been proud to beat Shamkovich in such a way. Hell, I'll bet Shamkovich appreciated the sacrifice, even if he didn't care much for the result.
Mar-11-10  UnsoundHero: I had the pleasure of watching this game as it was being played. It's from the National Chess League telephone matches. Vukcevich was playing for Cleveland, Shamkovich for New York.
Aug-25-11  Albanius: 16..Ng3!! is a tremendous shot, but I think 17..Rxc3 wins faster than ..Bxc3 as played:

A: 18 bxc3 Bxc3 and the threat of Qa3+ and Qb2# wins the Q;

B: 18 Qh2 Rxe3 and B is a piece up, W just has a check;

C: 18 Bd4 Bxd4! 19 Qxd4 Rxf3 with 2 Ps up;
if 20 Rxh7? e5! 21 Qxd6 Kxh7 B is up a R, with f6 and e5 covered;

D: 18 Ne2 Qa2 19 Nxc3? Qa1+20 Nb1 Bxb2#.

Oct-23-12  rilkefan: <Albanius>, I was expecting ...Rxc3 as well - when I saw ...Bxc3 instead I thought, Well, that's why he's a GM and I'm not. But stockfish thinks the game line is just 0.00 (black forces a perpetual) while your move is -3. After ...Rxc3 18.bxc3 Qa3+ and Be6 is fatal. And 18.Rxh7/19.Rh1+/20.bxc3/21.Kd1 is even worse than 18.Bd4.
Oct-23-12  BwanaVa: UnsoundHero, I thought this was an NCL game!
Dec-31-19  TheBish: I also expected 17...Rxc3. The analysis board engine here also prefers this move, but gives an improvement for White over the lines that Albanius shows. After 17...Rxc3! 18. e5! Bxe5 19. Qh2 Rxe3! (19...h5 is the engine's choice, but if you carry it out far enough after 20. bxc3 Qxc3 21. Rd3 Qa1+ 22. Kd2 Bxg3! 23. Rxa1 Bxh2, eval is ⩱, where Black will have a couple of pawns for the Exchange) 20. Qxh7+ Kf8 21. Qh6+ (the point of 18. e5!) 21...Bg7 22. Qxe3 Qxa2 23. Qa3 Qxa3 24. bxa3 Rc8 ∓.

Maybe Vukcevich saw 18. e5! and didn't trust the line, who knows. One thing is for certain: After sacrificing a piece and then the Exchange (as in the 19...h5 20. bxc3 line), you are temporarily down a rook, so you better see that you are winning a piece back (22...Bxg3!) or you are just lost!

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