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Christopher G Ward vs Mihai Suba
BCF-ch (1990), Eastbourne ENG, rd 11, Aug-10
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation (A16)  ·  0-1



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  PizzatheHut: Absolutely fantastic game. Black's positional piece sacrifice on move 19 is very deep. The following moves give black a dominating position, despite being a piece down. The idea is based on the fact that the black pieces become extremely active, whereas the white pieces are doing nothing. Particularly pathetic are the white knight and dark-squared bishop. The tactics near the end are also quite impressive.
Oct-09-03  Calli: Is 26.Rxf2 necessary? Looks totally lost after that. Why not 26.Bf5?
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  Gypsy: <Why not 26.Bf5?> Hindsight 20/20 makes 26.Bf5 look more promising than 26.Rxf2. But Black has a couple of decent moves by which to intensify pressure, such as 26...Rd1.
Oct-04-04  tacticsjokerxxx: wow I was impressed by the brave 19...Bh3 but what an ending!

and people say that the english opening is "calm and positional"....

Oct-04-04  percyblakeney: A fascinating game, even though 26.Bf5 indeed would have been good for white. Black could maybe have tried 23. ... Nc3, but it did work out fine in the end anyway...
Oct-04-04  Everett: After 26. Bf5 Rxb3 27.Qxb3 Nd4, what happens?
Oct-05-04  percyblakeney: Probably 28.Qxe3, and there's not that much left of black's attack.
Oct-05-04  tacticsjokerxxx: 33.-♘xa1?
Oct-05-04  percyblakeney: It's too late for white then, 33. ... Nd4+.
Jan-02-05  Everett: Thanks percyblakeney

I wonder if 19...Bh3 is necessary. Why not Bg4 or Bf5?

Jun-08-08  dynamic: Thanks you all for your nice comments.

I'll try to answer your curiosity after 26.Bf5!? Earlier Fritz versions gave advantage to White. Then came Rybka and reset all things into their places by 26...Rad8! Please check out, there is a win for Black in all variations! Of course, I did not foresee all consequences when I played 19...Bh3! it was mostly an intuitive sacrifice. Unfortunately, today I do not trust that much my "tactical intuition" (the expression belongs to Korchnoi). When I have such brain thrusts, I start calculating until I get tired, then, throw them away! White had a real chance to draw by giving back the piece with 25.Rxa3 but he could not believe he was worse, until it was too late. My Rxd2 (instead of the outright winning Rxb3) was a tendentious move, preparing the queen sac for ANY WHITE MINOR PIECE and laying the ground for final artistry. In that moment I "calculated" that the game might be awarded the brilliancy prize of the British Championship, which it was. A video with the contestants in "post-rehearsal" was recorded and distributed worldwide. In my eBook "Dynamic Chess Strategy" the comments to this game are updated.

Jan-12-09  zdigyigy: This is an amazing game.
Apr-03-09  Everett: <dynamic> Thank you Mr. Suba for your insight into this game. You point out that the queen sac for ANY WHITE MINOR PIECE is winning on move 31. An amazing position that resembles a study of sorts.

BTW, I think white is dead-lost after the drawing attempt you suggest 25.Rxa3 Rxa3 26.Bxa3 Qe4 and white is done.

Apr-04-09  Everett: Let me correct myself and say that Mr. Suba suggests 25.Bxa3 as the last chance toward equality, not 25.Rxa3, which indeed seems the case, though black still has pull.
Apr-04-09  WhiteRook48: I'm a Suba diver

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