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Zoltan von Balla vs Karoly Sterk
Budapest (1921), Budapest HUN, rd 11, Sep-19
Alekhine Defense: Scandinavian Variation (B02)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: Black's sacrifice with 13. Rxg2?? backfires, and instead of a mating attack he winds up getting his Queen trapped.
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  MoonlitKnight: Amusingly enough, "sterk" means strong in my language.
Jul-28-04  notsodeepthought: It's nice to sac your pieces like Tal, but you have to do so when the time is right (like Tal).
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  Gypsy: <...he winds up getting his Queen trapped.> Looks to me that the queen can escape easy eough (17...Qg4). But the rook is gone and the mate on g2 did not materialize.
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  patzer2: <Gypsy> If 17...Qg4, then 18. Bf5+ (double attack) wins the Queen and the game.
Mar-08-07  Rubenus: <Amusingly enough, "sterk" means strong in my language.> Just the same as in Dutch.
Mar-28-11  jbtigerwolf: Black still has a ghost of a chance, his checkmate shot being with the white-squared Bishop pointing to h1 and his Rook on the g-file. A major and 3 minors vs 3 majors and a minor, but no harm in playing on while still a chance.

White can't immediately finish things, but it's not as if things are going to get bogged down. There's some enjoyable tactical play to be had in a dire situation, so there's no real reason to resign.

Sep-15-11  chillowack: jbtigerwolf, Black is down a queen and a rook for two minor pieces, and the mating pattern you describe is easily parried; therefore resignation was not premature.

However: there are cases in chess where people do resign prematurely, and it's good that you are learning to analyze positions to try and figure that out.

Jul-06-12  Chesscamper: And the moral is look before you sac
Jul-06-12  belgradegambit: This is the classic kind of "oops" that happens in my attacks.
Feb-27-16  ChessPraxis: That's an interesting phrase: "A major and 3 minors vs 3 majors and a minor." I know that the term "major piece" is used to refer both queens and rooks, but I have never seen it used this way before, to roughly estimate the amount of material left on the board. Like, "Oh yeah. We both had two major pieces left" when one side has a Queen and a Rook and the other has two rooks.
Dec-23-18  sakredkow: Holy Karoli, that was an unfortunate 13th move. How does 13...f5 look? Also as an Alekhine defense club player I think 3. e5 d4 is an interesting variant - seems to come up fairly frequently at my level. In my notes 5...exf6 6. Qe2+ (probably not the best but I haven't got around to better moves yet; may be a few more years) 6...Be7 7. Ba3 Nc6.
May-02-19  rwst: There is 13...Nb4 14.Bxh7 with Rg4 or Rh8 with chances on the h-file.

After 13...f5 maybe Rfb1 or a3?

Much earlier White could have played 8...Bb4+ and either 9.Bd2 Qxd4 or 9.Kf1 Bc3 10.Rb1 Bxd4 wins the pawn (SF/LC0)

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