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Soenke Maus vs Mark Gradstein
"The Maus That Roared" (game of the day Nov-16-2007)
Tel Aviv (1987)
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  1-0



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Nov-16-07  unorthodox: What a strange game.
Nov-16-07  zealouspawn: Does he resign b/c of 21 Nxg7 ?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 16...Bf8 is a move that simply begs for an Exchange sac. Even if all the White pieces had was positional compensation, it is still sufficient to justify the move.
Nov-16-07  t3hPolak: I agree with <unorthodox>, this is the oddest Najdorf Ive seen.
Nov-16-07  sallom89: <t3hPolak: I agree with <unorthodox>, this is the oddest Najdorf Ive seen.>

looks much like Najdrof combined with queen's gambit :P

Nov-16-07  nfazli: <Does he resign b/c of 21 Nxg7 ?> queen is basically trapped
Nov-16-07  andynmac: "Basically" trapped? 20. ... Qc8 / Qc6 leads to a family fork by one then the other Knight on e7, and everywhere else the Q can be captured except for a5. But 21. ... Qa5 22. Bb6 Qd2 seems to get the Q out of immediate trouble?
Nov-16-07  zealouspawn: that's what I was looking at too... but then I decided that if ...Qa5, then Nxg7 and black can't recapture the knight or Qxf6+ followed by checkmate b/c of the bishop coming in at h6... I could be missing something
Nov-16-07  zealouspawn: or else if after Qxf6+ ..Kh7 then Qxh6+ followed by Nf6#
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  patzer2: Don't have my Chess program turned on today, but 17. Rxf6!! looks to be the winning move, initiating a double attack threat after 17. Rxf6!! gxf6 18. Nd5 which leads into a decisive discovered attack after 18...Qc5 19. Be3 Bg7 20. Nf5 .

In the final position, White wins easily as play might continue with a line like 20...Qxc2 21. Nxg7 Kxg7 22. Qxf6+ Kh7 23. Qxh6+ Kg8 24. Nf6#.

Nov-16-07  Bobsterman3000: Wow, black's e5 knight looks strong at first glance, until you realize that the squares it controls are mostly double-covered by white or even occupied by one of its own pieces.

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  kevin86: The pun is ironic,as the word in German for mouse is in fact,Maus. It is even capitalized as the Germans capitalize common nouns as well as proper nouns.

White will win easily after the queen is scattered to c2 or a5;white swoops in for ♘xg7 followed by ♕xf6 and mate will arrive soon.

THE MOUSE THAT ROARED,is a movie about a superpower brought to its knees by a tiny entity-sound familiar?

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  WannaBe: Speaking of Maus, is one of the best (comic) book I've ever read. The book won the Pulitzer prize!
Nov-16-07  futonchild: the threat is 21. Bxh6 Bxh6 22. Nxh6 and black will lose a bishop or worse
Sep-30-12  vinidivici: Suddenly i am stranded at this game.

Its similar in terms of the caption with today GOTD.

The Maus that Roared and today is the Hedgehoc


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