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Yifan Hou vs Tiberiu-Marian Georgescu
World Junior Championship (2008), Gaziantep TUR, rd 2, Aug-04
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation. Traditional (B25)  ·  1-0

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Aug-07-08  piteira8: 28. Qxg5 makes for a very nice puzzle motif.
Aug-09-08
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  whiteshark: 27...Bg5?? is throwing the gaame away as Black creates just a kind of selfpin.
Aug-09-08  Strongest Force: Yifan plays active and deadly chess... she will knock your head off!
Sep-17-13  patzer2: <28. Qxg5 makes for a very nice puzzle motif.> Yes, 28. Qxg5! is indeed a fine move.

If 28...Rxd5, then 29. Rxd5 fxg5 30. Rxf8+ Kg7 31. Rxd4 Kxf8 32. Rxd6 leaves White a Rook up for an easy win.

If 30...Rxd5, then 31. h6#.

If 30...h6, then 31. R6f7#.

Sep-17-13  Overgod: I wouldn't overrate this move. Even if the sac didn't work, she'd have good compensation (Rook and Bishop + exposed, permanently vulnerable king, while white king is safe for the time being).

Not difficult to calculate. I am more impressed by sacs, where it's not an immediate forcing mate, but if your calculation is even slightly inaccurate, you end up being down a whole rook (or more!) -- as was the case with Kasparov vs Topalov. That sacrifice is impressive, because Kasparov was down a whole rook, with no immediate compensation/mate, until after many moves later, Topalov found himself down material.

But this was a whole rook. Hifan would have been down a pawn or so, if her calculation weren't accurate.

There are other sacs, which are even more impressive -- sacing a whole queen, without there being an immediate forcing mate, and you have to find quiet moves in between. Those games do exist, and they are incredibly impressive because of the steely nerves involved when following it through.

Sep-17-13  Eduardo Leon: <Overgod> Speaking of impressive sacrifices: Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962
Sep-18-13  Overgod: Yep, that's exactly what I was talking about.

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