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Sam Fulkerson vs Josef I Friedman
"Josef and the Amazing Technicolor Sacrifices" (game of the day Aug-23-2011)
71st US Open (1970), Boston, MA USA, rd 6, Aug-14
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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Aug-23-11  sevenseaman: 'Technicolor Sacrifices'! Very apt and exact description of this amazingly pretty game. A rare treat!
Aug-23-11  kdogphs: Nuts... absolutely nuts...
Aug-23-11  maxi: Very logical play by Friedman. He gives up Q and Pawn for R and B, but: 1) White has his Queen side complety paralyzed; 2) White's King side has a nasty weakness; 3) Black's other pieces can easily get into the attack.

In a practical game all chances are in Black's favor.

Aug-23-11  APatzer: colorful game.
Aug-23-11  Sacrificial King: Really enjoyed this one...great way to start the week.
Aug-23-11  nolanryan: what means amazing technicolor sacrifice?
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  Oginschile: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a play by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Aug-23-11  rilkefan: <nolanryan>, Technicolor was an early process for movie color, esp. musicals (e.g., The Wizard of Oz), and "technicolor" came to mean "brightly multicolored". Hence its use in the Webber musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (which is about the Genesis story).
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  al wazir: 20. Ke1 makes black work a lot harder: 20...Ng4 21. Qf3 Rxf2 23. Qxf2 Nxf2 24. Kxf2 exd4, with ♗+♗+♙+♙ vs. ♖+♘.
Aug-23-11  rilkefan: Anybody understand 9.Rd1? Usually in this structure I want the king rook on f1 to support f4 or on e1 to support e5.
Aug-23-11  diagon: According to Houdini 1.5, 22. Nd2 is the losing move, 22. Na3 (Rxb2 23. Nc4 Rxf2 24. Qxf2 Nxf2 25. Kxf2) probably would have saved the game or even win it.
Aug-23-11  nolanryan: thanks for helping but i think you overlook the fact that it say sacrifice :)
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  HeMateMe: This is a chess site; the pun has to have a chess reference...the chess sacrifices were "colorful"...
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  whiteshark: Many hounds soon catch the hare.
Aug-23-11  JohnBoy: <al wazir: 20. Ke1 makes black work a lot harder: 20...Ng4 21. Qf3 Rxf2 ...> I am not so sure about that. Try 20. Ke1 Ng4 21. Qf3 Rc1+ 22. Ke2 Bf1+ 23. Kd2 Bg5+
Aug-23-11  Elrathia Kingi: 10.Nxd4?
White gives black a nice command of the center and an open file to bring an attack, which is the opposite of the goal of the KIA. The moves forces the retreat of the c3 N to an inferior square.

White attempts to retake the center, but it is too late. The weaknesses of the back rank are too great for white to overcome. At this point, white has no effective pieces. Better would be f4, with an attempt to gain ground on the kingside, using the pawn on d4 to blockade any checks that might come on the a7-g1 diagonal.

The white pieces are in disarray. The g2 bishop is exerting no force on the game, and the queen is in the worst possible position. Black will soon pour into the white position with both rooks. It is immaterial that the queen is lost -- the only defenders to contend with are the white queen and bishop, which are easily overpowered by the concentration of power on the kingside by black.

A second sacrifice that brings the bishop into the attack, with the knight shortly to follow.

Qf3 results in a back row mate.

Opening the square for the knight, with threat of a fork via Nf3.

Defending against the possible 1...Rxd2 2.Qxd2 Nf3+, which leaves a winning endgame.

Renewing the threat and taking away the d1 sqare from white

Forced. White's situation is dire.

Black can take the queen via 26...Rxf2 Qxf2 Nxf2, but prefers a more forcing continuation. The king must move to avoid 27...Be3

White threatens a back-row mate, but it is far too late in the game. The freedom of the queen comes at the cost of the king.

Aug-23-11  Rook e2: Nice game, I have played the Qe2 variation also a few times.. but I don't think Nc3 is such a good idea, better is Na3-c3-Nc2
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  Phony Benoni: I found this while inputting games from the 1970 US Open into ChessBase before submitting them here. The opening wasn't that interesting, but when I got to 13...Qxc1 I suddenly got hit with a case of the WHAT????s. By the end of the game, I knew it was GOTD material.

I wouldn't be surprised if <diagon> is right, and 22.Na3 would have saved White. The whole concept seemed fragile. But this is one to enjoy before too much analysis.

By the way, I've played Friedman twice and would not have thought him one of the wild and crazy type. You never can tell.

Aug-23-11  Sacsacmate: <Phony Benoni: I found this while inputting games from the 1970 US Open into ChessBase before submitting them here.>

Thank you for your efforts !

Indeed a delightful game.

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  kevin86: The crowding of the pieces arround the queen remind me the end of the Fischer "game of the Century".
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  al wazir: <JohnBoy: Try 20. Ke1 Ng4 21. Qf3 Rc1+> 22. Qd1 Rxd1+ 23. Kxd1 Nxf2+ 24. Kc2 exd4. So you're right, black is winning (♗+♗+♙+♙ vs. ♖); but I'm right too, it's better than the game line.
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  ajk68: <rilkefan>: "Anybody understand 9.Rd1? Usually in this structure I want the king rook on f1 to support f4 or on e1 to support e5."

I think white planned d4. This seems like a faulty plan.

Aug-24-11  abuzic: <13.cxd4> white could avoid black's strong Q sac by first playing something like 13.h3, Bf3 or Bh3

<17...R8c2> after this, white could have active defence: 18.Qe3 Rxf1 19.Kxf1 Bxh3+ 20.Kg1 Ng4 21.Qe1 exd4, and should have continued not <22.Nd2> but 22.Na3! and at least equalize (22...Rxb2 23.Nc4 Rxf2 24.Rxf2 Qxf2 25.Nxf2 Kxf2)

Black could continue the pressure by 17...exd4 first controlling the c3 and e3 squares then R8c2 would be a serious threat.

<23.Kh2> white could put some resistance with 23.f4 Rxd2 24.fxe5 Bg5 25.exd6 Be3+ 26.Kh1 Bg4 27.Qf1 Rf2 28.Qxf2 Bxf2. This is winning for white.

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