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Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Stephen Gordon
"Sacks in the City" (game of the day Dec-23-2021)
European Championship (2013), Legnica POL, rd 11, May-16
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Exchange at c4 (E54)  ·  1-0

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May-18-13
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  bright1: Very impressive attack by White starting with move 16
Dec-23-21  ndg2: The "Irish pawn center" (T. Miles) really does black a disservice.
Dec-23-21
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  Phony Benoni: The tripled f-pawns brought to mind Brought to mind R Byrne vs Evans, 1965
Dec-23-21  Brenin: 20 ... Kf8 loses the Q to 21 Nxe6+, so Black's K cannot escape behind those pawns.
Dec-23-21  eaglewing: 26. ... Re8 and the Rook won't be lost on a8.
Dec-23-21  Brenin: <eaglewing> 26 ... Re8 27 Qh6+ Ke7 (Kg8 28 Rg3 mate) 28 Rxd5 loses the B. With the B on the long diagonal, the R on a8 is protected.
Dec-23-21
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Acknowledging that 11...Bxc3 and 12...Qc7 fare adequately well in the database, but still looks fishy. 11...Nbd7, 11...Nc6, perhaps even 11...h6 would probably be my choices.
Dec-23-21  goodevans: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Acknowledging that 11...Bxc3 and 12...Qc7 fare adequately well in the database, but still looks fishy>

... and <13...Qxc3> fares more than adequately.

SF thinks this whole double-pawn-sac line is sound but in most games White struggles to make good the tactical chances his double-sac affords him.

Retreating with <14...Qc7> is simpler and safer than <14...Qb4>. With the Q on b4, <15...Bxd5?> is a huge mistake as soon became evident in the game.

It's likely that Gordon missed the very smart <18.Nd4!>, cutting Black's Q off from the K-side and making White's attack impossible to defend.

Dec-23-21  nalinw: Nobody has discussed the pun .... which is a mystery to me .....
Dec-23-21  Stanco: really impressive, well done.
Dec-23-21  goodevans: The SF annotations have appeared since my earlier post. As always these hadn't been sense-checked by anyone and some are clearly plain wrong.

In particular, this version of SF awards <17.Bxh7+> a <?>, preferring 17.Nd4 [+1.57 (31 ply)] and evaluates <17...Kxh7> as [= 0.00 (36 ply)]. If you play through the game then this certainly looks like nonsense but just to be sure I checked with lichess's SF which evaluated both 17.Bxh7+ and 17...Kxh7 in excess of +4.00 for White.

I don't know why cg.com bothers with these SF annoations when they are more often than not riddled with errors and therefore misleading.

Dec-23-21  Brenin: <nalinw>: It's a mystery to me too. Legnica (= Liegnitz in Prussian times) looks like a typical small charming Central European city, rather like nearby Wroclaw, which I have visited, but why its city-status is relevant here is beyond me. Sex and the City is set in NY, which is a rather different sort of city.

<goodevans>: I agree. I now ignore these SF annotations.

Dec-23-21  Ironmanth: A GREAT game! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all have a blessed, SAFE, wonderful, and grateful Christmas et al holiday out there. Thanks for being you, people!
Dec-23-21
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  takchess: As the author , I agree it is a rather poor pun. I thought the game had a lot going on and appropriate for a game of the day given the crazy amounts of Sacks ending in a pawn promotion. I just couldn't come up with a better pun . A pun perhaps more suitable for a Sax game . As my dad would say don't worry about the small stuff and it is all small stuff. 8) Merry Christmas/Holidays all .
Dec-23-21
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  HeMateMe: I like the pun. Exciting game, never realized the finish was simply an uncatchable pawn.
Dec-23-21
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  Messiah: <HeMateMe: I like the pun.>

I don't.

Dec-23-21  Stanco: I do both, do and don't
Dec-23-21  Cibator: Might have been better to spell it "Sacs". That was the abbreviation favoured by Fischer in M60MG (" ... sac - sac - mate!").

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