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Tim Sage vs Mike Zelkind
Midwest Masters-B (1984), Chicago, rd 5
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Symmetrical Variation (C49)  ·  1-0



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May-05-14  Caissas Clown: Fiendishly diificult ! There is supposed to be only ONE playable sacrifice on Monday - involving the Queen ONLY ! :-)

Joking aside,I believe that in such a position,I would always sac the lesser piece ...just in case of a miscalc.

May-05-14  Nick46: < Jamboree: Do 1845-rated players...> Iron Mike in his rusty phase
May-05-14  Nick46: <agb2002: ...A bit longer is 24.Rg7> As an ecologist (and a rotten chess player) I wouldn't have sac'd anything.
May-05-14  sfm: Hah! Those all those including "1. Rxh5+" will only score 50%, as it is Monday.
May-05-14  morfishine: Sage brushes aside Black with 25.Qxh5+ or 25.Rxh5+ or 25.Rg7+


May-05-14  zb2cr: Either 24. Rxh5+ or 24. Qxh5+ forces
24. ... Nxh5. Then the remaining heavy piece takes on h5 to execute a "lawnmower" mate on the g- and h-files.

If yu want to be flashy, sac the Queen; if you want to be workmanlike, sac the Rook.

May-05-14  Monocle: Qxh5 is tacky. A sacrifice is only attractive when it achieves something that could not be achieved with a lesser investment of material. Otherwise, you just look like a little kid trying to show off.

Rxh5 is to be preferred.

May-05-14  notyetagm: T Sage vs M Zelkind, 1984

<Phony Benoni: I'd sac the queen.>

I second that motion.


May-05-14  sombreronegro: < I'd sac the queen.>

Depends on who it is.

May-05-14  StevieB: Love sacking the queen. Makes people think you're a bigshot!
May-05-14  LIzzard: Monocle I agree fully - why sacrifice for the sake of sacrifice?

This also can be done without any sacrifice:

Rg7+ Kh8 (Kh6 - > Qg5#)
Rg8+ Kh7
Rg1g7+ Kh6

Did I miss anything here?

Not a great puzzle in that it is hard for white not to win here...

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  kevin86: This is Monday isn't it? On Monday- sac the queen!
May-05-14  TheTamale: I'd sacrifice the rook, like this guy did. I wonder what the psychological ramifications of this thought process is...?
May-05-14  BOSTER: <PB: I 'd sac the gueen>.

If you hope that with such gueen sac somebody takes you in the sacr. collection, you are wrong.

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  Oxspawn: The donkey, poised between two equal bales of hay, an equal distance away, died of starvation. Me, torn between sacrificing the rook and mating with the queen or vice versa, lost on time during deep analysis.
May-05-14  TheFocus: Zelkind, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.
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It's your move, and you've spotted the winning coup. But then a thrum of humanity strikes you, a warmth of pity for your fellow man, a comradeship for a brother woodpusher. It doesn't have to end like this.

You look up at your opponent and smile. There is an implied question in your tilted eyebrows. Would you like to resign now or do I have to show you? It's the unwritten alternative to the draw offer - the resignation offer.

He doesn't return the smile. His eyes are fixed on the position with a grim almost dwarven determination. You can see that he is looking over the queenside. Poor deluded fool! He thinks that you are going to retreat the bishop, say with 24. Bb3. He hasn't seen the brace of sacs on h5. It's the adult toy that Ann Summers doesn't sell - the rampant reloader.

But which to play? Either one seems like unnecessary showboating. A bit brash, not British. Cruel.

So you play 24. Rg7+ and smile again. Your general demeanour, the twinkle in your eyes are all trying to drop an enormous hint ... you can save face by resigning now. Go to the light, the light, the light...

He stares even more intently, his furrowed monobrow pointing determinedly at the black kingside. With nicotine stained and nail-bitten fingers he shuffles his king to h8 and presses his clock. A much chewed plastic ballpoint pen inscribes K-KR1 on his scoresheet, the tip of his tongue poking out of his mouth in concentration.

For one last chance, you pause and look at him, pleading, beseeching, offering. Don't do this to yourself. Don't rage rage against the dying of the light, go gently to that good night ... aye, there's the rub, at least while there is still time to go to the pub.

His head is still down, staring, willing the board to offer up some glimmering of hope. So you pick up your queen and ever so carefully, lovingly, you place her on the f6 square, lifting the black knight to your side of the table.

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Your hand hovers over the chess clock. I don't to press this, do I? You're going to resign, surely? Let's shake clammy paws and try to work out where it all went wrong.

For the first time in the game he looks up and meets your eyes.

"I don't suppose you'd like a draw, would you?" he asks.

May-05-14  Pedro Fernandez: I had until two minutes to find the solution. C'mon you guys, am I a mental retarded?
May-05-14  mucher1: I like Once's solution! But I'd definitely prefer the Q sac to the R ditto (not so much because it's more spectacular, but because the mate with the R is cleaner).
May-05-14  solver43: Black is confined to the h file.

24 Rxh5 Nxh5
25 Qxh5 Mate

May-05-14  CC0112358: White has a rook, a bishop and a pawn for two knights. Black also threatens dxc4.

The most obvious:

24. Rxh5+ Nxh5
25. Qxh5#

Also possible:

24. Qxh5+ Nxh5
25. Rxh5#

24. Rh7+ leads to a much longer ordeal but also mates for white.

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  thegoodanarchist: <Jamboree: Do 1845-rated players really play that weakly?


Not in my experience. I was a class A player when I lived in upstate NY and I played a lot better than that. The other class A players I faced also played much better than that.

May-05-14  Whitehat1963: Quadrillionth of a nanosecond.
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  perfidious: <Whitehat> lmao
May-05-14  Panterina: <For the first time in the game he looks up and meets your eyes.>

"I'm afraid you overstepped the time limit. I win."

Sorry, <Once>, I could not resist! :-)

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