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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tactics in the Sicilian

I came across this interesting chess game, where in the course of 5 moves White gives up a two bishops and a rook, forcing immediate resignation!

Acs – Paresishvili, 1999

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. a4
Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. f4 Qc7 11. Kh1 Re8 12. Bf3 Rb8 13. g4 Nxd4 14. Bxd4 e5 15.
fxe5 dxe5 16. Ba7 Ra8 17. g5 Rd8 18. Qe2 Ne8 19. Be3 Be6 20. Bg4 Bc4 21. Qf2
Qc6 22. b3 Bxf1 23. Rxf1 f6 24. Nd5 Rxd5 25. exd5 Qxd5+ 26. Bf3 e4 27. Be2 Kh8
28. g6 h6 29. Rd1 Qe5 30. Rd7 Nd6 31. Rc7 Bd8 32. Rc5 Qe6 33. Qh4 f5 34. Qh5
Kg8 35. Bxh6 gxh6 36. Qxh6 Qf6

 image  White to move

37. Bc4+ Nxc4 38. Qh7+ Kf8 39. Rxf5 1-0

imageBlack resigned since 39… Qxf5 is followed by 40. g7+ when White can a get a new queen, or even better - capture Black’s queen first.


  1. Great chess blog. Based on some of your older posts I think you might be interested in which lets you post replayable chess games in your blogger posts.

  2. Thanks! And yeah, chessflash looks like what I'd like to try using! I was thinking of picking up a similar silverlight viewer, but flash is more common (and your tool seems to have lots of features/options too)


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