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Rook sacrifice

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Rook sacrifice

An old game where I was unfamiliar with the opening Black played. I just had to play along. In one particular situation, I played a rook sacrifice to sustain my momentum, and in the end, it worked. :)

Would love to get some feedback..

Comments: 21    

1. eugene says: Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Nice attack. My first thought was, the rook sacrifice would not have been necessary? After 22....Bg5 you could have simply taken the bishop with your own bishop instead of the rook, and went ahead with Nxa6 on the next move. I was thinking your attack was successful because Black didn't notice it coming in time, not because you used your rook to take at g5 instead of our bishop. But -- 23. Bxg5 would have attacked the d rook which would have moved out of the way and given the king room to breathe, instead of attacking the h rook with 24. Be5. Did you notice this? Of course, had Black realized what was coming he would have been willing to sacrificed his h rook and moved the d rook instead, in turn for your sacrifice of your rook when 23....hxg5. He would have ended up even and thwarted your attack.

2. civmeup2 says: Friday, November 13, 2009
dunno about calling that a rook sac, you sacrificed the exchange, ie rook 4 bish, rather than the entire piece.

3. yosefh says: Monday, November 23, 2009
very nice game!!!

4. forzafan1 says: Thursday, November 26, 2009
I think that you sacrifice couldn't win against a good defense, but it's not a bad idea to make the game more complex, like in this game, because most of the time the defender will make the final mistake. I think that 24...Nd6 is a better defense than 24...Rhg8 because I think you can't afford to continue the attack after 25.Nxa6 bxa6 26.Bxa6+ Nb7, which means that you have to conclude with a draw after 27.Bb5 Qe7 28.Ba6 Qd7. And something I want to show here is that when the defender have a material advantage, the defender can return a part of it to decrease the attack's strenght. The player with black pieces would be happy if you take the rook during the little sequence I described, since you'll lose an important piece for your attack and he'll still have the material advantage. In the end, I suggest that you continue to get further, and if you lose a game against a good defense, at least you can said that you did try something.

5. babamas says: Wednesday, December 02, 2009
The way you used the bishop pair reminded me of the early years of Tal and Bobby Fischer. Well played

6. Silverrook says: Saturday, December 12, 2009
That was a well executed mating attack. If after 26 nxa6 black had played nd6 I think he could have stymied your attack.

7. Juniper says: Tuesday, December 15, 2009
My favorite part was watching you castling queen side followed by very aggressive king-side pawn play. All of that set up your stunning rook Sacrifice and mate

8. plukker says: Friday, December 18, 2009
Your playing along was quite forceful ...

9. M_AL_MOUNAJJED says: Saturday, December 19, 2009
good job better was:11-Rfe1 13-Ra4 16-bd3

10. SkyHearth says: Sunday, December 27, 2009
Hi, I think the best move for black was 24. ... Nd6 and then?

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