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"Chess IS 99% Tactics!"

Click on the Pic to see if Teichmann was right!







Click on the Pic above to see the famous Marshall-Burn "Pipe Game". Amazingly enough I have found 3 different move orders given for this game, and one popular internet site which gives the wrong game! Here is the actual game with Frank Marshall's own notes from his auto-biography!



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Missed Queen Sac Allows Queen Sac!

Pichler - Hoza, Vienna 1991 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qc7 7.Nf3 Ne7 8.Bd3 Nbc6 9.a4 c4 10.Be2 f6 11.Bf4 Ng6 12.Bg3 f5 13.Nh4 Nxh4 14.Bxh4 O-O 15.f4 Qa5 16.Qd2 b5 17.O-O bxa4 18.Rfb1 Ba6 19.g4 Rfe8 20.gxf5 exf5 21.Bf3 Rab8 22.Qg2 Rxb1+ 23.Rxb1 Rb8 24.Bxd5+ Kh8 25.Re1 Nxd4 Despair, but clever despair. 26.cxd4 a3 27.Kh1 a2 (see diagram)

White, with his extra piece, had underestimated the danger of Blacks passed pawn, but believed that with 28.Rg1, he was in time; Qc7 is met by 29.Bf6 and mate. However, the Queen sacrifice 28...Qxd5 woke him from his dreams; 29.Qxd5 Bb7 and Black wins. "After a few minutes of painful pondering, I resigned," wrote Pichler.

Things became even more painful when, the opponent having left, some club members had a look at the position. Could White have prevented the Queen sacrifice? "And then, suddenly, somebody saw it. Instead of allowing the Queen sacrifice, I could have made an at least equally beautiful Queen sacrifice myself!" In fact, after 28.Qxg7+, Black is mated: 28...Kxg7 29.Rg1+ Kh6 (29...Kf8 30. Rg8#) 30.Bg5+ Kg7 31.Bf6++ Kh6 (Kh5 32.Bf7+ Kh6 33.Bg7 mate) 32.Bg7+ Kh5 33.Bf7+ Kh4 34.Bf6+ Kh3 35.Rg3 mate.

A very rare occurence!