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Missed Queen Sac Allows Queen Sac!
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!