One of the prettiest games of chess ever played. One of the true masterpieces
of the chessboard. A great game!!!
White plays very logically and
is preparing for a big push in
the center, when ...
annotations here are based primarily on those of
GM Andy Soltis, in his book, "The 100 Best."
( "The 100 Best Games of the 20th Century, Ranked." )
Black begins a rare, but promising
plan of Queen-side expansion.
The computers give A VERY LARGE ADVANTAGE
to White here!!
h5!; (Maybe - '!!')
A magnificent move.
(A very good move, featuring both restraint and prophylaxis.)
Most books tell you to avoid
weakening your King-side, (You
might wind up
opening your King
up to a mating attack.); but Black
completely ignores that
little piece of wisdom here.
20.Ne2, The computers all consider
this move forced.
White has played well. His position
looks MUCH better and he is ready
start shoving his center pawns ...
and maybe ram them down Black's
In addition, Black's QB looks very bad, and his Queen-side pawns appear
What can Black do?
Now comes one of the best, the
prettiest, and one of the most
shocking moves ever played on
the chess board.
27...Rxe3!!; (Maybe - '!!!!!')
Why does Black play this move?
This move is forced to protect d5.
Qg5!?, (Maybe - '!') Looks good, even winning, in fact.
31...Rxc3!!; (Maybe - '!!!')
An amazing second exchange sacrifice.
Rxc2!; (Maybe - '!!')
It almost appears as if Black
is playing "give-away."
Most of my students want to play the move: 32...Rxf3;
in this position. ].
Most computers consider this
position winning for ... WHITE!!
(An evaluation of "+/-" here.).
Now it becomes clear what Black was playing for, his Queen-side pawns
have become VERY dangerous. The only question is, can they win?
Black avoids a little trap.
37.Rxb6, "+/-" ].
40. Qe1!, A good
Swapping Queens allows Black's
pawns to sail in for promotion.
[One sample variation:
Qxc2; "-/+" ].
Re8+!?, (Maybe - '?!')
The critical move.
(And the turning point of the game.)
41.Ra1!?, (Maybe - '!')
This may be the best move for White, although it is not
clear if White can even save the game at this point. ].
(Black is already a little better here, according to computer analysis.)
Now the only hope for White
is a perpetual check.
Qc6!, White Resigns,
0 - 1.
One of the greatest chess games
ever played. It also features a very
and original idea. A double
exchange-sacrifice at the GM-level
is very rare,
in my experience. (And the only other examples I could find were to mate
the opposing King, or to win material. This is the only game I could find
where this type of sacrifice occurred simply to liberate pawns to
GM A. Soltis calls this game,
"A glittering lesson between
material and position."
(Soltis gives out like 11 exclams
and two double-exclams to this
On top of that, he finds
NOT ONE MOVE that White made that was
worthy of a question mark, or even
a dubious appellation.)
I consider this the third greatest
chess game ever played.
A.J. Goldsby, 2001.
0 - 1
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go to my web page on my Geo-Cities web site,
where I examine this game in GREAT
(But there is only 1 diagram, so you have to use a chess board & set!)
is a MUCH shortened copy of the game than the version that exits in my
(I had to shorten it for publication. The other version was simply
too difficult to convert to an HTML document.)
original "ChessBase" file contains a fair look at the opening of this
"The Nimzo-Indian Defense."
This includes all the lines and all the notes that are in MCO.
(Relevant to the Samisch Variation.)
This would be a great asset to have, if you wanted to study this
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