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  1. 04 Apr '08 22:35
    Game 4684042
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  2. 04 Apr '08 23:55
    I think Black could have defended, after 19 Qh5, 19... g6! defends the attack, as after Qh6 or Qh4, Nf5 forks the queen and rook.
  3. 05 Apr '08 00:35 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Dejection
    I think Black could have defended, after 19 Qh5, 19... g6! defends the attack, as after Qh6 or Qh4, Nf5 forks the queen and rook.
    Well...err.
    18. Qh5+ (king in check, so it has to move) ...Kg8
    19. Re3 (then) g6
    20. Qg4 (can't do 20. Qg5 ...Qd8, as this would trade down, the notion that I would simply go to Qh6 or Qh4 as well is ridiculous, because I know about the fork) ...Nf5
    21. Rh3 ...

    Now, of course I want to get my Queen to h4, perhaps a Rc1 followed by Ne3 might do it. No?
  4. Standard member Korch
    Chess Warrior
    05 Apr '08 13:27
    Originally posted by Bad wolf
    Well...err.
    [b]18. Qh5+
    (king in check, so it has to move) ...Kg8
    19. Re3 (then) g6
    20. Qg4 (can't do 20. Qg5 ...Qd8, as this would trade down, the notion that I would simply go to Qh6 or Qh4 as well is ridiculous, because I know about the fork) ...Nf5
    21. Rh3 ...

    Now, of course I want to get my Queen to h4, perhaps a Rc1 followed by Ne3 might do it. No?[/b]
    18.Qh5+ Kg8 19.Re3 g6! 20.Qg4 Bf5 21.Rh3 Bxf2+ with Qxc4 to follow.
  5. Standard member buffalobill
    Major Bone
    05 Apr '08 13:31 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Bad wolf
    Well...err.
    [b]18. Qh5+
    (king in check, so it has to move) ...Kg8
    19. Re3 (then) g6
    20. Qg4 (can't do 20. Qg5 ...Qd8, as this would trade down, the notion that I would simply go to Qh6 or Qh4 as well is ridiculous, because I know about the fork) ...Nf5
    21. Rh3 ...

    Now, of course I want to get my Queen to h4, perhaps a Rc1 followed by Ne3 might do it. No?[/b]
    But this is not a winning position: 21. ... Bxf2 22. Kxf2 Qxc4 and the attack will run out of steam while black has lots of winning counterplay.
    That g6 your opponent missed is a common theme in the French and why the sacrifice is not sound ... sorry. It is tempting however, so well done with the win.

    Here's an interesting sacrifice offer against the French in which my opponent has just blundered. It was kind of speculative and I reckon he might have been better off taking it earlier. Game 4609240

    EXIT: I see Korch beat me to it.