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  1. 13 Jan '11 00:03
    I just finished a game where I sacrificed a rook to break open some pawns. It worked out in the end but the final deciding factor in why I did it was because it looked like the "fun" line to play out. Almost like the board told me I HAD to do it.

    http://www.redhotpawn.com/annotation/annotationindex.php?gameid=8015977

    Move 27 for Black.
  2. Standard member hunterknox
    Hopeless romantic
    13 Jan '11 00:36
    Yes, all of them. Otherwise why would I play?
  3. Standard member Exuma
    Anansi
    13 Jan '11 01:26
    Game 8015977

  4. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    13 Jan '11 13:20
    Originally posted by TheGreg
    I just finished a game where I sacrificed a rook to break open some pawns. It worked out in the end but the final deciding factor in why I did it was because it looked like the "fun" line to play out. Almost like the board told me I HAD to do it.

    http://www.redhotpawn.com/annotation/annotationindex.php?gameid=8015977

    Move 27 for Black.
    How do I find this game? tia
  5. 14 Jan '11 01:09 / 1 edit
    Of course you should indulge in these flights of fancy and roll the dice.
    Especially on here where it matters little and Blunderman rules.

    If you cannot see a clear 100% refuatation then go for it.
    You will win some (as here) and lose some (big deal).

    Of course try to temper your flights of fancy with a bit of practical analyse.

    After your exchange sac on e3 White forgot (or simply did not know)
    the Golden Rule when facing any kind of sac.

    First thought has always to be.

    "What happens if I don't take it?"

    (then you check all checks....)

  6. Standard member bosintang
    perpetualEditMonkey
    14 Jan '11 02:47
    GP, I love escapes. I think I'd go far as to say a hard fought draw involving a perpetual or stalemate is even more satisfying than a win.
  7. 14 Jan '11 11:55 / 1 edit
    It can be, especially if you have been nursing a loss for a long time
    and then suddenly put a trick out of the hat.

    I like messing about with postions and saw the perpetual pattern Queen on
    the 3rd rank, King trapped on the first with h3 blocked by a Rook.
    The fact Black refuse both Rooks makes it humerous.

    Beware though, if you get the chance to snatch a game from the fire,
    do not get greedy.

    C.Wilman - G.Chandler, Bells v Dragons 2005.

    White is Carey Wilman the Scottish Internationl player and I was on the ropes.
    Then I had a chance to pull of this perpetual which infact I was playing for.

    (another tip, never change horses in mid-stream.)


    Qd1+ and Qg4+ perpetual.

    But no, suddenly I decided I could win this.
    I shunned the perpetual and went for the win.

  8. 14 Jan '11 22:40
    Yeah. I did take a fair bit of time looking into that move first. I couldn't see anything worse than the actual sacrifice (I didn't work it out to the conclusion).
  9. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    15 Jan '11 00:43
    Originally posted by TheGreg
    I just finished a game where I sacrificed a rook to break open some pawns. It worked out in the end but the final deciding factor in why I did it was because it looked like the "fun" line to play out. Almost like the board told me I HAD to do it.

    http://www.redhotpawn.com/annotation/annotationindex.php?gameid=8015977

    Move 27 for Black.
    Yes...I think we all have indulged in some risky moves just because they would be interesting and fun. Not so much in rated games perhaps, but in speed chess, I say "that's the time to try new stuff!"