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  1. 17 Nov '12 01:59
    Instead of 18..Rc8;
    Can Black save himself if 18..Ne5??

    Game 9603682
  2. Subscriber kNIGHTHEAD
    aka DEFIANT
    21 Nov '12 15:16
    Never underestimate the power of underestimation!
  3. 22 Nov '12 05:16
  4. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    22 Nov '12 08:09 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by jcmessy
    What about R-g8 instead, the idea being, seeing the knight sac threat, you give your king a hidey hole and run instead of taking the knight.

    Looking at it again, that loses at least the exchange so I guess not.

    So lets modify that idea with R-h8 which now protects the h6 square against the coming queen check.
  5. 22 Nov '12 18:29 / 2 edits
    The Danger of Underestimating...

    Game 9603682

    The alternative 18..Rh8 gives white two good continuation:
    [A]. The immediate 19. Nxc4 which is good enough for an endgame duel.
    [B]. or the more promising
    19. Nc6! Bxc6 (forced);
    20. dxc6 Nb6 ( The alternative 20..Ne5; is simply meet by 21. f4 Ng4; 22. Nxc4!)
    21. Nd5 Na8 (where else?; not 21..Nxd5? because the pawn recapture creates a connected passed pawn.)
    22. Qd4! with the immediate threat of 23. Nxf6 isolating d6-pawn, (creating another weakness.)
    or just the simple play 23. Qxc4. good enough?