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Grant Szuveges
15-03-2010, 11:49 PM
I only play two types of chess these day - blitz (5, 3 or 2 minute) against anyone rated between 500 and 2500 and "social chess" (without a clock) against anyone who is not a tournament chess player - basically friends and acquaintences from non chess circles.

Since I play a fair bit of blitz, I will usually play an intuitive queen sacrifice approx once every 6 months or so. One where I havnt calculated it out to a win, but where I know that there will be a win, based on intuition, the position itself and the tactical possibilities that the sacrifice allows. This is always a possibility when any two tournament players play blitz against each other.

In social chess however, the possibility of a "correct" queen sacrifice is much more rare - usually because Im winning easily anyway before the option comes up. When playing non-tournament players, I try to play correctly and simply (develop pieces, take the centre etc) to encourage my opponent to play "good chess" and to get into good habits. This is a good way of promoting the game. Today however, when playing one of my non-chess friends, I played reasonably (?) normally but a queen sacrifice presented itself anyway! I cant remember the last time I played such a sacrifice against a non tournament player... Anyway, here is the game....

Grant Szuveges (FM) vs anonymous (novice)

1. Nf3, Nc6
2. d4, d5
3. Bf4, Bf5
4. a3, Qd7
5. e3, 0-0-0
6. c4, dxc4
7. Bxc4, Nf6
8. Nc3, h6
9. 0-0, g5
10. Bg3, h5?
11. d5, Na5
12. Bb5, c6
13. Ne5!!, Qe8
14. dxc6!!!, Rxd1
15. cxb7+, Nxb7?
16. Rfxd1, Qxb5
17. Nxb5, a6
18. Rac1+, Kb8
19. Nc6+, Kc8
20. Nba7#
1-0

Better is 15Kxb7
16. Rfxd1, Qc8
17. Nxf7 or 17. Na4
Winning for white

My friend playing as black played really well for somebody who has never played in a tournament in his life!

Come down to MCC on Tuesday nights for some interesting games against tournament players and those who are new to tournament chess!

Capablanca-Fan
16-03-2010, 12:11 AM
Grant Szuveges (FM) vs anonymous (novice)

1. Nf3, Nc6
2. d4, d5
3. Bf4, Bf5
4. a3, Qd7
5. e3, 0-0-0
6. c4, dxc4
7. Bxc4, Nf6
8. Nc3, h6
9. 0-0, g5
10. Bg3, h5?
11. d5, Na5
12. Bb5, c6
13. Ne5!!, Qe8
14. dxc6!!!, Rxd1
15. cxb7+, Nxb7?
16. Rfxd1, Qxb5
17. Nxb5, a6
18. Rac1+, Kb8
19. Nc6+, Kc8
20. Nba7#
1-0