It seldoms happens that I win a game with a queen sacrifice. However, I did so in a recent game of speed chess. My opponent, who played black, was Eljugador of Mexico. Here are the moves of the game along with my commentary:
1. e4 c5
2. d4 cxd
3. c3 dxc
4. Nxc3 Nc6
5. Nf3 d6
6. Bc4 h6
Black wants to prevent Ng5, but e6 is a better move because it helps to control the centre and also protects the f7 square.
7. 0-0 Nf6
8. Re1 Bg4
The black king remains in the centre of the board.
9. e5 Nxe5
Black should play e6.
10. Nxe5 Bxd1
The capture of the queen is a blunder. My knight and bishop control enough squares to deliver mate.
A queen sacrifice leads to a quick checkmate. Black plays aggressively and gains material, but fails to adequately protect his king. This is the reason for his quick defeat.
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