Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Victory with a Rook Sacrifice

In a game of speed chess vs. 5k1991 of Poland, I won with a rook sacrifice. My opponent played white. Here are the moves of the game with my analysis:

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. d4 cxd
4. Nd4 e5

Here I usually play e6 or d6, but this time I decide to play a different move.

5. Nb3 Bb4+
6. Bd2 Bxd2+
7. Qxd2 Nf6
8. Nc3 0-0
9. f3 a5
10. a4 Nb4

My knight has a nice square on b4.

11. h4 b6
12. h5 d5
13. exd Nfxd5
14. 0-0-0 Bb7
15. h6 g6
16. Nxd5 Bxd5
17. Na1 Qe8

White doesn't want to allow Bxb3 because this weakens the pawn shield around his king.

18. Bb5 Qe6
19. Qg5 f6
20. Qe3 Rfc8
21. c3 Rc5

White attacks my knight, but my knight is safe because the white pawn cannot capture due to the pin on the white king by my rook.

22. Rxd5 Nxd5

White makes a mistake. He wants me to play Rx5 so he can eliminate my knight with cxb4. He overlooks the capture with my knight.

23. Qe4 Rac8
24. c4 Nb4
25. Nb3 Rxc4+

White makes another mistake. He fails to see that I can sacrifice my rook to win his queen. A better move is b3.

26. Bxc4 Rxc4+

White resigns because I win his queen. In this exciting game white overlooks my knight capture on move 22 and my rook sacrifice on move 26. These two moves are the keys to victory in the game.

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