Friday, June 28, 2013

Himeji Sacrifice

The Himeji Sacrifice involves a Queen sacrifice on the 8th move.

1. e4, c5
2. Nf3, d6
3. Nc3, e5?

Black's third move deviated from the normal Sicilian Defense, allowing White to penetrate the central diagonals.

4. Bc4, Nc6
5. d3, Nge7
6. Bg5, Bg4
7. Nd5, Nd4
8. Nxe5 !! ....

8. .... Bxd1

Black took the gambit, not knowing that the Queen is poisoned.  At this point, Black's best move may be 8......dxe5, 9. Qxg4 Nxc2+, 10. Kd2 Nxa1, 11. Rxa1 ....

9. Nf6+, gxf6


10. Bxf7 mate

Simply elegant.

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