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(1) Posted by Steven Dowd [Monday, Apr 15, 2013 20:57]

For GM Byrne

Steven B. Dowd

Selfmate in Eight
In Memory of Robert Byrne and his double knight sacrifice against Larry Evans

(= 7+4 )

The game, which much influenced me as a young player, can be found at:
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(2) Posted by Abdelaziz Onkoud [Monday, Apr 15, 2013 23:49]

Nice Game.
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(3) Posted by Sven Hendrik Lossin [Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 16:17]; edited by Sven Hendrik Lossin [13-04-16]

Yes indeed.

It is by far easier to sacrifice two knights in a selfmate (especially when you are an additional queen and bishop ahead) than in an otb game ;-)
Nevertheless the way the second knight forces its own capture in the selfmate is very amuzing and the echo mate positions are well performed. Well done, Steve!
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(4) Posted by Yochanan Afek [Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 01:15]

This beautiful game is annotated by GM Kavalek here:
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(5) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 04:57]; edited by Siegfried Hornecker [13-04-17]

With all due respect, I think the opening is also interesting. Sure, I have only 2022 Elo, but to me it seems like 8.-Q:b2 is the decisive mistake.

(EDIT: Elo corrected)
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(6) Posted by Olaf Jenkner [Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 21:12]

Some more knight sacrifices are shown here:

Karl Fabel / Gunter Sonntag
Selfmate in 5
(= 10+2 )

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(7) Posted by Yochanan Afek [Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 14:07]

@Lieber Siegfried, A short jump to the planet of the eccentric aliens: A respectable 2000+ player might know that the poisoned pawn variation (8...Qxb2) is still a legitimate ultra-sharp theoretical line and by no means a decisive mistake. The game in question was probably decided following 15...gxf6? while 15...Nxf6 seems normal. Have a look at the following game played just a year later:
Hartston,William R - Mecking,Henrique Hastings (4), 1966
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Nfd7 12.Bc4 Bb4 13.Rb3 Qa5 14.0–0 0–0 15.Bf6 Nxf6 16.exf6 Rd8 17.Rxb4 Qxb4 18.Qg5 g6 19.Rf4 Qf8 20.Rh4 b5 21.Bd3 b4 22.Bxg6 hxg6 23.Rh6 Rxd4 24.Rxg6+ ½–½
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(8) Posted by Steven Dowd [Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 15:57]

Based on the old story about the man on his deathbed telling his sons "never take the QNP" with your queen," I had thought about putting together an article based on "But Dad, when is it safe to grab the QNP?" (b2, but g2 is interesting in some cases as well) but I found I really lacked the analytical ability to put something like that together. I even paid a GM to do some analysis for me but his work was incredibly trivial and insulting to the topic, I thought.

I only play at the club level these days (and exceptionally unseriously at that), and was never more than a step or two above that at my best, but I think what really makes a master is knowing when pawns can and cannot be grabbed. I still hope to see someone pursue this topic as it is a real measure of one's critical thinking abilities in the game.
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(9) Posted by [Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 06:08]

Post №6. WOW! So many horses! (Roll eyes) :)
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(10) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 15:10]

<german injoke>
And most of them went into the lasagna :-)
</german injoke>
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