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Personal Mona Lisa of GM Nataf

  • GM Gserper
  • | Nov 28, 2010
  • | 7580 views
  • | 41 comments

Grandmaster Igor-Alexandre Nataf is not exactly a household name in the Chess World.  There is no article about him in Wikipedia and according to the FIDE web site his rating never crossed the 2600 mark.  Yet, the game he calls his most beautiful is truly stunning. Therefore without further ado, let me present the personal Mona Lisa of GM Nataf.

(Just like in most of my articles I give you a chance to test your attacking skills, so the games are given as a Quiz.  Please remember that you can always replay the whole game from the first move if you click "Solution" and then "Move list".)

White has just played 10.g3 to force a favorable trade 10...fxg3 11. hxg3.  What should Black do?

 

Black has sacrificed a pawn but it is not clear yet if he has enough (or any!) compensation. How should Black continue?
Black has sacrificed more material to keep his initiative alive but it can evaporate instantly if Black doesn't play very energetically. What should he play now?
Now it is obvious that Black's attack is very strong. Try to find the best way to continue the King-hunt.
Here you don't need to be Michail Tal or Garry Kasparov to see that Black's attack is way too strong for White to survive. Moreover, you can take the poor Bf3 with a check in two different ways.  So which move is the best?
In conclusion I want to thank Igor-Alexandre Nataf for creating such a masterpiece!

Comments


  • 2 years ago

    shooka

    enjoy it....

  • 4 years ago

    funkade

    waow

  • 4 years ago

    sjordanico

    a mona lisa indeed!!!!!

  • 4 years ago

    apopleptic_me

    what deep thoughts...

  • 4 years ago

    msk123

    a game to sit for hours together and slowly enjoy...too many variations to analyse that it becomes too complicated for my little brain, nevertheless interesting and insightful...good play.!!!

  • 4 years ago

    hidayaforme

    ver nice article

  • 4 years ago

    BorgQueen

    Masterpiece!

  • 4 years ago

    sassonuri

    very nice I love it

  • 4 years ago

    sassonuri

    very nice love it

  • 4 years ago

    LaskerFan

    I did not find any logic behind white's 17th move 17.Qh5. Wouldn't Qd4 be more logical? [17.Qd4 Rxf2 18.Rg1!, not 18.Kxf2?]

    Anyway, fantastic attack, mind-boggling plan - shows what stuff masters are made of...

  • 4 years ago

    jhui

    One of the best attacking games I have ever seen!

  • 4 years ago

    taotom

    Ah I didn't know there was an opening called kalashnikov sicilian, made me smile :)

    Great game!

  • 4 years ago

    abhitrivedi4379

    awesome , play like this in any match requires guts and black had it.

  • 4 years ago

    Pavrey

    If I played a game like that, it would be my last!

  • 4 years ago

    bulletchess4fun

    nice game

  • 4 years ago

    Alekh1ne

    "a lot of white's moves including taking the rook versus castling queenside are completly unforced and clearly bad moves." - inuyasha2019

    On move 17...Rxf2!!, 18. 0-0-0?? loses to 18...g6! where the only free space for  white's queen is on the h6 square, losing to 19. Qh6  Bg5.  Next time, think about the move orders before rambling ignorant statements on a beautifully played game by both sides.

  • 4 years ago

    leo5

    That's like watching an action movie!

  • 4 years ago

    RedSoxFan3

    King stuck in the middle. Continue to develop and attack the king. Well played by black.

  • 4 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Great game! 

  • 4 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Igor is a nice guy, thanks for featuring his game :)

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