Personal Mona Lisa of GM Bartłomiej Macieja

Personal Mona Lisa of GM Bartłomiej Macieja‎

GM Gserper
18 | Tactics

GM Macieja is one of those strong chess players who is not well known outside of the professional chess players' circle (even though he was European Champion in 2002!) Meanwhile, he has an achievement that would be very interesting for the general public.  As far as I know, he played the game with the greatest number of consecutive checks in Grandmasters' encounters.  In the next game, watch moves 45-47 where both sides delivered 5 consecutive checks!


But fortunately, this bizarre record wasn't Macieja's only achievement.  The next wonderful game that he produced is an outstanding example of attacking chess and therefore gets its rightful place in our collection of Chess Mona Lisas.

(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".)

The game has just started and it is only White's 5th move, what interest can there be? And yet, White manages to show his aggressive intentions in the very early stage of the game.  How?


It looks like Black managed to neutralize White's initiative and he is about to trade the Queens after the natural recapture on e4.  What should White do?
White is ideally developed and all his pieces are prepared for the final assault.  How should White continue?
It is absolutely clear now that White has a decisive attack.  The only question is how to finish off the opponent in the most efficient way?
This game doesn't feature too many flashy sacrifices, but I like it a lot.  In my opinion the energy of White's play in this game is similar to the best attacking examples of Alexander Alekhine.  I strongly recommend you to replay this game at least one more time from the beginning to learn how to create initiative out of the opening and then crush your opponent with direct attack against his King.
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