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Third Brilliancy Prize

Apr 3, 2013, 12:00 AM 13 Amazing Games

Here is something you don't see very often...

On the 17th move of the game, Tartakower decides to sacrifice his rook for a few pawns. Although his attack seems to go nowhere, he then calmly completes his development. Eventually, he is able to use all of his pieces to break through Maroczy's kingside fortress. This is what Tartakower had to say about the game:

"The judges awarded this game the third brilliancy prize, although a majority of them declared in peremptory fashion that such sacrifices are incalculable in advance in all their ramifications and that, in consequence, they deserve no encouragement."

What do you think?

P.S. If you're wondering what games recevied the first and second brilliancy prizes, I plan to post those later.

P.P.S. Due to the dearth of April Fool's jokes from the chess.com staff, I would like to share one of my personal favorites. You can find it here.

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