Threats and Sacrifices: Part II

Jan 13, 2009, 9:13 PM |

Continuing with the idea of threats and sacrifices, I present a game which exemplifies an old joke, in that White here snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.  What I love about Chess is that mistakes and good moves often combine to form emotional and dramatic exhibitions which nobody could have thought up on their own.

At the top levels of play, mistakes are so rare and so subtle that it takes many moves before their effects are realized.  Thus, games are difficult to comprehend for people like me who can't recognize them.  In this game, the mistakes are mostly quite obvious, their exploitation is swift, and the responses are dramatic.  When games like this go your way, they are very memorable.  When they go against you, you will either be A) pissed off royally, or B) pissed off royally and ready to learn from the mistakes.  I recently played a game in which I had to pick Option B, a game which perhaps will find its way here.