Opening preparation - Alekhine defense, Larsen variation
Imagine that you are playing the great chess genius Mikhail Tal, and he thinks 50 (!) minutes about sacrificing a piece at move 6, and he does not sac !!
Can you imagine that ? It actually happened ... in Tal-Larsen, 1965.
In a blitz game against Fischer, in the same line, where Fischer did sac at move 6, Larsen lost quickly though :
In one of my own games this week, I forgot an important "theme" in this sac variation, and lost in the resulting "mess".
The 6.Nxf7 knight sac in this line can lead to an exciting game, and gives white at least a draw with perpetual check.
That is a good thing to know if you play against higher rated players that you don't mind drawing to, or ... if you play in a tourney and you really need half a point (To win a holiday to Bahama islands, or your last Master result etc.).
Enjoy your sac-ing chess !
For further reading :
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1139722 (Tal-Larsen, with user comments)
(Fischer-Larsen, with user comments)