Just Curious

1_a31-0
batgirl wrote:

Ne5 was my intended move when I quickly opted on Nxg5. My only hesitation was that it opened the h file.  There's no follow up.. in fact Black has Rxh2  followed by ...Ng4+,. ...Qh8 (of vice-versa)in his pocket if the opportunity knocks, but even speculative sacrifices can have merit in blitz - more so than in standard.  

Thanks y'all.

And what is wrong with Ne5 immediately? Follow up would be something like f4 Ne4. Black is now indirectly prevented from castling.....on O-O, you have h4! with a strong attack 

 

729AO
Besides being easy to get rid of the pin, I feel it could be an issue because the rook is now putting pressure on h2, and the queen and bishops can put pressure there within a few moves too - that might not be that important tho it’s just my feeling
batgirl
1_a31-0 wrote:
batgirl wrote:

Ne5 was my intended move when I quickly opted on Nxg5. My only hesitation was that it opened the h file.  There's no follow up.. in fact Black has Rxh2  followed by ...Ng4+,. ...Qh8 (of vice-versa)in his pocket if the opportunity knocks, but even speculative sacrifices can have merit in blitz - more so than in standard.  

Thanks y'all.

And what is wrong with Ne5 immediately? 

Not a thing. That's why it was my intended move.  The knight sack was a spur-of-the-moment decision (and, despite the result, a wrong one, as most such decisions are) to spice up the game.  

1_a31-0

oh, ok

greenwires999

i think the sacrificial move was based on hoping for luck that it would somehow open up the position to your advantage. there's many sacrifices that work and don't work. it's about fun chess rather than serious chess

 

hmchessuser

I like this move, but I am personally someone who tries to hang on to every pawn I can have. I've been trying to break that habit.

ghost_of_pushwood
erik wrote:

Holy smokes. I looked at the position and then thought "Yes! I would do it too!"... but then realized later you were talking about on g5... when I would have sac'd on b5! 

Me too! grin.png

 

ghost_of_pushwood

And incidentally, a speculative sac, even if unsound, is not anywhere near the same as a "blunder" (silly terminology continues to confound).

ghost_of_pushwood

Actually no wait...I take that back:

Here I decided upon the speculative sac 17 Bxg5 hg 18 Qxg5.  And after 18... Bh6 I decided upon resignation.

 

batgirl

GOP vs. Smail

Are you sure it wasn't GOP vs. Smile ?

ghost_of_pushwood

I'm just glad he wasn't Snail.

ghost_of_pushwood

I actually played him several times over the years.  Including one of my first-ever games (which was the only one against him I won).

Rat1960

@batgirl - Since you so much time on quality chess history research, in all the excitement I think you thought you were playing the Opera Game.

Rat1960

I would have played Ne4 since it is obvious that black should play ... Qc7 to Bxg5.
Of course in short time games with open diagonals and only one minor piece down the defender always blunders.
Is chess an art,science,sport or game.
Maybe gamble should be added to the list.