Finally learned I think, when to sack the exchange.

 This was the game 3I0. On move 9, the opponent played g6. This was when I knew that the dark sqs. around his king were going to be the reason for his defeat. Now if I could get rid of his dark bishop, I would eventually have enough to # him on the dark sqs.
So sacked the exchange as soon as I had the chance, and sure enough the dark sqs. eventually led to his defeat.
I think I understand the principle of sacking exchanges now. Atleast I start to understand.
Nice game!
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!
That is one sexy game.

Thx for the kind words guys. Actually when I put this on the engine sacking the exchange is shown as the best move. I am stunned that I figured it out. I just new on move 9 that his dark sq. bishop had to go.


move 19 d6 not better?


I believe you are correct tipish


Nice win! Black's g6 was a horrible move, but it is really good that you realized about removing his dark-squared bishop, even if it was with a sacrifice. That shows good long term planning, not just one move at a time calculation.

By the way, consider the position after white's 10. Qd2 but before 10...Nd5. If black's B on Be7 could then magically transport to g7, it would be a much more normal looking position. White would still want to remove black's dark square B, so that is why its a common idea for white to play Bh6 supported by the Q on d2, to weaken black's kingside with only a B trade instead of a sac...

And, ironically, in that case black would need to consider Bg7 -> h8, sacing the exchange on f8 just to keep the defensive kingside bishop! That would probably not be worth the material in that exact position, but like I said, it would need at least to be considered.

Great mate!

For a 3 minute game that was terrific



great game


Yes you guys are right about 19. d6. That is a game ender right there. So I do feel a little stupid for not having spotted it.


That being said in a weird way the game was richer for me not spotting the winning move though.