Saturday, February 27, 2010

Guico Piano

The Guico Piano is characterized by the opening moves 1. e4 e5, 2. Nf3 Nc6, 3. Bc4 ....

As the name suggests, a quiet opening. Dangerous only in the hands of an expert. Against precise play White cannot really claim any advantage.

Breslau, 1909

The Two-Rook Sacrifice

This is one of the most spectacular themes in the whole realm of chess. It has inspired some striking brilliant attacks.

1. e4, e5
2. Nf3, Nc6
3. Bc4, Nf6
4. d3, Bc5
5. Bg5, d6
6. h3, Be6
7. Bb5, a6
8. Bxc6, bxc6

So far, its a quiet game.  Now it starts to show life.

9. d4, exd4
10. Nxd4, Bxd4
11. Qxd4, c5
12. Qc3? ......

Inferior to 12. Qe3, which would have avoided the ensuing complications.

12......... Nxe4
13. Qxg7  .......

The spineless alternative 13. Bxd8, Nxc3 leaves White a pawn down.

13. ...... Qxg5 !
14. Qxh8+, Kd7
15. Qxa8, Qc1+

Now we see why Black sacrificed his Rooks.  He has a mating attack.

16. Ke2, Qxc2+
17. Ke3, Qxf2+

Black has his eye on this pretty mate: 18. Kxe4  Bf5+,  19. Kd5 Qd4 mate.

18. Kd3, c4
19 Kxe4, f5 mate

A pretty finish.  The rationale behind the two-Rook sacrifice is clear:  the loser's Queen, in the process of confiscating the Rooks, wanders away from the field of battle to be of any further use.

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