Classic Chess Game: FORCING a “disaster of the last move” – Shumov vs Kolisch : St Petersburg (1862)

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[Event “St Petersburg m”]
[Site “1”]
[Date “1862.??.??”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “?”]
[Result “0-1”]
[White “Ilya Shumov”]
[Black “Ignatz von Kolisch”]
[ECO “C50”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “48”]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.O-O Nf6 5.d4 Bxd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4
7.f4 d6 8.fxe5 dxe5 9.Bg5 Qe7 10.b4 Be6 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Bxe6
fxe6 13.Qh5+ Qf7 14.Qh4 O-O-O 15.Na3 f5 16.Qf2 Qh5 17.Rae1 f4
18.c3 Nc6 19.b5 Nb8 20.Qxa7 b6 21.Qa4 Rhg8 22.Rd1 Rxg2+
23.Kxg2 Qe2+ 24.Kh1 Rd2 0-1

Instructive game tags: Rook sac, Rook sacrifice, Weak 2nd rank, forcing moves, creating weakness of last move, disaster of last move, deflection, decoy, mate threat, combination, tactical combination, sacrifice, brilliant rook sac, opposite side castling, castling queenside, active rooks

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By The original uploader was Miastko at German Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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  1. I love it; seriously, keep on with this short analysis, utterly instructive!

  2. Lovely game, great commentary as always! Note on pronunciation: The first consonant of 'Giuco' is pronounced like j in English (that is: 'juco'). If it were gyu-co, it'd be spelled 'ghiuco'.

  3. Thx KingCrusher superb analysis as usual! Just the Microphone seems to saturate from time to times.

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