Queen sacrifice to give mate – Alekseev – Lupulescu, Blitz chess

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By advancing the c-pawn two squares, Black asserts control over the d4-square and begins the fight for the centre of the board. The move resembles 1โ€ฆe5, the next most common response to 1.e4, in that respect. Unlike 1…e5, however, 1…c5 breaks the symmetry of the position, which strongly influences both players’ future actions. White, having pushed a kingside pawn, tends to hold the initiative on that side of the board. However, 1…c5 does little for Black’s development, unlike moves such as 1…e5, 1…g6, or 1…Nc6, which either develop a minor piece or prepare to do so. In many variations of the Sicilian, Black makes a number of further pawn moves in the opening (for example, …d6, …e6, …a6, and …b5). Consequently, White often obtains a substantial lead in development and dangerous attacking chances.

Meanwhile, advancing a queenside pawn has given Black a spatial advantage there and provides a basis for future operations on that flank. Often, Black’s c5-pawn is traded for White’s d4-pawn in the early stages of the game, granting Black a central pawn majority. The pawn trade also opens the c-file for Black, who can place a rook or queen on that file to aid their queenside counterplay.

Evgeny Alekseev – Constantin Lupulescu
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7 9. f4 b5 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Kb1 Qb6 12. Nf3 b4 13. Ne2 h5 14. f5 e5 15. Nc1 Na5 16. Nb3 Bc6 17. Bd3 Bh6 18. Qe1 Ke7 19. Nxa5 Qxa5 20. Bc4 Qc5 21. Bd5 Rhc8 22. Bxc6 Rxc6 23. Qe2 Qc4 24. Rd3 Rac8 25. Ne1 h4 26. g3 a5 27. b3 Qb5 28. Rf1 a4 29. Rf2 axb3 30. Rxb3 Rc4 31. Nd3 Qb7 32. Qh5 Be3 33. Re2 Qxe4 34. Nf2 Rxc2 35. Nxe4 Rc1+ 36. Kb2 Bd4+ 37. Nc3 Rf1 38. Qxh4 bxc3+ 39. Kc2 Rc4 40. Rb7+ 1-0

Blitz chess (also known as speed or fast chess) is a type of chess in which each player is given less time to consider their moves than normal tournament time controls allow. Openings, tactics and strategy are same.

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  1. Notice how the noise from the clocks comes down after the opening moves are played ๐Ÿ˜†

  2. Qc6 instead Rxc2 was completely winning… ๐Ÿ˜‰Thanks for all your video. I love to watch some of these before sleeping. Excellent channel!

  3. i won the national chess challenges 2017 and 18 with ease

  4. No queen sacrifice to give mate but to take it

  5. Wrong title, it must be "Queen sacrifice gone wrong"

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