Thursday, 4 February 2010

Giving yourself up

For all the 'wrongness' that is Facebook (no link provided!) it is a boon for chess bloggers and journalists. Connect with the right personalities and you can get the inside track on some pretty good news. However, the drawback of this for the player is sometimes there losses show up just as much as their wins.
Good friend of this blog, Henrik Mortensen, has been providing a day by day commentary of his performance from the Gibtelecom tournament in Gibraltar. From a distance it looks like he is having a good tournament, with the occasional loss. However it was his description of the following game that drew my attention to it. In describing the game Henrik said "FM Fabrice Wantiez (BEL - 2315) really crushed me in a flashy style in just 22 moves. He sacrificed like a devil..." If not for this vivid description, I probably would not have noticed it at all.

Wantiez,Fabrice (2315) - Mortensen,Henrik (2015) [B01]
Gibtelecom Masters 8th Gibraltar (5.43), 30.01.2010

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 c6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Bd2 e6 8.Nd5 Qd8 9.Nxf6+ gxf6 10.c3 Nd7 11.Nh4 Bg6 12.Qf3 Qb6 13.0-0 Be7 14.Rfe1 f5 (D)
15.Bxe6 fxe6 16.Rxe6 Qxb2 17.Rae1 Qxd2 18.Rxe7+ Kd8 19.Nxg6 hxg6 20.Qg3 f4 21.Qg4 Nf6 22.Qe6 1-0

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