bowdler conway 1788

The game below is a classical game between Dr. Thomas Bowdler and Henry Seymour Conway that can be found in the IJ105 database. The reason it became famous was because of Bowdler’s two rook sacrifice, but I’ll show it here for another reason: if you have a material advantage you have to use this material.

7. Qf3?

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 The Classical Variation of the Bishop’s Opening 3.d3 c6

Nowadays most players would prefer 3…d6 , 3…Nc6 or 3…Nf6

4.Qe2 d6 5.f4 A little bit to aggressive 5…exf4 6.Bxf4?! Qb6 7.Qf3? This can be considered as a blunder, but this game has become famous because of the two rook sacrifice, probably the first recorded one 7…Qxb2 8.Bxf7+ Kd7 9.Ne2 Qxa1 capturing the first rook 10.Kd2 Bb4+

( 10… Qf6! looks more promising )

11.Nbc3 sacrificing the second rook 11…Bxc3+ 12.Nxc3 Qxh1 13.Qg4+ Kc7 14.Qxg7 Nd7 15.Qg3 b6 16.Nb5+ -+ cxb5 =

( If you want to take advantage of the fact that you have captured your opponent’s rooks you have to use your own rooks, for example by 16…Kb8 17.Bxg8 Qf1 18.Bxd6+ Kb7 19.Be7 Rxg8 )

17.Bxd6+ Kb7 18.Bd5+ Ka6 19.d4 b4? +-

( 19… Nc5 )

20.Bxb4 Kb5? resulting in a mate in three 21.c4+ Kxb4 22.Qb3+ Ka5 23.Qb5# 1-0

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