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Subject: Re: Mercilous Attack? What is it? What is the ECO on it?

Author: Jeremiah Penery

Date: 12:59:52 07/07/99

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On July 07, 1999 at 15:44:04, Dann Corbit wrote:

>What exactly is the Mercilous Attack?
>What is the ECO classification for the Mercilous Attack?
>Why do computers have a hard time with it?
>What are the principal variations?

The Mercilous Attack is where someone sacrifices a piece (usually a minor piece,
like a knight) to open the h-file, where a mate can soon follow.  I have some
games I'll try to dig up and post them.  I don't know that there's any specific
ECO for this attack, since there are ways to get it from almost any opening, I
think.  The only time it's dangerous to computers should be at fast time
control.  At relatively slow time controls, most computers should see the mate,
and will avoid taking the offered piece (This is mostly guessing on my part.)


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