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Carl Schlechter vs Georg Rotlewi
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 8, Aug-31
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  0-1


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Feb-07-16  morfishine: No doubt, one of Rotlewi's greatest accomplishments beating the immensely stubborn Schlechter
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  offramp: An example of Schlechter's inventiveness when in a tough situation.

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He is two pawns down, but he offers up a third pawn with 29.g4!

Rotlewi did not take that pawn. If he had played 29...hxg4, then White would have played 30.Rh6+.

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Here, 30...Kd7 looks bad as it allows 31.Rf7+. But 30...Ke7 also doesn't look good owing to the straightforward 31.Bg1!

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...and white cannot protect the ♙c5 by ...b7-b6 because of the hanging bishop on c6. That is not a disaster but it is not fantastic, either.

But after 30.Rh6+ black might have played 30....Kd5.

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...which is a bit more complicated. White would have played 32.b2-b3! with rather scary threats of mate.

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Rotlewi wisely decided to avoid all that difficulty.

Feb-07-16  morfishine: <offramp> Nice write up. Poor Rotlewi, he's probably doomed to be only remembered as the victim of Rubenstein's "Immortal" (gawd, I'm sick of that term): Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907

But he was a really good player with a number of high profile wins


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  Richard Taylor: He was, he died too young. I have known that game for years but I did notice in another book on chess that he was very talented and may have done a lot better except for illness.

But Rubinstein had a rough road also but lived quite long.

Of course the famous game is quite wonderful. But it does eclipse Rotlewi's achievements if that is all we think of him for.

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