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Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky vs Georg Rotlewi
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 18, Sep-14
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0


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  Chessical: Dus Chotiminsky was then a Russian army officer was able to play in this tournament as he was sponsored by the great Russian Chigorin, whilst Rotlewi (also spelt Rotlevi/Rotlevy) was a Polish player of an uncompromsing style. He is only remebered for a classic loss aginst Rubinstein Lodz 1907, but he was a good enough to beat that great player on another occassion and take a high place in this very strong tournament. He then disappears from chess history. The Polish Chess Federation don't even mention him as a great Polish player.

11...h6 12.Bf4 Bd6 13.Be5 Qe7 14.c3 Rfd8 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.Be4 Bxe4 17.Qxe4 Qe7 18.Rd3 Qd7 = was Balashov - Yudasin Podolsk 1990 12...Qa5 takes the Q to a safer area, although White is still better after 13.d5 13...Qxd4 swallows a poisoned pawn 14.Bxh7!+ Nxh7 15.Rxd4 (15.Bxe7?! Qf4+-) 15...Nxg5 16.Rfd1+-

Again if 14...Qxd4 15.Bxh7+ Kxh7 16.Rxd4 Rxd4 17.Qc2+ Kg8 18.Qa4 whilst 14...h6 15.Be3 c5 16.Bf4 cxd4 17.Ng6 Qc5 18.Nxf8 Qc6 19.f3 Bxf8 20.Be5 is also winning for White.]

16.Bxe5 is better than 16.dxe5 Qc6 17.f3 Qc5+ 18.Kh1 Bh4= 16...Qc6? overlooking or underestimating White's next move 16...Qd7 18.d5! ripping into the Black position

23...g6 meets wityh the suprising 24.Qg5!! a theme which crops up again over the next few moves e.g. 24... Qxg5 25.hxg5 Rde8 26.c5 bxc5 (26...Bxc5? 27.gxf6! Bxe3 28.f7+) 27.gxf6 Bxf6 28.e7 Rf7 29.Bb5 c6 30.Bxf6+ Rxf6 31.Rd8 cxb5 32.Rxe8+ Kg7 33.Rg8 If 24...Kxh7 25.Re5! Rxd1+ 26.Qxd1 Qc6 27.Qh5#
If 28...Bf8 then 29.e7 wins.

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  Calli: What tournament is this? Since Chigorin died in 1908, he could not have sponsored Dus Chotomirsky in 1911. In fact, the great St. Petersburg tourney in 1909 was held in Chigorin's memory, IIRC.
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  Chessical: Calli, apologies you are correct. It was the 1907 Carlsbad tournament not the 1911. The danger of not checking your sources.
Jun-17-05  schnarre: Very nicely handled by White!
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  InspiredByMorphy: 11. ...Qd5? was an ineffective move. White has plenty of defense on the kingside while blacks defeneses are distracted on the queenside. 11. ...Nd5 should have kept the position equal.
Jun-19-05  schnarre: 11...Nd5 is stronger, but White still has Ne5 as an option after Bxe7.
Jun-19-05  fgh: 24. Bxh7! is a nice shot.
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  InspiredByMorphy: <schnarre> Let the fireworks begin! 11. ...Nd5 12.Bxe7 Bxf3
Jun-20-05  schnarre: <InspiredByMorphy> 12...Bxf3 isn't possible with the Knight on d5.
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  InspiredByMorphy: <scnarre> Lol. A very poor post from myself. Thanks. 11. ...Nd5 12.Bxe7 Nxe7 13.Ne5 Ng6 14.f4 Qd5 or 14.Nxg6 hxg6 looks like it would have produced an equal position.
Jun-20-05  schnarre: <InspiredByMorphy> <A very poor post from myself.> Not a problem! I've had my fair share of such days! Looks pretty even after the resulting clash around Black's forecourt! Looks worth analyzing further.
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