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Louis Paulsen vs James Mason
Vienna (1882), Vienna AUH, rd 3, May-12
French Defense: Advance. Euwe Variation (C02)  ·  0-1


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  akiba82: Mason comes up with a highly effective pawn sacrifice. After 41. ... Rf8 Paulsen is effectively a rook down for defensive purposes. Perhaps, then, it is not so surprising that Mason is able to end the game with the brilliant rook sacrifice 49. ... Rg4+!! If 50 Kg4 ofcourse 50. ... Qg2+ 51. Qg3 h5#.
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  akiba82: Mason had a fine record against Paulsen, and this is perhaps the most interesting game between the two of them. Paulsen may have been the best player in the world around 1870. By the time he met Mason in the 1880's he was well past his prime. Still, Mason was able to demonstrate some fine ideas in the French against him, in this game, as well as in their encounter at Berlin 1881.
Mar-30-06  paladin at large: <akiba82> Fine notes. Apart from the very pretty finish, I am impressed by Mason's patience and foresight early in the game, when his king sits perfectly safe for quite a while in the middle, waiting for White to commit.
Sep-17-07  sanyas: One might assume that White is winning all along. Then you see the final move, and realize that it was BLACK who always had the better of it...
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