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James Mason vs Johannes Zukertort
London (1883), London ENG, rd 3, Apr-30
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  0-1


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May-09-04  fred lennox: 31...Ne6 "Overfinessing" - Zukertort. More forcible is Bxc2. 32. Qxc2...Ra8 33. g4...Ne6 34. Kg2...Nxd4 35. Qb1...Qb3 threatening...Ra1 or Qf3+

36. e6 is premature. Better is g4 "blocking the egress of the hostile knight." - Zukertort, followed by 37. Rc1.

One of the great chess epics (65 moves or more), full of tension until the last few moves. With one move black can mate four ways after 73 moves!

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  offramp: 23.Bh6 might win for Mason.
30.Qc5 is a bit weak; Qb4 was better.
36.Rc1 probably wins.
57.g3 is a real lemon; most other moves would probably have drawn.
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  whiteshark: In his memoirs 'Goldenen Schachzeiten' (The Golden Times of Chess, published in German only) Milan Vidmar wrote in the first episode of the Nottingham tournament in 1936:

"I'm in my memory-pictures a little deviated from the path, and Alekhine is still in Nottingham, a worn book in hand, before me, in front of us, we who want to learn something interesting. The fact that it will be a game, that's clear for us. We expected an opening as it was still common, and none of us thought to such opening jumps, how they have been invented and performed by Nimzowitsch. But very soon we should be disappointed, respectively surprised. Alekhine, in the pose of a high priest, started:


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"Just a second!", we called almost with one voice, "who is white and who is black?" "This is something you will get to know," said Alekhine. "Just run the moves."

We could appease us and looked on. We saw the following 9 pair of moves:

<1. ... e7-e6 2. e2-e3 Sg8-f6 3. Ng1-f3 d7-d5 4. d2-d4 Bf8-e7 5. Nb1-c3 0-0 6. Bf1-d3 b7-b6 7. c4xd5 e6xd5 8. Nf3-e5 Bc8-b7 9. 0-0 c7-c5>

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" 'Gosh', I said to myself, this is hypermodern '() I didn't know, of course, as it was to Aljechins spectators, but I could not help the impression that I got presented a first class game from both sides -- at least until move 30 - it was played remarkably clean. Of course I saw that a well-planned powerful black attack get under way, but also saw that white on the king's wing set to understand to create an attack scene. It was and is even today, when I replay the moves for myself, an exquisite pleasure to watch how the battle scales moves up and down, how to bear the king's wing against the queen's wing. ...

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  tamar: It is easy to see why Alekhine would be fascinated by this game. Almost on every move there are possibilities to create imbalances.

19...Ba4 looks reasonable, winning the exchange, but I thought the principled decision would be to take in the center-make a stand as it were, and depend upon the passed pawns to win the game.

Using an older version of Rybka on Deep Analysis, here is its best scenario

19...Nxe4 20 f3 c3 21 fxe4 dxe4 22 Be3 Bd5 23 Rf2 g6 24 Qg4 h5 -1.44/20

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Black has defensive resources like ...Ra6 and ...Bf6 to bolster his King shelter, and I don't see any danger for him.

Oct-14-15  Knight13: 34. Rb1 seems better to me.
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