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Max Weiss vs John Washington Baird
"Weiss Tightens The Vice" (game of the day Sep-10-2018)
6th American Chess Congress (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 31, May-06
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Mason Variation (C42)  ·  1-0
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Jan-12-09
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  sillybilly47: It seems to me that Baird was very intimidated. He played for a draw from move one. Weiss won this tounament and would have played for the world title (and lost) had his banking career not gotten in the way.
Dec-07-14  Knight13: 11... Nc6 does not help in suppressing White's isolated d-pawn. 11... Nbd7 with the idea of ... Nb6 is better. If 12. d5, then ... Ne5 followed by ... Bd6 will provide a good blockade. Black should also keep in mind the possibility of ... Ne8-d6.
Sep-10-18
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  HeMateMe: Baird did not play like a Bard...
Sep-10-18
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Shouldn't it be "vise?" As for the game, it illustrates the subtle poison of playing with no plan. 10...Bg4 doesn't seem that bad, had Black followed with 11...Nbd7 and ...Nb6. 10...Nbd7; 11.h3,Nb6; 12.Bd3 and Black has to find a decent home for the Bc8. Too many of Black's moves from 11-20 look almost as if he rolled a die to choose which piece to move.
Sep-10-18  newzild: Any modern player familiar with Nimzowitsch will readily identify all the flaws in Black's game - notably his complete failure to blockade on the d5 square.

"First blockade, then destroy!"

Sep-10-18  WorstPlayerEver: 15... Qd7 the natural move, now White can play 16. h3 Bxh3 17. Bxh6 Qg4 18. Qg5 Bxg2 19. Qxg4 Nxg4 20. Kxg2 Nxh6, but it gives Black the better position.


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15... Qd7 16. Rad1 Rfe8 17. Rfe1 Rad8 18. Qc2 Qc8 19. Qb3 Ne7


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Which is a more usual approach.

Sep-10-18  dumbgai: Interesting that Steinitz thought 3. d4 to be much superior to Nxe5. History has shown that both moves are good.
Sep-10-18
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  Honza Cervenka: I wonder why Weiss avoided simple and obvious 21.Nxg6.
Sep-10-18
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  OhioChessFan: <AE: Good Evening: Shouldn't it be "vise?" >

Yes, unless Weiss had some interesting hobbies besides chess.

Sep-10-18  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa

1. + / = (0.38): 18...Be6 19.Bd3 Bd5 20.Ne5 Re8 21.Rad1 Bh4 22.Bc2 Bxg3 23.fxg3 f6 24.Nxc6 Bxc6 25.d5 Qxd5 26.Bxh6 Qxd2 27.Bxd2 Ng5 28.Bb3+ Kh7 29.Bf4 Re7 30.Rfe1 Ne4 31.g4 Rae8 32.Kh2

2. + / - (1.13): 18...Bc8 19.d5 Nb8 20.Rae1 a5 21.Nh5 Bf5 22.Bd4 Nf6 23.Bxf6 Bxf6 24.Qf4 Bg6 25.Nxf6+ Qxf6 26.Qxc7 axb4 27.Qxb7 Na6 28.axb4 Rfb8 29.Qc6 Nxb4 30.Qxf6 gxf6 31.d6 Rd8 32.Rd1 Ra3 33.Nh4 Nc6 34.Rfe1 Kg7 35.Nxg6 fxg6 36.Bb5 Ne5 37.d7 Rb3

Sep-10-18  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 21 dpa done

1. = (0.00): 16...Re8 17.Nc5 Bxc5 18.bxc5 Nf6 19.h3T Bh5 20.Rfe1 Rb8 21.Rad1 Nd5 22.Rb1 Nxe3 23.fxe3 Qe7 24.Rb3 Bg6 25.Bd3 Bh5 26.Be2 Bg6

2. = (0.00): 16...Nf6 17.Nc5 Bxc5 18.bxc5 Re8 19.h3T

Sep-10-18  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 20 dpa

1. = (-0.11): 15...Re8 16.Rfe1 Ne7 17.h3 Bf5 18.Bf4 Ng6 19.Bxd6 cxd6 20.Bc4 Rc8 21.Bb3 b5 22.Rxe8+ Qxe8 23.Nd5 Nxd5 24.Bxd5 Ne7 25.Re1 Qd7 26.Bb3 Be6 27.Bxe6 fxe6

2. = (-0.11): 15...Ne7 16.h3 Bf5 17.Rfe1 Re8 18.Bf4 Ng6 19.Bxd6 cxd6 20.Bc4 Rc8 21.Bb3 b5 22.Rxe8+ Qxe8 23.Nd5 Nxd5 24.Bxd5 Ne7 25.Re1 Qd7 26.Bb3 Be6 27.Bxe6 fxe6

Sep-10-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4: d 20 dpa

1. + / = (0.36): 14.h3 Bf5 15.g4 Bg6 16.Nh4 Ne4 17.Nxg6 Nxc3 18.Qc2 hxg6 19.Qxc3 Qf6 20.Bd5 Nd8 21.Bg2 c6 22.Rac1 a5 23.bxa5 Ne6 24.Rb1 Nf4 25.Rfe1 Nxg2 26.Kxg2 Rfb8 27.Qd2 Bc7 28.Bg5 Qd6 29.Re5 Qxa3

2. = (0.13): 14.Re1 h6 15.h3 Bh5 16.Rc1 Re8 17.Qb3 Qd7 18.Nd2 Qf5 19.Qa2 Bg6 20.Nf3 Qd7 21.Qe2 Bh7 22.Bb3 Rad8 23.Bc2 Bxc2 24.Qxc2 Ne7 25.Ne4 Nxe4 26.Qxe4 Nc6 27.Qd3 Re6

Sep-10-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4: d 20 dpa done

1. + / = (0.43): 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 Nxd4 15.Qxb7 Rb8 16.Qxa6 c5 17.Rad1 Ra8 18.Qb7 Rb8 19.Qa7 Ra8 20.Rxd4 Rxa7 21.Rxd8 Rxd8 22.a4 g6 23.b3 Kg7 24.Re1 h6 25.g3 g5 26.Kg2 Bf8 27.g4 Ra5 28.Bc1 Re8 29.Rd1 Ra7

Sep-10-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4: d 20 dpa done

1. + / = (0.38): 12.h3 Bh5 13.g4 Bg6 14.Ne5 Na5 15.Be2 Nd5 16.Qd2 Nxe3 17.fxe3 Nc6 18.Nxg6 hxg6 19.Kg2 Nb4 20.a3 Nd5 21.Bc4 c6 22.Rac1 Qd7 23.e4 Nxc3 24.Rxc3 Rad8 25.Rcf3 Qxd4 26.Qxd4 Rxd4 27.Rxf7 Rxc4 28.Rxe7 Rxf1 29.Kxf1

Sep-10-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4: d 23 dpa done

1. + / = (0.32): 11...Bh5 12.Re1 Nbd7 13.Be2 Nb6 14.Qb3 Bg4 15.a3 Be6 16.Qc2 h6 17.h3 c6 18.Bf4 Re8 19.Bh2 Rc8 20.Bd3 Bd6 21.Be5 Nbd5 22.Ne4 Bxe5 23.dxe5 Nxe4 24.Bxe4 Nf4 25.Rad1

2. + / = (0.33): 11...Nbd7 12.Bb3 c6 13.Re1 Bh5 14.Bf4 Bb4 15.Rc1 Qb6 16.Qd3 Bxf3 17.gxf3 Qa5 18.Bg3 Rae8 19.a3 Bxc3 20.Qxc3 Qf5 21.Bc2 Qd5 22.Qd3 g6 23.Bb3 Nc5

Sep-10-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

1. + / = (0.47): 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Qxd4 13.Qxb7 Nbd7 14.Bb3 Qe5 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.Qxd5 Rad8 17.Qxe5 Nxe5 18.Bf4 Nd3 19.Bxc7 Rc8 20.Rad1 Nc5 21.Be5 Nxb3 22.axb3 Bb4 23.Rd7 a5 24.Rfd1 f6 25.Bd4 Rc2 26.g3 Rf7 27.Rd5 Re7 28.Kg2 Kf7 29.Rd8 Kg6

2. + / = (0.35): 11.Be3 Nbd7 12.h3 Bh5 13.g4 Bg6 14.Ne5 Nb6 15.Bb3 Nfd5 16.Qf3 c6 17.Rae1 Bf6 18.Bd2 Ne7 19.Qf4 Ned5 20.Qg3 Bxe5 21.Rxe5 f6 22.Ree1 Qd7 23.Ne4 Rad8

3. + / = (0.32): 11.Re1 Nc6 12.d5 Nb4 13.a3 Bxf3 14.gxf3 Na6 15.Bf4 Nh5 16.Be3 Bd6 17.Qd4 Nc5 18.Nb5 Re8 19.Nxd6 cxd6 20.Rac1 Nf6 21.Kg2 a5 22.b4 Ncd7 23.Bf4 Rxe1 24.Rxe1 axb4 25.axb4 Nb6 26.Bb3

Sep-10-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

1. + / = (0.40): 10...Nc6 11.Re1 Bg4 12.d5 Nb4 13.a3 Bxf3 14.gxf3 Na6 15.Bf4 Bd6 16.Qd4 Nc5 17.Nb5 Qd7 18.Nxd6 cxd6 19.Bg5 Qf5 20.Bxf6 Qxf6 21.Qxf6 gxf6 22.b4 Nd7 23.f4 Nb6 24.Rac1 Rfe8

2. + / = (0.47): 10...a6 11.a3 Nc6 12.Re1 Bd6 13.d5 Nb8 14.h3 Nbd7 15.Be3 b5 16.Ba2 Re8 17.Qc2 Ne5 18.Nd4 h6 19.b4 Qd7 20.Rac1 Nc4 21.Bxc4 bxc4

3. + / = (0.50): 10...Bg4 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Qxd4 13.Qxb7 Nbd7 14.Bb3 Qe5 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.Qxd5 Rad8 17.Qxe5 Nxe5 18.Bf4 Nd3 19.Bxc7 Rc8 20.Rad1 Nc5 21.Be5 Nxb3 22.axb3 f6 23.Bd4 a5 24.Bc3 Bb4 25.Bxb4 axb4 26.Rfe1 Rfe8 27.Rxe8+ Rxe8 28.Kf1 Rc8 29.Rd2 Rc7 30.Ke2 Kf7

Sep-11-18  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa done

1. + / = (0.32): 9...Be6 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Qc2 h6 12.Re1 Nc6 13.Bf5 Ncb4 14.Qb1 Bxf5 15.Qxf5 Nf6 16.Bf4 Nbd5 17.Nxd5 Nxd5 18.Bg3 c6 19.Ne5 Qa5 20.Qd3 Qb5 21.Nc4 Rad8 22.Be5 Rfe8 23.a4 Qb4 24.h3 Bf6

2. + / = (0.32): 9...Nc6 10.Re1 Bg4 11.cxd5 Nxd4 12.Bxh7+ Nxh7 13.Qxd4 Bxf3 14.gxf3 Bf6 15.Qd3 Qd7 16.Bd2 c6 17.Rad1 Rfe8 18.Rxe8+ Rxe8 19.Bf4 Bxc3 20.dxc6 Qxc6 21.bxc3 Qa4 22.Be3 Nf6 23.Rd2 b6 24.Kg2 Qc6 25.c4 Rc8 26.Qa3 Ng4 27.Qe7 Nxe3+ 28.fxe3 Qxc4 29.Qxa7

3. + / = (0.44): 9...dxc4 10.Bxc4 Nc6 11.h3 Na5 12.Bd3 Be6 13.Re1 Nc6 14.Ng5 Bc8 15.Bc4 h6 16.Nf3 Na5 17.Bd3 Be6 18.Ne5 Nc6 19.Nxc6 bxc6 20.a3 Rb8 21.b4 Re8 22.Be3 Ra8 23.Ne4 Nd5 24.Bd2 a5 25.Nc5 Bxc5 26.dxc5 axb4 27.axb4 Qf6 28.Rxa8 Rxa8

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