|Aug-19-04|| ||Scardini: This is the game mentioned in the celebrated novel The Royal Game (Die Schachnovelle, 1942) by Stefan Zweig. Some consider this the finest novel about chess ever written (a passenger on a cruise ship appears to be a challenging opponent for the ruling chess world champion). In 1960 a movie, Brainwashed (Die Schachnovelle), was made based upon
Zweig's novel. |
|Feb-13-05|| ||zentovic: <Scardini> Like can you see on my nickname (Czentovic would be more correct, lapsus), I´ve also read this nice novel. It´s highly recommendable. And thanks for your collection S. fav. games, I´ve added some of them (From Russia with love and Knight moves) to my Movies & Novels. Recommendation: "Fields of Force" by George Steiner(probably you have read it). |
|May-05-05|| ||dzanone: I just got to that part of the story, so I had to check it out and see if there was such a game. Moves 38-40 are very similar to those described in the book.|
|Jul-16-08|| ||Calli: Why 34...Rf7? 34...Rd7 seems like a simple attack on the loose piece and also threatening Nxc1, but maybe I am missing something here.|
|Jul-16-08|| ||Boomie: <Calli: Why 34...Rf7? 34...Rd7 seems like a simple attack...>|
Indeed. Bogo missed this killer. Maybe in time trouble?
A few backsliding observations:
Curiously 33. Bg5 seems better than Bf4. Understandable that Alky missed such a Fritzy move.
32. Bd2 is also suspect. Be3 is probably better.
27. Rxf4 is better than Bxf4.
26...Nb3 is another improvement. 27. Rxc4 Rxc4 28. Qxc4 Nd2 29. Qc8+ Kh7 30. Re1 exf4
25...Qc7 is just about winning for black. Another pawn grubbing cautionary tale.
This was round 15 out of 18 and both players had a shot at winning the whole shebang. They wanted this game so badly that they created a position where both were at sea...lol. Bogo managed to win this tourney by half a point over Spielmann and Alky.
|Jul-16-08|| ||paul1959: <Boomie> Given 26...Nb3 , maybe White should have played 24 Be3 instead of Bh4. Now the Bishop can support f2-f4 without giving up control of the c1-h6 diagonal.|
|Jul-20-08|| ||Boomie: <paul1959: <Boomie> Given 26...Nb3 , maybe White should have played 24 Be3 instead of Bh4. Now the Bishop can support f2-f4 without giving up control of the c1-h6 diagonal.>|
24. Be3 is better than Bh4. He wants to get something going on the kingside because the queenside is busted. However Be3 targets h6 and is a tempo ahead of Bh4 in some f4 lines. Perhaps he felt his position was lost and needed to confuse the issue, which worked in the game. This is an example of psychology trumping objectivity. Bogo should have won but he blew it as <Calli> pointed out.
24. Be3 Qxa4 25. h4 Qb5
(25...Rf6 26. Bb6 Nb3 27. Rxc4 Rxc4 28. Qxc4 Nd2 29. Qc8+ Rf8 30. Qe6+ Kh7 31. Rc1 Nxe4=)
26. Qg4 Nb3 27. Bxh6 Rc7 28. Rce1 Qd7 29. Qxd7 Rxd7 30. Be3 c3 31. bxc3 bxc3
Also notice that 24. Bh4 Qc7 is just about winning for black. Bogo went a bit wonky after Bh4.
24. Bh4 Qc7 25. Rcd1 Nb3 26. f3 Nd4 27. Qe3 c3
|Jul-02-12|| ||King Sacrificer: Move 38, Black to play. McConnor reaches out to push the c-pawn to promotion with excitement but a magic hand touches his shoulder.|
"Die Schahnovelle" is a great novel by Stefan Zweig and every chess fan should read it.