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Lajos Steiner vs Karl Berndtsson Kullberg
Kecskemet (1927), Kecskemet HUN, rd 1, Jun-26
Scandinavian Defense: Modern. Gipslis Variation (B01)  ·  1-0


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  offramp: A very interesting game. I think black could have drawn at some point.
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  offramp: After 31.Kb2, it seems that white's pieces are all on their best squares.

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Black now plays 31...Bf8. He then can't think of anything to do and oscillates his bishop until white plays 37.Kg3.

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Black now played 37...h5.

Later, white played 40.h3

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and black played 40...Bf8.

Black then oscillated his bishop until this position was reached, after 45...Be7

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And Steiner played 46.Rxe6! Superb!

After 54.Kf5, with black to play,

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who is winning?

Instead of 54...Be7 black could have taken that threatening pawn on c7. He thought (I suppose) that he had time to protect his kingside pawns, so he played ...Be7.

In this position,

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..white played 58.c7-c8=Q+. That is a winner!! Who would have guessed?

After 74.Ke6 the concluding moves might've been summit like this:

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74...Rg8 75.f5 Ra8 76.f6 Ra6+ 77.Bd6 Ra8 78.f7 Ka6 79.f8Q Rxf8 80.Bxf8 Kb7 81.Kf5 Kb6 82.Be7 Kb5 83.Kg6 Ka6 84.Kxh5 Kb6 85.Kg5 Ka6 86.h5 Kb5 87.h6 Ka6 88.h7 Kb6 89.h8Q Kb7 90.Qe8 Ka7 91.Bc5+ Ka6 92.Qc6+ Ka5 93.Nc4#

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