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Samuel Mieses vs Adolf Anderssen
Breslau (1863)
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  1-0
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Dec-01-10  goodevans: The immediate <31 Bxc7 Re1+ 32 Rxe1 Nxc7 33 Ne3> would probably have won for white but Mieses's <31 Kh2> looks more convincing. After that black's in real trouble.

Probably best would have been to give up the exchange with <31 ... Re1>. That would have taken some of the sting out of white's attack and would have left the white Q incarcerated.

Instead Anderssen chose <31 ... Nb4>. At least it allowed for a pretty finish. Perhaps we'll see it as a puzzle one day.

Dec-01-10  acme: After 33 ...cxb6 all I see for white is 34. Qb8+ Kd7 35. Qd6+ with a draw.

What am I missing?

Dec-02-10  goodevans: <acme> After <33 ... cxb6 34 Qb8+ Kd7> white can pick up <both> minor pieces with <35 Qxb7+> to leave what looks like a winning endgame.

But this is certainly a lot better than <33 ... Kd8?>.

Dec-02-10
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  Sastre: <goodevans: <acme> After <33 ... cxb6 34 Qb8+ Kd7> white can pick up <both> minor pieces with <35 Qxb7+> to leave what looks like a winning endgame> After 35...Ke6 36.Qe4+ Kd7 37.Qxb4 Re1 38.Bf4 Rh1+ 39.Kg3 Qc5, I don't see a winning advantage for White. Material is equal and White can't safely advance his pawn majority without exposing his king.
Dec-02-10  goodevans: <Sastre> 33 ... cxb6 34 Qb8+ Kd7 35 Qxb7 Ke6 36 Qe4+ Kd7 37 Qxb4 Re1 38 Qb5+ Ke7 39 Bh4+ might be an improvement. I prefer white here, but you're right - there's nothing clear cut.
Dec-02-10  sneaky pete: After 13... Kf8


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white is completely lost. All his pieces are on the wrong squares.

I was wondering why 9.Qb3 .. hasn't been played more often, but some research convinced me that it's not a very good move.

In this game 11.Re1 .. shows that white knows his Evans Gambit, but it's probably the losing move. Staunton, as we all know, didn't understand the Evans Gambit and played the more sensible 11.dxe5 .. here, but he lost just the same: Staunton vs Rives, 1853

Black defenders wanting to avoid complications may play 9... Na5 exchanging white's precious LSB, but 9... Nxd4 cannot be recommended: Van der Wiel vs J Welling, 1987

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