chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Rudolf Rezso Charousek vs Jakob Wollner
"Hopeless Romantic" (game of the day Sep-07-2007)
Kaschau (1895), Kassa (Kosice) AUH
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit (C33)  ·  1-0
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 40 times; par: 29 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 1 more Charousek/J Wollner game
sac: 19.Re1 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can step through the moves by clicking the < and > buttons, but it's much easier to simply use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME IS AVAILABLE.  [CLICK HERE]

Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-09-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: last round rematch,another good one
Dec-09-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: Should Black be resigning just yet? 21...Qf8 22.Rxf8+ Kg7 23.Rxc8 Kxf7 24.Nxd5 a5 25.Nc7 Ra7 26.Rxb8 ...

Hmmm ... Yes, I suppose Black will lose the second Knight in a couple of moves, and can indeed resign in good conscience after all. Strange to see a endgame position (after Black's 23rd move, above) in which one side, a piece up, most lose two pieces and so emerge a piece down. Very nice game!

Dec-10-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: a masterful escape,EGGMAN;however,black will be down a piece in a somewhat hopeless position. But,♖f8 is good!
Oct-20-05  dakgootje: Yeah very nice game. Brilliant played by Rudolf Rezso Charousek, Wollner just got smashed off the board :) GOTD? *HINT* ;-)
Oct-20-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: The 19th Century was the good old days. Everyone played a King side attack as soon as possible and games were over in 25 moves.
Dec-30-06  Rubenus: <OhioChessFan> I agree with you.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Why did black play 18...Qg8? After for example 18...Qf7 I fail to see how white wins.

Dec-30-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: <Rubenus: *** Why did black play 18...Qg8? After for example 18...Qf7 I fail to see how white wins.>

White has a very dangerous attack from the combined threats of his Queen, Rook and f6-pawn. The suggested 18. ... Qf7? is not sufficient to defend successfully, for example: 18...Qf7? 19.Re1 h5 20.Qh6+ Kg8 21.Re8+ Qxe8 22.Qg7#.

It does seem, however, that Black can barely defend and eventually convert his material advantage in a line such as the following: 18...Nc6 19.Re1 b6 20.Re8 Ba6+, and Black is winning.

Sep-07-07  think: Why was 13. Nf5 necessary? What is wrong with just continuing with Bg5?
Sep-07-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  crafty: 13. ♗g5 f6 14. exf6 ♖xf6+ 15. ♗xf6 ♕xf6+ 16. ♘f3 ♘c6   (eval -1.20; depth 13 ply; 50M nodes)
Sep-07-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  al wazir: 18...d6 19. Re1 Be6! 20. Rxe6 Nd7, and now if 21. Re7, then 21...Qxf6. After white wins the ♘ at h1, material is even. (If 22. Qxf6+ Nxf6 23. Rxb7?, then 23...Ng4, followed by 24...Ngf2.)
Sep-07-07  hkannan2000: This one of the few games where the endgame commences with 1.e4 !
Sep-07-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: After 19...Qxg5


click for larger view

It almost looks like a composed position. White is down a queen, a bishop, and a knight, but will regain every bit of sacrificed material, and then some more. Outrageous.

Sep-07-07  xKinGKooLx: o_0 Wow! THERE'S something you don't see everyday! That has to be one of the best games I have ever seen! If only I had the courage and skill to play like that! Kudos to you, Charousek, you are a brilliant chess player.
Sep-07-07  capanegra: Yes <al wazir>, 18…d6 would have been Black's salvation. Fortunately he didn't play it!! Can you imagine a classic romantic finishing with a bored Knight and Rook ending? ;)

This game could be in a "Top 10 Romanics" collection.

Sep-07-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  chrisowen: You'd think it had potential - almost an old game of Halma or race at the Kentucky Derby for black's night after Bc4, e7, d4 played there.
Sep-07-07  Zzyw: 18...d6 19. ♖e1 ♗e6 20. ♖xe6 ♘d7 21. ♕xf5 leaves black little hope as d5 and h1 will soon fall, leaving white up in material with a commanding position.

18...♘c6 seems to refute white's sacrificial play as pointed out above.

White could have won on the spot with 12. ♘f3! as black cannot reasonably parry the threat of 13. ♘g5.

Sep-07-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: I really enjoyed seeing this one again. I notice in my above comment that I suggested 21...♖f8 was a good move-obviously,I meant ♕f8.

To everyone who hasn't seen-please play the other game with these two players-and if possible,read the great short story-based on that game. It is called, THE LAST ROUND.

Sep-07-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: For those interested, here is the other game:

Charousek vs J Wollner, 1893

and the story:

http://www.wtharvey.com/lastrd.html

Sep-07-07  EmperorAtahualpa: About where this game was played:

Kaschau is the German name for Košice, the second biggest city of Slovakia.

Sep-07-07  marekg248: <EmperorAtahualpa> Yeah, right, Košice is where I come from! Cassovia is another, latin name for Košice.
Sep-07-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: <think: Why was 13. Nf5 necessary? What is wrong with just continuing with Bg5?>

The idea was to divert the Black pawn from the g6-square, so that the White Queen defends the f6-square. Thus, after 16. exf6, Black cannot sensibly continue with 16. ... ♕xf6 [Compare: 13.♗g5 f6 14.♗xf6 ♖xf6+ 15.exf6 ♕xf6+ with an equal game.] 13 ♘f5 was a brilliant concept, enabling White to continue a dangerous attack, even though it could have been refuted if Black had found 18...♘c6!! 19.♖e1 b6!! 20.♖e8 ♗a6+!! .

Nov-14-10  sevenseaman: Assuming its a real game rather than a composition that it looks quite convincingly, Charousek has been very insightful and gutsy. Both of his famed games against Wollner are works of art.

< Peligroso Patzer> Brilliant comments of Sep-07-07. These cleared some cobwebs, specifically the pointer for Black how he could have equalized.

Aug-13-12  Conrad93: I don't see how white can play for a win or a draw after 17. Kf7.

It looks like a complete loss.

Apr-30-19  saintdufus: I love the beautiful tactical ideas of these "swashbuckling" geniuses of old.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
KGA. Bishop's Gambit (C33) 1-0 Fantastic sacrificial planning!!
from QThee Queen is Mean Vol. 5 so says Fredthebear by fredthebear
KGA. Bishop's Gambit (C33) 1-0 Brilliant!
from Anderssen - Blackburne - Charousek - Fredthebear by fredthebear
Romanticismo
from Ghizza's favorite games by Ghizza
Qsac Kside attack
from Frank124c's Favorite Games--KGA by frank124c
shakman's favorite games - 3
by shakman
DrChopper's good games
by DrChopper
pink gorilla's favorite games
by pink gorilla
Romantic Chess
by greatdane
amazing mating sequence
from KGA- Bishop Gambit by takchess
Kaschau 1895 (GOTD)
from Rudolf Rezso Charousek by wanabe2000
Queen Sacrifices -3
by obrit
(KGA) All out attack
from Agressive Chess by cm3jss
chess games 2
by tejuchess
1ra fila débil rematada brillantemente.
from Ataques modelo contra el rey II by Ruchador1
21 moves
from Game collection: 2 by PinkLedDoor


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC