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Mikhail Chigorin vs Horatio Caro
"Caro Bungle" (game of the day Jul-15-2009)
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 10, Jun-14
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Steinitz Variation (C29)  ·  1-0


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  patzer2: With 10. ..Bh5, black equalizes according to Kasparov and keene in BCO. However, he gets outplayed by his stronger opponent, while going pawn chasing and trying too hard to complicate and avoid exchanging queens.

Notice how nicely the deflection tactic 37. Rxg7 wins for white. If 37. ..Rxg7, then 38. Qxh5+ wins easily.

Oct-13-03  AdrianP: <patzer2> This game reminds me of a Karpov game where Karpov (white) had to march his king up to e4 (or d4) in a position where there was still a lot of heavy material on the board. Do you know the game I'm thinking of. I think that IM Watson refers to it in one of his books...
Oct-13-03  helloriker: I like the final combination. No matter what black does it is checkmate in 3. The one I like the best is 35...Rh8 36 QxH5+ RxH5 37 Rg8++ mainly because this allows white to sac the queen for the mate. I also like 35 ... Qxe6 36 Qxh5+ Qf7 37 Qxf7+ Kd8 38 Qd7++
Oct-13-03  helloriker: hmm after looking at the position more it apears that 36...Kne7 saves the game.
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  patzer2: <AdrianP> I'm not familiar with the game, but I am a fan of Karpov's end-game play. Karpov plays a very active king when the position calls for it.
Oct-14-03  bishop: 36...Ne7 37.Rxe7+ Rxe7 38.Qh5+ Kd8(...Kf8 Qf7#) 39.Qh8+ Re8 40.Qf6+ Re7 41.Qxe7#
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  perfidious: Adrian, the game you're referring to is Karpov-A Zaitsev, 1970.
Aug-03-06  ChessDude33: On move 25 many spectators tried to get the tournament manager to intervene believing that white's king and queen were mixed up. A very unusual game!
Jan-20-07  Tactic101: It seems that Caro missed some very strong oppurtunities where he could put the king in a mating net. Moves like Rc8 when the king is on d5 makes exit via the c file suicidal. This is an example of how not to finish the attack against the exposed king. Checks only allowed white to hurry his king to safety on the queenside. Still, this game is a curiousity. How amusing to think that the spectators thought that the king and queen were mixed up on the move Kd5!
Mar-21-07  RandomVisitor: After 10...Bh5 white has 11.Kd2! Qg4 and now:

1: Chigorin - Caro, Vienna 1898

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3 mp 32-bit : 17-ply

1. (0.41): 12.h3 Qf4+ 13.Ke1 Qg3+ 14.Qf2 Qxf2+ 15.Kxf2 exf3 16.Rb1 b6 17.gxf3 Nd7 18.Bb5 0-0-0

2. (0.27): 12.Ke3 exf3 13.Qxg4 Bxg4 14.gxf3 Be6 15.Rb1 b6 16.Rg1 Nd7 17.f4 g6 18.Bb5 Bxa2

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  kevin86: Usually,a piece thatruns is in an awful lot of danger-not so here. The white king wanders all the way to the a1 square and is snug. Black's king never moves and winds up in the crosshairs of white's attack.
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  keypusher: Vukovic annotates this game in <Art of Attack in Chess>. Here are some of his comments.


Black clearly cannot take the e-pawn because of 20. Kf2, but 19....b4 would have been better and safer than the move played. After 20. Bxb4 (20. cxb4 0-0 21. b5 Rfe8 is in Black's favor) 20....Nxb4 21. cxb4 0-0 the exposed condition of White's king together with his scattered pawns gives Black a considerable advantage. Thus in the event of 22. Red1 (22. Rc7 is weaker because of 22....Rae8 23. f4 Rd8 24. Qe4 Qh3+) 22....Rae8 23. f4 Qh3+ 24. Qf3 Qxh2 25. Rd2 Qh6 Black threatens both 26....Rxe5+ and 26....f6. The queen's great manueverability comes into its own in situations like this.>

After 25. Kd5:

<This position caused amazement among some of the spectators, who attempted to get the manager of the tournament to intervene, since it was clear that White's piece on d5 was his queen and that on b1 was his king! The position is, of course, a strange one; what is also unusual is that within seven moves the white king has reached a1. Clearly, it is helped in this by Black, who checks unnecessarily instead of building up a mating net. Black played 25....Qg2+?, when the correct move was 25....Rc8! In that case White's king would get into trouble on the c-file, which it would have to cross to extract itself from the scrape it has got into. The folowing variations illustrate the strength of the rook move and are at the same time instructive as regards play against an exposed king: 25....Rc8! and now:

1) White carries out a counterattack with his queen: 26. Qxb7 Qg2+ 27. Kc5 Ne7+ 28. Kb6 Rc6+ 29. Ka7 Qf2+ 30. Ka8 0-0+ 31. Bb8 Rb6 and Black wins.

2) The white king tries to force his way through to the a1 corner; this gives rise to the most interesting point in the analysis. After 26. Kc4 Black does not try any checking moves, but instead first consolidates his own position by 26....g6!!, having observed that White has no good move to make. If 27. Rc2 or 27. Qc2, then 27....b5+ 28. Kb3 Nd4+, while if 27. Rcd1, then 27....Nd4+; if 27. Red1 or 27. Rf1, the ring is tightened by 27....Qe3, and if 27. Qb6, then 27....Na5+ 28. Kd5 (or 28. Kb4 Qxh2!) 28....Qg2+ 29. Ke6 Qxa2+ 30. Kf6 (or 30. c4 Nxc4, etc.) 30...Rc6 31. Qa7 Rf8+ 32. Kg7 Rc7+! 33. Bxc7 Rg8+ 34. Kf6 Qf7+ 35. Kg5 Qe7+ and mates.>

Editor John Nunn inserts the following footnote at the end of this line:

<In this line Vukovic fails to take his own advice and gives too many checks, which actually allows White to escape by 34. Kh6! 35. Qxh2+ Kg5 Qg3+ 36. Kf6, etc. The corect continuation is 33...Qe6! and there is no way to meet the threat of 33....Rg8+ 34. Kh6 g5+.>

Aug-25-07  sanyas: Well, the psychological value of such a march is still enormous.
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: wow. the queen is home, while the king is out fighting. Steinitz would have been proud of this king.
Jan-15-09  RandomVisitor: After 25.Kd5:

[-1.06] d=18 1...Rc8 2.Kc4 g6 3.Kb3 Qxh2 4.Rc2 Qxf4 5.Qd1 Na5 6.Kb2 Qc4 7.Ka1 Qe6 8.Rb2 b5 9.Qd4 Nc4 10.Rbb1 g5 (0:27.41) 97493kN

Mar-06-09  WhiteRook48: why didn't black play the Caro Kann instead? :P
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  brankat: Wow! Never have I seen His Majesty travel so much! W.Steinitz's type of a Monarch :-)
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  whiteshark: Black's Queen never was supported by her own pieces.
Jul-15-09  chesssantosh: this is the longest king maneuver i have ever seen, queen still being on the board
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  twinlark: Black also missed a clear win with <27...Na5> followed by <28...Nc4> or a queen check. Caro's last move would have given him nightmares.
Jul-15-09  randomsac: Cool game. It was interesting to see such a frenzied attack fizzle. Great game by Chigorin.
Jul-15-09  sileps: What the..

This is one of the most bizzare king marches I've seen

Jul-15-09  YoungEd: It would have robbed the game of much of its excitement, but I wonder if Black shouldn't have accepted the offer to exchange queens on move 21.
Jul-15-09  backrank: This game is deeply analyzed in Vukovic' classic 'The Art of Attack' as an example how a king hunt should NOT be performed ;)
Jul-15-09  Wuster: Interesting that in this game, fully 1/3 of white's moves were King moves.
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