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Mikhail Chigorin vs Isidor Gunsberg
Monte Carlo (1902), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 7, Feb-13
French Defense: Chigorin Variation (C00)  ·  1-0


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  Chessical: Dynamic and inventive play by Chigorin creates a complex middlegame in which he outplays Gunbsberg. Gunsberg has a correct plan of defence but fails to play the precise sequence of moves allowing his opponent to sacrifice with devastating effect.

Chigorin obtains no advantage in the opening from his patented set up. He then creates complications by pushing his <e> and <f> pawns which Gunsberg mishandles. <25...g5?>.

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<25... Rxd1> 26. Rxd1 g5 (<26...fxe6?> loses after 27. Qg6+ Kg8 28. Nh5) 27. Nd5 f4 28. Nxe7 fxg3 29. Nxc8 Bxc8 30. Rd6 Nd4 31. Nxd4 cxd4 32. exf7 gxh2+ 33. Kxh2 Rxf7 34. Rxd4 Rf2 =

If <28...hxg5?>, then 29. Nxg5+ Kh8 30. Qe5+ Kg8 31. Nxe6 Rf7 32. Rxd8+ and wins

Gunsberg's whole defence from move 29 misfires as he failed to see Chigorin's N sacrifice. He had to take the B and try to hang on as there was no immediate knock-out blow.

<32.Ng5!> artfully wins Backs' Q.

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