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Oldrich Duras vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Hamburg (1910), Hamburg GER, rd 5, Jul-22
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1-0


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Sep-03-08  just a kid: 21.Bxf7+ looked like curtains for Nizmowitsch
Sep-04-08  sneaky pete: Position after 23.Rad1 ..

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Paul Lipke recommends 23... Rad8 when after 24.Rxd8 Rxg3+ 25.Qxg3 Ne2+ black at least shouldn't lose. In this line if 24.Kh2 Rxd2 25.Rxd2 Qe7 26.gxf4? Qh4+ would be disastrous for white.

Position after 11... Nc5

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Lipke also claims a white advantage after 12.Bxf7+ ..

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  whiteshark: sneaky pete: ... < Lipke also claims a white advantage after 12.Bxf7+ ..>>

Maybe Lipke thought s/th like <12...Kxf7 13.Qc4+ Ne6> (or 13...Be6 14.Qxc5 Qxc5 15.Bxc5 Nd7 16.Be3 Rhe8 17.Rfd1 ) <14.Nxe5+ Kg8> (14...Ke8?? 15.Ng6 Qc7 16.Nxh8 ) <15.Ng6 Qc7 16.f4! b5 17.Qb3 Kh7 18.Nxh8 Kxh8 19.Rae1 >

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Sep-04-08  sneaky pete: <whiteshark> <something like>, sure, but I would rather have seen some more moves by Lipke to back up his claim. In the line you give I'm not sure white is better after 19... Nxe4. My cursory analysis went the same as yours with 15... Qf7

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16.Nxh8 Kxh8 17.f4 Ng5 20.Qxf7 Nxf7 21.e5 Nd5 and again the lazy analyst says: unclear. Anything wrong with that? (Not the lazyness, I know it's one of the seven sins, but the line.)

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  whiteshark: <sneaky pete: <... and again the lazy analyst says: unclear. Anything wrong with that?>> Certainly nothing!

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At the end of your line there is an imbalance of material ♖♙♙ vs ♘♘ and additionally a few positional characteristics (weak c-pawns, 2 potential connected passers) which make the evaluation rather difficult. Thus it's <unclear> although I'd prefer the white side after <20.Rae1 Bf5 21.c4 Nc7 22.Rd1> ...

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  GrahamClayton: Duras could have played 12.♗f7+ ♔f7 13.♕c4+ ♕e6 15.♘e5+ & 16.♕c5 with a two pawn advantage.
Apr-13-12  cunctatorg: This Oldrich Duras' combination would please even Paul Morphy; truly capable students he had!
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  Richard Taylor: It's a good combination, but from this position:

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Nimzovich should have played

15. Qe3 Qxe3 16. fxe3 Ne6 when in this position

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Black has an advantage due to the two sets of doubled pawns.

Not maybe winning but surely better.

Duras mis-played the opening somewhat I think.

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