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Salomon Flohr vs Henri Grob
Match (1933)  ·  Queen Pawn Game: Krause Variation (D02)  ·  0-1
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  Sneaky: In this famous game Flohr resigned because he could not find a defense to Qf1 mate.

But White had the brilliant sidestep 26. Kh1! Qf1+ 27. Bg1, when White should eventually win.

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  kevin86: In Horowitz's book,this game is posted as "even the masters go wrong". White had an easy win but couldn't find the easy escape-a clear case of chess blindness.

CHESS TRAPS,PITFALLS,AND SWINDLES pg7 by Horowitz and Reinfeld

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  kevin86: Flohr thought that his "only" defense was Qb1 or Qe1,after which black would capture his bishop and have an inescapable mate on g2. The error in blindness was that white"thought" he had a pawn instead of a bishop on f2,completely overlooking the interposition at g1. After all,how often is a bishop on f2 compared to a pawn?
Feb-22-05  aw1988: Henry Grob is a lot better than Salomon Flohr. Good game.
Aug-22-05  SnoopDogg: <Henry Grob is a lot better than Salomon Flohr. Good game.> ?
Aug-22-05  who: <aw1988> you sound like knight13.
May-18-06  SnoopDogg: <aw1988> Still Waiting.
Aug-11-06  aazqua: Wow. I have been "blinded" by this game for quite a while because Horowitz never reveals in his book (not a particularly good book) what the solution is. I'm stunned that I could look at this position for so long and miss it, but maybe that puts me in the same class as Flohr? Lol.
Aug-11-06  aazqua: Having been blinded myself, I would guess that the error in blindness wasn't in thinking the bishop couldn't move but rather that moving the king was never even considered. The obvious threat is the f1 and g2 through the diagonal and there are so many queen and bishop combinations to examine that king is forgotten.
Aug-11-06  aazqua: White's play in this game is atrocious. F4?? Wasn't flohr supposed to be pretty good? How did he play b*p and then q-k4 without having a response to q-n5??? He could always have played b-n2 and settled for a draw.
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  Richard Taylor: Oops! Good game by Grob.
May-27-08  Alphastar: White could not find a way to defend against the <MATING FOCAL POINT> f1, so he <RESIGNED>. He thought that he would have to move the queen, however the queen also <DEFENDS> d5 so when she goes to b1 or e1, the Bd5 is <UNDEFENDED>. A simple case of being <OVERWORKED>.

Do I sound like notyetagm yet?

May-27-08  gus inn: Yes you do ! But nothing to be ashamed off .
May-23-09  Hugh the Drover: Grob grinds Flohr's initiative to a halt, proving the superiority of pepper over salt. Black moves h6 for his back-rank air, but White moves g3 for his Luft, beware. He's stung by the grip of Black's Bh3, milling coarse pepper from Tellicherry.
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  kevin86: This was Flohr's only loss to Grob in eight games!
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  perfidious: <Alphastar> You've got to remember that a diagram is needed after every move as well; your portrayal above is bang on, though!
Jun-04-13  sfm: One to the list of people who resigned in won positions.

Tim Krabbes page, very enjoyable, does not include this game.

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  OhioChessFan: White missed the best defense. But with the drafty King, I think it's a stretch to say White is winning.
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