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Rudolf Swiderski vs Mikhail Chigorin
13th DSB Kongress (Hanover) (1902), Hanover GER, rd 5, Jul-26
Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit (D31)  ·  1-0


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  Chessical: Swiderski defeats Chigorin after playing the opening in the manner of Steinitz:

Steinitz vs G Marco, 1896

Chigorin suffers from a lack of squares for his pieces, and loses a pawn. Despite his efforts to create a K-side attack, Swiderski's pieces are too well placed and he breaks through on the Q-side.

<33. d5!> wins a piece after <33...exd5> 34. Nc4+ Qf6 35. Qxf6+ Kxf6 36. Rxe8; but in any case the actual finish is particularly effective.

Chigorin suffers a succession of body punches which demolish his position:

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<35. Rxc6!> exploiting the fact the Bishop cannot leave the <f7> square unguarded;

<38. Bxf5!> with the threat of Ng4+ winning the Queen

<39. Bxe6!> and if the Queen retakes <Rc6> wins, whilst retaking with the Knight is refuted by <40.d5!>

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