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Karl August Walbrodt vs Loew
"Loew Blow" (game of the day Dec-20-12)
Germany (1900)  ·  King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Charousek Gambit (C31)  ·  1-0
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Feb-06-05  InfinityCircuit: Incredible combination by Walbrodt, today's player of the day. Sacrifices of knight and rook are not in vain, and lead to the win. I particularly like the knight sacrifice, when he demolished the barrier around the king. On the other hand, Black's lack of development made the material actually even, in terms of attackers and defenders. This is what turned the tide.

A couple of possible improvements:

There are a couple in the opening (i.e. Ne2 instead of Nf3) but nonetheless the meat of this game is in the combination.

14... exf3 is a huge blunder. This is the point where Black loses. (14... Qg6 15. Qh4 exf3 16. Bc4 Nc6 17.
Bxg8 Qxg8 18. gxf3 Qxa2 19. Rhe1+ )

This avoids the mate, but still sacs the queen.
15... f2 16. Bxf7 Kxf7 17. Qxh7+ Rg7 18.Qh5+ Rg6 19. f5 Bxf5 20. Qxf5 Rg5 21. Qxf2 Nc6 22. Rhf1 Kg8

This might be better, but the end is inevitable:
16... Rg7 17. Qxg7+ Qf7 18. Rhe1+ Be6 19. Rxe6+ Kxe6 20. Re1+ Kd6 21. Qxf7 Kc5 22. Qxc7+ Nc6 23. b4+ Kxb4 24. Qxb7+ Kc5 25. Qxa8 fxg2 26. Rg1

Feb-06-05  euripides: The double sacrifice of knight and bishop by normal developing moves to attacked squares is very charming.
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  FSR: Loew Blow.
Sep-14-12  HeMateMe: Thats hot!
Dec-20-12  JohnTal: Or "Bloewn Away"
Dec-20-12  PeaceRequiresAnarchy: After clicking through the game quickly I thought <16...Rg7> might allow black to defend in light of the fact that the Qe4# wouldn't be possible, but alas white can still win black's queen and thus has a sufficient material advantage to easily win as <Infinite Circuit> explained above: <15... f2 16. Bxf7 Kxf7 17. Qxh7+ Rg7 18.Qh5+ Rg6 19. f5 Bxf5 20. Qxf5 Rg5 21. Qxf2 Nc6 22. Rhf1 Kg8>
Dec-20-12  12.12.12: nice one FSR
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  morfishine: This is one of those games where after seeing it, you think "Wait, hold it, I gotta see this one again".

Then after seeing it again, and again, and again, you finally realize: The game is one big 19-move combination

Dec-20-12  sevenseaman: <15. Bc4> is one of the classiest moves I have seen. An essential component of diabolical, well-thought out plan.
Dec-20-12  Kikoman: Nice Pun!
Nice Game!


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  FSR: Wow. They've used my puns three consecutive days! Game Collection: Puns I submitted
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  Abdel Irada: Zis Walbrodt is no wallflower. The efficiency of his play in this game reminds me of Paul Morphy at his best (and faced by opponents on the order of Duke Karl and Count Isouard).

Meanwhile, I nominate <FSR> for the title Official Chess Punster of the 2016 Olympics.

Dec-20-12  goodevans: When I got to <10...Ke7> I thought "This isn't good. Wouldn't 10...Qf7 be preferable to committing your ♔ to be stuck in the middle whilst the white ♕ is so aggressively placed?"

Lo and behold, black played <...Qf7> one move later!

Dec-20-12  JimNorCal: Can 11. ... Qa2 be played?
Get the wK on the Dfile blocking one line at least.
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  Abdel Irada: Sounds reasonable, <JimNorCal>, albeit probably not enough to save Black's position. To be sure, the queen doesn't seem to have been well placed on f7, where it became an unindicted co-conspirator in the murder of its own king.
Dec-20-12  TheTamale: No way, what a fun game.

And the pun is a flexible one, because it would work regardless of who won the game. (A blow to Loew or a blow by Loew could both be implied.) Here Loew doesn't seem too suspicious of White offering all his pieces... I hear he drowned his sorrows afterwards in a case of Loewenbrau.

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  playground player: Aah--now that's chess! None of this fannying about with the Queen pawn, waiting for the other guy to make a mistake, playing for a draw...
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  kevin86: White gives up bring the king into the open...and his death.
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  GrahamClayton: Seeing that Black is known only by their surname, I think that this game was part of a 60 board simultaneous exhibition given by Walbrodt in Berlin on the 9th of December, with Walbrodt finishing with a score of +49 3 =8.

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  thomastonk: <GrahamClayton> Speculations and a link to Winter's Chess History. How can this go together?! ;-)

The game has been published in February, 1900 in "Deutsche Schachzeitung", p 82. Only the combination has been published in March 1900 in the "Tijdschrft van den Nederlandischen Schaakbond", p 63. So, the game was surely not played in December 1900.

Moreover, there is no indication that it has been played in a simultaneous exhibition, which the DSZ would have mentioned.

The place however seems to be correct: according to DSZ the game has been played recently in Berlin.

Black is named there "Prof. Loew". In October 1910, a "Oberstabsarzt Dr. Loew" became president of the "Berliner Schachgesellschaft" for only one year. Don't know whether these are the same person. In one collector's database I found Black called "Adolf Loew", but without a contemporary source I would not trust this information. Another online database gave Black as "Gerald Loew", but this probably points to a player who became active only 80 years later.

In general, the absence of first names or initials indicates nothing. For example, if someone took this game from "The Chess Digest" 1905, p 334-335, then he has nothing else than "Walbrodt v. Loew". However, just there another source is given: "La Strategie", 1900, p 41, and unfortunely I have no access to this one.

Mar-19-16  kubbybulin: Search: c31, yr<1920, mvs<25, wht wins, w/kibitz. One hour of great free entertainment. Thank you Chessgames!
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