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Rudolf Spielmann vs Richard Reti
Abbazia (1912), Abbazia (Opatija) AUH, rd 5, Jan-20
King's Gambit: Accepted. Schallop Defense (C34)  ·  1-0


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Jun-10-04  Calculoso: After 24. ... Kxf7 25. Qd7+ Kf8 (Kf6 Bd4) 26. Bh6+ Ng7 27. Rf1+ and after a useless queen interposition it is all over. Good game, though.
Dec-09-08  cghlime: 20. dxe6 looks like it wraps up the game right there.
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  SteinitzLives: The Kings Gambit was the perfect opening for Spielmann to play against Reti. Black's timing in the opening of when to attack vs. simply develop is just off. 13 . . . Be6 is much better.

Then in the early middle game 18 . . . . c6 helps little, whereas 18 . . . . Bh6 was much better.

Spielmanns' analysis is very flawed in the Art of Sacrifice (quite often when held up to Fritz, sadly) 19 . . .cxd5 does work after 20. Nxd5 Bc5+ (not Bxe3 as suggested by Spielmann).

For white, 20 dxe6 does work 20 . . . . Nxe6 and Spielmann misses 21 Rxb7 for himself which is kind of surprising.

23. Bxh7 deserves no exclamation point after the simple and forceful 23 . . . . Rd8.

In his defense (for his offense) 24 Rxf7! is as great as it looks!

Sep-23-12  ughaibu: Maybe, but Spielmann had no choice, the tournament rules stipulated that white must play the Kings Gambit, in all games.
Oct-06-13  LIFE Master AJ: 13..f2+; was it good, bad ...
or somewhere in between?
May-18-19  jenspetersson: @SteinitzLives:
Indeed there seems to be flaws in the analysis when checked against Fritz, but in your first line (19.-cxd5) Spielmann doesn't actually say that white IS winning. He says that both he and Réti "made the judgement" that white is winning. So, the text can be read as referring more to a practical judgement rather than an absolute truth. (If it's correctly translated in my Swedish copy.) Spielmann does however, in the same line, claim that 20.-Lxd5 (not Bxe3 as you write) is "forced". Here you are right that 20.-Bc5+ is an option and also preferred by the silicon monster, but still with an advantage for White.
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  Pyrandus: SCHALLOP Defense is good? What about?
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  whiteshark: <Pyrandus: SCHALLOP Defense is good?> At least Ivan Salgado Lopez thinks so. You may be aware of his latest book:
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