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Georges Koltanowski vs Arthur Dunkelblum
"Blind Alley" (game of the day Feb-06-2007)
Simul blind 1/10 (1924), Antwerp BEL
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Max Lange Attack Long Variation (C55)  ·  1-0


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Feb-06-07  syracrophy: "Take my rook, please!" Instead of: "Take my wife, please!" as in the game E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920
Feb-06-07  think: Impressive game, but I have some questions...
Why not 9. ... Qxf6 or 16. ... Qxf7?
Feb-06-07  Hidden Skillz: <think> 9.Qxf6 loses to 10.Nxe6 fxe6 11.Qh5+ and 16.Qxf7 Ng5 is very strong
Feb-06-07  onco111: It's great being introduced to Mr. Dunkelblum's work. In both the puzzle and the "game of the day", Dunkelblum failed to castle, left his king in an exposed position, and lost a quick game to Koltanowski! I'd never heard of Dunkelblum, so I looked him up in database. There are 76 of his games there. Included among the games are: Reti 1914 (Reti won)
Keres 1937 (Keres won twice)
Fine 1937 (Fine won)
Euwe 1950 (Euwe won)
Larsen 1954, 1958, 1964 (Larsen wins all three)
Gligoric 1957 (Gligoric won)
Petrosian 1962 (draw!)
Portisch 1964 (Portisch wins)

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  al wazir: Dunkelblum was 17 when he lost the puzzle game and the GOTD.
Feb-06-07  Confuse: 26. Bxc3? is worth a shot i think
Feb-06-07  Ashram64: one of my fav position to study
Feb-06-07  Sularus: <Confuse: 26. Bxc3? is worth a shot i think>

i think 26. ... Bxc3 is met by 27. Qe6 with the threat of Rd8 mate.

If 27. ... Kh8, then
28. Rd7 Bf6
29. Rxc7 threatens Rc8 mate

If 27. ... g6, then
28. Rd8+ Kg7
29. BxN and white wins

im just a patzer, people, so forgive me for the quality of my analysis (i just stared at the position after 25. ... Qh4 and analyzed from there). =)

Feb-06-07  JustAFish: Does anyone know how many Games Koltanowski was playing simultaneously along with this game? The final tactic, allowing the queen to take a pawn (with check) and the knight) is quite astounding, given that all this had to be held in memory.
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  Jack Kerouac: I played a game from memory once, but I can't remember any of the moves.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Confuse: 26. ... Bxc3!? is worth a shot i think>

Yes, I would agree. (The analysis by <Sularus> seems to be off by one move, i.e., notwithstanding the way the moves are numbered in his comment, he is analyzing a position after 25. ... Bxc3, not 26. ... Bxc3, because he has White's Rook on the d-file; White played 26. Rh5.)

At any rate, the following line seems to give Black some chance to hold:

26...Bxc3 27.Qe6 Qf6 28.Rf5 Ke8 29.Rxf6 Bxf6.

Also, in the final position, Black could have tried 27. ... c5 and 28. ... Bd8 and fought on in an inferior position with Rook and minor piece versus Queen.

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  kevin86: This game reminds me of the famous adams-torre game in which white sac-ed his queen an attempted six times in a row. In this case,it's a white rook that goes begging.

The black queen ends in a Durante mode. "Did you ever have the feeling that you wanted to go and yet you had the feeling that you wanted to stay-cha cha cha?"

Feb-06-07  laskereshevsky: very bad day for <Arthur Dunkelblum>....

he's the "victim" here and in the puzzle.....

Feb-06-07  JustAFish: I didn't sleep very well last night and am getting over a nasty cold, so I'm feeling kind of Dunkelblum myself.
Feb-06-07  aldehyde: wat if 16...Qxf7
Feb-06-07  Themofro: Awesome game by white. reminds me of the Zukertort immortal back in London 1883 when he just kills Blackburne and run away with the whole tournament.
Feb-06-07  Stonewaller2: <aldehyde> seems to me on 16. ... ♕xf7 the next two for White are the same as the text, 17. ♘g5 and 18. ♖xe6, which in this case would also be with check. Nothing the second player can do to stop those. I'd assume the Blindfolded One had a pretty good idea of what would happen next, and that it wouldn't be that different from the case after 16. ... ♔xf7 as in the game. The main point made earler was chasing the ♕ from guarding the ♗e6 so's Black would have to take with the ♙f7.

I'm after thinking Dunkelblum must be High German for "customer." That or it took him a couple more years to get up to IM speed.

Feb-06-07  ianD: Wow what a finish.

I love this game!!

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  fm avari viraf: It is simply a marvellous simul-blind fold game showing the prowess of Koltanowski. There are many such intructive games played with Max Lange Attack!
Feb-06-07  thatperson42: Good call on 20. Ba3!, as 20...Qxc3 21.Re8 and mate is inevitable. To me it looks like 16...Kxf7? was the key mistake in this game. 16...Qxf7 17.Ng5 (anything else puts white down quite a bit with a pawn down and overstretch) Qd7 18.Rxe6 Kd8 19.Bb2 then 19...Qxd1 20.Rxd1 Kc8 or 19...Kc8, either to get out of Nf7.
Feb-11-07  Sularus: <Peligroso Patzer > you're right =) lemme look at it after white plays 26. Rh5

now, if 26. ... Bxc3, if i were white i wont play Qe6 anymore. i'd just play 27. RxQ, then if 2

27. ... BxQ
28. Re4 pins the knight and the bishop.

well, that's my two-cents. have a great day!

Sep-17-07  sfm: Wow! What a level for a blind in a simul! 22.Rd1!! is terrific.
Nov-02-12  sfm: Of course I meant 23. Rd1!!
Nov-02-12  computer chess guy: <aldehyde: wat if 16...Qxf7> Houdini indicates Black is ok after 16. .. ♕xf7 17. ♘g5 ♕d7 18. ♖xe6+ ♔d8:

click for larger view

although Black's position still looks uncomfortable.

Feb-10-13  Old King Cole: More good rook action by Koltanowski, playing blindfold, to conclude the game.
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