|Phony Benoni: Well, well, well. The things you can learn browsing through old newspapers. |
will take you to a scan of Hermann Helms' chess column in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle of November 21, 1918, where a Russian diplomat mentioned a game he had played back in 1901 (!):
Sittenfeld - Soldatenkov
<1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.d4 exd4 11.cxd4 Bb4 12.Bd2 Bg4 13.Nc3 Nf6 14.Be3 Bxf3 15.gxf3 Qd7 16.d5 Ne7 17.Bg5 Qh3 18.Bxf6>
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Now Marshall recaptured, of course. But Soldatenov claimed to have played:
<18...Bd6 19.f4 Bxf4 20.f3 Qxh2+ 21.Kf1 Nf5 22.Ne4 gxf6 23.Qd3 Kh8 24.Qc3 Rg8 25.Qxf6+ Rg7 26.Reb1 Kg8 27.Nf2 Re8> 0-1
The text is garbled, but I think I've selected the intended line.
This might be really something if authentic. And a Russian diplomat wouldn't make up a game, would he?