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Jacques Mieses vs James Mason
Monte Carlo (1901), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 4, Feb-08
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0


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Dec-31-03  capanegra: I think the positional style deveolped by Mieses in this game is stunnig, specially the movements of the queen in order to catch the diagonal b8-h2. But I would like someone to answer one question. In an old book I have read, it says that after 31.Qh1!!, if black played 31...f5 instead of 31...Kd8, then 32.Qh2+ f4 33.Rxf4 Qxd1+ 34.Kb2 "and white wins". My question is: How could white win if black played 34...Kd8, getting off the discovered check, and with a rook ahead? Hence, this analysis would be wrong, and Mason made a mistake playing 31...Kd8 instead of 31...f5.
Dec-31-03  fatbaldguy: <capanegra> I think 34 ... Kd8 in your line does not save black, since 35 Rf7 will enable white to mate (with 36 Qb8, or with Qc7 if the black bishop moves).
Dec-31-03  capanegra: I see your point, but black still could evade mate with 35...Qxd4+ 36.Kb3 and would be forced to give the rook back through 36...Re3+ 37.f2xe3 Qxe3+ 38.c3 Ke8 39.Rf3 Qe1 40.Bd3 with a winning position for white. Do you agree?
Dec-31-03  fatbaldguy: Good point, black lives on for a while, at any rate it's better than what he played in the game.
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