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Arturo Reggio vs Jacques Mieses
"Mieses Pieces" (game of the day Feb-16-2018)
Monte Carlo (1903), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 15, Mar-02
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights. Exchange Variation (B45)  ·  0-1


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Dec-23-03  mymt: 22....Rg3! great interference move.Shows how remembering certain piece formations can spark combinations.Here its the rooks each side of the king,clear the 3rd file of white pieces and ...Qe3#,is a standard mating position.29...exd5 is that good or reckless? Its more than I would chance.
Jan-02-04  Yuri54: White might have taken his chances with 9.Nd6+ Bxd6 10.exd6 Qxd6 11.c4 Qb4+ 12.Bd2 Qxb2 13. cxd5 cxd5. White now has open diagonals for his bishops and a better shot to win.
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  Chessical: A very well played attack by Mieses,which is a pleasure to play through. Reggio got the better of the opening (I belive that 9..Qb6 or Qa5 are the modern improvements for Mieses). <9.Nd6+ Bxd6 10.exd6 Qxd6 11.c4> does not seem to promise much after 11..Qe5+

Reggio cannot win a pawn and demolish Black's K-side by 17.Bxf6 as after 17..Qa5! 18.Ke2 Rxb2! his K is in grave trouble.

22.Bd3? is a tempo-loss move I cannot understand, why not simply exchange the B on a6 when he then has time to shore up his K-side?

After 22...Rg3!! and the elegant deflection away from e3 by 23...Bh4!!, Mieses deservedly wins.

Jan-02-04  capanegra: Maybe Reggio played 22.Bd3 with the threat Bxf5 at some point, but who knows. Better would habe been the exchange of bishops.
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  kevin86: Moves 23 and 24 threaten the perfect epalette mate at e3. If pawn takes on 23 or queen take bishop on 24,the mate is executed.

Jinks the cat: I hate Mieses to pieces!!!

Jan-02-04  PinkPanther: What is the proper name of this variation of the Sicilian? I've seen it played quite a number of times, but have never been able to ascertain its name. Kind of like some sort of a Taimanov maybe?
Jan-02-04  JustAFish: <PinkPanther> I think this is the "kan" opening. If you press on "explore this opening" you'll get the lines and all of their names from games similar to this one.
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  Chessical: <JustAfish and PinkPanther> it is the Sicilian Four Knights, which unlike the two quoted variations does not use an a6 to cover a possible Nb5.
Mar-12-05  kauts: I have this old magazine and they publish the game that, according to this site, Reggio and Mieses played in Italy-but they say it took place in Monte Carlo. If one compares the two games, they differ only in the sequence of the first moves. I think there is an error here, but I cannot judge for the right solution.
Nov-07-05  themindset: there must be some problem with the move order. why isn't 23...Qe3 mate?
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  Chnebelgrind: I tried istantly ♗h4+. But it leads to nothing. Beautiful combination!
Mar-08-06  RandomVisitor: An alternate move is 22...Rxg2 23.Qxg2 (Rd2 Rxd2 Bxd2 Bxd3 Qxd3 Qxb2; Rc1 Rxh2) Qe3+ 24.Qe2 Bh4+ 25.Rf2 Bxf2+ 26.Kf1 Bxd3 27.Rxd3 Qxe2 28.Kxe2 Bc5 Black is up a pawn.
Mar-08-06  LivBlockade: Ouch!! I did not even look at 22...♖g3!. I was planning 22...♖xg2; 23.♕xg2 ♕e3+; 24.♕e2 ♗h4+; 25. ♖f2 and could not find anything better than 25...♗xf2+ 26. ♔f1 with an extra pawn for Black, but no quick win.
Mar-08-06  Jatayu: I was trying to think how to move the queen, and looked at 22...Rg3, but didn't see how that would help. Brilliant two step maneuver to move (or capture) the queen.
Mar-08-06  jmi: Yikes, I definitely didn't see Rg3! :) Great move.
Mar-08-06  DoctorChess: I got it in an instant. This puzzle is one of the chessercises in the book series(Secrets of the Russian Chessmasters).
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  WannaBe: This was a little beyond my capabilities... Just a little; like the whole sequence. =(
Mar-08-06  RandomVisitor: After this brilliant combination, Black makes 2 dumb moves:

26...Rg8? (better was Kc6 or Re8)

27...Kc6? (better was Ke8)

after 27...Kc6 white has Rc1 with an advantage!

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  cu8sfan: I saw it right through but after the dust had settled I was wondering if it wasn't White that had gotten the better of the deal. I think White wasn't really lost until he had played 29.♖xd5+, giving his two rooks for the queen.
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  al wazir: I was *sure* the solution was 22...Bh4+ (23. Qxh4? Qe3+ 24. Be2 Qxe2#). But what does black do after 23. Ke2 ? My "solution" was 23...d4. Now if 24. Qxh4 then 24...dxc3 with multiple threats (Rxg2+, Qxb2+, c2). There's gotta be a pony in there someplace.

But what if white just moves the ♗ someplace, say, 23. Bd2. Now I can't seem to find that pony.

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  WannaBe: <blingice> There's a bishop that can move to e2, it's hiding on a6.
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  ckr: I had just about given up. Then I said "What can my opponnent do." That is when I noticed my Queen was tied down preventing a mating attack at e3. After that I noticed it was <black to play> and the rest was easy.
Mar-08-06  unclewalter: yikes, chessgames...a difficult combination with a slim advantage at the end -- on a wednesday. i can't wait for sunday.
Mar-08-06  Fezzik: Aint it great to see old, *old* games! In this case, Black won with a beautiful shot then made a shambles of his advantage with moves that are (generously) second-rate. The closeness of the game at the end is more a tribute to shoddy technique than to persistent defense.
Mar-08-06  Fezzik: I forgot to back up my claim with analysis. Here's a snapshot of what I'm talking about:

26.Rh1 Rg8??(WHY?)
Instead, 26.Rh1 Qxa2
27.Rxh7+ Kc6
28.Rc1 (this looks like White's most dangerous threat, but with Black's rook covering the b-file, the King can escape to b5 unharmed.) Kb5 29.Be5 Rb6 and Black isn't losing any more pawns, his King is protected, and he's ready to start attacking White again. This isn't hard to see if Black is looking for it.

John Nunn, John Watson, Alex Yermolinsky and others have pointed out that the technical aspects of chess weren't refined until a much later date (most place it after WWII), but even so, this is an embarrassment for one of the World's best players at the time.

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