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Rudolf Spielmann vs Max Walter
Trencianske Teplice (1928)
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack (B10)  ·  1-0


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Oct-01-03  fred lennox: Spielmann's broad and sweeping imagination is a wizard with the queen, rooks and bishops. With the more ponderous pieces it is more restricted. The pawns have little lust to expand. Not bad, but restricts thier attacking potential. Offhand, he is more apt to make a dubious move with the knight than any other piece. Many of his greatest games a knight is exchanged early and often both are. Even when not, many attacks are made without the knight and this is more so with two. If it does attack it is usually an exchange or sacrifice. Once in a while, he'll show great flair for it's attacking skills as in this game. 12 Nf7 is a fork with finesse. It forks the rook without caring to take it.
Aug-30-05  ughaibu: Interesting observations.
Feb-14-07  puninski: You can run, but You can't escape !!!! :D
Feb-14-07  Petrosian63: Wow!

Mar-03-08  WickedPawn: 19. Qxc6+ and black is doomed. Nice feeling of a Monday puzzle.
Mar-03-08  zooter: Ok, black's king has no place to move and a check can kill him off...esp if it's by the white,

19.Qxc6+ ends the game for black after 19...Bxc6 20.Nxe6#

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  dzechiel: White to move. White is down a pawn. "Very easy."

There should be some kind of term for a position that looks so unlikely, that you think it must be a composition, not from a real game. I would apply that term to this game.

The moves

19 Qxc6+ Bxc6 20 Nxe6#

Do the trick. I really do wonder how that black king ended up on c5 this early in the game.

Mar-03-08  Amarande: The power of the e6! motif is vast in the Caro-Kann defense, and is responsible for quite a number of traps:

A. Damant vs NN, 1932

B. 1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6(?) 4 e5 Nfd7 5 e6 fxe6 6 f4 and Black has permanent holes at e5 and e6, and will have, to put it mildly, a hard time developing his Bishops.

C. 1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 Bf5 4 Bd3 Bg6? 5 Bxg6 and Black is forced to make the inferior recapture 5 ... fxg6, as 5 ... hxg6? 6 e6! fxe6 7 Qg4 regains the Pawn with an utterly shattered game for Black.

However, I'm still not sure here about one variation. Obviously if 8 ... Bxe6 9 Nxe6 fxe6 10 Qxe6 is still to advantage; White has the two Bishops, open lines, and will develop his pieces faster as the Queen exerts a heavily cramping effect. But what if 8 ... cxd4? White then has 9 exf7+ Kxf7, but I can't see any decisive advantage after this ...

Mar-03-08  vlaka: What the hell was black thinking?
Mar-03-08  NakoSonorense: "I'm going to lose"
Mar-03-08  UdayanOwen: <Amarande: But what if 8 ... cxd4? White then has 9 exf7+ Kxf7, but I can't see any decisive advantage after this ...>

If 8...cxd4, probably white instead plays something like 9.Qb5+ Bd7 10.exf7+ Kxf7 11.Qxd5+ Kd8 12.Qxa8

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: What's interesting is that while the combination is simple, the mating pattern is complex, as not only the pawn a4, pawn c3, Bishop and Knight are needed, but so are three Black pawns and a Bishop.

3...Nf6 was not a great move, but I think Black could have tried 6...Bg4 or 6...Bf5. Even 6...e6 would have been better than 6...b6, which is like saying "Please sacrifice lots of pieces and win gloriously."

And <dzechiel> has a great idea; we really do need a term for positions that look more like compositions than real games.

Mar-03-08  D.Observer: I thought of b4 until I saw the enemy knight.
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  notyetagm: Position after 19 ♕b7x♘c6+!

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19 ♕b7x♘c6+! is a lovely <DEFLECTION> sacrifice by Spielmann.

The most important tactical point about the puzzle position is that the Black c5-king is <STALEMATED> on the c5-square. This <LACK OF FLIGHT SQUARES> for the Black c5-king means that -any(!)- <CHECK> could be mate.

White has two <CHECKS> in the given position, 19 ♕b7x♘c6+ and 19 ♘d8xe6+. Both <CHECKS> would be mate and both <CHECKS> are <DEFENDED> by only the Black d7-bishop.

Since one piece cannot <DEFEND> two different squares in general, the Black d7-bishop is <OVERWORKED>. 19 ♕b7x♘c6+! ♗d7x♕c6 <DEFLECTS> the Black d7-bishop from the e6-square so that White can mate with 20 ♘d8xe6#.

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  notyetagm: Wow, this is one of the most aggressive games of chess I have ever seen.

This game looks like a bullet game on ICC!

Mar-03-08  krippp: Woah.. This has to be a game of bullet chess, right?

I mean, not to belittle Spielmann or the game, but I can't believe his opponent was an ex-Czech Champion, or any champion, for that matter; With the dubious moves <3...Nf6?!> and <6...b6?!>, and then the mind-boggling <11...Bd7??>, he could have resigned after <13.Qe5+>...

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  notyetagm: <krippp: Woah.. This has to be a game of bullet chess, right?>

My thought exacty: Spielmann just whips out his queen and knight and goes king hunting!

You are -not- supposed to play chess like that!

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  Gilmoy: She <regally, from the throne labeled <<Hers>> on e8>: Take out the trash, walk the dog, buy some ice cream -- choco fudge, and mow that lawn --

He <from the porch>: Yes, dear --

Mar-03-08  2ndNature: <krippp: ... or any champion, for that matter> Spielman himself would disagree with you:

M Walter vs Spielmann, 1932

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  whiteshark: Nice beginning of the week. :D
Mar-03-08  sejongmanyeah: i suck at this =[
Mar-03-08  scholes: What happens if 9..g6?
Mar-03-08  scholes: after 9..g6 10 Qe5 Rg8 11 Nxe6 Bxe6 12 Qxe6 Rh8 13 Bb5+ Nd7 14 Bg5 wins
Mar-03-08  Alphastar: Two thoughts here:

First I wanted to unblock the b7-square for the knight, since if the knight would be there it would be mate. However, if 1. Qxc6+ Bxc6, then b7 is suddenly covered. Second thought: This leaves the e6-square uncovered though, so 2. Nxe6#.

I really wonder how the hell black's king got stuck there.


Nowadays 3. ..Bg4 is considered the main-line and probably the best move.

<Amarande> I doubt we will ever see your trap C in future games as it is quite well-known that 4. Bd3(?!) Bxd3 5. Qxd3 e6 followed by 6. ..Qa5+ and 7. ..Qa6 is quite comfortable if not superior for black.

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  Domdaniel: <Dzechiel> -- <There should be some kind of term for a position that looks so unlikely, that you think it must be a composition, not from a real game. I would apply that term to this game.>

Indeed. Queens have been sacrificed to draw enemy Kings to squares like c5, yet here it arrives without material investment by White.

Yes, we need a word. I like 'Situation' -- a character in Thomas Pynchon's novel 'V' defines a Situation as "an n-dimensional mishmash", which sounds about right. The problem is that 'Situation' is also applicable in many other, well, situations.

So ... <Supersituation>? -- by analogy with 'super-saturation'. Maybe it sounds too jolly ("I say chaps, what a super situation to be in!")

Messituation? Composituation? Sheetuation?

Or we could blend 'mess' with 'perturbation' to get 'messturbation', I guess ...

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