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Rudolf Spielmann vs Erich Eliskases
Spielmann - Eliskases (1936), Semmering AUT, rd 7, Dec-08
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Goering Variation (C59)  ·  0-1


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  Whitehat1963: Now here's a puzzle after 24. Kg2. I would never have played this sequence of moves in a hundred years!
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  Tabanus: I added day, month and round number from Visir Sunnadagsbladir (Iceland) 7 Feb. 1937, p. 6.


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  jjones5050: Why doesn't 25. f3 win or at least save for white?
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  Oliveira: <jjones5050> Hmm, maybe there is a typo on this game's score. ChessBase gives 24.♔h2 instead.

Against 24.♔g2 my best guess is that Eliskases would have actually played 24... ♖xd1 25.♕xd1 ♖e3!

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  zanzibar: <Oliveira> the engines give 24...Nf4+ as best if 24.Kg2 then after 25.Kg1 Qf3! 26.gxf4 Qg4+ 27.Kh1 Qxh4+

And the defensive/offensive fork protects the d8-rook, allowing a clean pick-up of White's queen.

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  Oliveira: <zanzibar> Right on! The same happened to me when running StockFish to see that I wasn't missing anything obvious. However, try the move sequence I indicated and engines give an even larger advantage for Black! Depending on the CPU's capacity it may take longer for engines to determine the strongest continuation.
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  zanzibar: <Oliveira> right you are.

But that's a very difficult line to find with 25...Re3! It's brilliant, though, and might even qualify as a weekend puzzle:

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Of course given that 25...Nf4+ is so good, you'd have to drop a hint that there's an even better, more insidious move afloat.

A couple of lines I looked at:

25.Qxd1 Re3 26.Qd8+

__ ( 26.Re1 Qf3+ 27.Kh2 Qxf2+ 28.Kh3 Qxg3# )

26...Kh7 27.Qc7

__( 27.Qc7 Rf3 28.Rh1 Qe4

____( 28...Nf4+ 29.Qxf4

______( 29.Kf1 29.Kf1 Rxf2+ 30.Kxf2 Qe2+ 31.Kg1 Qg2# )

____29.Rxf4 30.Rf1 )

__29.Kf1 Nd4 )

27...Rf3 28.Nc5 Nf4+ 29.Qxf4

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