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Paul Saladin Leonhardt vs Richard Teichmann
Ostend (1905), Ostend BEL, rd 17, Jul-06
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation (C67)  ·  0-1


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  Phony Benoni: "American Ch3ss Bulletin", August 1905, p. 273, gives <14.Qe2> instead of <14.Qf3>. There's no difference betweenthe two move as the game goes.
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  zanzibar: <CB> has 14.Qf3, as does <NIC>...

let's check if Delpher has a version...

Nope, at least, not that I could easily find.

It's really hard to find a contemporaneous source for this particular game. The story of the the game publications is similar to Ostend (1906), as the games were first definitely published over several 1905 issues of the hard-to-find Belguim <Revue d'Echecs> periodical.

In this case, Davidovski (the magazine's editor), after "waffling" on publishing a tournament book (having to retract his intended first effort to publish a tb due to lack of interest), eventually did manage to get one published.

This was used by Jimmy Adams for his 1984 English language tb, according to Harding (I haven't seen Adams book):

(Curiously missing from

As for this game, we need access to the original tb - which should be available someplace on the web, given it's certainly PD by now. Unfortunately Google Books missed it during the great vacuuming genesis.

My natural inclination is to trust sources in hand - but 14.Qf3 looks a little more natural to me, and if both <CB> and <NIC> use it...

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  Pawn and Two: <zanzibar> Jimmy Adam's tournament book for Ostend 1905, gives White's 14th move, as 14.Qf3.

Houdini 3 prefers the same continuation for White after either 14.Qe2 or 14.Qf3, although it slightly prefers 14.Nxd6 or 14.Re1 to either of the queen moves: (-1.16) (25 ply) 14.Nxd6 cxd6 15.Bc2 f5 16.a4 Bg5; (-1.19) (25 ply) 14.Re1 Nxe4 15.Rxe4 Qd6 16.Re1 f5 17.Qe2 Bd7; (-1.21) (25 ply) 14.Qf3 or 14.Qe2 Nxe4 15.Qxe4 Bd6, (-1.23) (26 ply) 16.Bc2 f5 17 Qe2 Qh4 18 Bd2 f4; or (-1.28) (26 ply) 16.Qc4 f5 17.Bd2 f4 18.Bc2 Qg5; or (-1.28) (26 ply) 16.Bd2 f5; (-1.27) (25 ply) 17.Qc4 f4; or (-1.29) (25 ply) 17.Qe2 Qh4.

White's position at move 14 was very difficult, with Black appearing to have good winning chances in all of the above variations.

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  zanzibar: <Pawn and Two> ah, given the <CB> and <NIC> viewpoint on the matter, that's what I expected.

Although after looking more deeply with an engine I did think about retracting my "looks more natural" comment - if Black elects not to immediately trade knights on e4, it does get very subtle/complicated.

My engine was even suggesting moves like 14.Qe1, and then I knew I really didn't understand the position.

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