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Oldrich Duras vs Heinrich Wolf
1st Trebitsch Memorial (1907), Vienna AUH, rd 5, Jan-15
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0


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  chrisowen: Go'straight it faith in eg "ligen" try got wind rf4 qe7 frank

for duras qd7 bad call bxc6 Oldrich fiddle for knight

Deflecting e6 f4 d7 queen push in it?

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  Gypsy: <bachbeet: I thought the first move was Qd7 instead of Rf4.>

<38.Qd7 Qe4+> ... and it seems that best for White is trade down into a rook endgame ... <39.Rg3 Re6 40.d4...>.

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  Domdaniel: <Gypsy> Thanks for pointing out that spoiler. I suspected that there had to be one someplace, but I didn't see what it was.

Back in the game line, 35.Re6 is also a nice move ... but I suppose there are other wins available, so it's not really necessary.

A (minor) weakness of this puzzle is that White will win most endings without too much trouble. But it's nice to have a forcing sequence.

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  Gypsy: <A (minor) weakness of this puzzle is that White will win most endings without too much trouble.> It seems that Wolf's game-tactic here was to sac two pawns for a combinatorial melee where he could set nasty tactical traps for the youngster. Duras shows aplomb navigating Wolf's snares.
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  PeonNegro: I found 38.Rf4, Qe7; 39.Qd7 immediately. I belive the solution came from my subconscious record of a Bernstein-Capablanca game...
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  paulalbert: <PeonNegro> anticipated my thoughts. Thought of Bernstein-Capablanca, and found this one very quickly. Maybe reading GM William Lombardy's new book is helping my thinking as well.

Paul Albert

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  FSR: <paulalbert> Lombardy has a new book?
Jan-06-12  franksp: 36.Rxc6 starts a nice combination. 36...Rxc6 37.Q-d4 threatens 38.Q-d8 mating. The only defenses to that without giving up material are 37...Q-f6 (already covered) and 37...K-g8. Then 38.Q-d8+ K-f7 39.Q-d7+ K-f8 If 39...K-g8 40.Q-e8# If 39...K-f6 40.Qxc6+ winning. After 39...K-f8, 40.R-e4 Q-g6 (forced) 41.Q-d8+ K-f7 42.Q-e8+ K-f6 43.Q-e7+ K-f5 44.Q-e5#
Jan-06-12  BOSTER: <Gypsy> <It seems that Wolf's tactic was to set tactical traps>.

After 32.Rg4 black <created diversion> playing 32...Rf2. Certainly, Wolf didn't know that "The traps should be forbidden"- S>Tartakower. In reality this <trap> was the blinder, because after 33.Ne4 two black pieces were under attack, and they had no time to play 33...Bxe4 because of 34.Qxg7#.

So, B. Spassky was right when he once noticed <You can't move two pieces during one move>. After 33...Qh6 34.Nxf2 black game wasw lost.

Jan-06-12  vanytchouck: the problem with that kind of positions is that lazy moves also win !

I saw at once 38.Rf4 Qe7 39. Re4
and 39...Qf8 is met by 40.Qd7
39...Re6 loses after 40. Rxe6 Qxe6 41. Qd8+ Qg8 42. Qxc7 and paws rising with no single check available for black as long as the Queen stay on the b8-h2 diagonal.

So it's quite hard to focus on something more difficult to find.

Jan-06-12  tttony: First post here to say that this was easy to solve and I'm a Class C chess player
Jan-06-12  dusk: What about 38.Qe4?
Jan-06-12  sevenseaman: I do not know how exactly a <spoiler> is defined but a very good point elicited by <Gypsy> about that <Wolf> trap around the 33rd. Young Duras was brilliant in refusing a big time bait.

I was intrigued by the interesting chat between <Domadaniel> and <Gypsy>.

Jan-06-12  M.Hassan: "Difficult" White to play 38.?
White is a pawn up

Black King if checked, will be mate and White should not allow pawns in front of the King to move and provide escape route for King:

Black becomes helpless by this move:


39.Qd7 <if...Qxd7 40.Rf8#>

40.Qxd7 Rxd7
The most honourable respond would be:

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  Pawn and Two: This puzzle position has many different winning solutions, but finding the quickly decisive 38.Rf4!, gave me more satisfaction than winning by one of my usual more pedestrian maneuvers.

Duras had an outstanding tournament result at Vienna 1907, finishing as the only undefeated player, in 2nd place, one point behind the winner, Mieses.

To the credit of both players, this game featured many interesting and difficult positions. At move 19, Wolf was down material, but he could have reduced to an end-game, with some chances of a draw, by playing 19...Rxf3 20.Qxf3 Qxf3 21.gxf3 Bxh3. Here is that position:

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It is stated in, "The Year Book of Chess", that several annotators have pointed out this line of play. However, Leopold Hoffer in, "The Field", stated: <"But with a Pawn behind Wolf would not change pieces. It is an instance of what can be done by a player bent upon fighting, judging from the remainder of the game. as a matter of fact, the difficulties only commence now.">

By move 30, Wolf had set a trap for Duras. This trap has since been proved to be flawed, but it was a very clever try. Here is the position for Wolf trap #1:

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Wolf was hoping for 30.Nxg7 Qxg3+ 31.Kxg3 Rxg7+ 32.Kh4 Rxg2 33.Qb8+ Rg8 34.Qxc7 Bf3 35.Qe5+ Rxe5, with a draw.

Wolf pointed out this line of play after the conclusion of the game. Later this clever line was proved to be flawed, as White can still win with 34.Qb4!! (only move), and if 34...Rg6, or 34...Rgf8, or 34...Rg7, White wins with 35.Qd4!.

With his 32nd move, Wolf had prepared another trap. Here is the position for Wolf trap #2:

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Here Wolf was hoping for 33.Rxh4? Rxg2+ 34.Kh1 Rxg5+ 35.Rhe4 Rf3!, with an equal position, obtaining the draw.

Duras however, did not fall for this trap, and responded with the very strong 33.Ne4!. Duras was not to be denied in this game, and he soon concluded matters with today's fine puzzle solution move 38.Rf4!

Jan-06-12  BobbyFissure: I actually solved this! I'm proud.
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  Domdaniel: < <You can't move two pieces during one move> Ehh, but Black does just that on move 6, and White on move 7.
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  Once: And on every capture of a piece you move one of your pieces and one of your opponents...

But apart from castling and capturing and the aqueducts what have the Romans ever done for us?

Jan-07-12  Uvulu: <galdur: Much too lazy here, I picked the lame line 38.Rf4 Qe7 39.Qe4 Re6 40.Qxe6 Qxe6 41.Rf8+ Qg8 42.Rxg8+ Kxg8 43.Kg3 and black can resign.>

White would play 40.Qa8+ Qe8 41.Rf8+ Qxf8 42.Qxf8#

Jan-07-12  LoveThatJoker: Everyone, true story:

I didn't log into CG earlier Friday because I was excited for the finale of Reggio Emilia.

I therefore watched the games unfold live online and thought, "Geez what about today's POTD?"

"I'll get back to it later," my thoughts went...

I took like an hour nap and then perused an old puzzle book of mine called 'Play For Mate' by David Hooper and another author.

I looked at a puzzle that said Duras vs Wolf and solved it. After watching a movie called 'Traitor' with Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce, I said to myself "Solve Friday's puzzle and post it on Saturday's so all the regulars know that you found the solution."

To my utter astonishment, it is the exact same puzzle that I was looking at and solved earlier today after taking a nap from my puzzle book!

Freaky Friday indeed!

Here's my solution to Friday's POTD:

38. Rf4!

a) 38...Qxd4 39. Rf8#

b) 38...Qe7 39. Qd7! deflecting the Black Q, allowing a back rank mate.


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  paulalbert: To <FSR> Yes, GM William Lombardy's new book "Understanding Chess" came off the presses a few weeks ago. Go to William Lombardy page where you'll see my comments about it.

Paul Albert

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  Domdaniel: According to William Gibson, 'Lombard' is an acronym for 'Loads of Money But a Real Dick'.

Not that many chess players ever get the opportunity.

Jan-07-12  BOSTER: <Domdaniel>

We are talking about <two pieces which are under attack>.

Jul-17-15  Everyone: <Everyone> LoveThatStory, <LoveThatJoker>.
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  zanzibar: <Queen under Duras>
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