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Karsten Mueller vs Wolfgang Uhlmann
"Schach and Awe" (game of the day Feb-25-2008)
Tch-AUT 2000-01 (2001), Graz AUT, rd 6, Jan-19
French Defense: Winawer. Delayed Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0
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Feb-25-08  deadlysin: do you think this is worthy for a puzzle
Feb-25-08  schnarre: Talk about "sac-&-attack"! White turns out to have just enough material for the win.
Feb-25-08
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  whiteshark: Uhlmann is undoubtedly a great French Defence expert. But where went he wrong?
Feb-25-08
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  kevin86: White dynamited the black's king protection at the cost of a knight for a pawn-dirt cheap-and with black's rook at a8 being inactive,white is way ahead of the game. The attack was simple and lethal.
Feb-25-08
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  johnlspouge: <<whiteshark> wrote: Uhlmann is undoubtedly a great French Defence expert. But where went he wrong?>

Playing the French Defence ;>)

Feb-25-08  drpoundsign: ziss iss a MOST regrettable incident!
Feb-25-08  xrt999: Anymore, is not there that exists a less bad move than 21...Nf6? Other moves might be equally ineffective at winning the game. Or was the game already unwon. After being dymanited.
Feb-25-08
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  Dr. Funkenstein: I like Mueller's simple logical buildup on the black king's position which leads to a sudden sacrifice of the bishop for the g-pawn. After Black's Qb6, every move in the the attack also protects white's weak pawn (and the important square it sits on). This kind of harmony looks simple when a master level player does it, but then you go and try the same thing in your own games.........
Feb-25-08  jinga: the title "Schach and Awe" is in english "Chess and Awe" posoo it's deutschland and not doichland in german :-) nice game by mueller who had a notable win against old-GM Uhlmann p.s.: sorry for my bad english :)
Feb-25-08  karnak64: Ouch! Uhlmann is one of my heros, and to see him lose in the French exchange is, to say, painful. But no dobt about it, Mueller played a beautiful game.
Feb-25-08
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  Jimfromprovidence: Maybe 15...g5 instead of Kg7 would have helped black better defend the kingside.


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Feb-25-08  jovack: the title is clearly a play on Shock and Awe, using the German word for chess/check because there are 2 german players playing.
Feb-25-08  jheiner: I felt the losing move was quite early. 10...Bg6. Better would have been 10...Nd7 activating a piece and clearing the back rank. The light bishop was lost anyway and taking back with the knight on h5 would have been better.

The whole sequence from 8...Bg4 9.f3 Bh5 10.Nf4 Bg6 11.Nxg6 was (to me) where White gets his momentum. Black is just shuffling his poor bishop around. 12...Qb6 grossly ignores this momentum and by move 14, white has cleared the Black kingside defenders, broken up his kingside pawn structure, gained initiative, gotten a semi-open file for his f-rook, and Black's queen is too far away.

This felt like Black was playing on autopilot with the Qb6 move. <Dr. Funkenstein>'s comments about the final execution by White with his queen are also interesting.

Feb-25-08  D.Observer: Why did black resign?
Feb-25-08  nimzo knight: <D.Ob> 24..Nh7 25. Rxf8 Rxf8 26. Rxf8# and if 24.. Kg8 25. Qg6+ Kh8 26. Rh5+ with mate to follow
Feb-25-08  cannibal: <jheiner: I felt the losing move was quite early. 10...Bg6. Better would have been 10...Nd7 activating a piece and clearing the back rank. The light bishop was lost anyway and taking back with the knight on h5 would have been better.>

Might wanna notice the f6-knight is pinned...

Feb-25-08  mworld: <cannibal> im sure he was referring to blacks knight on b8 ;) and not the pinned one.
Feb-25-08
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  keypusher: <mworld> yes, but 10...Nbd7 allows 11. Nxh5 and Black can't retake.
Feb-25-08
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  Breunor: I just looked up the moves in the Opening Explorer. It looks like White has quite an advantage there after 5 Bd3 Nf6. On the other hand, after 5 Bd3 Nc6 Black seems to have the 'advantage' in terms of results with these positions. Black then plays Nge7 and Bf5.

Best wishes,

Breunor

Feb-25-08  smarterthanbobby: whiteshark asks where went he wrong
because he's the greatest french etc
player... he wrote below... here is
the anwser...

whiteshark: Uhlmann is undoubtedly a great French Defence expert. But where went he wrong?

MOVE 10 BLACK HAD A STRONG PAWN WALL,
once this wall is broken, altered, etc
I belive you are a 80% Plus at risk of losing a game... I think it's close to 90%, anyways that along with the queen on b6 unable to help or sacrafice or anything really made the ending tempo impossible to avoid!
As well if there ever was a posion
PAWN- OR POSION bisop then the classic
would be move 17 how he didn't see his
end is beyound me and to think he's
2500 rated? even worse I don't think
this is blitz dosen't say so on this page so even worse guess he wasn't looking at his board or something... hope that helped... as well the f- file opened ahead of tempo and one could say was driven by white as well to destroy whites pawn structure Simultaneously opening up the f file and the QUEEN FILE/along with a weak
or trapped queen vrs an active there is just too much happening to stop white and nothing happening with black... in fact the only thing active with black is bad moves it's clear this was a horrible game on blacks part...

Feb-25-08
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  Chessmensch: I can't remember when I saw someone with nearly a 2500 rating (black) play so poorly.
Feb-25-08
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  eternaloptimist: Yet another good pun. <Jimfromprovidence: Maybe 15...g5 instead of Kg7 would have helped black better defend the kingside.> I looked @ this myself, & I think this assumption might be true. I have not analyzed this on a computer yet, but I don't see how ♙g5 could be worse than ♔g7. I think that 8....♗g4 was probably a mistake because it led to a weakening of his ♔-side (11....♙hxg6). Mueller ruthlessly attacked the weak g6 square & easily won the game. an impressive display by the endgame connoisseur
Feb-25-08
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  eternaloptimist: <Chessmensch: I can't remember when I saw someone with nearly a 2500 rating (black) play so poorly.> I think the main reason for this is Uhlmann was way past his prime when he played this game. He was born in 1935, & he played this game in 2001. He was in his prime back in 1970 when he qualified to play against Bent Larsen in a candidates match.
Feb-26-08
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  keypusher: My, what a smug bunch of kibitzers this game attracted.
Feb-26-08  euripides: If <15...g5> 16.h4 Black seems to be faced with a choice between allowing White to play hxg5 fxg5 f6 and playing 16...gxh4 17.Nf4 when White's attack is arriving quickly.
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