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Emil Schallopp vs Wilfried Paulsen
"Wrong Colored Bishop" (game of the day Aug-31-2018)
Nassengrund (1888)
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Breyer Variation (C29)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  kevin86: Black played a good game;too bad his bishop was born the wrong color. He could never chase the white king away from g1/h1 zone. The best he could do is stalemate.
May-28-03  Voxation: Why didn't black do 75...bxg5?
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  Sneaky: After 75...Bxg5 76.Kf3 it's a textbook draw. Next would come 77.Kg2 and 78.Kh1. Secure in the corner the h-pawn can never queen because Black's bishop is the "wrong color" (i.e. not the same color as the queening square.)

The rule to remember is this: A naked king can draw against a king, rook-pawn, and bishop as long as he can get in front of the pawn AND that the bishop is not of the same color as the queening square. (If the bishop is the same color as the queening square, forget about it, the pawn is coming home.)

If you've never witnessed this, I suggest taking a board and playing it out with a friend (or a computer, or even yourself). There is no great technique here--it practically plays itself out. The side with the bishop can hope for nothing more than stalemate.

May-28-03  morphynoman2: Not a very special game for me.
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  kevin86: Just a note:there can be a similar situation with a Kg2 Black Kg4 Nf3 Ph2.

White moves king between h1 and g2;black can't chase him away and cannot move his knight. Moral-don't advance the rook pawn too soon with a knight.

Also:White Kg2 Black Kg4 Ph2 Bb1.

In all three instances (including our game here) the game is drawn.

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  OrangeTulip: You always feel bestolen by such a material surplus and than smate
Aug-31-18  greenfield67: Am I missing something, or would 47...Qe3+ have been better?
Aug-31-18  Rzep: You're right, 47...Qe3+ wins the Bishop.
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  whiteshark: <Gut Nassengrund> near Blomberg, Principality of Lippe was the birthplace of the Paulsen brothers.
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  NM JRousselle: The position after 43 Kh2 is a very good puzzle position. It is also a good position for those who wish to improve attacking / tactical skills.

Spoiler alert: after 43 Kh2 it's Black to play and win.

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