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Karel Hromadka vs Mirko Schreiber
"Spell Czech" (game of the day Dec-09-11)
Munich ol (1936)  ·  Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Bardeleben Variation (C29)  ·  1-0
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Aug-20-07  sanyas: A beautiful game in the modern style - Tartakower
Aug-20-07  bvwp: Why not 30. Qb7#?
Aug-20-07
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  Honza Cervenka: <Why not 30. Qb7#?> Maybe a last chance for black to resign.:-)
Dec-29-07
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  keypusher: Tartakower and du Mont's 500 Master Games of Chess says that Black resigns after 27. Rb6!!. That makes a lot more sense than White missing a mate in one, as in the game score. I hope Chessgames.com fixes the error, as it detracts from a very beautiful game.

Like most casual chess fans, I know Hromadka only as the loser of the glorious Rubinstein vs Hromadka, 1923. It's humbling to see that he is capable of games like this. Because if the gap between him and me is so large, think of the size of the gap between me and Rubinstein! :-)

Dec-09-11  erniecohen: 21. ♗xd8 ♔xd8 (21...♖xd8 22. ♗b7+) 22. ♗d5 ♔d7 (22...♗xd5 23. ♕g5+) 23. ♗xe6+ ♔xe6 24. ♕g5 ♕xc2 25. ♖b7 ♖c8 26. ♕xg7 ♖c7 27. ♖a7 ♖f7 28. ♕h6+ ♔e7 29. ♕d6+ ♔e8 30. ♕e6+
Dec-09-11  erniecohen: 20...♘e6 holds.
Dec-09-11  rilkefan: I prefer "Czech Spell".
Dec-09-11  Rob Lob Law: 5... f5

There you go, have a passed pawn on move 5. I'm sure that it will never come back to haunt me...

Dec-09-11  srag: <keypusher>: Ludek Pachman, on his big opening book, never uses the expression "Benoni Defense", but "Hromadka Defense".
Dec-09-11
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  Penguincw: Awesome game by white. 2 "Game of the Day" in a row won by white now.
Dec-09-11  Garech: Nice game; the Vienna is a nice surprise to use at the club level - with correct play black equalises very quickly, but that's not easy if you don't know the lines. I believe the 'refutation' of 5.Qf3 is Nc6!?

Cheers,

-Garech

Dec-09-11  King Death: < Garech: ...I believe the 'refutation' of 5.Qf3 is Nc6!?..>

5...Nc6 6.Ne4 Nd4 has long been known to be very good for Black.

Dec-09-11  Deathstroke: This boggles my mind... I've been trying to learn more about positional chess, and I'm not sure what to think about this game as a result.

After his 13th move, Black's position looks like what most players strive for... completed development, only two pawn islands, plenty of space, a castled king... contrast that to white who has an undevelped knight, a blocked-in rook, unable to castle, bishops with limited range, slightly more cramped, doubled pawns, three pawn islands... white's apparent advantages are the wide-open b-file with a great rook positioned on it, and the longe-range queen on g3 eyeing the whole kingside.

Often I look over games and say "how did suchandsuch lose this position?" So I end up also having to ask myself "what were the other players advantages that I missed?" Looking back at it, the a8-h1 diagonal is crushing for white, when combined with the rook on the b-file, and the 0-0-0 black king...

In the end, I guess this is why I love chess. Come up with all the rules you want... "develop your pieces", "castle early", etc... but obey them too strictly, and the other player will find ways to bend the rules to your detriment.

The only question I'm trying to figure out is whether black lost a won middlegame, or if he lost long before that. Thoughts?

Dec-09-11
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  kevin86: I guess this game is incomplete-funny,white missed a mate in one.
Dec-09-11  mikhs: <kevin86: I guess this game is incomplete-funny,white missed a mate in one>

Why is it incomplete and where do you see a mate in one?

Dec-09-11  xthred: Well said, Deathstroke.
Dec-09-11  tatarch: Yes well said.

<Deathstroke: The only question I'm trying to figure out is whether black lost a won middlegame, or if he lost long before that. Thoughts?>

I'm not the one to ask, but 19...Nd8 and 20...Qa4 seem like a waste of time. Maybe h6 there? Also kind of seems like black should have castled kingside no?

Dec-09-11  Rob Lob Law: <deathstroke> Black doesn't look so great right out of the opening. By move 5 white has a passed pawn! I realize that usually doesn't mean much so early in the game, but that particular passed pawn plays a crucial role as it advances at the end of the game.
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