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Prugel vs Eduard Dyckhoff
London (1899), London ENG
Scotch Game: Steinitz Variation (C45)  ·  0-1


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  InspiredByMorphy: 9. ...Bb4! What a move, winning instantly. 9.Qe2 seems necessary.
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  tpstar: Note 9. Qe2 Bc5 hitting f2 and now 10. Nxe5? or 10. h3? lose to 10 ... Bxf2+ 11. Kd1 Ne3+ winning the Queen, meanwhile the Nd2 can't move due to 10 ... Nxf3+. I believe White must submit to 9. Nxe5 Qxf2+ (9 ... Nxf2!? 10. Qf3!) 10. Kd1 Nxe5 11. Qe2 and struggling on a Pawn down. If you like 4 ... Qh4 in the Scotch, this is a good trap to know.
Aug-24-05  mandar: After 8.N4f3 black should play Nb4.because-8.N4f3-Nb4 9.Qb3-Qb6
10.Nc4(nearly forced)Qf2
cleary winning for black.
Dec-24-06  Kruglov: <InspiredByMorphy: 9. ...Bb4! What a move, winning instantly.> What about 10.Bg2 (or Be2)? And 0-0 is possible next to guard f2.
Nov-14-07  Karpova: <Pruegel> is German and means <beating> (as a punishment) - how fitting!
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  whiteshark: <Karpova>: Indeed good for a pun!

It looks as if there are more than 10 English words for the word <Pruegel>:

A second, old-fashioned meaning of <Pruegel> (as single item) is cudgel.

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  whiteshark: In his book <4...Dh4 in der Schottischen Partie> Lev Gutman mentioned various sources that already criticise <5.Qd3> as questionable move, e.g. Steinitz and Keres.
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  Phony Benoni: A couple of things about this game need to be looked into.

Chernev, in his "1000 Best Short Games of Chess" (#47), quotes the winner as commenting "My first good win -- a game by correspondence!" That's not proof, but it is plausible since Dyckhoff later became a renowned correspondence player. In addition, a 19-year-old German playing in London at that time would have been unusual.

Also, there is a difference in the score. Here's the position after <9.Qb3>:

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Now 9...Bb4 is pretty, and has won a lot of praise but after 10.Be2 White has a reasonable game. Instead, <9...Bc5> leads to a big advantage for Black.

In Chernev's version, White actually played <9.Qc3>:

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Now 9...Bc5 is prevented, but 9...Bb4 as actually played in a pretty Insta-Win.

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  GrahamClayton: <Phony Benoni> In addition, a 19-year-old German playing in London at that time would have been unusual.

<Phony Benoni>, It is actually a correspondence game. I have made a request to get the location changed.

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