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Karl Blom vs Niels Jensen
Odense (1934), Odense DEN, Apr-01
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation (C10)  ·  1-0


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  MaxxLange: <erimiro1> Yeah, I don't play that way anymore (playing for traps). I knew fully well that, if Black played correctly, I'd have to jump through hoops to develop normally, but did it anyway.
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  Castle In The Sky: I had a similar game on the ICC involving the Caro-Cann, during which I mated my opponent in 17 moves. The problem in that game, as well as this, is that black just develops his pieces and places in faith in early castling while ignoring the strong kingside attack that white has built up. Thus, the worst move in this game was 5...0-0?? I've learned through many and continuing hard experiences that the decision to castle should never be automatic.
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  MaxxLange: They printed my game in the Georgia chess magazine. The guy at the Atlanta club wanted it. He was shaking his head "Every Caro-Kann player should know that trap"

But your point about castling in this game is what I meant: someone was saying they don't like the French because of sacs on h7, but if you know what you are doing you need not fear them. A lot of books give examples of French games that went ...0-0?? followed by Bxh7! to introduce the idea; however, I find that you will almost never get this in on an experienced French player.

Black played very poorly in today's puzzle game and got instructively crushed.

Jun-28-05  lopium: More easy than the monday's one.
Jun-28-05  DanRoss53: While we're on the subject of Caro-Kann traps, here's a game I played on Chess Live:

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. ♘c3 dxe4 4. ♘xe4 ♘f6 5. ♗d3 ♘bd7 6. ♘g5 h6 7. ♘e6! (With the threat of 7... fxe6?? 8.♗g6#) 7... ♕a5+ 8. ♗d2 ♕d5?? 9. ♘c7+! 1-0

In all fairness, it was a Blitz game...

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  THE pawn: too easy. They should have made the puzzle with a few earlier moves.
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  kevin86: Took me about a minute-I had to build up to the "go for the throat" move Bxh7+.
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  chessic eric: <DanRoss53> It seems that after 9. Qh5, Rd8 10. Qh6 is conservative given the option 10. Qxh7+, Kf8 11. Qh8+, Ng8 12. Bh7 and 13. Qxg8#. If after 9. Qh5 black plays Ng6 to block the b2-h7 diagonal, only then 10. Qh6 and the mate on g7.
Jun-28-05  DanRoss53: <chessic eric> 10. ♕xh7+ leads to a won game after 10... ♔f8 11. ♕h8+ ♘g8 12. ♗h7 ♔e8 13. ♕xg8+ ♗f8, but is inferiour to 10. ♕h6! because there is no forced mate.
Jun-28-05  gerpm: To Richard Taylor

Murray Chandler played 4 games against Karpov and drew 1. They were good games.

Jun-28-05  Knight13: I hate to say this but this puzzle is easier than yesterday's.

I immediately felt the move Bxh7+ when I first glanced at it. So I tried it and.... BOOM! It worked!

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  chessic eric: <DanRoss53> ya, ok, overlooked Ke8 and the interposition of the bish @ f8. For those playing at home Bg8 doesn't keep the pressure due to ...Qe7 or ...Ke7, and in both cases white must spend several tempi to extricate his pieces from the corner before making the material advantage count.
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  MaxxLange: I kind of like <jahhaj's> 1. e4 e6 2.Qe2 e5!? Now White can be a tempo up on some KP game lines where 3. Qe2 seems wrong (with 3. Nc3 or 3. Nf3), or he can try 3. c4 or 3. d4 or 3. b3. I'd try 3.f4 and, if 3...exf4 4. d4, a tempo up in Tartakower's forgotten King's Gambit line. Either way, he has taken White out of his book lines.
Jun-28-05  fgh: Another easy puzzle.
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  schnarre: <DanRoss53> Thanks for the Chigorin french game; I pull that out from time to time, but have had nothing really recent to go on.
Jun-28-05  Koster: Simul?
Jun-28-05  themindset: I saw kasparov use the 1. e4 e6 2.Qe2 line in simul. He won, of course. It transposed in the KIA. It's an excellent move to frustrate a french expert, gets you out of theory right away.
Jun-29-05  DanRoss53: <themindset> I believe you're referring to this game: Kasparov vs Paco Albalate, 1997
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  Richard Taylor: <gerpm> thanks I would like to see those games -in the mid 80s Murrray was one of the top players around - well he was well up the ladder so to speak - then I think he got eye trouble and so on... he is still strong and doing well with his health now I believe...
Jul-13-05  DanRoss53: <MaxxLange> Interesting idea! This was used in the Norwegan Championship last year:

[Event "NOR-ch op"]
[Site "Oslo"]
[Date "2004.04.03"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Andersen,Alf Roger"]
[Black "Johannessen,Svein"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 e6 2.♕e2 e5 3.f4 exf4 4.d4 c5 5.♗xf4 cxd4 6.♘f3 ♘c6 7.♘bd2 d6 8.0-0-0 ♘ge7 9.♘b3 ♘g6 10.♗g3 ♗e7 11.♘bxd4 0-0 12.♘f5 ♗xf5 13.exf5 ♘h4 14.♘xh4 ♗xh4 15.♗xd6 ♖e8 16.♕h5 ♖e4 17.♗g3 ♕a5 18.♗xh4 ♕xa2 19.♗d3 ♖b4 20.f6 g6 21.♕h6 1-0

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  schnarre: <DanRoss53> I'm not surprised White won that.
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  sneaky pete: Karl Blom vs Niels Jensen, Odense, Easter 1934. Black resigned after 9.Bxh7+.
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  Phony Benoni: I've changed the date to 1934, in line with >sneaky pete>'s kibitz, after finding this game in Herman Steiner's column from the "Lost Angeles Times", November 4, 1934, p. 32.

Steiner also has the version with Black resigning after 9.Bxh7, and mentions his source was the New York Evening Post. He gives no other details.

The only thing I'm worried about is that if the game was actually played on Easter Sunday, 1934, that would have been April 1st. But that's probably a foolish thing to think of..

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  zanzibar: Featured, uncredited, on p53, diagram 76 of Fine's Middle Game book.

Fine's notes omits 8...Bb4+ defense, claiming the only way to avoid mate is to play 8...Ng6 immediately - which is incorrect.

BTW- engines give 8...Bb4+ 9.Kf1 as best for White, 9.c3 is a mistake (though a very natural looking move). Why 9.Kf1 is better makes for a very deep study - IM level or better (or so I (decidely non-IM) claim)).

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  sneaky pete: I found the additional info I posted 8 years ago (and confirmed in a correction slip a few minutes ago) in the Wiener Schach-Zeitung, July/August 1934, page 235.

"Aus dem dänischen Arbeiter-Schachturniere in Odense, Ostern 1934."

If Easter Sunday was on April 1 in 1934, there is nothing foolish about that. These Workers Chesstournaments were serious business in 1934. At least comrades Blom and Jensen had the good sense of playing a game of chess instead of going to church.

But Ostern just means Easter, so it might have been Easter Monday too.

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