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Semion Alapin vs Max Harmonist
Frankfurt (1887), Frankfurt am Main GER, rd 3, Jul-19
Ponziani Opening: Steinitz Variation (C44)  ·  1-0


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Apr-06-06  blingice: A Ponziani Opening? Does d3 make it a Ponziani?
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  Benzol: <blingice> Did you mean 3.c3 if so, then yes. This game looks a tour de force.
May-28-08  YoungEd: I agree, Benzol. Black doesn't make any obviously bad moves in the first 10 moves or so, but white looks far better. Alapin conducts the attack wonderfully! A treat of a game.
Feb-08-10  backrank: This is what usually happens with opposite castling ... your own pawn storm doesn't make any substantial progress, while your opponent's pawn storm is so much faster and succeeds in a few moves against which you're just helpless.
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  Bubo bubo: It seems that Black should have played Kb8 in due course. He didn't want to "waste" a move for defensive purposes, but as it often happens this decision turned out to be wrong: White now needed just one pawn and a little rearrangement of his pieces for a successful attack. Meanwhile Black's pawn storm was way to slow and achieved virtually nothing; the white king could watch his rival's downfall from a safe intact castle.

Anyway, an instructive game on the subject of opposite castlings, and moreover one of the rarer type (white 0-0 and black 0-0-0).

Sep-01-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: The final move would be a good Tuesday puzzle.
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