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Johann Nepomuk Berger vs Jean Taubenhaus
Hamburg (1885), Hamburg GER, rd 10, Jul-20
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Tarrasch Variation (C77)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: Taubenhaus pressed his opponent sorely but he missed the winning shot 38...Ng3+! 39.Nxg3 hxg3 40.Qxg4+ (40.Nxg4? Rh8+ 41.Kg1 Qh7 42.Nxe5+ Bxe5 43.Qg4+ Kf7 and black wins.) 40...Rg5 41.Qf3 gxf2 42.Rxf2 Bf5 with decisive advantage of black.

Later he overlooked a simple fork and instead of giving up an exchange he decided to sac the Queen. It was not sound but with a little (or rather big) help of the opponent he finally turned the table and won the game.

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  whiteshark: After <55.Qe2!> Fritz gives it +11. Threats are either Qe6+ or Qe8+.

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Jan-15-15  poorthylacine: Un pigeonnier imprenable même pour un berger allemand!
Jan-15-15  poorthylacine: But let's forget this bad joke: indeed, Berger could still win at move 59 by playing 59.Qe2 killing the black f3 rook because now after 60.Nd2 the salvation by Rxe3 is no more possible.

And even at the move 64 the win is still possible for White by 64.Rg4 and only after 64..Kf7 (if 64...Kf5 65.c6! winning too) the move 65. b5! is then lethal. So we can see Berger had good ideas, but the timing was wrong, he was to much in a hurry!!

Jan-15-15  poorthylacine: The total collapse of Berger, who maybe was upset at this moment, happened at the 71th move, when he could still at least save the draw by 71.Ne3!... The killing answer 71...Bf4 is then not possible because of 72.Nxg2 and after 72...Bg3 74. c6!! wins; that's why Black must play the drawing move 71...Rf3! after 71.Ne3!...
Aug-23-16  Straclonoor: After 66th move white had very good chance to win.
Analysis by Stockfish 190816 64 POPCNT: (2.34): 66.Kf1 axb5 67.axb5 Rf2+ 68.Kg1 Rf5 69.c6 Rxb5 70.Na3 Ra5 71.c7 Ra8 72.Kg2 Kf5 73.Rc4 Rc8 74.Nb5 Be5 75.Rxh4 Ke6 76.Rc4 Kf7 77.Rc5 Ke6 78.h4 Kf6 79.Rc6+ Kf7 80.Kg1 Ke7 81.Rc5 Bf4 82.Kg2 Ke6 83.Rc3 Be5 84.Rd3 Kf6 85.Rd8 Rxc7 86.Nxc7 Bxc7 87.Rg8 Kf7 88.Rg5 Kf6 89.Rg4 Be5 90.h5 Kf5 91.Rg8 Ke4
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