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Johann Nepomuk Berger vs Jean Taubenhaus
Hamburg (1885)  ·  Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Tarrasch Variation (C77)  ·  0-1
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-21-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Jun-16-10
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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!...
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