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Gyula Breyer vs Johannes Esser
"Quieting the Nay-Breyers" (game of the day Jul-08-2016)
Budapest (1917), Budapest HUN
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0


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Annotations by Richard Reti.      [2 more games annotated by Reti]

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Nov-18-11  Knuckle Sandwich: The psychological effect of Kf1!! just adds to its brilliance, especially if Breyer did indeed touch his queen's rook to add to its obscurity. This is what William Harston writes about Breyer's play in his book Teach Yourself Better Chess: "Gulya Breyer, playing White in this position [diagram of the position after 7.... dc ] against Esser in Budapest 1917, did indeed find something else to think about. he played 8. Bb1!? maintaining his control of e4 and planning a quick advance of the e-pawn... But wht aout that ♔f1 move? What was the point of it? Just look at the position after 22. g6. With the king still on e1, Black could have played 22... ♗h4+ followed by ♕e7 . the idea therefore is completely logical - cut out the check to make the combination playable - but the notion that such a move might actually work is something totally original. This may be the only game in history in which a player has moved his king while still in the opening, to eliminate the possibility of a check in a variation nine moves later."
Dec-18-11  Helios727: This is weird. In my book "Dynamic Chess" by R.N. Coles, this same game has black variate on move 18 and white wins in 32 moves instead of 47. The final position is:

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With the note that black resigned because there is no defense against 33. Bg5.

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  Penguincw: ♖♘♗ vs. ♕ seems like an advantage but after winning the minor pieces, white has the upperhand.
Oct-26-13  Bartacus: 8...c5 has been given as the best move, leading to equal play.
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  VasuGina: great game
Feb-16-15  gemars: I have in my book Richard Réti the Chess thinker wroten by Jan Kalendovskı slightly different order of moves, and less number of moves (27). I have noticed, that here posted game has one move missed. <18. - Kg7> and also some notes are missing in this game. So order of moves: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e3 <!!>.........Nf6 5.Bd3 Bd6 6.f4! 0-0 7.Nf3 dxc4 8.Bb1! b5 9.e4 Be7 10.Ng5 h6 11.h4 g6 12.e5!! hxg5 13.hxg5 Nd5 14.Kf1!! Nxc3 15.bxc3 Bb7 16.Qg4 Kg7 17.Rh7+! Kxh7 18.Qh5+. <DanielBryant>.<GMMandetowitch>.<...answer for both of you is comming...this is the missing move in game posted here=>18. - Kg7 19.Qh6+ Kg8 20.Bxg6 fxg6 21.Qxg6+ Kh8 22.Qh6+ Kg8 23.g6. <Here is the important missing note...If white king still does exist on e1, so black will win after Bh4+ and Qe7.> 23. - Rf7 24.gxf7+ Kxf7 25.Qh5+ Kg7. <Kg8 variation I did not calculate> 26.f5 exf5 27.Bh6+ and wins. <There are no another moves, but only calculation by Reti: after 27. -Kh7! wins 28.Bf4+ Kg7 29.Qh6+ Kg8! 30.Qg6+ Kh8 31.Ke2 Bh4 32.Rh1 and 33.Bg5>. And my question in the end. Is there some kind of control mechanism, which can secure using of correct moves from more game sources?
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  Stonehenge: According to Gert Ligterink 8...c5 would have been much better.

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  DarthStapler: I know many other people have their own lists and candidates, but I'd like to nominate Breyer's 14. Kf1!!!!!!! as the greatest chess move of all time
Jun-21-16  tbonius: 14.Kf1 denies black 25.Bh4+, giving black a tempo and allowing the black queen to defend properly, refuting this mating attack.

The continuation from move 29 is wrong. It is actually Bf7+ winning easily.

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  Phony Benoni: "My King likes to go for a walk."
Jul-08-16  RookFile: I realize that computers are showing lots of improvements for both sides in this game. Aa a practical matter, the move I have a problem with is 6....0-0. Black was castling into trouble, and there was no need for it. I'm not a fan of black's .... dxc4 either, but if he's going to do it, move 6, before castling, would be better. Not even Breyer would answer 6....dxc4 with 7. Bb1, with black not having castled yet.
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  al wazir: I'm not convinced that black's moves after 33. Ke2 were optimal. For example, 37...Bxe6 might have been better than 37...Qxf6, the move played, and givng up the ♕ for ♖+♙ might have given him better chances. I notice that Reti's annotations stop halfway through the game.
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  al wazir: For what it's worth, earlier comments based on engine analysis seem to confirm my suspicions.
Jul-08-16  The Kings Domain: Fun game. Gotta love those hair-raising kingside attacks; whether on the giving or receiving end of it it's always a thrill.
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  morfishine: A game chock-full of inaccuracies


Jul-08-16  posoo: ok da old posoo is NOT infaluble. will somone PLESE explane da note to 14 kf1?!?!? HOW

is dat directed at da moove ...kg7?!?!

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  Phony Benoni: <posod> Had Breyer played the immediate <14.Qg4> and the game continued as it did, this position would have resulted after <14...Kg7 15.Rh7+ Kxh7 16.Qh5+ Kg8 17.Bxg6 fxg6 18.Qxg6+ Kh8 19.Qh6+ Kg8 20.g6>

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And Black could defend by 20...Bh4+ and 21...Qe7. The idea of 14.Kf1 was to avoid this check down the road, and it's the depth of that idea which has impressed so many since.

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  kevin86: This play seemed to have three parts: First, white developed his piece, while black didn't; second, white attacked on the king side while black's queenside pieces; finally, white chopped up the queenside and ended with a winning endgame. Funny, if it weren't so sad.
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  Phony Benoni: The ...Bh4+ clearance move that could have come up in the game is a familiar theme, yet one easily missed. I can recall an incident where Fischer either missed it in analysis or pointed out that somebody else missed it, but the exact details escape me. Surely somebody can fill us in.

In the meantime, a trivial example from my own praxis:

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Moody - Weber, Kalamazoo, 1979. Simply 1.Qh6+ recovers the rook with a better game, but I couldn't see how Black could survive after <1.e5>. The answer, of course, was <1...Bh3!>.

There is a similar kind of idea in the From Gambit. After <1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 g5 5.d4 g4 6.Ng5 f5 7.e4 h6 8.e5 Be7 9 Nh3 gxh3 10.Qh5+ Kf8 11.Bc4 Rh7 12.Qg6>

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Black's key defensive idea is <12...Bb4+! 13.c3 Rg7 14.Bxh6 Qh4+!> and 15...Qxh6.

Jul-08-16  posoo: thank you benones
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  parisattack: <RookFile: I realize that computers are showing lots of improvements for both sides in this game....>

Yes, indeed. Using an engine it almost looks like a blunder-fest. "Beautiful theory, ugly fact stuff." But it is a remarkable game and the concepts from Breyer are amazing. I first saw the game in Cole's Dynamic Chess and it made quite an impression on me.

This one of Breyer's is also awesome - Euwe vs Breyer, 1921

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  Phony Benoni: The only games which aren't "chock full of inaccuracies" are those which are so boring that we haven't bothered examining them to find the inaccuracies.
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  morfishine: <Phony Benoni: The only games which aren't "chock full of inaccuracies" are those which are so boring that we haven't bothered examining them to find the inaccuracies> I think this statement is inaccurate due to your use of the word 'only'



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Jul-08-16  ajile: <Bartacus: 8...c5 has been given as the best move, leading to equal play.>

Completely logical since White has transposed into a Stonewall structure with 6.f4. Note that moving the Black c pawn twice is not that big of a concern since White has closed the center.

The normal way to attack either the Black or White side of a Stonewall is to advance the c pawn to the 4th rank. The attack on the opponents d pawn creates useful counterplay and if cxd is allowed the dissolving of the center usually reveals weaknesses in the Stonewall setup.

I like 6.f4 though since now Black must find the strategic way out which is moving his c pawn twice.

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