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Frederic Lazard vs Amedee Gibaud
Paris (1909)
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Moeller-Bayonet Attack (C54)  ·  1-0
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Mar-26-04  capanegra: Well! Finally here is one game with the “bayonet attack” (12.g4) from the Giuoco Piano’s Moeller variation. Spectacular assault conducted by Lazard, although these two players are better known for the famous miniature A Gibaud vs F Lazard, 1924

I’m surprised this is the only game with this interesting line in the hole database. Does anyone have any more games to submit?

Aug-08-04  Helloween: There are many games in this line. 2 examples:

Mares - Riedel, correspondence 1986
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nxe4 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.d5 Bf6 10.Re1 Ne7 11.Rxe4 d6 12.g4 0-0 13.g5 Be5 14.Nxe5 dxe5 15.Rxe5 Ng6 16.Re1 Qd7 17.b3 b5 18.Bf1 Bb7 19.Bg2 f6 20.Qh5 fxg5 21.Bh3 Qd6 22.Be6+ Kh8 23.Bb2 Qc5 24.Re3 Rxf2 25.Qxg6 Rxb2 26.Qxg5 Re2 0-1

Gelbart - Boskovic, Chicago Open 1973
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nxe4 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.d5 Bf6 10.Re1 Ne7 11.Rxe4 d6 12.g4 0-0 13.g5 Be5 14.Nxe5 dxe5 15.Rxe5 Ng6 16.Re1 Re8 17.Rxe8+ Qxe8 18.Bf1 Bf5 19.Be3 Rd8 20.Bg2 Nh4 21.Qf1 Be4 22.Bxe4 Qxe4 23.Qh3 Nf3+ 24.Kf1 Nxg5 25.Qg2 Qxg2+ 26.Kxg2 Rxd5 27.Rc1 Ne6 0-1

In the first, White makes a pretty pseudo-Queen sac, but Black finishes off nicely with a tactical exploitation of a pin that wins a Rook.

In the second, Black simply rolls over White, remaining up 2 pawns. White has no play after the Queen trade and resigns, discouraged at the thought of facing a lost ending.

Aug-12-04
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  patzer2: An improvement early is 14...c6!, giving Black a clear advantage in this opening. If 14...c6! dxc6? 15. d5! is good for Black.
Dec-14-05  MorphyMatt: Ok, so i'm new and a bit slow, but can't 9. d5 be countered by 9... Ne5!, keeping the extra piece?
Dec-14-05
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  WannaBe: <MorphyMatt> Not really, 10. Nxe5 Bxe5 11. Re1.
Dec-14-05
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  keypusher: <wannabe> not so fast, 11...Bxh2+ 12 Kxh2 Qh4+ 13 Kg1 Qxf2+ looks like at least (and at most?) a draw.

After 9...Ne5 10 bc Nxc4 11 Qd4 is a very complicated line that people were happy to forget about after someone invented 9...Bf6.

Dec-14-05
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  keypusher: Here's an example, ending in a very famous mate.

Schlechter vs Meitner, 1899

Feb-02-06  MorphyMatt: <WannaBe>thanks.
Apr-30-06  McCool: This game on this website is incorrect. Black's move 21 was actually bxc6, in which white followed up with 22. ♕xf6+ ♔xf6 23. ♗c3+ ♕d4 24. ♗xd4#
Feb-20-08  tatarch: Interesting game-- worth a close look
May-18-10  bengalcat47: One should compare the two games between Lazard and Gibaud with the two played by Reti against Grau. In those two Reti-Grau games you get the impression Reti is giving Grau lessons about what happens when you make critical mistakes. The same inference applies to Lazard's two games against Gibaud.
Jul-17-10
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  GrahamClayton: <patzer2>An improvement early is 14...c6!, giving Black a clear advantage in this opening.

<patzer2>,
You are correct - Black threatens 15...cd5 16.♗d5 ♘d5 17.♕d5 ♗e6 18.♕b7 ♕c8, when the bishop pair and White's vulnerable pawns at g4 and b2 give Black the advantage.

Feb-05-13  SirChrislov: <Apr-30-06 McCool: This game on this website is incorrect. Black's move 21 was actually bxc6, in which white followed up with 22. xf6+ xf6 23. c3+ d4 24. xd4#> I doubt it's how it really happend, but it's an amazing finish! totally missed it in analysis.
Feb-08-13  SirChrislov: The mate is 25...Nxe8 26.Qf8#. Many masters of the past and present have examined this little piece. Some highlights:

<12.g4?!>
This "Bayonet attack" is now considered dubious since 12...0-0 13.g5 Be5 would return the pawn under favorable conditions, e.g., 14.Nxe5 dxe5 15.Rxe5 Ng6 or just 14...Bf5! (Soltis).

<12...h6>
Schlechter concluded 12...g6 13.Bh6 Bxb2 14.Rb1 Bf6 15.Qe2 followed by 16.Re1 or g4-g5 in white's favor.

<14...g5>
Black's counter 14...c6! would enable him to meet 15.g5 hxg5 16.Nxg5 with 16...Nxd5. But 15.Be3 Bxb2 16.Rb1 looks promising.

<16...Nxd5>
If 16...cxd5 17.Qxf6 Rh7 18.Bxd5 wins. 16...Kg7! had to be tried, e.g., 17.Bd2 cxd5 18.Bc3 (threat Qxf6! or Ne6+) ...Be5! (Soltis).

<17...Nc7?>
Blk is counting on the threat of 18...d5 to slow white down (Soltis). But "the only move" was 17...Bd7 to mobilize the rest of his pieces -(Capablanca). Also sound appears 17...Nb6 (G. Burgess).

<20.Re7!!>
And it's over. The pretty ways this game could have ended include 20...Bxe7 21.Rxe7! Rf8 (21...Qf8? 22.Rxc7) 22.Bc3!! Kg8 23.Qf6 wins or 22...Qxe7 23.Nf5+! Kh7 24.Nxe7 dxc4 25.Qf6! Ne8 26.Qg6+! fxg6 27.hxg6#.

Mar-17-14  LIFE Master AJ: What a game. (#96)
Mar-17-14  LIFE Master AJ: "Lightning ... in a bottle."
Sep-03-15  mrbug: Totally missed 21 ♘xc6!! what a move what a crazy game
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