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Ernst Jacobson vs V Kornia
"Scratched Kornia" (game of the day Jun-11-2008)
Mlada Boleslav-B (1913), Mlada Boleslav AUH
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Moeller-Therkatz Attack (C54)  ·  1-0


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  martin moller: Another nice Moeller attack !
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  Once: A victory for two strong bishops against the worst of bad bishops stuck all game on its c8 starting square.

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  martin moller: <Once> you schould really activate your own forum.
Jun-11-08  vonKrolock: <15...♕b6> As already remarked in the conversation in Salwe vs Rubinstein, 1908 now follows ♗f4 with good play for white - but what if black had proposed a repetition with 15...♘f5 instead !? - Against another ♕ move, say to 'd3', black could play d7-d5, returning the ♙ to reach equality; so maybe <13.♕xd6> is not that decisive...
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  xenophon: certainly a corneal dystrophy of one sort or another
Jun-11-08  Octal: This game is making me think of possibly to start playing the Moller Attack again.

If I was playing this game, I would have gone for the draw with 15. Nf4 (and not just because I saw the end of the game).

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  Jimfromprovidence: I would have played 15...Nf5 to either get white's queen off of the d5 square or get the draw by repetition.

16...Qxd6 was worse. That move caused black to lose material. Again, 16...Nf5 was better.

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  Once: <Martin Moller> Done.
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  Chessmensch: <Once> And the bishop stuck there caused the rook to be similarly out of the action. Tough to win when you're effectively playing two pieces down.
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  kevin86: It is one thing to be caught in a windmill,another yet again to be cut to ribbons by the blades.
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  Once: <chessmensch> Indeed! There's a funny chain of events going on here. The d pawn cannot move, so the c8 bishop cannot move, so the Ra8 cannot move!

That's an excellent rate of return for white's sacrificed d pawn. It means that black's c8 bishop did not have a legal move at any point in the game.

Jun-11-08  ccolby: Why couldn't black have advanced the d pawn at move 14, protecting the knight at the same time?
Jun-11-08  zb2cr: <ccolby>,

Off the top of my head, I'd say 14. ... d6 might be answered by 15. Ng5. The Black Queen can't come off the back rank because White then threatens Qxf7+ and if Black retakes with the Rook, Re8#.

Jun-11-08  jovack: Black's faults:

1. Making pointless moves which allowed himself to be mated.

2. No understanding of positional play.

Jun-11-08  ruzon: Wouldn't 11...d6 have been much better than O-O? Neutralizes the White bishop and makes that bad bishop of Black's pretty good?
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  Once: <ccolby> Good call. I think 14. ... d6 avoids many of the problems that black later experiences. White still has the better position but nothing spectacular. If 15. Ng5, then something like 15. ... Bxg5 16. Bxg5 Qc7 should take the sting out of white's attack.

When I put this on the computer last night it gave white an advantage of around 0.4 - presumably because of the space advantage.

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