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George Henry Mackenzie vs Max Judd
3rd American Chess Congress (1874), Chicago, IL USA, Jul-07
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Morphy Attack (C78)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-13-15  poorthylacine: Zeitnot? The black position is winning after 44...Rb1+ 45.Rf1 Kxf1+ 46.Kxf1 Rf7+...
Jan-13-15  poorthylacine: Unbelievable, because Mackenzie could win the game playing 42.Bc5!! instead of 42.Qf6?!, and even a move later still by 43.Qf3! instead of the suicidal 43.Qd8+??

True that the position is very complicated with plenty of tactical "finesses", and I guess the Zeitnot destroyed the beauty of this wonderful masterpiece of chess!!

Jan-13-15  poorthylacine: Correction: 44...Rb1+ 45.Rf1 Rxf1+ 46.Kxf1 Rf7+...
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  jnpope: There is no mention of time trouble in the tournament book. According to the notes given:

37...Kg8 ("After this move Judd regarded his game as lost.")

44.Rf3 ("Black could now force the game, but was only too glad to escape with a draw.")

Jan-13-15  poorthylacine: Thank you very much JNPOPE!

Of course, like for other games, I specify I am just a patzer: Fritz 11 and Rybka made the work of analysis. However, it's surprising that Mackenzie did not see:

1: 39. Qc3 and the double threat QxRb2 and c7c8Q+ is winning immediately and simply; but maybe Judd saw that, and was blinded by his possibility of trying a mating attack, which however would have been more successful after 40.Rxf7 Qxf7 41.c8Q+ winning;

2: Bc5! with a lethal attack on the case f8.

Maybe then Judd, under the still terrible attacking pressure of Mackenzie, and so to much stressed, at his turn did not see his own possibility of winning after the blunder of Mackenzie at the 44th move, tragic oversight at last for the young Max Judd!

One more and very instructive example of evidence that playing chess needs strong nerves, "cold blood" or no blood at all but this one only if you are a silicon being!!

Sorry for the poor english of a Frenchman!!

Jan-13-15  poorthylacine: Correction: "..and that MACKENZIE was blinded..."
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