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Josef Heral vs Philipp Meitner
Vienna (1873), Vienna AUH, rd 8, Aug-14
Three Knights Opening: Steinitz Defense (C46)  ·  0-1


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Nov-09-04  Saruman: 15.h4 intending 16.h5 seems much stronger here. If 15.-Ng7 16.f3 with no distracting -Qg4, followed by h5 hxg6+ etc.
Nov-09-04  Saruman: 15.h4 N5d4 16.h5 Nxc2+ (-Qg4?? 17.hxg6+ Kg8 18.Rh8#)17.Kf1
Nov-11-04  Cyphelium: <Saruman> Pushing the h-pawn is indeed interesting. However, I think I've found a way for black to stay in the game.

After 15. h4 Ng7 16. f3, black can play 16.- Nh5 with the threat of 17. - Nxf6 18. Qxf6 Qe7, which forces the exchange of queens. White has to try 17. g4 and now

A/ 17.- Nxf6? 18. h5! seems lost for black; 18.- gxh5 19. Qxf6 or 18.- Kg7 19. hxg6 threatening Qh6.

B/ 17.- Nd4! will possibly give black the better position.

White has two main alternatives:

b1/ 18. Kf2 is not good. 18.- Nxf3 19. Kxf3 Qxg4+ 20. Qxg4 Bxg4+ 21. Kxg4 Nxf6+ leaves black a pawn and an exchange up.

b2/ Sacrificing the queen with 18. gxh5 is trickier. (There is also 18. 0-0-0 with the same idea, but it doesn't seem stronger than taking the knight.) 18.- Nxf3+ 19. Kf2 Nxg5?? 20. hxg5 and due to the twin mate threats on g6 and g8, white wins rather prettily. Black must play 20.- Qh3, but after 21. Rxh3 Bxh3 22. Rh1 gxh5 23. Rxh3 Kg6 24. d4!, followed by Bd3 or Be2, white is winning.

So black cannot accept the sac, but instead he has 19.- Qg4, when it looks like black will hold. He might even be better? 20. Qe3 Nd4 21. Rag1 Nxc2 looks ok at least.

Nov-12-04  sneaky pete: <Cyphelium> If 15.h4 Ng7 white plays 16.h5 .. winning. Black has no time for 16... Qg4 because of 17.hxg6+ Kh8 18.Rh8+ .. with # in 2. Likewise after 16... Kg8 17.hxg6 .. black has no defence against 18.Rh8+ .. etc (even 17... Qh3 18.gxf7+ Rxf7 19.Qxg7# doesn't help). Note the sneaky Bc4 in this line. And of course after 16... Nxh5 17.Rxh5+ .. etc.
Nov-12-04  Saruman: <sneaky pete> exactly! On the schoolbus the same day I realized that white could play 16.h5 in response to Ng7!
Nov-13-04  Cyphelium: <sneaky pete & saruman> Yes, I was completely engrossed in the fascinating variations after the suggested 16. f3, so I didn't even check if white had any alternatives. =)
Nov-14-04  Saruman: <Cyphelium> I didnt take time to consider all options either :-) For example guess what ive had planned after 15.-Nh6...16.h5! Strange though that I failed to recognize h5 in the Ng7-line!
Jul-25-11  zealouspawn: In Cyphelium's interesting lines (although the positions should never have arose!) there are a lot of tricky tactics. I looked at the game with fritz, and in the line

15.h4 Ng7 16. f3? Nh5 17. g4! Nd4! 18. Kf2! is actually strong and usually transposing into the other line.

i.e. 18..Nxf3 19. gxh5! Qg4 (not 19..Nxg5 or 20. hxg6+ Kxg6 21. hxg5 and we have a remarkable position where white is getting all his material back + some for black to avoid the mate)

and here we transpose to the last line Cyphelium was looking at: "20. Qe3 Nd4 21. Rag1 Nxc2 looks ok at least." Actually, fritz gives 22. Qd2 Qf4+ (to save the knight) 23. Qxf4 gxf4 24. Be7 and white starts to dominate on the kingside

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