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Benjamin Markovich Blumenfeld vs Grigory Helbach
4th All Russian Tournament (1906), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 4, Jan-09
Scotch Game: Blumenfeld Attack (C45)  ·  1-0


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Aug-30-04  Knight13: Cool Short Game.
Mar-11-05  deshad: I've never played 6. Nb5, but I'm always tempted to. I don't like the doubled pawns, but white certainly gains the initiative. Pretty good win %, but I don't know if that really means anything.
Apr-05-05  deshad: I've looked into it some more, and apparently 6. Nb5 is called the Blumenfeld variation of the Scotch Game. Black's 7th move should be Qh4 or Qxb2 instead of the weak Qd8 played here. Continuation would be 6... Qh4 7. g3 Qxe4 8. Nxc3 Kd8 9. Nxa8 Qxh1. Or 6... Qxb2 7. Nc3 Qb4 8. Nxc3 Kd8 9. Nd5 Qc5. Crazy and imbalanced. I've had a lot of fun with it, but I suspect it is unsound for white.
Nov-12-05  chessnewbie: after 15...dxe5 16. Rxd8 Kxd8 17. Rd1+ Kc1 white is down a rook and i don't see why black resigned? can someone explain this to me?
Nov-12-05  lentil: <newbie>. 1) After your line, W is only down an exchange, but 2) Instead of 17. Rd1+??, White has 17. Rf8+ and 18.Rxa8, recovering the rook and remaining a piece up. Also, the White Rook paralyzes Back on the back rank and B will have to march the King to g8 before moving the N and exchanging off his R. Meanwhile White's knights chop off a wad of pawns.
Dec-27-05  mravikiran: I agree Lentil, CBLight did the same. Rf8+
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  Fusilli: Nothing like bringing the king to safety! Hilarious.
Mar-21-18  clement41: This variation is very painful for black as all white pieces come very naturally into the game (eg 0-0 is an attacking move in this opening) and precise defense is required. Black can also go 7...Qh4+ 8 g3 Qd8, creating a few holes around white's castle before coming back protecting c7
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