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Carl Schlechter vs Curt von Bardeleben
Prague (1908), Prague AUH, rd 4, May-22
Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines (B01)  ·  1-0


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  tamar: 50 h4! is a clever way to finish a game Schlechter dominated. if 53 Nxh5 the g pawn gives mate.
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  paulalbert: <tamar> Yes, this is a very nice combination that I had not seen before. Note also that if black tries 50.... Ng3 to prevent the threatened h5 mate then Rg7ch and ...Kh6 ( only escape) then hxg4 mate, and the h5 escape square instead of being self-blocked by black's Knight is now controlled by the remaing g4 pawn that moved forward to give mate in the game variation. All very nice. In spite of his "drawing master" reputation, Schlechter was a great attacking player and tactician. Also I like your Kasparyan problem on your bio. I hadn't seen it before.

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  tamar: <paulalbert> I stumbled on this game by accident, just to see if Bardeleben had any other successes at Prague 1908 besides his crushing win over Duras.

Botvinnik's comment that Schlechter played "faceless chess" is typically mean- and on the money. He does not seem to be pressing anywhere in the game, just effortlessly grabbing pawns, and co-ordinating his pieces.

But then what happened to him at St Petersburg 1909? He ended up playing his match with Lasker in 1910 after a very ordinary 1909, making the match much less marketable.

Glad to see you are posting more these days. I also tire of the controversies when there is such an opportunity to discuss these games.

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  Chessical: <Tamar> Schlechter caught the flu during the 1909 tournament, and his performance suffered accordingly.
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  tamar: Thanks <Chessical> I knew Lasker alluded to Schlechter being ill, but did not know that he contracted flu there.

Prague and Vienna 1908 were two of Schlechter's greatest tournaments, and worth examining for an appreciation of his play.

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  Phony Benoni: Very instructive play by Schlechter here. Once he gets up a pawn or two there are numerous chances to trade pieces--but Schlecter refuses, realizing how superior his pieces are.

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