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Karel Traxler vs Oldrich Duras
"Duras Under Duress" (game of the day Dec-29-2004)
Veseli-Mezimosti (1902), Aug-06
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54)  ·  1-0


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  notsodeepthought: A Christmas Karel - except it's a bit too late for that.
Dec-29-04  guile: White certainly proved in fashion that taking the pawn with 17...♕xb2 loses. But I was wondering if leaving the pawn alone might give black chances, e.g. 17...♕a5 or some such. (Of course white's pawns look better here, but that shouldn't be bad enough to gaurantee loss.) If not, where could black save himself? Thanks!
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  Marius: 19. ...Qd8 20. Rce6
Dec-29-04  vonKrolock: thanks <Gypsy> - An historical Game and moreover, an excellent miniature: Traxler's crystal
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  kevin86: A bizarre and neat finish comes after:

19...♕d8 20 ♖e6 ♖f8 21 ♖e8 disc+ ♔h8 22 ♖xd8 ♖xd8 23 ♕f7 forces mate.Otherwise,white mate or wins the queen on the eighth row.

Dec-29-04  paulgrow: I've played Traxler's gambit a time or two but I never knew Traxler was a real person. Anyone know anything about him?
Dec-29-04  MindlessOne: Is it just me or was this opening played incorrectly. If it is supposed to be the Giucci Piano then shouldnt black capture the e-pawn on 7...Nxe4 followed by 8.Bxb4 8...Nxb4 9.Bxf7+ 9...Kxf7 10. Qb3+ forcing the recapture in material. In this position white has sacrificed a pawn for blacks unstable king, Is it just me or was Duras either A)avoiding this line or B)Unsure how to play this particular opening or C)is this some opening Ive never heard of and if so does it hold any water?
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  tpstar: <paulgrow> Click on his name up top which will take you to his page with all of his games in this database plus some biographical information.
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  patzer2: Traxler's discovered attack with 16. Bxf7+! leads to a pretty finish. If 17...Qxd6 18. Rxd6 and White should be able to win the isolated pawn with a strong endgame advantage.
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  Gummybear: Traxler's Rxc6 wins a piece, a removing the defender combo
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  patzer2: Traxler's 19. Qd5! is a devastating pin and discovered attack combination, taking advantage of a weakened back rank in the neat combination pointed out by <kevin86>.
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  patzer2: <Gummybear> After 17. Rxc6 Qxd6 18. Rxd6, White has won back the sacrficed piece and the material is even, but White has the advantage due to Black's weak isolated pawn and White's kingside pawn majority.
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  Gypsy: It seems that 14...d6 -- finishing Black development at any cost -- was absolutely imperative at this point. The 15...Qb4(!) was a clever but insufficient excuse.

White dominates the final position so that he has multiple paths to victory: after 19...Qd8, White 20.Ng5 wins as convincingly as the above given 20.R6e6 variation does.

Veseli-Mezimosti, 1902: 1.Traxler (6/6), 2. Duras (4.5), ....

My pleasure <vonKrolock>. :-)

Jan-04-05  vonKrolock: <Gypsy> My enjoyment... This one being the only encounter between Traxler and the future leading GM, its relief and importance increases: An idea is to start a collection of games that presents this feature: sole encounters (another one: Capablanca vs Schlechter)
Apr-29-05  zb2cr: As <patzer2> points out, 17 ... Qxd6; 18 Rxd6 and Black will lose prosaically, e.g. 18 ... Kf8; 19 Ne5, Re7; 20 f4, Re6; 21 Rfd1, Rxe6; 22 Rxe6, Ke7; 23 Rd2 and it looks as though Black must give up a Pawn to develop his Bishop.
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  Honza Cervenka: This game shows clearly Traxler's strenght in OTB play. It is a pity that he did not played more often and that he did not take part in any major international tournament. But he could not do it as a priest.
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