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Stohr vs Emil Joseph Diemer
"Ransacking the Stohr" (game of the day Jul-24-2016)
Griesbach (1984)
Zukertort Opening: Herrstrom Gambit (A04)  ·  0-1


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Apr-01-06  whatthefat: This game is just utter madness! Diemer had sort of lost the plot studying Nostradamus predictions by this time (he was quite the 'character' it seems: Emil Joseph Diemer), and the result is some truly wacky chess!
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  droosan: One shouldn't take this as a useful opening idea for black. White plays with only the right half of his board, until it's too late. Bizarre.
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  Tabanus: White could be the 2 years older Austrian composer Paul Stöhr (1906-1984),

who knows?

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  FSR: Ransacking the Stohr.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Just play 3.Nf3 and you have an Alekhine's Defense Reversed with an extra g-pawn. Or 3.d3 with a Pirc Defense Reversed, an extra g-pawn, and two extra Knight moves.
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  lost in space: ..or 4. Nf3 and you have something like Scandinavian Defense revered with extra g-pawn and extra tempo
Jul-24-16  Eusebius: Sometimes chess does not look like chess. Mind-boggling play.
Jul-24-16  lentil: IMO, Stohr was out of his league. He had no plan; he just reacted.
Jul-24-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

<Or 3.d3 with a Pirc Defense Reversed, an extra g-pawn, and two extra Knight moves.>

I used to play regularly against a Grob specialist who wasn't averse to gambiting his g-pawn, and that's how I handled the line. (But it's only one extra knight move, and it can be argued that the knight doesn't really belong on g5, so Black does get partial compensation.

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  perfidious: This game is ironic in that White plays for a speculative attack, but it is his opponent who gets all his pieces out of the box in short order and overwhelms him.

En passant, it is but seldom that one sees the material imbalance of three minor pieces vs two rooks and pawn, as here at the finish.

Jul-24-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

<whatthefat: This game is just utter madness! Diemer had sort of lost the plot studying Nostradamus predictions by this time (he was quite the 'character' it seems: Emil Joseph Diemer), and the result is some truly wacky chess!>

If Diemer was mad, apparently there was still some method in it. He won this game convincingly with a series of resourceful sacrifices that probably left Stohr feeling wacky.

"A mad carpenter would still build a sane box." I don't recall where I read that, but it seems apt in this context.

Jul-24-16  Virgil A: These guys just go for each other.
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  HeMateMe: I don't think that's legal, in Virginia.
Jul-24-16  RandomVisitor: After 3...h6

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<+1.25/32 4.Nf3 exd4 5.Nxd4> Ne7 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.e4 d5 8.exd5 Nxd5 9.Ndb5 Nxc3 10.Qxd8+ Kxd8 11.Nxc3 Bf5 12.Bc4 Nc6 13.Be3 Bxc2 14.Bxf7 Ne5 15.Bb3 Bxb3 16.axb3 Kc8 17.0-0-0 b6 18.Bd4 c5 19.Bxe5 Bxe5 20.g3 Bd4 21.f4 Kb7 22.Nb5 Rhd8 23.Rhe1 Kc6 24.Nxd4+ Rxd4 25.Rxd4 cxd4 26.Kc2 Kc5 27.Re7 Kb4

Jul-24-16  Moszkowski012273: 23...Nxf3 was mating. Not what was played.
Jul-24-16  RandomVisitor: After the improvement 8.f4:

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<+0.68/37 8...Nf6 9.fxe5 dxe5 10.Nc3> Bg4 11.Qd3 Nbd7 12.h3 exd4 13.Nb5 Ne5 14.Qxd4 Nfd7 15.Bf4 Bc5 16.Qxc5 Nxc5 17.Bxe5 Rh7 18.hxg4 Rc8 19.Rf5 a6 20.Nc3 Nd7 21.Bf4 Qe7 22.a3 b5 23.Be2 Rf7 24.Rd1 Nb6 25.Nd5 Qc5+ 26.Ne3 Rxf5 27.gxf5 Nc4 28.b4 Qb6 29.Bxc4 bxc4 30.Kh2 Qf6 31.Nd5 Qf7 32.Kg3 c6 33.Ne3 Rd8 34.Rxd8+ Kxd8 35.e5 Ke7 36.Kf3 Qg8 37.Ke4

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  kevin86: Above the Stohr!
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