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Simon Winawer vs Gustav Richard Neumann
Paris m2 (1867), rd 3
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1


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Dec-11-06  Cyphelium: Neumann probably had a small advantage after the opening. His kingside play with ♕h4 and g6-g5 looks rather dubious though. Possibly, 13.- 0-0 and then f7-f5 at some point would have been better. After 27.- ♗xf5 28. ♖xf5 ♕g6, white surely has an advantage. Here white could have tried 29. ♘e3 and now

A/ 29.- ♖g7 30. ♖af1 ♗e7 31. ♖5f2 (threat ♘f5-♘xe7 and then ♖xf6) 31.- ♖b7 32. ♘f5 ♖f7 33. g3 and black is passive. If white's decides to do nothing, black can't really do anything either. White could consider ♘h4, ♖h5 before offering a draw though.

B/ 29.- g3 30. h3!? (30. hxg3!?) 30. -♗h6 31. ♘g4 ♗g5 32. b3. White will double on the f-file and play ♕f3, threatening the g3 pawn. If black plays ♗g5-f4, then it looks promising to sacrifice the exchange. For example 32.- ♖f8 33. ♕f3 ♗f4 34. ♖f1 ♖f7 35. ♖xf4 exf4 36. ♕xf4 intending ♘e3-f5.

32. ♘h5? was of course the mistake that let black take over the game.

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  Honza Cervenka: <Neumann probably had a small advantage after the opening.> The position is not easy to evaluate. Black has Bishop pair against two Knights but the position is relatively closed and if white would do nothing too much committal it is not easy to find any effective plan for black. At first glance black's main chance to achieve anything here seems to be f7-f5 plan.
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  wwall: 34.Rh1? is bad since 34...Rh7 (threatening the knight) 35.Ng3 loses to 35...Bxg3+ 36.Kxg3 Rxh1. Instead of 34.Rh1, perhaps 34.Ng3 is the safest move.

The final blow was 40.Nxd6?? allowing 40...Qc1+ 41.Kf2 Rg8, threatening 42...Rgxg2. Instead of 40.Nxd6, better may be 40.Kg1 Qh5 41.Re3 Rh1+ 42.Kf2. Another idea is 40.Rg3 Rh1+ (40...Qc1 41.Kf2)41.Kf2 Qf4+ 42.Rf3

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