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Carl Schlechter vs Heinrich Wolf
15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg) (1906)  ·  Slav Defense: Alekhine Variation (D15)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Mar-01-06  capanegra: This time the drawing master falls in a trap and stalemates his opponent. Instead of 55.b6?? White could have won easily with 55.Kf1
Mar-01-06  notsodeepthought: <Instead of 55.b6?? White could have won easily with 55.Kf1.> Well, yes, but then he wouldn't have been able to draw, would he? He had a reputation to defend.
Aug-08-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: What a move, what a MOVE!! =)
Aug-08-06  dr.roho: i found it insantly, double guesed myself because it was only acheiving a draw, than comfirmed it was the best and only right thing to do.
Aug-08-06  chessmoron: I think this is the first puzzle of the day that is a draw in the history of <chessgames.com>...and haha I got it. You can't fool me. :-) 55. should have been h4 55...gxh3/ep 56. b6 could gave white the win.
Aug-08-06  ronaldducalang: lol i spent 30 minutes looking for a way for black to win... only to find out it was a draw lol
Aug-08-06  mrvocab: Amazing how the players knew about the Alekhine Variation of the Slav Defense even before Alekhine himself!
Aug-08-06  prinsallan: Got to the conlusion that only a draw was available, the rest was pretty easy. Nice puzzle though.
Aug-08-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  mig55: Got it in 5 sec this time....A draw was the only possible for black, so look for it...
Aug-08-06  Trouble: easy but satisfying
Aug-08-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: Big red book on Schlecter ... "Life and times ..." by Goldman. Makes absorbing reading. If you are a fan of this player, it is the only decent volume in the whole of the English language.
Aug-08-06  nikolajewitsch: <chessmoron:I think this is the first puzzle of the day that is a draw in the history of <chessgames.com>.>

No, that has been done many times before.

Aug-08-06  gala.martin: 55. h4 gxh3 56. b6 + -
Aug-08-06
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  goldfarbdj: Got it very quickly: it was obvious that the rook sac was the only thing remotely tactical that black could do, so it just took a second or two to verify that it was stalemate.
Aug-08-06  WarmasterKron: I got it very quickly, though I have seen the game before.

<chessmoron> 55.h4 Re1+

Aug-08-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: Surely White saw the stalemate before capturing the Rook. Was it a spite capture?
Aug-08-06  Marco65: Theme of the week must be Master's blunders. I wonder how <chessgames.com> will stick to such theme on Sunday. Maybe there will be Kasparov missing a mate in 12... but it can't be a "blunder" as I mean it!
Aug-08-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <I think this is the first puzzle of the day that is a draw in the history of <chessgames.com>...>

<chessmoron> No, I'm sure there was once a puzzle like this before, I only forgot on which day or which game it was.

And by the way, I solved this puzzle too. :)

Aug-08-06  blackjacki2: chessgames has even had puzzles in which the player to move has lost! :)
Aug-08-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: This stalemate combo is simple and quite obvious and it was possible only after Schlechter's total loss of concentration for the play. But if you want to see something a little bit more sophisticated than this, look at W Wittmann vs A Rodriguez, 1980
Aug-08-06  pebble767: spotted it right away =)
Aug-08-06  euripides: It's an elegant swindle in that Wolf probably had it in mind for several moves, but his play doesn't make it obvious (except perhaps Re3).
Aug-08-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: <WarmasterKron><<chessmoron> 55.h4 Re1+> 56.Rxe1 Kxg3 etc. Pawn is not covered now and so there is no stalemate.
Aug-08-06
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  Jack Kerouac: Howlin' Wolf rocks!
Aug-08-06  WarmasterKron: Thanks Honza. Chess blindness strikes again!
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