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Ernst Rojahn vs Moshe Czerniak
8th olm qual. group 4 (1939), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 3, Aug-27
Nimzowitsch Defense: Scandinavian. Advance Variation (B00)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Phony Benoni: A quote from Czerniak about this game, reported by Edward Winter in Chess Notes, no.4143:

<“My game with the Norwegian Rojahn in the 1939 Olympiad received opposite comments from two world champions. While Alekhine followed it closely (and even published it with his notes), Capablanca dismissed it with a barb: ‘They call this chess, too?’”>

With which world champion do you agree?

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  whiteshark: <Phony Benoni> It looks like a simple question, but it isn't. ;D
May-28-08  YoungEd: I remember first playing over this game when I was a class D player, and being absolutely thrilled by it! What excitement! I admire the bravery of both these players.
Feb-03-09  zev22407: A real creative chess game, Czerniak was always a fighter .
Feb-03-09  erimiro1: About your question <Phony Benoni> - no doubt. Chess is also art of mind, entertainment, (even if outsiders can't understand it), and non positional play. I agree with Alekhine, and sorry for not knowing how Capablanca would respond to Tal's style.
Aug-13-09  MaxxLange: I agree with Alekhine, and forgive Capablanca his silly remark

Capablanca and Alekhine could both be very dogmatic - calling 1...g6 a "joke opening"

Jul-29-12  Ichiryuu: Alekhine writes that move 16. Ke2 was "clearly forced", forgive my lack of insight but why is it forced?
Jul-29-12  Shams: <Ichiryuu> Black is trying to buy time with threats so that he can play ...Rg8 and then win some material. White's two other 16th move options allow Black to do precisely that: i) 16.Kxf2?? Nxd1+ is obviously game over but after ii) 16.Kd2? Rg8 this position would be reached.

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White has several squares for the Queen but Black should win at least the exchange. ...Qb4+ is also an annoying threat.

Hence <16.Ke2>, threatening to take the bishop but not doing so this turn.

Jul-29-12  kingfu: There are 3 choices: 16 Ke2 or Kd2 or KxB.

16 KxB loses immediately to 16....NxQ+

16 Kd2 will lose material to an eventual Qb4+. This will also leave the White King on the back row splitting the rooks. Black will do Rg8 and then 0-0-0.

Notice that the White King Rook has no safe square from the N and B combo.

Jan-08-18  GilGandel: Amazing slugfest which I first ran across about 43 years ago in Barden and Heidenfelt's "Modern Chess Miniatures". As the commentator said, a quite untypical Nimzovitch's Defence!
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  FSR: As I recall this game was in Wolfgang Heidenfeld's book Draw!
Jan-09-18  Retireborn: <FSR> It's not in my copy of Draw! although I suppose it might have been in an earlier edition. I do recall seeing it in the other book that <GilGandel> mentions.

Rojahn also had a fighting draw with Capa in this event. These are his only two games that I've ever looked at!

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  perfidious: Do not recall seeing this game till now--what a scrap! The gloves came off early here.
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