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Josef Emil Krejcik vs Konrad Krobot
"I, Krobot" (game of the day Sep-06-2016)
Casual Game (1908), Cafe Victoria, Vienna AUH, Feb-14
Center Game: Paulsen Attack Variation (C22)  ·  1-0


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May-30-09  leow: I guess that this pun refers to a book by Asimov (I Robot). So what is so good bout his pun? Is Asimov in any way involved? Or is the only thing which makes this a pun the obvious simularity between the guy's name and he word Robot. Is this supposed to be a good pun? I fail to see the fun.
May-30-09  MageOfMaple: The white bishop at c4 was hanging for so long... Did black really not have an opportunity to snatch it?
Aug-31-09  JaneEyre: Edward Winter delves into this game's background:
Sep-15-09  newzild: A better pun would be "Die, Krobot"
Aug-26-10  rapidcitychess: <MageofMaple>
Nyet, and no for you as well!
17...bxc4 mate in 2
18...bxc4 19.gxh5! gxh5 (forced) 20.Rh6+ Kg8 21.Rxh5 with a deadly attack 19...bxc4 and this time I will give you the mate in 2 20.hxg6+ Kg8 21.Qh7# Amazing stuff, and that's the easy part.
Nov-18-10  technical draw: This game is a good example of the "wild west" days of chess. Long gone since the wimpy "positional" chess took over. Krobot gets krilled.
Jan-25-12  onthehouse: Fascinating, simply fascinating.
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  Phony Benoni: The game was published in the <Wiener Schachzeitung>, January 1909, p.30, with annotations by Marco. And it is available online!

I assume Marco was impressed, since I take "Morphy-scher" to mean "Morphyesque". I'm not going to Google Mistranslate the whole thing, but here's what he says about The Move. I think:


That's the point of the knight sacrifice on move 16. White threatens mate in two moves by 19.Qxh5+ gxh5 20.Rh6#.

The move Rd1-d6 is not merely aggressive, it paralyzes the development of the enemy by preventing ...d7-d5. White wins time for the decisive blow.">

Some other ambitious soul can do the rest.

Sep-27-13  King Sacrificer: <sambo: Add me to the list of people who think this is a composition. An incredibly beautiful composition, but a composition nonetheless.>

Agreed with this. Look at <15. Rhg1>. Was it a positional move or a tactical one?

Nov-04-13  Karpova: On pages 224-229 of the August 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung', Max Weiss wrote an article <Wie ich Spiritist wurde> (How I became a spiritualist).

The story goes that Dr. Streber wrote him a letter, wherein he told him about a sensational, as of yet unpublished game by Morphy.

Weiss went on to publish the game but many people remained sceptical. Neither the date, nor the name of Morphy's opponent had been given and some suspected a hoax.

The whole issue had almost been forgotten, when Dr. Streber died. He left a sealed letter for Weiss. He couldn't stand all the criticism Weiss had had to endure and now fully revealed the truth:

The game had been played on February 24, 1908, and his opponent was none other than Dr. Streber. Three witnesses had signed the letter. Dr. Streber had played the game agaisnt Morphy's spirit.

Dr. Streber had met many spirits of the past and one day also wanted to meet Morphy. He managed to do that but Morphy was unwilling to play a game. But one day, on an extremely cold winter morning, a poor student was found outside. He studied philosophy but had no money to continue his studies. To make a long story short, Dr. Streber coddled the young man up, who then turned out to be a gifted medium. He convinced Morphy to play a game. Dr. Streber had Black, and Morphy played through the young student, while one of the three witnesses executed Morphy's moves on the board.

The young man suddenly fell ill and returned home, after his recovery. Dr. Streber was convinced that it couldn't have been a hoax, as the brilliant game proved the strength of his opponent.

Below the article, the editors revealed that the game was actually Krejcik-Krobot, played in the Cafe Victoria in Vienna.

Postscript Max Weiss: <Heu me miserum! Ich bin scheusslich dupiert worden und erkläre feierlich, dass ich von heute an niemanden in der Schachwelt als unter mir stehend anerkenne.> (Ah wretched me! I was horribly duped and declare solemnly, that from this day on I won't accept anyone in the chess world to be standing below my station.)

Sep-06-16  drleper: <newzild: A better pun would be "Die, Krobot">

That would have been a good one!

Sep-06-16  ozu: How about "KKL"... Sorry I'm trying too hard to Trump the "Greatest 'Fro on Earth" 's scene stealingsness.
Sep-06-16  bengalcat47: Instead of the fianchetto with g6 Black should play Nf6! at his fourth move.
Sep-06-16  vsiva1: This is Fantastic. What a Forecast and Vision of White to go for 18. Rd6, to pave way for 26. Nd6, i.e with depth 9 moves earlier to force Mate even with huge material shortage.


Sep-06-16  clement41: Magnificent 18. Rd6!! blockade of the pawns preventing ...d5 attacking the Qh3, reminiscent of Rf6!! in Fischer-Benko
Sep-06-16  clement41: Rd6!! also creates the mate threat Qxh5+ gh Rh6#
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  piltdown man: Got krobbered.
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  catlover: Incredible game. <Phony> and <Karpova> thanks also for the interesting back-story to this game.
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  kevin86: Black's king is chased in the open to be mated by a pawn. How humiliating!
Sep-06-16  Strelets: It's not every Vienna coffee house game that produces gems like 18.Rd6!! Krejcik's final combination is well worth studying too.
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  Gilmoy: Should have been "h, Krobot" :)
Sep-06-16  Knight13: If you walk through the garden, you better watch your back...
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  ajile: 18.Rd6! cxd6 also allows White to finish the combination later with 26.Nxd6+ since the Black pawn is no longer on c7.
Sep-06-16  The Kings Domain: Charming vintage goodie.

Couldn't stop chuckling at the pun (lol).

Sep-06-16  sudoplatov: So was K. K. Robot stronger than The Turk?
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