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Zoltan von Balla vs Richard Reti
Budapest (1918), Budapest HUN
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense (C63)  ·  0-1


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Dec-06-08  paladin at large: An amazing miniature - after 7. Ng5? Reti blows away all of the white king's kingside friends who had not run away. At the end, white's queenside is still sound asleep.
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  GrahamClayton: <paladin at large>An amazing miniature - after 7.♘g5? Reti blows away all of the white king's kingside friends who had not run away.

<paladin at large>,
7.exf5 was a better move - Reti takes full advantage of the Knight not being on f3. The final position is rather amusing - the lone White King totally surrounded by Black pieces.

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Mar-13-11  DiscoJew: Glorious and beautiful game!
Oct-25-14  Albion 1959: I first came across this game back in 1981 in a book titled Test Your Chess Piece Power by JN Walker. Published by Oxford Books in 1980: Having seen this performance by Balla, it is difficult to imagine that he actually had a plus score against Reti !! Indeed the five games that they played were short games that were decisive: Reti's 8th move Qe7 was a deep move, that someone like Bronstein or Tal would play. However, in spite of all Reti's brilliance and imagination the concept and sacrifice were unsound. Balla had defensive resources avaliable to him, but failed to find under the increasing pressure of Reti's oncoming attack. It was not easy to find over the board, but on move 11 the prophylactic Re1! appears to hold back the immediate threats, notably Nxe4. A possible line could be
11.Re1 Nf3+
12.gxf Bxf3
13.Re3! fxe
14.fxe Ng4
White can fight back, it is still a difficult position to defend, but there is no quick knockout. It appears that white should give back some material to maintain the balance. Also 13.g3 and 15.Kg2 do not appear to do anything to hold the position. Finally, on move 18.
18. Bf7+ Kf8
19. Qb4 e4
20. Kxg3 Qh4+
21. Kf4 Bh5+
22. Ke3 Qg5+
The white king will be shot down in the crossfire of checks:
Jan-06-16  transpose: 7,,,f4 was the positional move of the game. 11…Nxe4 may be spectacular, but it is a logical outgrowth of 7..f4. Very instructive game by Reti.
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  thegoodanarchist: Balla Confusion

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