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Karl Gilg vs Karel Opocensky
"Gilg A Mess" (game of the day Mar-28-2019)
Prague (1937), Prague CSR, rd 2, Apr-27
Indian Game: Pseudo-Queen's Indian. Marienbad System (A47)  ·  0-1


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  andrewjsacks: Good pun. Well done.
Mar-28-19  nalinw: Decent pun - Gilg made a mess - surely it was a won game for him?
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  offramp: Epic fail.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Good pun for an interesting game. R & 2P vs. 2 Minors supposedly favors the former (point value 7 vs. 6). But I've played both sides and believe that they should be considered equal. The games can get very tricky, too tricky to draw generalizations.
Mar-28-19  Ironmanth: Hmmm. I also intuitively guess that White may well have won here with best play?! Thanks, chessgames, for this old game from the vault.
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  Honza Cervenka: 27.Rd7 was worth of consideration.
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  piltdown man: Yes, very good, esoteric pun. The best kind.
Mar-28-19  goodevans: <Honza Cervenka: 27.Rd7 was worth of consideration.>

... and again a move later and yet again immediately after 31...Ba6.

But by the time he eventually got round to playing this move it was easily answered by just moving the a-pawn.

Mar-28-19  Autoreparaturwerkbau: White could save the day with <44. e4+!>

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Since white can then perfectly align both black's bishops and corral them.

First falls the dark-squared bishop after <44...Kxe4 45. Re7 Kd5 46. Rxe5+>

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and then also the light-squared one after <46...Kxe5 47. Re1 Rxc5 48. Rxe2+>

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As a result the game is a dead draw (eval. 0.00; 36 ply).

Mar-28-19  scormus: It's a game of two halves, Karl
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  Breunor: It looks like white was better at some point, but never had a big lead. I didn't check every move but scores near +1 or -1 didn't seem to occur until the very end.

Black got the better opening, for instance:

1) -0.68 (21 ply) 13...h6 14.a4 Bc5 15.Bxc5 bxc5 16.Nxd7 Nxd7 17.e3 c4 18.Nd4 Nc5 19.e4 dxe4 20.Nb5 Qb8 21.Nd6 Rcd8 22.Nxc4 Rxd1+ 23.Rxd1 Bc6 24.b3 Qxb3 25.Qxb3

White's attack on f7 switches to an insignificant lead, for example:

1) +0.29 (19 ply) 16...Qd6 17.Nxd8 Bxd8 18.Bh3 Rc6 19.Rac1 Ne4 20.Bf5 Nef6 21.Qa4 a5 22.c4 Ne5 23.cxd5 Rxc1 24.Be6+ Kh8 25.Rxc1 Bxd5

He starts falling slightly behind:

1) -0.20 (19 ply) 22...Kf8 23.c4 dxc4 24.Rxc4 Qe5 25.Rac1 Bxg2 26.Kxg2 Qxe2 27.Rc8 Ng4 28.Rxd8+ Bxd8 29.Qf3+ Qxf3+ 30.Kxf3 Nxh2+ 31.Kg2 Ng4 32.b5 Nf6 33.Rc8 Ke7 34.Ra8 Bc7 35.Rxa7 Nd5 36.Kf3 Kd6 37.Ra8

the lead goes back and forth in small ranges, and at some point is even:

1) =0.00 (20 ply) 28...Qf5 29.Rc2 bxc5 30.bxc5 Ba6 31.Rb4 Bc8 32.Rb8 Qd7 33.Rc4 Qd5 34.Qb7 Qd1+ 35.Kg2 Qf3+ 36.Kf1 Qd1+ 37.Kg2

As Auto mentions, the decisive moment appears to be white's 44, where e4 keeps the game dead even:

1) =0.00 (24 ply) 44...Kd4 45.Rd7+ Ke3 46.Kf5 Bb2 47.Rd6 Rc7 48.Rc2 Bf6 49.c6 Bd3 50.Rc5 Bxe4+ 51.Kg4 Bf3+ 52.Kf5 Bxh4 53.Rc3+ Ke2 54.Rc2+ Ke3 55.Rc3+

However, the actual Rc2 begins the slide down:

1) -1.58 (22 ply) 44...Bd3 45.Rd7+ Ke4 46.Rd2 Bf1 47.R2d5 Be2 48.Rxe5+ Kxe5 49.Rxg7 Rxc5 50.Re7+ Kd6+ 51.Kf6 Rh5 52.Re4 Kd5 53.Rd4+ Kc5 54.Rf4 Bd3 55.Rg4 Rh8 56.Kg7 Rh7+ 57.Kf6 Be2 58.Rf4 Bd1 59.Kg5 a5 60.Kg6 Rh8 61.Kg7 Rh5 62.Kf6

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  Messiah: Wait a moment, this is my very first pun to make it to the front page! Thank you!
Mar-28-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 26 dpa done

1. = / + (-0.27): 9...Qc7 10.Qd1 Nbd7 11.Ndf3 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Rac8 13.Bf4 Nh5 14.Bd2 Bd6 15.e4 Nf6 16.exd5 Bxd5 17.Bxd5 Nxd5 18.Nf3 c4 19.Qe2 h6 20.Rfe1 Rfd8 21.Ne5 Bxe5 22.Qxe5 Qc6 23.Qe4 Qb5 24.b3 Qd7

2. = (-0.21): 9...Nbd7 10.Ndf3 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Ne4 12.Nd2 Nxd2 13.Bxd2 Qc7 14.f4 Rad8 15.Rad1 f6 16.exf6 Bxf6 17.Be3 Qe7 18.Bf3 Qd7 19.Bf2 Rf7 20.e3 g6 21.Qe2 Qa4 22.b3 Qd7 23.Qd3 Bg7 24.Kg2 Qd6

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