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Adolf Georg Olland vs Johannes Esser
"Spanish Haarlem" (game of the day Feb-06-2017)
DCA Congress 29th (1901), Haarlem NED, rd 11, Jul-29
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio de Janeiro Variation (C67)  ·  1-0


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Feb-06-17  Abdel Irada: ∞

Am I missing something, or could Black have won with 22. ...Qb4 in lieu of 22. ...b5?

Feb-06-17  WorstPlayerEver: <Abdel Irada>

I'd say so. You missed both -15...b6 and -22. Bf1 😉

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  Bubo bubo: <Abdel Irada> After 23.Re7 Qxc4 White plays 24.Rff7, threatening mate with 25.Rxg7+ Kh5 (Kf6 26.Bg5#) 26.Rg5+ Kh6 (Kh4 27.Rxh7#) 27.Rg3+ Kh5 28.Rxh7#.

If I am not missing something, Black can stave off this threat only by attacking the bishop with 24...d3, but in the above sequence White just plays 27.g3, and Black will be forced to give his queen after 28.Rg8+.

Feb-06-17  rea: In 1573, the City of Haarlem was captured by the Spanish after a long siege, and the population was massacred. I'm not sure what the pun has to do with this.
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  kevin86: Why did black hang in so long? He was a piece and pawn down.
Feb-06-17  psmith: <Bubo bubo> 22... Qb4 23. Re7 d3! 24. Bxd3 Qxf4 wins for Black.
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  Breunor: The pun comes from the song Spanish Harlem, written by Stoller and Lieber. It was a big hit for Ben E. King in 1960, his first after leaving the Drifters as their frontman. There are very many other recordings of this song but the Ben E. King version appears to be the most popular still.

For the game pun, this game was from the Haarlem tournament of 1901 which Olland won & the game had the Spanish as the opening.

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  ChessHigherCat: Was anybody else surprised by 14 Bxd6? I would have just played Qd2.
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  Bubo bubo: <psmith> Thank you - completely missed the fact that 24...d3 renders Qb1+ a threat! :-(
Feb-06-17  ColeTrane: Maybe this game was played on Harlem
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