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Dieter Steinwender vs Rene Gralla
Chess Club of the Bismarck High School Elmshorn, casual (1972), Elmshorn, Germany, Sep-13
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense. Exchange Variation (C63)  ·  0-1
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Jun-23-13
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  Nightsurfer: There are three grave errors in this game. First it is Black who blunders: After 4.Bxc6?!? dxc6 5.Nxe5 ... please see the diagram as follows ...


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... Black misses the chance of immediately winning back his lost Pawn by 5.... Qd4! (6.Qh5+?! g6 7.Nxg6 hxg6 8.Qxg6+ Kd8, and it is doubtful whether the three Pawns plus that attacking position by White Queen are worth a piece) but meekly plays 5. ... Nf6? ... and should be punished by the loss of that game.

But then it is White who blunders: He tries out the creative idea of an "exchange" by 8.Nxc6? ... please see the diagram as follows ...


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... with the vision of 8.... bxc6 9.e5! ... - and hopefully winning back the piece due to that fork - but losing the piece instead after 9....Nd5! 10.exd6 Nxf4 11.Qf3?!? Qxd6

And, to make things worse - but funny as well! - , White stumbles into a situation that makes him overlook that after 17.Nc4? ... please see the diagram as follows ...


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... the ghost of lovely, but treacherous <"ANASTASIA"> and her dreaded <"CHECKMATE"> will haunt him forever ...

... since Black gladly answers 17.... Bxc4 18.Qxc4 Qxh2+!, and now, by facing the notorious <"CHECKMATE of ANASTASIA"> (the latter dancing on to its <210th jubilee> on <June 22nd, 2013> - please see the postings of June 22nd, 2013, on the page of Giambattista Lolli), White hastily resigns, of course ...

Nov-22-13
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  Nightsurfer: There is an interesting parallel case with regard to the position of Black Knight on e2 at the beginning of the end of this game here <Dieter Steinwender vs Rene Gralla (1972)>, namely after <17.Nc4? ... >, please check out the diagram as follows ...


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... - that very foothold of Black Knight on e2 being the chance for Black to execute the <Mate of Anastasia> with <17. ... Bxc4 18.Qxc4?? Qxh2+!>, please see the diagram as follows ...


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... and with the consequence of the immediate surrender by White King <19.resigns> because White does not want to face the otherwise all too painful consequences of <19.Kxh2 Rh6+>, please see the diagram as follows ...


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... , as leading to a desperate, but hopeless suicide mission by White Queen <20.Qh4 ...> and the final stroke <20. ... Rxh4#>, please see the diagram as follows ...


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... as being the hypothetical final position of this game here <Dieter Steinwender vs Rene Gralla (1972)> - ...

... and the corresponding position of Black Knight on e2 just before the climax of the game J Gast vs E Bhend, 1987 after <31. ... Ne2+>, please see the diagram as follows ...


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... - that very foothold of Black Knight on e2 being the key for Black to execute <The Mate of Anastasia> after <32.Kh1 ...> with <32. ... Qxh2+!>, please see the diagram as follows ...


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... - thus forcing White to throw in the towel <33.resigns> in a situation as hopeless as in this game here <Dieter Steinwender vs Rene Gralla (1972)> after <18. ... Qxh2+!>; with regard to the latter game <Dieter Steinwender vs Rene Gralla (1972)> please compare once more again the diagram as follows:


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Jan-18-14
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  Nightsurfer: One more case of the famous <"CHECKMATE of ANASTASIA"> OTB: T Voronova vs Vo Hong Phuong, 2000 ... 28 years after this game here <Dieter Steinwender vs Rene Gralla (1972)>.
Jan-19-14
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  Nightsurfer: This game here <Dieter Steinwender vs Rene Gralla (1972)> demonstrates the basic constellation of the famous <MATE of ANASTASIA> - whereas a more sophisticated version of the <MATE of ANASTASIA> has stunned the spectators in the game as follows: J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003! The latter was a devastating strike by <HAMMER> ... hitting the head of poor Mr. Jon Ludvig Hammer! :-D
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