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Karoly Sterk vs Miklos Brody
Aus-Hun Championship (1913), Budapest AUH, rd 2, Jun-06
Sicilian Defense: O'Kelly Variation. Normal System Kan Line (B28)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-16-14  Karpova: The next game of Dr. Brody's survey of the Sicilian Defense. The game is from the Austro-Hungarian Championship in 'Budapesti Sakk-Otthon', played on June 6 and 7, 1913.

The opening is annotated by Dr. Brody on pp. 148-149, here (condensed):

5.Be2 <The, here intended, development of the ♗ to f3 is now commonly presumed to be the best method to counteract the development b5 and Bb7, as the ♗f3 threatens the ♖a8 and e5 may be played later under favorable circumstances. Another method, also utilising the h1-a8 diagonal, consists in g3 followed by Bg2, as Spielmann played against von Balla and Forgacs against me in this very tournament. Balla stood very well in the middlegame and only lost due to later positional mistakes, while the game between Forgacs and me ended drawn.>

9...Nbd7 <I've experienced that the ♘ almost always has to be developed to d7 and not c6 here. From d7, he covers the only weak spot, namely b6 and prepares Nb6 (or Ne5) to possibly go to c4. If the the white ♗ is on f3, the ♘e5 exerts strong pressure on the opponent's game.>

10.Nb3 <A weak move, but it's not apparent, that White could have gained an advantage by any other move.>

12...b5 <After posting the ♘ excellently and preventing the intended e5 permanently, Black can develop the ♗ to b7 unhindered. So the earlier indicated method of development (Bf1-e2-f3) is not capable of troubling Black in any way.>

16...Nxe4 <Much better was the easy and forceful d5. Black would have gained a decisive advantage due to the double threat b4 and dxe4. Sterk finds a nice save against Nxe4 (18.Bxe5!).>

18.Bxe5 <! Clears the way to c3 or b3+ for the ♕.>

21.Nec3 <Black still has an colossal advantage. The ♗ pair and the open rook files speak in favor of the chosen opening method.>

Dr. Brody stops here and the game is given in full and annotated again on pp. 163-165 (see post below).

Source: Pages 148-149 of the May-September 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-16-14  Karpova: Annotations (condensed):

6...Qc7 <Dr. Brody put this old way of playing, originating from Wilfried Paulsen, to good use in 4 correspondence games of the Alkotmany tournament.>

10.Nb3 <Obviously, White is at a loss how to continue his development.>

12.Nd2 <These moves demonstrate the fact that White can't do anything. Black is much more comfortable in Dr. Brody's system of the allegedly difficult Sicilian than in some of the variations of the Spanish Opening.>

14.Ncb1 <As White can't move forward, he continues to move backwards.>

15...e5 <! This way Black got the much superior position now.>

16...Nxe4 <Very beautiful! But Black overestimates the power of this move. 16...d5 was a killer move, as both dxe4 and b4 are threatened. The plausible defense 17.Qg3 (threatening Bxe5 and preventing d4, as this would simply be met with Bxd4) is simply met with Bd6 and White loses at least a ♙.>

18.Bxe5 <! The spirited defense paralyses the Black attack for a moment. But Black's position remains much superior.>

18...dxe5 <18...Bxe4 is, of course, met with 19.Qb3+.>

21...b4 <Too early. First 21...Rfc8 with uncomfortable consequences for White, e. g. 22.a3 a5! 23.Nxb5 Rxc2 24.Rxc2 Rxc2 25.b3 Bd5! and White can't avoid loss of a ♙. Instead of 22...a5, Black could also play Rc5 first (threatening a5 and b4).>

23...Bxg2 <Initiation of a long-lasting, promising attack. But the ♗ pair was a more solid foundation for Black's enterprises, so it was more careful to avoid the deceiving chances of a ♖ ending.>

27...Rc6 <! Very fine, not only preventing cxb4 for the moment, but also preparing an attack on the g-file.>

32...Rf4 <Threatening the annihilating Rh4.>

33.Ng3 <! Rendering Rh4 harmless as this would be met with Kh2.>

33...h4 <!>

34...Rf3 <White's position is seemingly more desperate now as Rh3 cannot be prevented.>

36.Rc6 <!! his beautiful move enables stubborn resistance, if Rxc6 then Ng5+.>

36...Rxf2+ <Wins a pawn but in ♖ endgames, this advantage is not always decisive. Much better was 36...Rg4, if 37.Rxa6 Rh3 38.Ke1 Rxh2 the two white connected passed ♙s on a2 and b3 wouldn't have gone far as the ♙h4 would soon become terrifying.>

40...Ra1 <One may think that Black wins easily now, but exactly after the win of the a-♙ his win becomes doubtful. But which mortal could have foreseen the final result of the next 19 moves?>

42.Kc1 <! Black is in danger of losing his ♗ to Nxd4.>

46...Bd4 <Forced as else the ♖a2 would be lost.>

47...a4 <The last attempt to win.>

54...h2 <!>

57.Nh1 <!! Finally saved. Of course, Rxa2 would be bad due to Kxg3.>

Source: Pages 163-165 of the May-September 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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