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Instructive Positions from Master Chess
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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Compiled and lightly annotated by Jacques Mieses, the book was originally published in England around the time of his emigration in 1938. It contains 125 positions with striking continuations, taken from actual play.

Well, almost. He sneaks in the Saavedra position at #99 as an actual game between Fenton and Potter. You know the one I'm talking about:


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In case you don't know what I'm talking about, try to figure out how White wins this. Once you've done that, look again and find the <real> win.

History might not be Mieses' strongest point, but his notes are pithy and his style amusing.

#2, after 5...Bg4.
J Mieses vs J W Ohquist, 1895 
(B01) Scandinavian, 11 moves, 1-0

#3, after 10.Bb2
Rubinstein vs Duras, 1908  
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

#4, after 11...h6.
Anderssen vs E Schallopp, 1864 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 14 moves, 1-0

#5, after 10...Qxe5.
Spielmann vs Flamberg, 1914 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 15 moves, 1-0

#6, after 7.Qa4.
Bird / Dobell vs Gunsberg / Locock, 1897 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 9 moves, 0-1

#7, after 4...Qb6.
Schlechter vs J Perlis, 1911 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

#8, after 16...Be6.
G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1874 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 0-1

#9, after 5...Nh6.
Leonhardt vs NN, 1912 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

#10, after 11.Nd4.
Tarrasch vs Zukertort, 1887 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 17 moves, 1-0

#12, after 8.Ng5.
Charousek vs J Wollner, 1893 
(C21) Center Game, 19 moves, 1-0

#14, after 9...Bg4
J Mieses vs Schlechter, 1908 
(C26) Vienna, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

#15, after 8.Bd3.
Schlechter vs Siegfried August Wolf, 1894 
(C13) French, 16 moves, 1-0

#16, after 14.c3
Z Belsitzmann vs Rubinstein, 1917 
(C48) Four Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

#17, after 8.Bd3.
A Fritz vs J Mason, 1883  
(C13) French, 21 moves, 1-0

#18, after 9,,,Bxf6.
Marshall vs Burn, 1900  
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

#19, after 6...Qg6.
C T Goering vs J Minckwitz, 1871 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 20 moves, 1-0

#20, after 17...Qxb2.
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

#21, after 8...Qxb2.
Steinitz vs Winawer, 1882 
(C00) French Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

#22, after 8..Re8.
Tylor vs Koltanowski, 1929 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

#23, after 7...c5.
Spielmann vs M Walter, 1928 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 20 moves, 1-0

#24, after 11.Bxe4.
Colle vs J J O'Hanlon, 1930 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

#27, after 25...Rc8.
L Engels vs Maroczy, 1936 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

#28, after 16.Qe1.
Mandolfo vs Kolisch, 1858 
(000) Chess variants, 19 moves, 0-1

#29, after 36. Rd1.
Von Popiel vs G Marco, 1902 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

#31, after 36.Rb3.
Bogoljubov vs M Monticelli, 1930 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 39 moves, 0-1

#32, after 28....Qd6.
Anderssen vs Zukertort, 1869 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 29 moves, 1-0

#33, after 21.Nxd4.
O'Kelly vs P Devos, 1937 
(A15) English, 27 moves, 0-1

#34, after 27...Kh8.
Szabo vs A Snaevarr, 1936 
(C10) French, 33 moves, 1-0

#36, after 17...a6.
Rubinstein vs Teichmann, 1908 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

#38, after 50.Rd7+.
Tarrasch vs J Mieses, 1916 
(C10) French, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

#39; after 24.Qf5.
Maroczy vs Marshall, 1911 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

#41, after 27...Qh5
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1899 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

#43, after 28...Kh8.
K Richter vs Ahues, 1928 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 1-0

#44, after 24...Kxg7.
K Richter vs Saemisch, 1933 
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

#45, after 17...Nxe6
Burn vs E Cohn, 1912 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

#46, after 13...cxd4.
Tartakower vs Schlechter, 1909  
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

#47, after 16...g6.
Colle vs Gruenfeld, 1926 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

#48, after 28...Kxf8
Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1898 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

#49, after 19...e6
Gunsberg vs Von Gottschall, 1887 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 25 moves, 1-0

#50, after 20..h5
Steinitz vs Lasker, 1894 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

#51, after 35.Rh1.
Gunsberg vs Chigorin, 1890 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 0-1

#52, after 18...Kh8.
K Richter vs G G Alexandrescu, 1936 
(C10) French, 27 moves, 1-0

#54, after 22...Qg5.
Lasker vs G Marco, 1896 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

#55, after 13...f5.
P F Johner vs Teichmann, 1912
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

#56, after 12...Nf8.
Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1918 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

#57, after 19...a5
Tarrasch vs Steinitz, 1898 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 1-0

#58, after 42...Nh7.
Alekhine vs H Johner, 1934 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 47 moves, 1-0

#59, after 15...Bxc5.
Pillsbury vs Winawer, 1896 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 1-0

#60, after 15. Nf3.
Steinitz vs Lasker, 1899 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 30 moves, 0-1

#61, after 14...Rg6.
Nimzowitsch vs G Fluss, 1907 
(C01) French, Exchange, 19 moves, 1-0

#62, after 19...Qxe4.
Lilienthal vs Capablanca, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 1-0

#63, after 30...Kb5.
Tarrasch vs Allies, 1914  
(A03) Bird's Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

#64, after 33...Qf4
Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 
(A48) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

#65, after 39. Qh5.
Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1912 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 0-1

#66, after 8...Nxh5.
Marshall vs Burn, 1907 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

#68, after 39...Rf6
J Mason vs Winawer, 1882 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 56 moves, 1-0

#70, after 16...Nc6.
A W Fox vs H E Bauer, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 1-0

#72, after 27...e5.
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

#74, after 22.Bd3.
Reggio vs J Mieses, 1903 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 39 moves, 0-1

#76; after 40...Qe7.
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 45 moves, 1-0

#77, after 17...Bxf6
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

#79, after 54.b5.
Schlechter vs H Wolf, 1906 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

#80, after 30.Rxe3.
Showalter vs Pillsbury, 1904 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

#86, after 42....Kf4
J Mieses vs Rubinstein, 1908  
(C28) Vienna Game, 49 moves, 1-0

#88, after 48...Bd7
Schlechter vs Martinolich, 1907 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 57 moves, 1-0

#92: Instructive non-position; does not occur in game
B Kostic vs C Jaffe, 1911 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 96 moves, 1-0

#94, after 43...Nxg5
Duras vs E Cohn, 1911 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 48 moves, 1-0

#95, after 38...Rg5
Bird vs Englisch, 1883 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

#97, after 57.h7
Janowski vs Marshall, 1904 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 76 moves, 0-1

#98, after 81...Rf1
Tarrasch vs Janowski, 1907 
(C48) Four Knights, 87 moves, 1-0

#100: after 33...c5
Marshall vs Tarrasch, 1905 
(C26) Vienna, 47 moves, 0-1

#101, after 37.Rd3
Rubinstein vs E Cohn, 1907 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1-0

#102, after 49...g2
K A Walbrodt vs A Zinkl, 1894 
(C13) French, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

#105, after 24.Rxb7
Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1928 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

#106, after 50...Kg5
Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1911 
(C02) French, Advance, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

#112, After 53.Bd3
W John vs Saemisch, 1921
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 59 moves, 0-1

#113, after 53...Kf5
Leonhardt vs Capablanca, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 61 moves, 0-1

#115, After 49...Ra1
Tartakower vs Rubinstein, 1921 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 54 moves, 1-0

#116, after 30...h3
M Ortueta Esteban vs J Sanz, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

#117, after 61.Ke2
Marshall vs Schlechter, 1911 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

#119, after 39...a5
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

#120, after 49...Kd5
Chigorin vs Tarrasch, 1905 
(C00) French Defense, 52 moves, 0-1

#121, after 36...Kb8
Leonhardt vs Marshall, 1911 
(C14) French, Classical, 49 moves, 1-0

#123, after 61...Kf5
Teichmann vs Blackburne, 1897 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 69 moves, 0-1

#125, after 37...b5
J Mieses vs Schlechter, 1904
(C26) Vienna, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

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