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Miklos Brody vs Lucien Didier
Paris (1900), Paris FRA, rd 17, Jun-19
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid (C28)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: Edochess reckons that Miklos Brody was rated 2396 in 1900, and Lucien Didier 1950.

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21. g4. A fork is a fork.
22. Qh3 Nf6
23. Qxh6.

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23...Nfxg4! This is a fork as well. The f-pawn is pinned, of course.
24. Qe6+?
<There was a draw straight away with 24. fxg4 Rxf2 25. Qg6+.>
<24...Kh7! wins.>
25. fxg4 Rxf2
26. Qxe5+ Qf6
27.Qxe3 Rh8.

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So after all that White has two knights for a rook, but the white king doesn't look too happy.
28. Qg3 Rfxh2+
29. Qxh2 Qf3+
30. Kg1 Rxh2
31. Kxh2 Qf2+
32. Kh3 Qh4+
33. Kg2 Qxg4+
34. Ng3 c5
35. Re1.

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36. Re7+. Fork it! 1-0

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  KEG: Poor Didier. His record was 1-14 going into this last round game even though he had held winning edges in several of his earlier encounters (most notably in his game against Pillsbury). Here again Didier had a winning position after Brody's blunder on Move 24, and here again Didier blundered--this time at least three times, thereby turning a win into a loss.

Most of the key moments in the game were identified by <offramp> in his excellent analysis on this site last September. While I agree with all of offramp's comments on this game, I think there are some other points of interest in this game (most notably the blunder by Didier in move 29), hence my decision to supply my own commentary.

1. e4 e5
2. Nc3

The Vienna Game, played in a number of games in Paris 1900, most notably by Mieses. Though 2. Nc3 may appear placid, it can lead to extremely sharp play in some lines, though nothing of that sort occurs in the opening here.

2... Nc6
3.Bc4 Nf6
4. d3

4. f4?! is one of the hyper-aggressive lines sometimes played in this opening. 4. Nf3. The text is solid, but gives White little or no advantage. Perhaps Brody had decided that Didier was quite capable of getting into trouble all on his own.

4... Bb4
5. Nge2 d6
6. 0-0 Bg4

Premature. Better were 6...Na5; 6...0-0; or even 6...h6.

7. f3

7. h3 was safer and better.

7... Bc5+

7...Be6 or 7...Bd7 was somewhat better.

8. Kh1 Be6
9. Bb5

Rosenthal stated in the Tournament Book that 9. Bb3 was better. While that seems right, best by far for White here was 9. Nd5

9... 0-0
10. Bg5 h6
11. Bh4 g5
12. Bf2 BxB
13. RxB Ne7

The position was now:

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Chances are about even.

14. d4

14. Bc4 was better.

14... c6
15. Ba4 Nh5

There was no need for Didier to misplace his Knight. 15...Qc7; 15...b5; or 15...Qb6 were better options.

16. Bb3 BxB
17. axB f6

Weak. Didier should have played 17...Qb6 or 17...a6.

The position was now:

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From here, the game--errors and all--became interesting as I will discuss on my next post on this game.

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  KEG: Post II

The game had been fairly tame through move 17, but then matters heated up.

18. Qf1

Rosenthal in the Tournament Book prefers 18. Qd3, but that is no real improvement. More enterprising would be 18. d5. The best move here was probably 18. Ng3.

18... f5

"Very well played. This move gives Black the advantage." (Rosenthal in the Tournament Book).

I disagree. Black is actually worse after the text. There were many better moves here for Black to give him near equality: 18...Qc7; 18...a5; 18...Nf4; 18...a6; or even 18...Qd7.

19. exf5

19. dxe5 was also good.

19... Nxf5
20. dxe5 dxe5

The position was now:

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21. g4

"A fork is a fork." (offramp).

This is indeed a fork, but it needlessly creates holes in White's king-side. 21. Qe1 was much better.

21... Ne3
22. Qh3 Nf6

The position now was:

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23. Qxh6?

This careless pawn snatch forfeited any advantage Brody had enjoyed. The the pinned f-pawn had to be addressed--as offramp has previously noted, else Black could play--as indeed Didier did--Nfxg4. This "problem" could have been solved by White by 23. Ng1. Then, if 23...Nfxg4 White would win with 24. Re2!.

After the text, White has to force a draw to avoid disaster.

23... Nxg4!

"This is a fork...the f-pawn is pinned of course." (offramp).

The position now was:

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As offramp has pointed out, White's best play is to force a draw. As offramp has shown, 24. fxN allows White to draw after 24...RxR 25. Qg6+. I would further note that White can also draw here with 24. Qg6+ Kh8 25. Kg1 [contrary to what Rosenthal says, 25. fxN is also sufficient for White to draw here: 25...RxR 26. Ne4 (26. Qh6+ also draws) 26...RxN 27. Qh6+ (and not Rosenthal's losing 27. Nf6 Rxh2+ and White gets mated) 25...NxR 26. Qh6+.


24. Qe6+??

To quote offramp's excellent analysis once again, this loses.

But--as happened repeatedly in this tournament, Didier misses the win.

24... Kg7??

As both Rosenthal in the Tournament Book and offramp have pointed out, 24...Kh7 ! was best. But Rosenthal thought this was only god for a draw. offramp has corrected that century-old mistake and discovered that 24...Kh7 does more than draw, it wins: 24...Kh7 25. fxN [if 25. Rg2 Rf6! and White is cooked] 25...RxR 26. Qxe5 and now not Rosenthal's 26...Qd2 which only draws after 27. Qe7+ but 26. Qb8! and White is finished.

After Didier's oversight, the game continued:

25. fxN RxR
26. Qex5+ Qf6
27. QxN Rh8

This left:

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"So after all that White has two Knights for a Rook, but the White King doesn't look too happy." (offramp).

White is undoubtedly better here, but--to quote offramp--the "unhappy" position of the White King should probably allow Black to hold the game.

How Didier--having blown the win--mangled his position and lost will be discussed in my next post on this game.

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  KEG: Post III

28. Qg3 Rfxh2+
29. QxR

The position was now:

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This is shaping up to be an ending with Didier's Queen against Brody's Rook and two Knights. But locking up White's King is the key. Didier missed the point and played:

29... Qf3+ ?

Now the White King gets loose and Didier is indeed lost. He had to play 29...Qf2! after which He probably could have survived: 30. QxR+ KxR and it would be difficult for White to make progress. But after Didier's move, Brody was back in the cat-bird seat:

30. Kg1 RxQ
31. KxR Qh4+ ?

This only makes matters worse. Winning White's g-pawn does nothing to aid Black's problems. Didier should have sat tight with 32...Kf8 or even 32...a6.

32. Kh3 Qxg4+
34. Ng3

This left:

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With White's King now better situated, Didier has pretty much missed his chance. But here he made things worse with:

34... c5?

There was no reason to give up the a-pawn, so 34...a6 was better. An alternate plan was 34...Qb4.

35. Re1?

It is hard to explain Brody's reluctance to play 35. Rxa7. But even after the text, he has a won game. The text gave Didier a shadow of a chance--which he promptly blew with his next and final blunder of the game and of the tournament.

The position now was:

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35... Qd7??

This loses the game immediately, as previously noted by Rosenthal in the Tournament Book and by offramp.

Almost anything (e.g., 35...Kg6; 35...Kf8; 35...Kg8; 35...Kf7) was better than the text.

36. Re7+ !

A neat finish:

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"Of course, if 36...QxR 37. Nf5+..." (Rosenthal).


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