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Manuel Marquez Sterling vs Carl Schlechter
Paris (1900), Paris FRA, rd 17, Jun-19
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid (C28)  ·  0-1



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Nov-30-08  Autoreparaturwerkbau: 13.Re1? left the b5-bishop hang.
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  KEG: As pointed out nearly ten years ago on this site by Autoreparaturwerkbau, this miniature was lost by Sterling when he hung a piece on move 13. Not much of interest here

1. e4 e5
2. Nc3

The Vienna Game was used as a weapon at Paris 1900, most notably by Mieses.

2... Nf6
3. Bc4 Nc6
4. d3 Bb4
5. f4?!

Akin to the Vienna Gambit, but not very good here. 5. Nge2 was best.

5... exf4

Schlechter was apparently playing it safe against a weak opponent [Sterling was 1-14 going into this final round game]. 5...d5 was stronger.

6. Nf3

6. Bxf4 was simpler and stronger.

6... 0-0
7. 0-0 BxN
8. bxB d5!

Schlechter has solved all of Black's opening problems and enjoys a small advantage already:

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9. exd5 Ne7

A surprisingly weak move from the usually reliable Schlechter. 9...Nxd5 was much better.

10. Ba3

It is hard to understand why Sterling did not play the seemingly obcious 10. Bxf4.

10... Re8
11. Bb5 c6

11...Bd7 was much stronger.

12. dxc6 Nxc6

The position was now:

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13. Re1??

Losses a piece and the game to a simple Queen fork. No further commentary is required.

13... Qb6+!
14. Nd4 RxR+
15. QxR NxN
16. cxN QxB

This left:

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17. Qe7

Threatening mate in one before resigning.

17... Bf5
18. Re1 Re8


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