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Berthold Englisch vs Mikhail Chigorin
London (1883), London ENG, rd 8, May-08
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation. Traditional (B25)  ·  1-0



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Aug-05-05  WhoKeres: Chigorin was famous for his preference of knights over bishops, but you have to wonder if he doubted himself after this game. Englisch's middle game play is excellent, especially how he weakens Chigorin's position using his bishop pair.
Jan-23-07  lanawar elf: Chigorin was certainly known for favoring knights over bishops even in NNvBB situations. However, if you look at the statistics (which I don't remember off the top of my head) Chigorin lost a huge number of the games he played when he had the two knights versus the two bishops.
Aug-27-07  zb2cr: Looks to me like Black's position is like a house of cards, and 36. ... Kh7 is the mistake that makes it tumble down.
Aug-27-07  zb2cr: Also, for those who wonder about Black's 43rd, bringing the King out in the open, the alternatives are palpably worse:

43. ... Kf7; 44. Qe8#.

43. ... Kg5; 44. Qxd5+, Kg6; 45. Re6+, Kh7; 46. Qf5+, and White finishes things up in a way similar to the actual game.

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