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Dionisio M Martinez vs William Henry Krause Pollock
6th American Chess Congress (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 31, May-09
Latvian Gambit: Mason Countergambit (C40)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Not really familiar with this opening but 5 Ng4 seems like an odd move - nice game after that though.
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  GrahamClayton: 8.♕f7+ exchanging queens is an excellent psychological move by Martinez. Pollock had the reputation of being an imaginative attacking player. With the Queens off the board, Pollock was less dangerous.

12...c5 was premature, weakening the d5-pawn. Steinitz suggested in the tournament book 12...♗e7, 13...♖hf8 and 14...♔g8.

14.♘f1! is an excellent move, defending against Black's threat of 14...cd4 15.♗d4 e3 and 16...♖c2 by 16.♘e3, defending the c2-square.

14.♘f1 also threatens to win a pawn by 15.dc5 ♗c5 16.♖d5 - highlighting the weakening of the d5-pawn by 12...c5.

Steinitz said of the possibility of 20...♔f8: "The retreat of the King to the last row also left little hope of saving the game, for White might simply sweep off the pawns on the queenside and win easily."

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  Phony Benoni: <"Martinez of Philadelphia was the sort of adept once well described by Teichmann as a stunted giant. I had asked him what he thought was the true appraisal of von Bardeleben. Teichmann went on, "When and if he once got his hands on the trapeze, he could undoubtedly chin himself as many times as any man living!"> -- William Ewart Napier
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