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Mikhail Chigorin vs Rudolf Spielmann
Karlsbad (1907), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 10, Sep-02
Bird Opening: Dutch Variation (A03)  ·  1-0



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Feb-13-04  ughaibu: Drukenknight: Have a look at this. The pawn structure'll drive you mad.
Feb-13-04  drukenknight: this is way better than that Dutch vs Rubinstein.
Nov-15-05  capanegra: This was a very deep and complicated game. Highly interesting lines that might have occurred were shown by Marco & Schlechter:

a) 17.Nf3 Nxh1 18.Ng5 Rf1+!! 19.Kd2! Bd7! 20.Qh7+ Kf8 21.Qh8+ Ke7 22.Qxg7+ Kd8 23.Qg8+ Kc7 24.Qxa8 Qb5!

b) 18…Nxb2+ 19.Kc2? Nc4 20.Nxc4 (20.Nf3? Bd7) dxc4 21.e4 (look at the Pawn structure!) Rf2 22.Bd2 Rxd2 23.Kxd2 Qb2+ 24.Ke3 Qxc3+ 25.Kf4! Qd2+! 26.Kf3! Qd3+ 27.Kf4 Qd2+ and perpetual check.

c) 18…Nxb2+ 19.Bxb2! Qxb2 20.Ke2! (threatening 21.Rxg7+ Kxg7 22.Rg1#) and Black has two possible continuations: 20…Rf7 21.Raf1 Qb5+ (21…Rxf1 22.Rxf1 Qb5+ 23.c4 Qd7 24.Rf4! ) 22.c4 Qe8 23.Rf6 Qd7 24.Rh6 Kf8 25.Rh8+ Ke7 26.Qh4+ Rf6 27.Rxg7#; or 20…Qb5+ 21.c4 Qd7 22.Rg6 Rf7 23.Rag1 dxc4 24.Rh6 Qd3+ 25.Kd1 Kf8 26.Rh8+ Ke7 27.Qg5+ Kd7 28.Rd8+

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  tamar: <b) 18…Nxb2+ 19.Kc2? Nc4 20.Nxc4 (20.Nf3? Bd7) dxc4 21.e4 (look at the Pawn structure!)>

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Nov-17-05  capanegra: They also state that Spielmann missed a spectacular win when he played 32…Rg8? The right move was 32…Rf2+ with the following continuations:

a) 33.Kd1 e3!!

a.i) 34.Rxe3 Rf1+ 35.Rxf1 (35.Kd2 R8f2+ 36.Re2 Rxg1) Rxf1+ 36.Ke2 Rf2+ 37.Kd1 Kxg7

a.ii) 34.Ne2 Rf1+ 35.Kc2 (35.Rxf1 Rxf1+ 36.Kc2 Bf3) Rxg1 36.Nxg1 (36.Rxg1 Rf2) Rf2+ 37.Kb1 Rf1+ 38.Ka2 Rxg1 39.Rxg1 e2

b) 33.Ke3 R8f3+!!

b.i) 34.Nxf3 exf3 35.Rg4 (35.Re1 Rc2) Re2+ 36.Kd4 f2 37.R1g3!! Re4!! (37…f1=Q 38.Rh4+ Kg8 39.Bf6+ Kf8 40.Rh8+ Kf7 41.Rg7#) 38.Rxe4 Bxe4

b.ii) 34.Rxf3! exf3 35.Bf6 Rg2 36.Rxg2 fxg2 37.Ne2 Kg6 38.Ng1 Kf5 39.Kd4 Kf4 (threatens Kg3-Kf2) 40.Bh4 Nxe5 41.Bf2 Nd3! (not 41…Nf3? 42.Nxf3 Kxf3 43.Bg1 Kg3 44.Ke3!! =) 42.Bh4 Nc1! 43.Kc5 Ke4 44.Bg5 Nb3+ 45.Kd6 Kd3 46.Bf6 Nc1

Dec-23-05  capanegra: After <32…Rg8?> Chigorin took the initiative with <33.Bf6> and played an artistic endgame. <37.Rf4!!> is the finest move. The answer 37…Kg6 would have lead (always according to Schlechter & Marco) to a very pretty conclusion: 38. Rxf6+ Rxf6 39.exf6 Kxf6 40.b5!!

a) 40…e5 41.Nc6 a6 42.Nb4!

b) 40…Bb7 41.Nc6 a6 42.Na5

But what happens if Black responds with 40…Ke7? 41.Nc6+ doesn't work anymore due to 41…Bxc6 42.bxc6 a5

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  plang: 6..f5 was a new move; 6..Nf6, 6..f6 and 6..Qb6 had been played previously. Romanov indicated that 28..Be8! would have been immediately decisive though J.Adams pointed out that after 29 e4!..Rxf3 30 Rxf3..Bh5 31 Rg4!..Bxg4 32 hxg White can still defend though he is worse.

Certainly a great fighting game.

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