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Heinrich Wolf vs Mikhail Chigorin
Karlsbad (1907), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 18, Sep-13
Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Defense (A46)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: For once, Wolf plays up to his name.
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  Calli: Heinrich?
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  Phony Benoni: Indeed. He squeezed out the point using the Heinrich Manuever.
Jan-07-08  Jim Bartle: Unfortunately the patient died.
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  Chessical: Chigorin defends with an Old Indian system. Whilst he remained a great thinker, and an uncompromising and respected adversary with his deep ideas and refusal to take draws, he had declined far as a practical player. He finished in 18th place and died soon after.

Chigorin's ideas can be seen in this game:

N Davies vs C McNab, 1990

The tournament book states that "Wolf defeated Chigorin in brilliant style...Wolf's construction of his game was just as original and interesting as his powerful conduct of the attack in the middle game."

<12...Bf8> is too passive either <12...Nf4> or <12...Bxf5 13.Nxf5 d5> would have given better prospects.

<14...f6> whilst unattractive may be a more robust defence, for example, <15. Bc4+> Kh8 16. Bd2 Nb6 17. Bb3 d5

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<15.Nh5!> the knights threaten both <h6> and <g7>, Wolf has a most promising attacking position and Chigorin has no defence. <16...d5?!> does not work but at least has the potential for Wolf to err.

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  offramp: An Old Indian Opening. Wolf plays 12.Nhf5

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I think I would have taken that knight on f5 with the umnoved bishop on c8. But Chigorin instead retreated with 12...Bf8. White replied with 13.Bg5.

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And here is where Chigorin really lost the thread. He played 13...Nd7.

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and play continued 14.Qf3 Nb6 15.Nh5 Nd7.

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Spot the difference.

Soon white pieces are all over the black position.

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24.Nh6!ΔNf7, 1-0.

After Nh6 White also threatens Qxf7. If after Qxf7 Black tried to stop the checkmate on g8 by ...Nf6, then there would be a slightly unusual smothered mate by Qg8+, NxQ, Nf7#

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Chigorin's play was morose.

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  perfidious: The cramped position Chigorin wound up with in this game was reminiscent of the contortions his old rival Steinitz often used to go through in their games--but Chigorin did not even gain material by way of compensation for his trouble and worry!

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