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Paul Johner vs Rudolf Spielmann
Teplitz-Schönau (1922), Teplice-Sanov CSR, rd 8, Oct-10
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  0-1



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Apr-10-06  PKNJ: Check out the position following the exchange of rooks, after 39. Rxc3 Rxc3 ... White follows by chasing Black's remaining rook from defending the passed pawn (40. Kd2 Rb3), but is then unwilling to give up the Exchange to liquidate the pawn ... As long as the White king is on d2 or e2, Black can't make headway with the pawn by playing Rb1, so Spielmann goes on an awesome sacrificial binge instead.
Apr-10-06  PKNJ: He gives up a pawn to double White's KRP (42. ... h4), splits those pawns (43. ... Rh3!!), allowing his rook to be completely blocked from the action, and then gives up his rook, all to trigger a knight fork that snags White's rook (46. Ne1+)!
Apr-10-06  PKNJ: Even if a player saw his way to that fork, how many would have the confidence to play it out, knowing Black would have only two pawns left to White's four after the exchanges? Only 10 moves later, with 57. ... Nf6, does Black decisively gain control of h5, meaning he can run White's remaining pawns off the board. Nice work by Spielmann.
Jul-31-08  DoctorD: Has 46. Ra1 been considered? It seems to lead to a drawn ending with a well-timed h5 and f5 by White. 46. ... c1Q 47. Rxc1 Nxc1 48. Ke4 g6 49. h5! gxh 50. f5! or?
Nov-23-09  psmith: <DoctorD> That is an interesting variation. 48... g6 seems to play into the hands of this idea, though. Is it necessary? How about 48... Nb3?

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