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Laszlo Szabo vs Hans Mueller
"Hans Tied" (game of the day Mar-30-2020)
Tatatovaros (1935), HUN, rd 5, Jul-11
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D40)  ·  1-0



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Mar-30-20  SeanAzarin: What a lovely zugzwang.

Reminds me a bit of this game:

Fischer vs H Rossetto, 1959

Mar-30-20  jith1207: Nice pun for an interesting game, great match!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: If you play 5...cxd4; 6.Nxd4 Black pretty much has to play 6...e5 and face the insane complications that will follow. Black didn't and by move 10 already had a horrible position.
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  perfidious: Dang, Black was beaten like a borrowed mule in this tilt.
Mar-30-20  morfishine: Its generally not a good idea to play openings you don't know
Mar-30-20  Brenin: That can't have been much fun for Mueller. It's the sort of game I hate having to play, shuffling pieces around on the back two ranks, trying to anticipate which weakness my opponent is going to probe next. For Hans untied, see <H Mueller vs Duchamp, 1928> (yes, that's the dadaist himself, playing uncharacteristically badly).
Mar-30-20  tonim: 2 years later this variation of QGD suffered heavy punch Fine vs M Yudovich Sr., 1937 .It is rarely played after that game.
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  Diademas: Now that's a zugzwang if I ever saw one.

Nice game, fitting pun!

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  perfidious: <tonim....this variation of QGD suffered heavy punch Fine vs M Yudovich Sr., 1937 .It is rarely played after that game.>

White's play in that miniature was easily improved upon.

Mar-30-20  ndg2: The chess equivalent of Japanese visage. I really get a kink out of games like this.

On a serious side note: why didn't black take on d6 after 17.Rg3? The obvious counterattack after 17..Rxd6, 18.Rxg7+ doesn't seem to work after 18..Kf8 19.Rxd6 Kxf8 and black is a piece up.

Am I missing something? Oh, yes: white takes on c7 instead of d6: 19.Rxc7 with a pawn up and ongoing attack.

Mar-30-20  hcgflynn: Some nices moves there. However, imho 13. Ndb5 kills instantly.
Mar-30-20  Brenin: <hcgflynn> 13 Ndb5 is neat, but 13 .... Ne8 defends. However 14 Rd8 Nc6 15 Rxe8+ Kxe8+ 16 Nc7+ leaves white with a big advantage.
Mar-30-20  Ironmanth: Squeeze!
Mar-30-20  catlover: This game reminds me of the song, "I've Got a Crush on You," which, by the way, was the theme song for the horror movie, "Anaconda."
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  thegoodanarchist: "Hans Tied"?

I thought it would be a draw :)

Mar-30-20  goodevans: A wonderfully apt pun!
Mar-30-20  goodevans: <ndg2: [...] On a serious side note: why didn't black take on d6 after 17.Rg3?...>

You answered your own question at the end of your post but it would be many players' instinct to get rid of that troublesome N at the first reasonable opportunity. So let me ask a similar question, <Why didn't black take on d6 after 22.Red3?>.

After <22...Nxd6> white would have the choice of two recaptures or the intermezzo 23.Bxc6. None of these look particularly ominous. Black's position remains a bit cramped but somewhat less so than after the chosen 22...Ne7.

Incidentally white's first N occupied d6 for 14 moves and the second N occupied it for a further 6. That's 20 moves out of a total of 36.

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  Phony Benoni: <morfishine: Its generally not a good idea to play openings you don't know>

Muerller was something of an openings theorist who wrote books on several different lines, such as the English Opening (see Dake vs H Mueller, 1933) and Caro-Kann (see L Steiner vs H Mueller, 1932).

Given those results, he may have been well advised to avoid openiings he knew.

Mar-30-20  hcgflynn: <Brenin: <hcgflynn> 13 Ndb5 is neat, but 13 .... Ne8 defends. However 14 Rd8 Nc6 15 Rxe8+ Kxe8+ 16 Nc7+ leaves white with a big advantage.> Yeah, I mean it is a definitely quicker win.
Mar-30-20  scormus: <Phony ... wrote a book> you could be right.

Bill Hartston was playing in a televised game, annotated with the players thoughts. He got into a position from the opening and his thought was "I once wrote a book about this line. Oh dear, I can't remember what it said. Never mind, it was probably all wrong anyway."

Mar-30-20  goodevans: <scormus: [...] Bill Hartston was playing in a televised game...>

Would that have been the BBC's "The Master Game" by any chance, frequented by the likes of Raymond Keene and Anthony Miles and with Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet as the title music?

I'm coming over all nostalgic.

Mar-30-20  ndg2: <goodevans><..and with Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet as the title music?> I think, I might have seen one of these recently on YT. Groovy!
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  Breunor: Great pun and game. Terrific bind.
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  OhioChessFan: Nice pun, great fit with the game. A number of times I thought Black should have just tossed a Pawn, rather than slowly being squeezed to death.
Mar-31-20  scormus: <goodevans, ngd2> got it straight off!
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