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Karl Helling vs Ludwig Engels
"Hell's Engels" (game of the day Mar-03-2012)
Dresden (1936), Dresden GER, rd 7, Jun-12
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  0-1



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Mar-11-05  samvega: Incredible. Now that's what I call a Sunday puzzle. On Engels' page, WMD provides a quotation of Alekhine regarding this game.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <samvega>--Did you decide on your latest avatar after seeing the label that I gave to this game? Fabulous!!
Jan-09-06  Steppenwolf: 33...Rf4! is enven stronger.
Dec-11-07  sambo: How come this game isn't on Engels' list of notable games? The quote from Alekhine and the beauty of the combination speak for themselves.
Dec-12-07  zenpharaohs: 33 Qf1 keeps White in the game a lot longer. Black will still win.

Mar-03-12  sevenseaman: The final position is very impressive.
Mar-03-12  Oceanlake: As Marshall once said....
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  Phony Benoni: Black certainly left his marks on this game...
Mar-03-12  rilkefan: Really impressive attack. I have the feeling that black's opening wasn't very accurate - why doesn't he play c5? can he really drop the b pawn and play the slow Be7? wouldn't 4...Bc8 be more in the Nd2/f3 spirit? - but I quite enjoyed ...d4 etc.
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  Once: That is a beautiful finish. I don't think we can call it a long combination as I doubt that he saw it all the way through. I'd rather say that it was a genuinely sacrificial attack as black didn't have certainty that he would recover all of his material.

<rilkefan> I would agree that the opening phase seemed a little naive by both players. I suppose we ought to make some allowance for the date - 1936.

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  whiteshark: <"Hell's Engels">

Hot candidate for the Pun of the Year.

Mar-03-12  srag: <whiteshark> is one hundred percent right. "Hell's Engels" is the pun of the Year. And what strange moves are white's! After 17)Qf1 there is only one white piece in play, against four black ones.
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  Penguincw: Really nice final position coming up, involving the pin. Look at that sad knight on the edge.
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  FSR: Nice finish, though I have a hard time believing that Black's sacrifices were sound. White's play was comically inept.
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  kevin86: White could block check in two ways,but lost on the diagonal.
Mar-03-12  paavoh: @whiteshark, srag: You're too kind. This was my 15th suggestion for a pun, and being a non-native English speaker, I guess I struck gold this time.
Mar-03-12  pericles of athens: great pun, amazing game
Mar-03-12  scormus: Intriguing game and super finishing combination! Oh yes, and brilliant pun.
Mar-03-12  drpoundsign: Dresden was TOAST in WWII
Mar-03-12  drpoundsign: being an amateur I would have knocked off white's backward pawn around move 23.

"if you see a GOOD move search for BETTER ones"

Mar-03-12  Lil Swine: the black side seems to be on a winning streak for the past few GOTD's
Mar-03-12  lemaire90: I always feel that the first pieces to develop in order for your position as a whole to get active are the knights, maybe because they are shoft range pieces and their absence will be obvious if the opponent's knights are active. I don't think that Helling used his knights at all in this game, from his second move, the random spectator on a3 in the end position, and that hasn't done anything since move 21.
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  FSR: <whiteshark: <"Hell's Engels"> Hot candidate for the Pun of the Year.>

<If> anyone remembers it by next January. <I play the Fred>'s "Knaak is OK!" (well, it should have had the exclamation point, but CG omitted it) was an immortal pun, but no one nominated it for Best/Worst Pun of 2011. And even if Hell's Engels does get nominated, it might lose out to some "Worst Pun" like "Drawma Queen" - the winner for 2011.

Mar-09-12  LoveThatJoker: 23...d4 24. exd4 cxd4 25. Rxd4 Nxf3 26. gxf3 Re1 27. Qxe1 Qxf3+ 28. Kg1 Re8 is just a phenomenal tactical sequence!


Aug-04-13  phil6875: After the combination ending in 28...Re8 the position is equal. The best line after that is maybe

29. Qd1 Qxc3 30. Nc2 Bb6 31. Ba3 Bxd4+ 32. Nxd4 Qe3+ 33. Kg2 Re4 34. Nf3 Rg4+ 35. Kf1 Ne4 36. Ra2 Rf4 37. Kg2 Rg4+ 38. Kf1 Rf4 Draw.

White's 29. Ne4 was an inaccurate move as was 31. Be3. His 33rd move Qd2 was a blunder.

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