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Richard Reti vs Arpad Vajda
Semmering (1926), Semmering AUT, rd 11, Mar-21
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense Semi-Slav Defense (A13)  ·  0-1



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  tpstar: percyblakeney-tpstar (GameKnot 12/27/05) [Fritz 7]: 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 c6 5. b3 Bd6 6. Bb2 Nbd7 7. d4 0-0 8. 0-0 [last book move] a5 9. Nc3 Re8 10. Qc2 dc [10 ... Qe7!? =] 11. bc [ ] e5 12. de Nxe5 13. Nxe5 Bxe5 14. Na4 Bc7 [14 ... Bxb2 15. Nxb2 Qd4 16. e3 =] 15. c5 Qe7 16. e3 Be6 17. Bd4 Nd7 18. Rfb1 Ra7 (18 ... Rab8 leads to Bxc6! ideas later) 19. Qc3 f6 20. Rb2 Ne5 21. Rab1 Bc8 [21 ... Qf7 22. Qc2 ] 22. Nb6 Be6 23. a4 [23. f4 Bf7 ] Qf7 [23 ... Bxb6!? 24. cxb6 Raa8 25. Bxe5 fxe5 ] 24. f4 Ng4 25. h3 Nh6 26. g4 Kh8 27. f5 Nxf5 28. gxf5 Bxf5 29. Rf1 Qg6 30. e4 [30. Nc4 Raa8 31. Rxf5 Qxf5 32. Rxb7 ] Rxe4? [30 ... Bxe4 31. Kh1 Rd8 ] 31. Rbf2 Be5 32. Bxe5 Rxe5 33. Qxe5! fxe5 34. Rxf5 h5 35. Rxe5 Qg3 36. Rxh5+ Kg8 37. Rhf5 Ra6 38. R1f3 Qe1+ 39. Kh2 Rxb6 40. cxb6 Qb4 41. Rf8+! Kh7 42. R3f4 Qd6 43. Be4+ Kh6 44. Kg3 1-0 (44 ... g5? 45. R8f6+).

I chose a Triangle Defense over QID to give Black more winning chances, but this line scores incredibly well for White Opening Explorer and Black's best chance is probably 8 ... Ne4 & 9 ... f5 like this reference game. Instead 8 ... a5!? is a bad habit I need to break - preventing b4 at the expense of weakened Queenside dark squares. Note White got isolated Pawns but those open lines (plus the 2 Pawns) proved strong instead of weak. My piece sacrifice (27 ... Nxf5!?) was desperation but Black had no other play on the board. After White traded down (33. Qxe5! fxe5 34. Rxf5) the outcome was never in doubt.

Congratulations <sjstar> =)

Feb-08-06  Whitehat1963: A Monday puzzle perhaps after 24. Qe1. A crushing defeat for Reti. (Player of the Day)
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  Telemus: The players agreed to a draw after 20.. ♕g6, but the tournament director decided that the game had to be continued, because 30 moves had to be made.
Jan-05-19  JimNorCal: 24. Qe1 is a blunder, right?
Jan-06-19  Retireborn: <Telemus> Who was the tournament director?

<JimNorCal> It is, but Reti was already lost by then. Look at 24.Qf2 Bh3+ 25.Ke1 Bb4+ and 24.Qc2 c5! 25.Nb5 Bxg3! The bishops are very powerful.

It's surprising, but both 22.Kxf1 and 23.Qe2 are serious mistakes.

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  Telemus: <Retireborn: Who was the tournament director?> Heinrich Wolf according to
Jan-06-19  Retireborn: <Telemus> Many thanks. Reti must have been annoyed, but his earlier play (16.Qc2?! and 19.Nc2 which should lose to 19...Qh5) already suggests he wasn't really in the mood for this game.

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