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Hans Kmoch vs Alexander Alekhine
"Pawn Power" (game of the day May-06-2017)
Semmering (1926), Semmering AUT, rd 14, Mar-25
Dutch Defense: Kmoch Attack (A80)  ·  0-1



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Mar-30-07  Themofro: On his website at in one his lectures on the polar bear system GM Henrik Danielsen analyses this game, it is quite instructive on how to play a stonewall.
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  plang: I like the idea of 15..g5 so as to respond to 16 f4 with 16..g4 denying the white knight the e5 square. 17 b3 and 18 bxc just helped Black. 31 exd would also have lost after 31..Qb2 32 Bd1..Ne4 33 Qe2..exd 34 Ne3..Qc1.
Dec-04-15  Rama: The author of "Pawn Power In Chess" gets pawned to death. Thanks for bumping this.
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  offramp: LOL. Kmoch got pwned.
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  HeMateMe: did Kmoch fear the coming Rook/Queen attack on the kingside? By exchanging the Rook pair and losing the e pawn the game is immediately lost.
May-06-17  clement41: Between black's 26th and 28th we could have witnessed the interesting line ...Bxc2 Qxc2 (Rxc2 Nxd4! ) Na3 Rxb7 Rxb7 (...Nxc2?? Rxb8+ nets a whole rook (Rxe7?? Rxb1+ Kf2 =)) Rxb7 Qxb7 Qd1 Qb1 betting that the knight will outplay the bishop, in relation to the pawn structure
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  thegoodanarchist: Kmoch wrote a book called "Pawn Power in Chess" or something like that.

In it he invented weird names for various pawn formations, like the pawn duo, the pawn wedgie, and so forth..

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  offramp: The Pawn Wedgie was when you move your pawns gradually and silently behind the opponent's king, then give the pawns a massive, hideous tug which annihilates the king.
May-06-17  catlover: Kmoch played the opening rather passively and quickly allowed Alekhine to control the board.

I don't understand why Kmoch didn't play 31 e4xd5. Why just drop a pawn like that? If there is any compensation for the pawn, I don't see it.

May-06-17  RandomVisitor: 20.e4 or 21.e4 would have equalized. Notice how fxe4 leaves the g-pawn hanging and dxe4 leaves the c-pawn hanging.

After this point black has the advantage.

May-06-17  RandomVisitor: <catlover>After 31.exd5 black plays Qb1+ and the double attack on the white knight has complications.
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  morfishine: It takes an Alekhine to bamboozle a Kmoch


May-06-17  Eusebius: Kmoch was a joke opponent here to Akekhine. He got finished between probably one or two cold refreshments.
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  HeMateMe: that's rude. Kmoch was a GM. Alekhine was great when on, but could also fall flat on his face, at times.
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  thegoodanarchist: <HeMateMe: that's rude. Kmoch was a GM.>

Kmoch was an IM, not a GM

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  HeMateMe: his playing strength, in that era, would make him a GM today.
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  AylerKupp: A successful violation of the usual rule about not playing an opening named after your opponent. Or, perhaps perversely, a triumph of a bad bishop over a good bishop, although in this case the knight did most of the work. Then again, as Milton said, "They also serve who only stand and wait."
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  AylerKupp: <thegoodanarchist> I'm pretty sure that Kmoch's "Pawn Power in Chess" did not introduce any pawn formations named either the "pawn wedgie" or "so forth", but I may be wrong.
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  HeMateMe: I think Kmoch used the term "lever" often, an advanced pawn which forced an exchange, creating a passed pawn or opening a file.
May-06-17  catlover: <RandomVisitor> Ah, yes. I had overlooked that double attack. Thanks!
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  Check It Out: Black has a powerful position after the final move but white's resignation in that position surprised me.
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  thegoodanarchist: <HeMateMe: his playing strength, in that era, would make him a GM today.>

Translation: I cannot admit when I am wrong. Instead, I keep arguing.

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  thegoodanarchist: <AylerKupp: <thegoodanarchist> I'm pretty sure that Kmoch's "Pawn Power in Chess" did not introduce any pawn formations named either the "pawn wedgie" or "so forth", but I may be wrong.>

Ah, I see my mistake now. I meant to write <sew fourth>

May-06-17  The Kings Domain: Playing through these vintage games highlight the rich and deep history of the game. A true pleasure and delight.
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  gambitfan: Hans Kmoch, Pawn Power in chess
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