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City of Moscow vs City of Riga
2nd Riga v. Moscow match (1909), Correspondence, Dec-??
Tarrasch Defense: Prague Variation (D33)  ·  0-1



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Jun-01-05  Hidden Skillz: the score is wrong.. black is winning here
Jun-14-05  Chunkey Monkey: Hidden Skillz you are right! After 36. Be2 c2 37. Re6+ Kd5 etc. Since I was a kid I always wanted to visit Riga because of the brilliant 7th Champion of the world, Misha Tal!!
Oct-03-08  jovack: This is wrong, black clearly won this game.

Chess games... please correct the 1-0 into 0-1.

It is plain to see that no matter how white responds, c2 is crushing white. I'm willing to bet there is mate with 10 or so moves for black. White's rooks can only give clumsy checks, that can be easily defended, and that only delays the inevitable loss.

Riga > Moscow

Jan-19-09  WhiteRook48: but the score says 1-0!! Still!
May-02-09  Dredge Rivers: Hey, Riga won without Tal!
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  Phony Benoni: For analysis of the game, go here:

Oct-31-09  WhiteRook48: Tal then arrived on the scene some 40 years later and blasted everyone off the board
Oct-31-09  Smothered Mate: <jovack>

Black mates in 9 moves.

Oct-31-09  NARC: I was in Riga this summer, on the bum because of a lost passport combined with my lack of groveling at the embassy.
This time I wasn't looking for Tal stuff,
but I tried in 2006. I found the address
to the Latvian chess federation but no chess clubs. Latvia seems unaware that they actually could have some chess tourists. I found a chess/backgammon park not far from the centre. Straight out from the Train station, down Merkela street. They have clocks. I didn't play, I was exhausted and I possibly looked a bit criminal and didn't want to scare the retired folks. They don't seem to play about money.
No sleeping in the park and no smoking in the park (everybody smokes as soon as the pretty female police officers go away).
Dec-15-14  GoldenBird: 19...Rh2!!! was incredible, a good move by the unknown latvians in the City Of Riga
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  Phony Benoni: This game probably should be considered a correspondence game.

The book I lined to above, <Riga Match and Correspondence Games : conducted and annotated by the Committee of the Riga Chess Club> (American Chess Bulletin, 1916), indicates the game was played by telegraph between December 1909 and February 1911 (0. 27-31).

Normally, a "wire" or "cable" match is played under a normal time limit one or two playing sessions. Having a game last over a year indicates the moves were considered at the usual pace of correspondence chess, then transmitted by telegraph rather than a postal system.

Jan-10-19  Nosnibor: Does anybody know the members of each team ? Was Nimzovitch playing for Riga or Alekhine for Moscow ?
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  MissScarlett: The <Hereford Times> of June 10th 1911, p.15, reports that Moscow's team was headed by Ossip Bernstein and Riga's by Nimzowitsch.
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  Phony Benoni: I have some information of <sachistu> about the rosters:

<"Skinner&Verhoeven list White as Alekhine, O.Bernstein, A.Goncharov, V.Rozanov and Black as K and R Betins, P.Bol, A.Lyuth, citing Sh.Odessa, 1911 and Die Schachwelt, 1911. Chessbase listed Alekhine, Bernstein, and Pavlov with Black as C.J.Bethling, Bol, Lyut. ">

I would put more faith in the sources of Skinner & Verhoeven than in ChessBase. Either way, no mention of Nimzowitsch.

The "Riga vBook" gives no details about the rosters.

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