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Rudolf Rezso Charousek vs Jakob Wollner
"Hopeless Romantic" (game of the day Sep-07-2007)
Kaschau (1895), Kassa (Kosice) AUH
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit (C33)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: last round rematch,another good one
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  Eggman: Should Black be resigning just yet? 21...Qf8 22.Rxf8+ Kg7 23.Rxc8 Kxf7 24.Nxd5 a5 25.Nc7 Ra7 26.Rxb8 ...

Hmmm ... Yes, I suppose Black will lose the second Knight in a couple of moves, and can indeed resign in good conscience after all. Strange to see a endgame position (after Black's 23rd move, above) in which one side, a piece up, most lose two pieces and so emerge a piece down. Very nice game!

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  kevin86: a masterful escape,EGGMAN;however,black will be down a piece in a somewhat hopeless position. But,♖f8 is good!
Oct-20-05  dakgootje: Yeah very nice game. Brilliant played by Rudolf Rezso Charousek, Wollner just got smashed off the board :) GOTD? *HINT* ;-)
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  OhioChessFan: The 19th Century was the good old days. Everyone played a King side attack as soon as possible and games were over in 25 moves.
Dec-30-06  Rubenus: <OhioChessFan> I agree with you.

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Why did black play 18...Qg8? After for example 18...Qf7 I fail to see how white wins.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <Rubenus: *** Why did black play 18...Qg8? After for example 18...Qf7 I fail to see how white wins.>

White has a very dangerous attack from the combined threats of his Queen, Rook and f6-pawn. The suggested 18. ... Qf7? is not sufficient to defend successfully, for example: 18...Qf7? 19.Re1 h5 20.Qh6+ Kg8 21.Re8+ Qxe8 22.Qg7#.

It does seem, however, that Black can barely defend and eventually convert his material advantage in a line such as the following: 18...Nc6 19.Re1 b6 20.Re8 Ba6+, and Black is winning.

Sep-07-07  think: Why was 13. Nf5 necessary? What is wrong with just continuing with Bg5?
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  crafty: 13. ♗g5 f6 14. exf6 ♖xf6+ 15. ♗xf6 ♕xf6+ 16. ♘f3 ♘c6   (eval -1.20; depth 13 ply; 50M nodes)
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  al wazir: 18...d6 19. Re1 Be6! 20. Rxe6 Nd7, and now if 21. Re7, then 21...Qxf6. After white wins the ♘ at h1, material is even. (If 22. Qxf6+ Nxf6 23. Rxb7?, then 23...Ng4, followed by 24...Ngf2.)
Sep-07-07  hkannan2000: This one of the few games where the endgame commences with 1.e4 !
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  Sneaky: After 19...Qxg5

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It almost looks like a composed position. White is down a queen, a bishop, and a knight, but will regain every bit of sacrificed material, and then some more. Outrageous.

Sep-07-07  xKinGKooLx: o_0 Wow! THERE'S something you don't see everyday! That has to be one of the best games I have ever seen! If only I had the courage and skill to play like that! Kudos to you, Charousek, you are a brilliant chess player.
Sep-07-07  capanegra: Yes <al wazir>, 18…d6 would have been Black's salvation. Fortunately he didn't play it!! Can you imagine a classic romantic finishing with a bored Knight and Rook ending? ;)

This game could be in a "Top 10 Romanics" collection.

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  chrisowen: You'd think it had potential - almost an old game of Halma or race at the Kentucky Derby for black's night after Bc4, e7, d4 played there.
Sep-07-07  Zzyw: 18...d6 19. ♖e1 ♗e6 20. ♖xe6 ♘d7 21. ♕xf5 leaves black little hope as d5 and h1 will soon fall, leaving white up in material with a commanding position.

18...♘c6 seems to refute white's sacrificial play as pointed out above.

White could have won on the spot with 12. ♘f3! as black cannot reasonably parry the threat of 13. ♘g5.

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  kevin86: I really enjoyed seeing this one again. I notice in my above comment that I suggested 21...♖f8 was a good move-obviously,I meant ♕f8.

To everyone who hasn't seen-please play the other game with these two players-and if possible,read the great short story-based on that game. It is called, THE LAST ROUND.

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  Phony Benoni: For those interested, here is the other game:

Charousek vs J Wollner, 1893

and the story:

Sep-07-07  EmperorAtahualpa: About where this game was played:

Kaschau is the German name for Košice, the second biggest city of Slovakia.

Sep-07-07  marekg248: <EmperorAtahualpa> Yeah, right, Košice is where I come from! Cassovia is another, latin name for Košice.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <think: Why was 13. Nf5 necessary? What is wrong with just continuing with Bg5?>

The idea was to divert the Black pawn from the g6-square, so that the White Queen defends the f6-square. Thus, after 16. exf6, Black cannot sensibly continue with 16. ... ♕xf6 [Compare: 13.♗g5 f6 14.♗xf6 ♖xf6+ 15.exf6 ♕xf6+ with an equal game.] 13 ♘f5 was a brilliant concept, enabling White to continue a dangerous attack, even though it could have been refuted if Black had found 18...♘c6!! 19.♖e1 b6!! 20.♖e8 ♗a6+!! .

Nov-14-10  sevenseaman: Assuming its a real game rather than a composition that it looks quite convincingly, Charousek has been very insightful and gutsy. Both of his famed games against Wollner are works of art.

< Peligroso Patzer> Brilliant comments of Sep-07-07. These cleared some cobwebs, specifically the pointer for Black how he could have equalized.

Aug-13-12  Conrad93: I don't see how white can play for a win or a draw after 17. Kf7.

It looks like a complete loss.

Apr-30-19  saintdufus: I love the beautiful tactical ideas of these "swashbuckling" geniuses of old.
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