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Salomon Flohr vs Salo Landau
"The Wisdom of Salomon" (game of the day Jun-21-2005)
Antwerp (1930), Antwerp BEL, rd 5, Jan-??
Semi-Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D30)  ·  1-0



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Jan-07-05  Gowe: <The long diagonal> In your variation hxg5 21.♗h7 kxh7 22.♕h5+ ♔g8 23.♕xf7? it's not possible because of ♕xf7 And you lose the game badly.
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  samvega: No. The black knight is still on d7 in the variation starting with 20..hxg5.
Jun-21-05  iron maiden: 9...cxd4 looks like it initiates Black's troubles. The simple 9...b6 seems more sound.
Jun-21-05  superiorNOshow: Quite so iron maiden, but perhaps black can try to defend the b1- h7 diagonal by the desperate 15. g6. Although white has the initiative after g6 Nfg5,Rf8. And will eventually try to break in on the queenside with a4-a5. Plus h6(after g6) despite chasing the knight away will create a dreadfully weakened king. It seems that after these series of moves white has the whole board.
Jun-21-05  chesswonders: Good attacking chess!
Jun-21-05  Saph: I can't help myself.. Ha Ha PaulLovric
Jun-21-05  Marco65: I'm still looking at the win after 20...hxg5. After 21.Qh5 Nf8 22.e6 Nxe6 previous <Gowe>'s analysis seems to forget that a pawn is still in f7.

I like more 21.Bh7+ as <The Long Diagonal> suggested (2 years ago): 21...Kf8 22.Rxf7+! Kxf7 23.Qh5+ Ke6 24. Qg6+ Ke7 25.Qxg5+ Ke8 (moving on the f-file allows White to activate the rook, while 25...Ke6 26.Bf5+ Kf7 27.e6+ Ke8 28.exd6+ ) 26.Bg6+ Kf8 27.Rf1+ Kg8 28.Bf7+ Kf8 29.Be6+ Ke8 30.Qg6+ Ke7 31.Qf7#

Jun-21-05  Everett: <PaulLovric> not first
Jun-21-05  Heavy Metal Thunder: <PaulLovric> You are Bob Ellsworth.
Jun-21-05  DanRoss53: Great anaylsis <The Long Diagonal>! Do you really think Black saw all of the continuations, or do you think Black was trying to avoid the obvious draw of 20... hxg5 21. ♗h7+ ♔xh7 22. ♕h5+ ♔g8 23. ♕xf7+ ½-½? Furthermore, do you think that perhaps Black took into consideration the fact that he was playing Salomon Flohr and decided 20... hxg5? was obviously a trap?
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  kevin86: The attack went right to the bitter end,where a rook escorts a lowly pawn past an unsuspecting bishop.

I especially enjoyed the oscillating pin of the hapless black rook by the queen at c4 and g4.

Salo squared!

Jun-21-05  aw1988: Did Flohr cut the board in half?
Jun-21-05  ajile: The really bad move is 16...NxN by Black. Before that he had less space but a solid position. After 17. fxe5 Black's best defender of the K-side (the NF6)is removed and he invites a classic style attack from White. Black should have been more patient and built up his pieces on the C file where he had better potential counterplay.
Feb-23-17  The Kings Domain: Adroit maneuvering by the Ukrainian master. A model of its kind.
Mar-24-18  Retireborn: This game (which has been anthologized by Fine, Reinfeld etc) was played in the Antwerp 1930 tournament; I suppose Anvers is the French name for the place.

A complete crosstable is here:-

I should love to know what month the tournament was played in, if anybody can track down those references (the Paige site seems to be malwared.)

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  Stonehenge: It was played in January (Dutch newspapers).
Mar-24-18  Retireborn: <Stonehenge> Many thanks. Not the first time you've been a tremendous help!
Mar-24-18  Captain Hindsight: <21.Rxf7!!> would have been the best move by far.

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  Honza Cervenka: In his annotations of this game Flohr wrote that 20...hxg5 would be followed with 21.Bh7+ Kf8 (21...Kxh7 22.Qh5+ Kg8 23.Qxf7+ Kh7 24.Rf3 g4 25.Rf5 etc.) 22.Rxf7+ Kxf7 23.Qh5+ Kf8 24.Rf1+ and white wins. But there seems to be a problem with his sideline, as after 20...hxg5 21.Bh7+ Kxh7 22.Qh5+ Kg8 23.Qxf7+ Kh7 24.Rf3 g4 25.Rf5 black has 25...Nf6! 26.Qxc7 Rd7 (diagram) and where is the win?

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  Honza Cervenka: Of course, after 20...hxg5 white is not obliged to play 21.Bh7+, he can play 21.e6 and maybe even 21.Rxf7 but taking the Knight was black's best practical chance.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Of course, after 20...hxg5 white is not obliged to play 21.Bh7+, he can play 21.e6 and maybe even 21.Rxf7 but taking the Knight was black's best practical chance.>

And 20...hxg5 21.Qh5 Nf8 22.e6 is winning too.

Dec-26-21  probabilitytheorist: Great game by Flohr.

20. Ng5!! was a beautiful shot.

Dec-26-21  probabilitytheorist: Stockfish 14 gives

20. hxg5 21. Qh5 Nf8 22. e6! Rd7 23. Bxg7! Kxg7 24. Qxg5+ Ng6 25. Qf6+ Kg8 26. exf7+ Rxf7 27. Qxg6+ Rg7 28. Qe6+ Kh8 29. Rf3 (+6.72).

Dec-26-21  sudoplatov: Having bested Landau, how would Flor have done against Brougham? (Or a Cabriolet?)
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  GrahamClayton: <sudoplatov> Having bested Landau, how would Flor have done against Brougham? (Or a Cabriolet?)

Or against Durwood Hatch?

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