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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-25-04  fred lennox: 9...cxd4 is to be questioned. It would of been a good move if white did 10 Bxe4. This opens up the e file and c file (or leave white with a bad iso on c4) giving black good counterplay. Flohr takes with the pawns and the e and c4 pawns strengthens his position for kingside attack.
Jan-25-04  talchess2003: i believe the simplest and most concise win after 20. hxg5 is

20... hxg5 21. Qh5 Nb8 (21... Nxe5 22. Bxe5 Qxe5 23. Qxf7+ Kh8 24. Qg6 and 21... g6 22. Bxg6 fxg6 23. Qxg6+ Kh8 24. e6+) 22. Qh7+ Kf8 23. e6 winning.

nothing elaborate =\

Jan-07-05  Gowe: According my study about the game if black plays Hxg5 there are a forced win in every variation.

20.hxg5 21.♕h5! ♘f8 the only for save mate in h7. Another variaton like f6 lose inmediately.

And now 22.e6!! threatening mate. <exf7> now, if:

Jan-07-05  Gowe: a) 22.f6 23.♖xf6!! gxf6 24.♗xf6 <threatening mate ♕h8#> so ♘xe6 and 25.♗g6! <♕g7 is the only move and white wins easily, if ♘g7 there is mate in 2, ♕h7+, ♕h8#>

b)22.f5 23.♖xf5 ♘xe6 <the best move for black, because if not ♖f7 wins> 24.♖f3!! <Very quiet move menacing mate in ♕h7#> ♘f4 25.♕h7+ ♔f7 26.♖e1! <threatening mate ♕xg7#> so d4 27.♕h8+ ♔f7 28.♕h5+ ♔f8 29.♗g6 ♕f7 <Only because ♕h8#> 30.♖xf5 gxf5 31.♗xf7 <And now it's an easy winning>

c)♘xe6 22.♕h7+ ♔f7 23.♖ad1! and now
if <♔e8 24.♕g7+ ♔d7 25.♖xf7+ ♔c6 27.♖xe6+ And now an easy winning>

but if ♔e7 the most espectacular mate is coming because 23.♖xf6!! ♔xf6 24.♗g6+ ♔e7 25.♕xg7+ ♔d6 26.♖xe6! ♔xe6 27. ♗f5!!! ♔xf5 28.♕f6+ And mate in 2.

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+ ˝-˝? 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.
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  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).
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  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.

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