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Salomon Flohr vs Mir Sultan Khan
Hastings (1932/33), Hastings ENG, rd 1, Dec-28
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation (A16)  ·  1-0



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  vonKrolock: The odd defense 4...h6 provides plenty of original situations... Flohr selected this game for his own Volume in the series "Vidaiuschchessia Shakhmatisti Mira", that apeared postumously in 1985, this particular item adorned whith Siegbert Tarrasch's comments presumably preserved amongst Flohr’s papers, translated to Russian and presented whithout mention of source

**(I'll not translate, just quote briefly from some passages)

<7.Qg4!> Otherwise Black get rid of the doubled Pawn <"7.Bd3 f5">

<7...g6> Considerably better would be <"7...0-0 whith idea 8...Be4 9.Qe4 Re8">Black creates weaknesses in his own field

<16…Nc6> The game pass from Opening to Endgame whithout a middle

<18.Nf6!> The corollary of the events starting on Black's seventh move

<20...Rdf8> The master from India proves a resilient defenser, but here <"Better 20...Rh6 21.Ng4 Rg6 22.d5 Na5">

<26...Nd8> Off course the Knight in board's edge rouses a typical Tarrasch's tirade - Black should attempt to exchange it for the other Knight, what evidently White would avoid consciously in order not to pass to a Rook's Endgame: <"26...Rhg8 27.Ne3! (not Ne7 etc) Rh7 28.Nf5 Rgh8 29.Ree4">

<30.d5> Depriving the Nd8 from any perspective of active play

<35.Rf6!> The threat of mate is more consistent than <"35.Nd6 Rh3 36.Nf7 Rf8! 37.Rd7">

<Rdd7> Now a diagram is given. I'll stop here for the while, because Tarrasch assertion that <"37...a4!"> forces the actual sequel till <"41.Re1 by taking the point 'b3' from the White King"> appears as inconsistent for me in view of the possibility of 38.b3 ab3 39.ab3 Rg1 Kb2 followed by Ka3 or Kc3, renewing the threats of Na7-Rc7-Rc8 or even Flohr's idea of Nc7 whith a mating net

Nov-23-04  kostich in time: This game is noteworthy for tworeasons:. 1.Flohrs excellent technique-he really was one of the top five inthe world from 1932 to 1935,and he might have stood adecent chance against Alekhine in a match.2. SultanKhans biggest weakness as a chess player...his opening ignorance.h6? probably ruined his game.
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  Willem Wallekers: Why is 4 ... h6 so bad?
Allowing a doubled pawn to gain the bishop pair happens every day. Flohr thought Black went wrong with 7 ... g6.
Nov-23-04  drukenknight: He didnt lose the game on the 4th move or the 7th move. That seems preposterous since it would be unprecedented.

Look at white's 41st move, he is able to block the check with the R. A bad sign since white has a passed pawn. Stick 40...Kc8 in there and see if that helps...

Nov-23-04  kostich in time: thats right..ill just say it left him with weaknesses that Flohr took advantage of
Nov-23-04  drukenknight: its hard to find good lines for black after that pt. Does 40...Kc8 lead to perpetual?
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  vonKrolock: Well, now i'm absolutely sure that the line <38.b3 ab3 39.ab3 Rg1 40.Kb2 followed by Ka3 or Kc3, renewing the threats of Na7-Rc7-Rc8> leads to a quicker win for White: 40...R1g2 41.Ka3 Rg1! (the only move) 42.Na7! (the threat of Rc7-c8 is very serious...) 42...Ra1 43.Kb4 Ra5 44.Rc7 Rc5! (...and Black have this only defense, but after:) 45.Rc5 bc5 46.Kb5! etc (Resignation would be the best choice) This crystal-clear winning conduction would spare time and moves - Obviously in the heat of the battle, Flohr overestimated the danger represented by the black Rook's checks menaced after <37...a4>
Nov-24-04  drukenknight: vonK: what if he doesnt take the pawn? 38. b3 Rg2 39. Rd6 R2g6 now what?
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  vonKrolock: <drukennight: 39.Rd6> Druk, White have stronger possibilities here than this move - Flohr's idea 40.Nc7 ( mate in two starting whith Na6; if 40...Ka7 or Kb7 then the same 41.Na6! etc ) is eloquent enough - therefore Black is compelled to find checks, ok?
Nov-24-04  drukenknight: von K. Yes my computer spouted out the same thing, and the only reason I didnt mention it is that crap computer disagreed with several of blacks R moves (at least 3 times) and starting w/ blacks 28th I think.

I left the one you mention out since there were at least 3 questionable R calls its really hard to tell if any one was worse or all

I dunno. what happens to your metal monster when you stick in my suggestion?

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  vonKrolock: <drukenknight> 39.Nc7 is a good move in 2004 as it would be in 1884 or 1932 - The point of MY analysis (not some Computer's one, although i checked this in the CM7) is that : In some lines the sequence Na7-Rc7-Rc8 is more effective that the more direct Nc7, and also:

Flohr when playing and Tarrasch when anotating overlooked that 38.b3 wins safe, sure and comnsiderably quickly that the actual continuation

<I dunno. what happens to your metal monster when you stick in my suggestion> I'll check when time enough

Nov-24-04  drukenknight: von K: what makes you think black is going to take 38...axb3?
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  beatgiant: <von K: what makes you think black is going to take 38...axb3?>

If I understand correctly, the point of 38. b3 is to give White's king an escape from Black's rook checks while preserving White's mating net. Do you see a good defense to this plan, <drukenknight>? In other words, "SHOW US YOUR DRAWING LINE" (hah, always wanted to say that!)

Nov-24-04  drukenknight: 38. b3 Rg2
39. Nc7 Kc8
40. Na6 Ne6
41. dxe6 fxe6 and its mate in 7!

So there is something going on with that...

Nov-24-04  drukenknight: does 34....Rg6 hold?
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  vonKrolock: <drukenknight: 38. b3 Rg2
39. Nc7>
whith mate in few, indeed: (evaluation +99.88)

<38...axb3?> Yhe idea is 39...b2 check so here 39.ab3 etc

<beatgiant> Yes, that's the point

<drukenknight: does 34....Rg6 hold?> I dont believe, Druk: Seems for me slightly better than the text-move, because Black can play Re8 in certains lines, but whith better position White can first find a safe place for his King and then start to manouvre in order to double Rookes in seventh etc

Nov-29-04  drukenknight: after all this analysis, it certainly appears that Khan has created some sort of bad positional problem at least by move 34 if not earlier. blacks pawn on h4 looks suspicious. Von K do you have a line of play after 34...Rg6? I too tired right now.
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  beatgiant: It's hard to point out any one moment where the game becomes hopeless. But certainly it can't be good to allow the advanced knight post with his 17...0-0-0 . My suggested improvement is 17...♔f8 and he may hang on somehow, for example 18. ♘f6 d6 19. ♖he1 ♔g7 20. ♘d5 ♖hd8 21. ♘xc7 ♖ac8 22. ♘d5 ♘a5 .

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