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Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin vs Salomon Flohr
Moscow (1936), Moscow URS, rd 10, May-27
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  0-1



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  Gypsy: <31.Qf4???> What was this about? Not only White gets checkmated (31...Qg2#), but also the queen could be taken safely: 31...exf4 32.Bxd4+ Kf8... On the other hand, Riumin had no defense.

All in all, quite successful early hedgehog.

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  Gypsy: This game is a bit of a find: Hedgehog is reputed to be the invention of the 70-ties. But here Flohr is playing a full blodded Hedgehog in the mid-1930s. And he plays it well. In contrast, poor Riumin's romantic-attack style is rather unsuited for the Hedgehog challenge. Thus Riumin promptly impales himself on the hedgie's spikes.
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  Calli: "<31.Qf4???> What was this about?"

I assume it is a joke by Riumin to startle Flohr who for a second must have thought that he missed something. In the tournament book, Riumin says only "and White resigned without waiting for his opponents reply." He blames the loss on 18.e5 - too "committal".

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  Gypsy: <He blames the loss on 18.e5 - too "committal".> I agree that this seems the weakest move. But the whole Rf1-f3-h3, e4-e5, Nc3-e4-g5 plan feels faulty -- or, with the hindsight of what we know of Hedgehog now, naive.
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