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Friedrich Saemisch vs Ernst Gruenfeld
"Sämisch it Ever Was" (game of the day Jan-22-2008)
Karlsbad (1929), Karlsbad CSR, rd 18, Aug-22
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Accelerated (E24)  ·  1-0



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Jan-22-08  bachus: <al wazir>: <I can't help feeling that white could have finished this sooner. For example, 29. Rxg5...>

Perhaps because of 29...f5 which would win the exchange for 2 pawns but most of all would allow the black queen to infiltrate through g5 and c1 with counterplay

Jan-22-08  patzer2: Samisch's 43.Rxf5!! demolishes Black's weak castled position with crowd-pleasing flair (see <Callii>'s post). Another surprise winning alternative is 43. Rg3!! Ne4 44. Rg6! .
Jan-22-08  patzer2: The problem with 29. Rxg5 is that Black is not forced to play 29...fxg5??, which allows 30. Rxf8+ Qxf8 31. Qxf8#. Instead 29. Rxg5 Rb8 =, to be followed by ...Bb7 and ...c6, gives Black a bit too much counterplay. The move played (29. Rhh3) is better.
Jan-22-08  drpoundsign: Grunfeld was pretty smart. not easy to beat him. If he took the queen its mate??
Jan-22-08  twin phoenix: As far as 29. Rxg5 it seems that 29.--,B-d7 black will just win the exchange (for a pawn). because now the rook can either be captured or it will have to move to a square where the knight will get it... really loved the denoument to this game.
Jan-22-08  kevin86: While the odd sacrifice of the exchange and a self-fork was the sizzle of this game,the steak was white's persistance of attack. First he attacks along the h-file,then he transfers to the f-file,finally he delivers the final thrust at h7!
Jan-22-08  hitman84: Brilliant pun! :)
Jan-22-08  Jack Kerouac: <Al Wazir:Gruenfeld should have played the Gruenfeld.> Right you are, DogFace.
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  Sneaky: And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful castle!
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful queen!

Sämisch it ever was...
Sämisch it ever was...

Jan-22-08  Refused: Thank you for explaining that pun, really tried to figure it out. But now that I got it, I need some beer to forget it again... I guess Oscar Wilde was right,
"Ignorance is bless"
Jan-22-08  Jim Bartle: Sorry, no offense, but that's a classic typo, demonstrating the point: "Ignorance is bless."
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  Jimfromprovidence: I'm looking at 37...Nh5 for black instead of Ng8.

Then 38 gxf6 Qd6 39 Ng4 Nf4 just could hold for black.

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Jan-22-08  sneaky pete: Had Black played 29... Ne8! (instead of 29... Bd7?), he could have answered this move (30.Rhg3 ..) with 30... Kg7! 31.Nf5+ Bxf5 32.gxf5 h5!, with consolidation; or 32.Rxf5 Nd6! 33.Rff3 Nf7! 34.Rg2 .. (34.h4? gxh4 35.Rg2 Ng5!) 34... Nh8!!, followed by .. Ng6 and .. Nf4, and it is Black who has the upper hand.

Aaron Nimzowitsch in "his" Karlsbad tournament book.

Jan-22-08  Refused: < Jim Bartle: Sorry, no offense, but that's a classic typo, demonstrating the point: "Ignorance is bless.">

No offense taken, I was halfway out of the door, when I typed that. And typos are just human (esp. if you don't write in your first language) ^^

Jan-22-08  Griffard: after 48 ...Qxf6
what does white have? it doesn't look like there are any checks left, and material is even
Jan-22-08  Refused: I guess picking up the Queen with a Knight-Fork should be sufficient.
Jan-22-08  Lastwarrior: "after 48 ...Qxf6
what does white have? it doesn't look like there are any checks left, and material is even" 49 nd7+

but I dont see whats wrong with 48. ...nd6

Jan-22-08  Cibator: Actually it was Thomas Gray ("... where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.") Or folly to be a smartarse, of course!!
Jan-22-08  Refused: It can be found in "The Importance of being Earnest" by Wilde as well. I don't know who was first. Good old J.W. von Goethe said it even earlier.
Jan-22-08  SpoiltVictorianChild: "but I dont see whats wrong with 48. ...nd6"

49. Qh8#

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  Pawn and Two: <patzer2 & Jimfromprovidence> After 37...Nh5 38.gxf6 Qd6, Fritz 11 found an improvement for White over 39.Ng4 with, 39.Qg5 Nf4 40.Rxf4 exf4 41.e5, (1.02) (20 ply) 41...Qb6 42.f7 Rxd3 43.Kh2 Bxf7 44.e6 Rh3+ 45.Kxh3 Bxe6 46.dxe6 Qxe6+.

The ending after 46...Qxe6+ looks unclear. Additional analysis would be needed to determine if there are any winning chances in this position. Fritz indicates the following continuation: (1.66) (21 ply) 47.Kh4 f3 48.Ng4 Rf5 49.Qe3 Qg6 50.Rxf3 h5 51.Nf2 Qf6+ 52.Kg3.

Jan-23-08  Cibator: An earlier line in that same piece by Gray could be the motto for chess hustlers the world over: "Alas, regardless of their doom, the little victims play!"
Jan-24-09  thebribri8: I understood this groaner of a pun the second time around.
Nov-18-09  WhiteRook48: 47...Kg8?!
Mar-13-16  TheFocus: This game was the fIrst brilliancy prize winner - <American Chess Bulletin>, September-October 1929, pg. 151.
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