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Isidor Gunsberg vs James Mason
Hamburg (1885), Hamburg GER, rd 1, Jul-13
French Defense: Classical. Swiss Variation (C11)  ·  0-1

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Jul-09-14
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  Honza Cervenka: 12.bxc3 is hard to understand. 12.Nxc3 c5 13.dxc5 Nc6 14.0-0 or 14.Na4 looks perfectly playable for white. At least he is not worse here unlike in the game. Instead of 14...Rh4!? black also could have just taken the Pawn on d4. 27.h4 was a howler, 27.d4 was a necessity here. After that black reached clearly won game but he nearly lost all his advantage by hasty 36...Rc1 instead of crushing 36...Rd3! with intention 37.Rb4 Rcc3 . Unfortunately for white, he had on the board one of those rare exceptions from Tarrasch's rule for placement of Rook behind instead of in front of Pawns. Instead of 42.Rc2, which lost the game quickly, he should have tried 42.g5 with counter-play. Maybe black can win this somehow anyway but it is not so clear and white has at least good practical chance to save the day.
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