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Serbe vs Wohlhaupt
corres GER (1985) (correspondence)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Schallop Defense (C34)  ·  1-0

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May-20-19  LoveThatJoker: 18. QxB+, followed by 19. N-K4+.
May-20-19
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  agb2002: The defenseless black queen and the knight near Black's royal family lead to 18.Qxd6+ Kxd6 19.Ne4+ and 20.Nxc3, winning a piece.
May-20-19  saturn2: 18. Qxd6+ and if black retakes or not he will be down a piece. Maybe it is better to leave the queens on the board.
May-20-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: The old "Temporary queen sac, then recovery via fork" trick.
May-20-19  lost in space: 18. Qxd6+ Kxd6 (else: piece down) 19. Ne4+ K(any legal move) 20. Nxc3 and white is a piece up, enough to win
May-20-19  Rumor: At first glance, hard to understand how black could walk into that in a correspondence game, but in fact, the silicon monster confirms that he already had a wholly lost position after 9...Qa5.
May-20-19
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  Willber G: Wohlhaupt walloped!
May-20-19
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  whiteshark: I love Mondays! This time nothing to add.
May-20-19  Lorenzo69: How about 18. Ne4 before 19. Qxd6+ to keep the Q, still 1 piece up, albeit a minor one?
May-20-19
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  Willber G: <Lorenzo69: How about 18. Ne4 before 19. Qxd6+ to keep the Q, still 1 piece up, albeit a minor one?>

18.Ne4 Qe3+

May-20-19  zb2cr: 18. Qxd6+ wins a piece. If Black retakes ... Kxd6, White remains a piece up with the fork 19. Ne4+.
May-20-19
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  patzer2: Black's poor development is quickly and decisively punished in this game.

The problem IMO start with the novelty 5...c6? which neglects development, blocks the Queen Knight's access to it's strongest square, and potentially allows 6. e5 ±.

Instead, the computer pick 5...Nxe5 6. Nxe5 d4 ∓ is probably better, even though it has favored White in practice. A more practical alternative is 5...Nc6 = which, according to our Opening Explorer, has strongly favored Black in OTB play.

Black's lack of development gives White a won game after 9...Qa5?? 10. Bxf4 +- (+5.57 @ 27 ply, Stockfish 10). Instead, 9...Nd7 10. Bxf4 ⩲ or 9...0-0 10. Bxf4 ⩲ would have given the second player a fighting chance.

May-20-19  TheaN: <saturn2: Maybe it is better to leave the queens on the board.> How exactly?

19.Qxd6+ Kb6 (Kc8 20.Ne6 +- is terrible, Kb7 20.Qxd7 +- is at least two pieces down) 20.Ne6 and White keeps Nd7 en prise as well as threatening Qc7+. As the Knight's defending c5, I guess Black could try only moving a rook to d8, but after 21.Qc7+ with 22.Nxd8 +- Black's almost out of any pieces. Sure, 19....Kxd6 is just stay of execution so I don't get why Black didn't resign after 19.Qxd6+.

May-20-19  TheaN: In fact already after 18.Qe6 SF9 gives:

1) +4.12 (23 ply) 17...Kc7 18.Qxd6+ Kxd6 19.Ne4+ Kc7 20.Nxc3

So Black doesn't really have any alternatives except running into this.

May-20-19
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  gawain: After 18 Qxd6+ Black could have resigned and saved the cost of a few postage stamps.
May-20-19
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  beenthere240: It took black a while to realize he was down a piece.
May-20-19  TheaN: <patzer2: Instead, the computer pick 5...Nxe5 6. Nxe5 d4 ∓ is probably better, even though it has favored White in practice.>

Assuming you mean the reversed 5....Nxe4 with d5: I guess it allows White to spin up the guns on the f-file with 6.Bxf7+!? Kxf7 7.Nxe4. It's better for Black but quite tricky (best seems to be immediately 7....Rf8! with the idea to shield the King in an artificial castle).

May-20-19  zb2cr: The tentative suggestion by <saturn2> about leaving Queens on the board runs into a buzz saw. Black has 4 alternatives to taking the White Queen: ... Kd8, ... Kc8, ... Kb7, and ... Kb6.

A. 18. ... Kd8 runs right into forced mate. 19. Ne6+, Kc8; 20. Qc7#.

B. 18. ... Kc8; 19. Ne6 threatening mate at c7.

B.1. 19. ... Qe3+; 20. Kh1, Qxe6; 21. Bxe6 is clearly fatuous.

B.2. 19. ... Qa5; 20. Qxc6+, Kb8; 21. Qxd7, Qb6; 22. Nc7, Qxc7; 23. Qxb5+, Qb7; 24. Qe5+, Qc7; 25. Rb1+, Kc8; 26. Be6+, Kd8; 27. Qd5+, Ke7 ( 27. ... . Ke8 loses both Black Rooks.); 28. Rbe1 and Black is helpless.

C. 18. ... Kb7; 19. Qxd7+.

C.1. 19. ... Kb8; 20. Bg8, Rxg8; 21. Rf7 forces mate along White's 7th rank.

C.2. 19. ... Kb6; 20. Ne6, Rhc8; 21. Rf2 and it looks as though WHite has to be satisfied with "only" a two-piece edge.

D. 18. ... Kb6; 19. Qxd7 looks like a transposition to line C.2.

May-21-19
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  patzer2: <TheaN> Thanks! I did mean 5...Nxe4 6. Nxe4 d5 ∓, which as you note is probably better but is also tricky and difficult. Its poor results in OTB board play confirm your assessment.

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