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Carl Schlechter vs Geza Maroczy
"My Big Fat Greek Gift" (game of the day Oct-08-2007)
1st Trebitsch Memorial (1907), Vienna AUH, rd 2, Jan-11
Queen Pawn Game: Krause Variation (D02)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: Schlechter was amazing.
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  Chessical: Schlechter and Maroczy had a lifetime even score over 32 games. Schlechter is often called the "drawing master", but it does not mean that he was always ready to split the point. Here, in round two of the tournamant he defeats a major rival, and makes a double bishop sacrifice 21.Bxh7+!and 24.Bxf6! In doing so he was taking on one of the best defenders of his time

12...Ne5 proves to be dangerous (but not necessarily losing); a safer alternative is 12...0-0 13.Qe2 Qe7 14.Rac1 Rac8 15.Bb1

If 19...Bxd5!? there is: 20.Bxh7+! Kxh7 21.Rxd5 Qe6 22.Rfd1 Bb6+ 23.Kh1; however, Maroczy suggested 19...Rae8! 20.fxe5 Bxe5 21.Bxe5 Qxe5 22.Qxe5 Rxe5 23.d6 Rd8 24.Bb1 after which he is still in the game

20...Bxd5!? is again met with 21.Bxh7+!Kxh7 22.Rxd5 Rad8 23.Rxd8 Rxd8 24.Qe4+

23...Qxe5 loses the Queen as f7 is unprotected: 24.Qxf7+ Kh8 25.Rf5 Qe3+ 26.Kh1

27.Qxh7+ is even more effective; 27...Kxh7 28.Rf4 Re4 29.Rxe4 Bxd5 30.Rh4#

Oct-08-07  syracrophy: <Chessical> Nice observation. With 27.♕xh7+ was mate in three moves. More forced than in the game's continuation
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  Honza Cervenka: Brutal and straightforward win by Schlechter. 12...Ne5?! gave white time to take powerful initiative in symmetrical position and though black maybe could have found some better defence later from purely human point of view this move was the decisive step on the road to disaster.
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  laskereshevsky: "My Big Fat Greek Gift"

In ths case in place of:
<Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes>....

we can say:
<Timeo Austro-ungaricus et dona ferentes>....

Oct-08-07  realbrob: Timeo Austro-ungaricum et dona ferentem is better maybe lol

If Schlechter was Austrian and Maroczy was Hungarian, why is it a Greek gift? Couldn't it be my big fat hungarian gift?

Oct-08-07  darth pawn: Schlechter drew a ten-game World Championship match with Lasker, so it's not surprising that he won.

Still, a well-timed sacrifice and a great game!

Oct-08-07  pawnofdoom: Interesting game of the day choice. For the first twenty moves, I expected this to be a boring game where one player wins a pawn and then wins the endgame, because there were no amazing sacs yet. But suddenly, the game went from perfectly normal moves to a cool sacrifice after 21. ♗xh7+. Most GoTDs are only 20 moves long because of some early sacrifice that gets one player checkmated, but this ones different.
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  keypusher: The opening is quite similar to this famous game, except that, unlike Rotlewi, Schlechter didn't give away tempos. Makes a big difference!

Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907

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  kevin86: It looked like the run of the mill game until white's sac turns black's king protection into the emperors new clothes.
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  fm avari viraf: A lovely didactic game full of fire & tactics. The two Bishops Sac that dilapidated Black's fortress paved the way for the King to perdition. Of course, White could have easily mated with 27.Qxh7+ Kxh7 28.Rf4! & Black cannot escape mate.
Aug-25-09  sharkbenjamin: Awesome game. Makes me want to play queen pawn openings!
Oct-08-09  ughaibu: Keypusher: Here's another significant difference: Geller vs Krogius, 1958
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  scutigera: <realbrob>: The sacrifice of White's KB with check on h7 against a castled king is known as the "Greek gift"; it's an offer of material in exchange for entry into the hostile position. See
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