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Geza Maroczy vs Johann Nepomuk Berger
Vienna (1908), Vienna AUH, rd 12, Apr-07
Spanish Game: Open. Riga Variation (C80)  ·  0-1



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Jan-08-06  Karpova: this game together with M Vallet vs J Lebon, 2001 are the only games in the database featuring 10.Kf1

Is there any hope for white after (of course) 10....Qh4 or is this line losing?

Mar-12-06  cuendillar: There certainly is hope for white if he's a good tactician. There are multiple lines in which the attack forcibly turns into a perpetual and some that gives rough equality even if black finds the best moves. It is an extremely critical line.
Feb-08-07  ChessDude33: <Karpova>there could be, but why bother since 10.Kh1 leads to a favorable endgame for white.
Feb-08-07  syracrophy: I prefer 10.♔h1 as in the game Pandolfini vs NN, 1970, which seems to be better

But also, White missed the chance of playing 11.♖xe4+!! as in the same game. Maybe the variations could lead to the same as in the game

Feb-09-07  ChessDude33: <syracrophy>What? no that can't be right, the whole idea of the Kh1 line is to pick up the h2 bishop with the king after Rxe4+ and Qd8+.

11. Rxe4? looks horrible with the king on f1

Jun-04-11  Amarande: 11 Nd4+ might perhaps be best, returning the piece; Tartakower, to my recollection, commented on this possibility as giving (along the lines of - I don't have the book in front of me) "a defensive tempo of no small importance."

After this, the natural continuation would be 11 ... b5 12 Be3 bxa4 13 Nf3 Qh5 14 Nbd2 (to eliminate the Ne4) after which Black appears to win with 14 ... O-O. White must chase his material, being two pawns down and Black's King has just gotten into safety, so 15 Nxe4 dxe4 16 Nxh2 Qxh2 17 Bc5 Re8 18 Qd5 Rb8 19 Qc6 is indicated, causing some trouble as Black's pawns are weak, but Black still seems to have it in the bag after 19 ... Qh1+ 20 Ke2 Bg4+ 21 Kd2 (21 f3 exf3+ looks even more dangerous) Rbd8+ 22 Kc3 Qxg2 23 Qxa6 Ra8 24 Qc6 Rec8! This last saves the most important pawn, preventing White from having a passed pawn to balance the h-pawn.

Black is then still two pawns up, and White can only regain one by submitting to an exchange of Queens, either by 25 Qxe4 etc. or with 25 Rxe4 Qf3+ (Black must be a little wary - if at once 25 ... Bf5?? 26 Re8+! is sorrow) 26 Be3 Bf5, forcing 27 Rc4. In addition, he has a strong K-side majority and a passed h-pawn, with the right Bishop to boot.

I see no reason White should be able to draw this end-game, and, indeed, unless there is some improvement over 14 Nbd2 (there may very well be) find that 10 Kf1 looks to be distinctly inferior.

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  Phony Benoni: Not many games end with an epassant capture, the most famous example possibly being G Gundersen vs A H Faul, 1928.
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  sea7kenp: <Phony Benoni>: It's hard to beat an en passant Mate. Thanks for pointing out that 1928 Game!
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