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Rudolf Spielmann vs Jacques Mieses
"The Art of Sacrifice" (game of the day Dec-15-2015)
Mieses - Spielmann (1910), Regensburg GER, rd 8, May-14
Queen's Gambit Declined: Cambridge Springs Variation (D52)  ·  1-0



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  jessicafischerqueen: <Retireborn> you're very welcome- I wonder if CG would put them in the game box there if I emailed them the annotations.
Nov-22-11  King Death: <jessica> Nice work getting those notes in there. Thanks!

This queenside opening is unusual in Spielmann's early playing career.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <nolanryan>

If <30...Kc8>

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<31.Qh3> with threat of discovered check, so

<31...Kb8> (forced)

<32.Rxb7+> (Rook is immune, if <32...Kxb7> it's a forced mate)

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White is up material, White king is safe, Black has no counterplay, Black can resign in good conscience from last position.

Nov-22-11  nolanryan: thanks for the line!
still obviously a rigged game
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  jessicafischerqueen: <nolanryan> lol I admire your conviction. I also googled you and was delighted to discover you are one of the greatest pitchers of all time!
Mar-29-12  qqdos: Neil McDonald in his 2006 book Rudolf Spielmann Master of Invention annotates this game in some depth and chooses it as his personal favourite - because Mieses kept on setting him difficult problems. McDonald's parting comment: "The black king's stricken journey to a5 reminds me of - - Kasparov's famous brilliancy against Topalov, 1999. Absolutely!
Jun-17-12  Cemoblanca: Great game! Mieses had no time to "catch some air"! ;0)
Dec-15-15  Abdel Irada: No comments on this excellent game for nearly three and a half years?

Dec-15-15  cunctatorg: I guess that "this is Spielmann's masterpiece" (that Alekhine, Fischer, Kasparov and every great player would be "kinda jealous" of) because Mieses also defended brilliantly for the most part of the game!!...
Dec-15-15  Sularus: nice game!
Dec-15-15  Sularus: If a GOTD is to be named the Art of Sacrifice, imho I think it should be Tal's game (maybe the one where he sac'd a rook for one or two tempi).
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  kevin86: This game is a real classic! Both side attack on the Q-side, white's is better.
Dec-15-15  AylerKupp: <Sularus> In case you are not aware, Spielmann wrote a classic book in the 1930s called "The Art of Sacrifice". And, in his time, Spielmann was considered the most dangerous attacking player of them all. I wouldn't be surprised if Spielmann was Tal's inspiration. So I think that the title of this game appropriately belongs to one of Spielmann's games.
Dec-15-15  Castleinthesky: This is one of my favorite chess books. It is the "last fling" of romantic style of chess. I have always greatly admired Spielmann and it saddens me that he met such a tragic end.
Dec-15-15  rainingpieces: What is Black's defense against 21.Rf5 (cutting away queen's influence on e5). If bishop takes then Qe5+ looks really dangerous (taking on f5 next with a bishop), so Black's queen has to move, say, to h6. 21.Rf5 Qh6 22.Qe5+ Kc8 when White can plan to take the bishop on d7 with a rook. White keeps a good initiative going unless there is something what Black can do.
Dec-15-15  Sularus: <AylerKupp:> mea culpa. indeed, i am not aware of that. thanks for the info! :)
Dec-15-15  mikrohaus: <cuntatorg>: That's not defense from Mieses but counterattack (a slight but important difference.)

This whole game is on a hair's edge -- to which Mieses' counterattack will win against everybody but chess legends on their best days.

That's why FIDE gave them GM-status afterwards, because there was no such thing at their time.

For chess players it is one of the best fighting games of all time.

Dec-15-15  Mating Net: A tremendous QGD masterpiece from one of the top devotees of the King's gambit. A tremendous testament to the the value of the initiative.
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  ventura07: What is the source of Spielmann's notes (which newspaper column?)to this fine game.
Feb-10-17  mikealando: Miesed up
Aug-24-18  bkpov: What happens after 39. Rf-f2?
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  tpstar: <What happens after 39 ... Rff2>

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A good try, hoping for 40. Qxc3+?? Qb4+ 41. Qxb4+ cxb4+ 42. Rxb4 Ra2# and Black wins. Except White has 40. b4+ forcing 40 ... Qxb4+ 41. Rxb4 and now the White King can escape to b3 & c3 or c4 avoiding mate.

Spielmann points out another way for White to lose after 39. Ka3: "If now 39...c2, then not 40.Qe1+ Qb4+ 41.Rxb4 c1=Q+ 42.Qxc1 cxb4 mate, but rather 40.Bxc2 Rxc2 41.Rxb6 axb6 42.Qe7 Ra8 43.Qb7 Ra6 44.Qc6 and wins."

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  HarryP: Nice game!!
Oct-25-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: 'Nov-22-11 nolanryan: this game was obviously staged'

Obviously a Jewish conspiracy, as both grandmasters were Jewish and both fled Nazi Germany - Spielmann to Sweden and Mieses to England.

Sep-19-21  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I thought I found a mate in six as follows:

35 Bd3 Qxd3

36 Qxb7+ Ka5

37 Qb4+ Ka6

38 Qa4+ Kb6

39 Qxa7+ Kb5

40 Rb7 mate

but then noticed 35 ... Rf2+

with a perpetual check!

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