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Mikhail Chigorin vs Heinrich Wolf
Monte Carlo (1902), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 9, Feb-17
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Max Lange Attack (C55)  ·  0-1



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  Chessical: Chigorin finished half a point behind Wolf in 8th place in this tournament.

Chigorin gets a woeful position on the White side of a two Knight's defence, eventually losing two pawns for no compensation.

<9.fxg7> promises little, but <12.Qh5?> is an actual blunder which dissipates any attacking chances.

Wolf dominates the board and Chigorin's pieces are disorganized. Yet Wolf cannot find a coup de gr‚ce. <29...b5> or later <31...c3> pushing the Q-side connected pawns looks promising. Instead, Wolf hesitates and Chigorin could have pulled himself back into the game with:

<33. Qd8+> Kg7 34. f4 Rxf4 35. Qd6 Qxd6 36. Rxd6

Instead, Chigorin's Queen is sent off-side for no obvious purpose and the black pawns roll on through.

May-29-10  capanegra: Yes, Chigorin played this game very badly. Instead of fxg7+?, 9.Ag5! would have been almost decisive, as B Kazic vs B Vukovic, 1940 demonstrates.

Although in his last years his progress had sensitively diminished, Chigorin always surprised me for his irregularity. He could play a positional brilliancy like, say, Lasker vs Chigorin, 1895, and then insipid games like this.

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