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Richard Teichmann vs Georg Marco
Monte Carlo (1902), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 10, Feb-18
Bishop's Opening: Berlin Defense (C24)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: 15...Qc6 was a bad idea. One move later black should have admitted his mistake and play 16...Qd7 though white's position is already clearly superior anyway. 15...Nxc4 looks o.k. for black.
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  Chessical: <Honza Cervenka> Or perhaps a Spanish type approach? <15...b5!?> 16.Bb3 c5 17.Nf5 Rfe8 18.Bg5 Nxb3 19.axb3 Qe6
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  Honza Cervenka: <Chessical> That's viable alternative too though instead of 18.Bg5 white can try 18.Bc2.
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  KEG: Teichmann and Marco were long-time rivals. At the end of their respective careers, Teichmann ended up one game ahead.

At Monte Carlo, Teichmann did much better than his rival, finishing fourth while Marco ended up in 15th place.

This game was all Tecihmann, who outplayed Marco (in a Bishop's Opening, no less).

As previously pointed out on this site by <Honza Cervenka> and <Chessical>, 15...Qc6 was Marco's losing error, though Teichmann was better placed even before 15...Qc6.

1. e4 e5
2. Bc4

Bishop's Opening. Though many have scoffed at this rather than 2. Nf3, it is an entirely sound and reasonable choice, even if out of fashion by some lights.

2... Nf6
3. d3

Ready to transpose into a Giuoco Piannissimo.

3... d5?!

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A surprising choice from the usually steady Marco. 3...c6 or 3...Bc5 are most usual and sufficient for equality. 3...Nc3 or course is also good.

The text is premature, and Teichmann could have gotten a meaningful edge even earlier than he actually did after this move.

4. exd5 Nxd5
5. Qe2

Needless over-refinement from Teichmann. He could have gotten much the better game with the simple 5. Nf3

5... Nc6
6. Nf3 Bg4
7. h3

A needless precaution. Better just to continue to develop with 7. 0-0 or 7. Nc3.

7... BxN
8. QxB

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8... Nf6

Missing an exciting way to equalize with 8...Nd4! (e.g., 9. QxN QxQ 10. BxQ Nxc2+ 11. Kd2 NxR 12. Bxb7 Nb4+ 13. Nc3 Rb8 14. Bd5 0-0 15. Re1 Rfe8 16. Bc4 e4 17. Rxe4 RxR 18. dxR a5 and Black is almost certainly not worse in this unbalanced and extremely difficult resulting endgame).

After the text, Teichmann was clearly better.

9. 0-0 a6

Giving Teichmann further opportunities to increase his edge. 9...Be7 and 9...Nd4 were both better than the text. The Tournament Book correctly rejected 9...Bd6 since Black winds up with wrecked pawn structures on both sides of the board after 10. Bb5 Qd7 11. Bg5 a6 12. BxN(c6) (12. Ba4 also leads to a solid advantage for White) QxB 13. QxQ+bxQ 14. BxN gxB with better chances in the endgame for White as a result of Black's awful pawn structure.

The position was now:

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10. Nc3

Another thoughtless reflex move. Teichmann would have been much better placed with 10. c3 or 10. Nd2, both of which would allow him to deal with 10...Nd4 from Black. 10. a4 was another good option for White.

10... Be7

Yet again missing Nd4, which would give Black decent prospects of holding his own.

11. Ne4 0-0
12. c3 Qd7
13. Be3 Rad8

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Teichmann was still definitely better, but both sides still had chances.

But now came the real battle royal, and in very short order, Marco was wiped out. I will discuss how and why this happened in my next post on this game.

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  KEG: Post II

14. Rfd1

Hardly the strongest follow-up. While the text hardly qualifies as a mistake, Teichmann might have tried to play on the Queen-side with 14. b4 or 14. a4. If he wanted to play the text, he might have begun with 14. NxN+

14... Na5

"?"--(Tournament Book)

"Weak. 14...Rfe8 was necessary." (Tournament Book)

I fail to understand the above commentary. The text looks fine to me. Marco could also have played 14...Nd5.

If 14...Rfe8 as suggested by the Tournament Book, White would have much the better prospects after 15. d4, or after 15. NxN+ BxN 16. a4.

15. Ng3

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Black is not so badly placed as yet, the Tournament Book notwithstanding. But here is where Marco fell apart:

15... Qc6?

"...a bad idea." (<Honza Cervenka>).

Black would have been fine with 15...Nd5 or 15...g6 or even 15...Rhe8. Perhaps simplest for Black would have been 15...NxB (the move suggested by <Honza Cervenka>)16. dxN Qe6. 15...b5 (as suggested by <Chessical> though White would definitely have the edge after 16. Bb3 and now perhaps 16...Nd5 rather than 16...c5 because 17. Nf5 gives White strong play.

After this weak effort by Marco (15...Qc6?), Teichmann had excellent winning chances.

16. Nf5!

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16... Rfe8?

" should have admitted his mistake and play 16...Qd7 though white's position is already clearly superior anyway." (<Honza Cervenka>).

All true.

Marco apparently missed the simple fork the text allowed. Not to sound overly flippant, but this is the sort of thing one might expect to find in an elementary book on chess tactics, and I am surprised that Marco was asleep at the chessboard on this occasions. Alas, it happens to most of us.

17. Qg3

"The decisive move." (Tournament Book)

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17... Nh5

I see nothing better.

18. Qxe5

From this point, Marco seems to have gone into desperation mode, and the game ended quickly.

18... NxB?

18...Bb4 was probably the best try, though after 19. Bxf7+ KxB 20. Nh6+ gxN 21. QxN+ Qg6 23. Qf3+ Kg8 24. cxB Black would be two pawns down with nothing approaching adequate compensation.

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19. NxB+

Game over.

19... Kf8?

This leads to a complete debacle for Black, but 19...RxN 20. QxR leaving Black down the exchange would not have been much fun either.

20. dxN RxR+
21. RxR

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21...RxN 22. Bc5 would have gotten Black mated in short order.

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