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David Graham Baird vs Adolf Albin
2nd City Chess Club Tournament (1894), New York, NY USA, rd 11, Nov-15
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Friess Attack (C80)  ·  0-1



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  Chessical: The success of what was by then an old line and objectively innocuous line by Black, shows the progress of chess technique. I doubt if any modern master would have played <17.Qxg7?>.The only move appears to be g4.

For a contemporary and similar defensive failure, see

Meitner vs Schlechter, 1899

Aug-12-06  Knight13: 13. h5! Good move.

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  Phony Benoni: And, once again, the 300-lb offensive lineman clears the path so the scrawny halfback can get all the glory. Life just isn't fair.
Mar-24-14  M.Hassan: 22........Rg1+
23.Nxg1 Qg2#
Mar-24-14  Nullifidian: 22... ♖g1 23. ♘xg1 ♕g2#
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  al wazir: Solved it in three minutes and ten seconds. (Ten seconds to find 22...Rg1+ 23. Nxg1 Qg2#; three minutes to figure out that it was *black* to move, not white.)
Mar-24-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Took me 20-30 seconds, because I was looking first at ... Bxe2+
Mar-24-14  lost in space: Ahh, I love Mondays! And no queen sac!

22...Rg1+ 23. Nxg1 Qg2#

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  FSR: <Chessical> White was already lost, and doubtless desperate, when he played 17.Qxg7. On 17.g4, 17...hxg3! 18.Bxc5 d6! 19.exd6 exf2+ wins easily (-4.37) - Houdini 3.
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  Oxspawn: After 22 Rg1
23. Nxg1 is forced and then 23, ...Qg2 is game over. I wasted time on 22. . Bxe2
but otherwise I love Mondays in Dhaka (me not the chess).
Mar-24-14  Skewbrow: Even I managed to see this right away. I share the misgiving with Phony Benoni, and tried to make the rook do the deed. But starting with 22...Rh2 leads to an interception 23 Qg3. Those linesmen just need to do their job.

BTW can the US members shed soome light as to why an event called *2nd City Chess Club Tournament* was held in New York? I would have thought that *2nd city* referred to Chicago already in 1894?

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  offramp: The "First City" would refer to Roanoke.
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  agb2002: Black has the bishop pair for a bishop, a knight and a pawn.

Black would deliver mate if it were possible to replace the rook on g2 with the queen. Hence, 22... Rg1+ 23.Nxg1 Qg2#.

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  Once: <Skewbrow> if you click on the blue link under 2nd city chess club tournament you'll see that this was the second time that the New York chess club had staged a tournament. Second tournament, not second city.
Mar-24-14  radtop: Skewbrow. The answer lies in the links. This was the second tournament held by the City Chess Club.
Mar-24-14  morfishine: 22...Rg1+ 23. Nxg1 Qg2#
Mar-24-14  zb2cr: I love me some Mondays, I do, I do.
22. ... Rg1+ forces 23. Nxg1, and Black then gives mate by 23. ... Qg2#.
Mar-24-14  CopyBlanca: move 15 was bad by white. B-G5 better.
Mar-24-14  Morttuus: Well, if I'm sober enough, 22...Rxf2 23.Bxf2 (or Kxf2) Qg2 does the job too.
Mar-24-14  JG27Pyth: @<Morttuus> Rxf2? Qxf2
Mar-24-14  psmith: Back on move 7, a subtlety. After 7. Nxe5 if Black plays 7... bxa4?, White wins with 8. Re1!
Mar-24-14  Morttuus: JG27: Ah, damn by eyes. Life is a battle, and the bottle always wins.
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  kevin86: This is Clark W Griswold move: VACATION. 22...♖g1+ 23 ♘xg1 ♕g2#.
Mar-24-14  Karposian: I just realized that Black is Adolf Albin, the man behind Albin's Counter Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5) which he surprised Lasker with in a game played in New York 1893. He was a rather strong player back in the day.
Mar-24-14  petrie911: Took me about 30 seconds to get. Mostly because I read it as "22. ?".
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