Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Friedrich Saemisch vs Antonio Angel Medina Garcia
Madrid (1943), Madrid ESP, rd 2, Oct-05
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit. Alapin Variation (D08)  ·  0-1



Annotations by Alexander Alekhine.      [77 more games annotated by Alekhine]

explore this opening
find similar games 1 more Saemisch/A Medina Garcia game
sac: 18...Nf4+ PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: <More flexible (and more popular with today's stronger players) than 5. Nbd2 is the immediate 5. g3> A cheap trap is 5.Nbd2 Bf5, because if White plays automatically with 6.g3? he is immediately embarassed by 6...Nb4!
Oct-24-03  drukenknight: cute trap. I try to do that whenever I get the B to f5. which is like never.
Oct-24-03  patzer2: <Sneaky> 5. ..Bf5 may have potential beyond the trap line you mention above, as in the pretty black wins with it in Samisch vs Richter, 1941 and Finn vs Palmer, 1903

White's best response to 5. ..Bf5 (according to Fritz 8) is 6. Nb3! as in Finn vs Palmer (see Kibiting to that game above), leading to a white advantage.

Oct-24-03  AdrianP: <kevin86> <a nice combination! Wasn't Samisch the loser of Nimzo's zugzwang game?> indeed, he was... this is the game Samisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923
Mar-05-10  rapidcitychess: I have recommended the Albin but never been able to get the courage to use it.:D
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: "Funky Cool Opening, Medina"
Dec-04-19  Carrots and Pizza: Blew it. I thought the key move would be ...Rg6+ and didn't bother to calculate it carefully after that, but it doesn't win, so says the engine.
Dec-04-19  saturn2: I looked at18...Nh4+ 

19. gxh4 Rg6+ 20. Kh1 Qf4 21.Rg1 (if Ne4 to prevent Bd6 and protect h2 Qxf3#) Bd6 22. Rg2 (Nf1 Qf3#) Re8 23. Ne4 Qxf3 24. Rg1 Rxe4  ∓

Dec-04-19  agb2002: The white castle is not well defended. This suggests 18... Nf4+:

A) 19.gxf4 Rh6

A.1) 20.Rh1 Qh3+ 21.Kg1 Rg6#.

A.2) 20.h4 Qg6+ 21.Kh3 (else 21... Rxh4#) 21... Be7 and 22... Rxh4#.

A.3) 20.Rfe1 Qh3+ 21.Kg1 (21.Kh1 Qxh2#) 21... Rg6+ 22.Kh1 Qg2#.

B) 19.Kg1 Qh3 20.gxf4 Rg6+ 21.Kh1 Qg2#.

C) 19.Kh1 Qh3

C.1) 20.Rg1 Qxh2+ 21.Kxh2 Rh6#.

C.2) 20.gxf4 Rh6 and 21... Qxh2#.

Dec-04-19  Walter Glattke: 18.-Nh4+ 19.gxh4 Rh6+ / 19.Kh1 Nxf3
Dec-04-19  JimmyRockHound: According to Stockfish 18. Bc1 draws.
Dec-04-19  paavoh: <<patzer2>> said in 2003: <As such 17. Ne4! was probably white's last chance to secure an advantage> and it seems so obvious just by looking at that position.

18.-Nh4+ seemed at first to win but 18.-Nf4+ proved much more effective.

Dec-04-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Fun one. The main key to solving for me was that the g-file is a red herring, and the goal is simply to mate on the h-file before White can defend. Fortunately, whether or not he accepts the knight sacrifice, White has to spend a tempo moving his king in either case. So Black's two non-forcing moves to get his queen to h3 and his unblocked rook to h6 only leave White one free move to defend, which is not enough.
Dec-04-19  PhilFeeley: I know Alekhine is better than me (and almost everybody else) but I'm having trouble understanding his notation at move 18. How does 20...bxd4 win a piece? He's already sacked his knight and the bishop is attacked twice. I've played through it in my mind but I still don't see it. Is it because mate is threatened?
Dec-04-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Alekhine and the engine don't agree about much in this game.
Dec-04-19  paavoh: @philfeeley: <How does 20...bxd4 win a piece?>. After the suggested sequence, the B cannot be taken: 21.Bxd4 Qxf3#.
Dec-04-19  WorstPlayerEver: Not too hard; after 18... Nh4 19. gxh4, Black does not have Rh6
Dec-04-19  brainzugzwang: Maybe Saemisch didn't take enough time in this game? (Small joke for those familiar with his history)
Premium Chessgames Member
  ajk68: Alekhine's comments seem like hallucinations.
Dec-04-19  SpamIAm: Alekhine's first note is sort of strange. He states that Saemisch was bamboozled by Garcia's queenside castling but that has been a common theme in the Albin Countergambit ever since its invention. Indeed, black can castle queenside as early as move 7 and often does, as that move provides reinforcement to the d-pawn. Black's castling on the kingside actually would've been more puzzling. Was Saemisch completely unfamiliar with this opening?
Dec-04-19  SpamIAm: <ajk68> , I think you answered my question. :)
Dec-04-19  ilovepotatoes: Nice game!

But a blunder could have been avoided by Saemisch

Premium Chessgames Member
  gawain: Like some others I was caught by the temptation to follow up the knight sacrifice with action along the g-file (...Rg6+).
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Saemisch's tripled f-pawns make it impossible for his pieces to effectively stop Medina Garcia's attack.
Mar-28-23  Alan McGowan: A belated reply to comments by <SpamIAm> from December 2019.

Saemisch was certainly not unfamiliar with the opening. The Deutsche Schachblaetter 1941, Nr. 3-4 gives two games by Saemisch against the gambit defence: Saemisch-Rathai (1-0, 15) and Saemisch-K. Richter (0-1, 26), both in CG. Saemisch vs V Rathai, 1941 Saemisch vs K Richter, 1941

Introductory words refer to a statement by Saemisch, who commented that in recent years he had faced the Albin Counter-Gambit nine times and won all nine games, some in dashing style. See also Saemisch vs Maroczy, 1936

search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
a variation of smothered mate-pawns kill white
from kevin86's favorite games by kevin86
triple fpawn file and your king will die...
from jaime gallegos' favorite games by jaime gallegos
Improvements on Samisch's play in the Albin-Counter Gambit.
from Opening Gambit Ideas by patzer2
Game 89
from 107 Great Chess Battles: 1939-45 Alekhine by mjk
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit. Alapin Variation
from ANNOTATED HUMAN GAMES by gambitfan
18...Nf4+! M5 solves Wednesday Dec 4, 2019
from Mating Attack by patzer2
alekehine notes
by zakir
Albin Aggression
by schnarre
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit. Alapin Variation
from QUEEN'S GAMBIT DECLINED by gambitfan
randejong's favorite games
by randejong
from chesswarmup's favorite games by chesswarmup
QGD: Albin Countergambit. Alapin Var (D08) 0-1 18...?
from Whiete Doubele Fianchettoese Duepe Fredthebaere by fredthebear
Modern Chess Miniatures
by Benzol
alekhine comments
from taofelix's favorite games by taofelix
Game 89 in '107 Great Chess Battles' by Alexander Alekhine
from yv 1940s Barious Beauties & Bonehead BBQs Purdy by fredthebear
98_D08-D09_Albin Counter Gambit
by whiteshark
19 moves
from Chess Miniatures, Collection IV by wwall
by Lokys
Game 89
from Great Chess Battles (Alekhine) by Qindarka

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC