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Bernhard Fleissig vs Carl Schlechter
"Schlechter's Immortal" (game of the day Nov-13-2010)
Vienna (1893), Vienna AUH
Polish Opening: General (A00)  ·  0-1



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Feb-18-03  kostich in time: this is the game that convinced the organizers of Hastings 1895 to invite Schlechter...they were a little seemed the Young Austrian master was a little too fond of drawing.
Feb-19-03  ughaibu: Nice game. I like to gambit a pawn by 3.e3 Bb4 4.g4 etc.
Feb-04-04  pogo5: A brilliant and linear game! Anybody has a convincing winning continuation against 13.Bxc3+ ? 13.Bxc3+ Nxc3+ 14.Kc1 then what??
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  kevin86: Schlechter plays a brilliant game-sacrificing both rooks to divert the queen and two minor pieces to divert the bishop.

Look at the finish! White has piles of pieces, all out of play-while black has a queen,which he uses to execute his greedy opponent.

Feb-04-04  matrexius: One of those occasional examples where greed does NOT pay on the chessboard.

pogo, 13. Bxc3 Nxc3+ 14. Kc1 Na4! (threatens Qe1#) 15. Qxb7+ Nd7 16. Nf3 Be3+ 17. Kb1 Rb8 18. Ka2 Nc3+ 19. Kb2 Rxb7 20. Nd4 Bxd4 21. e4 Nxb5+ 22. Kb3 Nc5+ 23. Ka2 Nc3# - analysis by Fritz 8

As you can see, after 13. Bxc3, Black does win, but it is quite drawn out. However, those moves above are those of an ultra-tenacious computer defense, and the actual game probably would have ended much more quickly.

Feb-04-04  ughaibu: Why does your computer reject 15.c3?
Feb-04-04  doreshk: pogo, may i suggest 14. ... Be3+ 15.Kb2 Qxb5. 16.Kxc3 Nd7
Feb-04-04  ughaibu: Doreshk: That looks good enough. What's white's best 17.Qc4 Bd2 etc with rook and piece for the queen?
Feb-04-04  doreshk: ughaibu, don't anything good for white. 17. ... Qe5 looks better to me.
Feb-04-04  doreshk: or better yet 17. ... Rc8 18. Qxc8 Nc5.
Feb-04-04  shr0pshire: I think the problem with the attack on white's part is that it is premature. The only piece that is part of the attack for white is the queen, and the only piece defending for white is white's dark colored bishop.

I think that white would have been well served to develop pieces first, or even develop pieces sometime rather than play romanitcally.

I believe that white's troubles start back on move 4. b5?. I don't think this is a sound move, and this allows black go gain the space in the middle, I believe that the game would have turned out differently, if white took black's c pawn on move 4. bxc5. The B pawn is not critical in the Polish/Sokolosky, and this is a good positional move for white, who can aim to take control of the center of the board more.

Although I do believe that tactics figured into this, I believe that white shot himself in the foot positionally early on.

Feb-04-04  TrueFiendish: 5.d4 was a bit of a wally move.
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  InspiredByMorphy: Schlecter plays like Morphy in this game. Another example of the brilliance, and genius of his combinational powers. I wonder how many explanation points this game would get in a modern day GM's analysis.
Mar-03-04  Whitehat1963: Arrested development!
Mar-13-04  schilderbaard: After 14.Qxb7 I don't see a winning combination for black.Can anyone help me?
Mar-13-04  ughaibu: How about 14....Qa4 15.Nf3 Rd8? For example 16.e3 Ke8 17.Bd3 Ndc5 18.Qc6 Kf8 19.Ke2 Rd3 20.d3 Qc2 etc.
Aug-15-04  WMD: Was the date of this game 1895 or 1893?
Aug-15-04  vonKrolock: <WMD> According to R. Spielmann, in "Karl Schlechter" , F. Englunds Förlag, Stockholm 1924: "played August 10-th 1893 in "Neuer Wiener Schachklub".
Mar-17-05  marekg248: It's 1893 according to outstanding book Karl Schlechter by Leonid S. Verkhovsky too. Anothet Schlechter's gems: Schlechter vs H Wolf, 1894
Schlechter vs Maroczy, 1902
Schlechter vs Alekhine, 1910
Schlechter vs Chigorin, 1905
Mar-20-05  vonKrolock: <marekg248> Not a surprise, considering that Verkhovsky chiefly copy-pasted from Spielmann's work
Mar-20-05  arielbekarov: The more games I see from Carl Schlechter the more I admire his art !

I think there is so much hidden in his way of playing that we cannot yet fathom his brilliant genious !

Pity that he didn't make it to become World Champion.

Together with Akiba Rubinstein and Richard Reti he belongs to the greatest NON-World Champions, and even greater than some of the World Champions.

Carl Schlechter is one of the greatest for me, and his reputation as "drawingmaster" is more because of his extraordinary kindness, but here he didn't present this kindness at all.

I am always so sad, when I am thinking about the way he left us. A brilliant man and not enough to eat.
But, in the world of artists, the ones who have given us the most have very often suffered the most.

We have the games of Carl Schlechter to enjoy. He gave us them to study carefully and this is the best way we can honour him ! Ariel

Mar-20-05  vonKrolock: Thanks for You thoughts, <arielbekarov>: there's about this Game, also a nice history - about the Live Chess shows from Marostica, North Italy (i'm transcribing my own post from another page) <in the names of the italian knights from the xv-th century Marostica episode: Rinaldo de Angarano e Vieri de Vallonara (and in the name of the 'prize' of that game Madonna Lionara too). The original quatrocento game was not been preserved in this case, and when the municipality of this venetian town started the famous festival whith live Chess performances in 1954, the game selected was Fleissig-Schlechter, Vienna 1893 >
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  offramp: A lot like this game, A Afifi vs Beliavsky, 1985.
Jul-11-05  marcwordsmith: I showed this game as a puzzle to my friend Dakin. Told him "Black to move and win" after White's 16th move. Unfortunately he did find a forced win for Black, and it's much more prosaic than the lovely combination that was actually played in the game. My friend's continuation renders the brilliancy of Schlechter's final combination unnecessary, which is sort of a sad thing, because I think brilliancy and elegance are more beautiful when they are the only winning alternative, as opposed to just one winning option among two or more. Anyway, Dakin found 16. . . . Be1! threatening both Bd2+ AND Nf2. If White tries 17. Nh3 to stop Nf2, then Bd7+ and if Kb1, then Qb5+ quickly leads to mate. If White tries 18. Kd1, Bxf4+ quickly mates. And of course if White captures the bishop, then a mate follows similar to the one in the game.
Jul-11-05  aw1988: Except the way in the game to win is also quite dry. Slightly more exciting, but not complex at all.
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