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Carl Schlechter vs Herzfeld
"Vienna Virtuoso" (game of the day Aug-07-2018)
Vienna (1893), Vienna AUH
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Steinitz Variation (C29)  ·  1-0

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Dec-01-02  Kulla Tierchen: I have always loved the games of Carl Schlechter. It is a pity that the match with Lasker fell through and had to be abbreviated to the detriment of Schlechter's chances.
Dec-01-02  drukenknight: Fantastic opening. From Vienna game, to Kings gambit, to Falkbeer in the space of 3 moves.

In those rare moments when I get positions like black does on move 7, I feel almost blessed, to be behind by 1 of material means I am on the attack, but to have the added positional benefit that the white K is moved, now I must be winning.

It would seem only natural to play the attack move: 7...Bg4+ immediately, grabbing material w/ 7...BxN simply confuses the issue.

Dec-01-02
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  Sneaky: What an incredible game. I kept thinking that Schlechter was lost, then he comes up with these incredible resources.
Dec-01-02  drukenknight: it seems that things start to go wrong about blacks 12th move. HE emeregs from the opening ahead in material and w/ an attack on the K. At that pt. he starts out on a policy of attack (11...Qe1+) then decides to block the check in order to avoid the discovered attack via the B/R.

But 12....00 may be simplest and 12...g5+ would continue the policy of attacking.

12....g5+ 13 KxP Rg8+ 14 Ke4 Qh4+ looks risky but what was the word that Tartakover would use...? consistent? or principled?

Mar-02-08  dzechiel: I have to agree with Sneaky's comment. I thought that white was killed in this game, and was quite surprised to see his comeback!
Mar-02-08
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  Jimfromprovidence: There's a lot that pops out at you with this match.

First, black (misses or ignores) a draw by repetition with 13...Qh4+.


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Immediately after, white could have won more material with 14 Qd7+! (not the text Qxe4), forcing 14... Kxd7 15 Bh3+ Ke8 16 Rxe1.


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Amazingly, as white did continue with 14 Qxe4, black had a second consecutive chance to draw by repetition, again by 14...Qh4+.


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With 15 Bd5, black ran out of chances.

Mar-02-08  wouldpusher: Schlechter also missed a forced mate with 20. ♗f5+ ♔d8 21. ♖d1+ ♔e7 22. ♖d7+ and mate in 1.
Mar-02-08  wouldpusher: I forgot to point out that from my previous kibitz, <20. ♗f5+ ♔d8 21. ♖d1+> ♔e8 22. ♖b8+ also mates next move.
Mar-02-08  karnak64: Wild. Absolutely wild.
Mar-02-08  hedgeh0g: Schlechter had guts.
Mar-02-08  Samagonka: What a drunken game.
Mar-02-08  CapablancaFan: Can this game be any wilder?! Schlechter throws caution to the winds, and goes for an all out assault. He seems oblivious to the fact that his king is on the run and his back rank has been compromised. In the end, although down a queen, his remaining pieces combine like a well oiled machine to force mate. P.S. I would'nt recommend playing like this unless you're a grandmaster!
Mar-02-08
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  Breunor: Jimfromprovidence wrote:

There's a lot that pops out at you with this match.

First, black (misses or ignores) a draw by repetition with 13...Qh4+.

I looked up the chessgames database here. This position was reached 6 times. The other 5 games drew with Qh4. Herzfeld is the only one to play Nc6.

Mar-02-08
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  Sneaky: Too bad the "drawing masters" of today don't have the heart that Schlechter had.
Mar-02-08  gBizzle: that has to be the most retarted opening that i have ever seen in my life. It is as almost as bad as the aptly named "Incorrect Opening"(1.e4 a6 2.d4 a5).
Mar-02-08  Manequinho: Do you guys think Schlechter saw the mate(s) in move 18.Rb1?
Mar-02-08
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  whiteshark: Why oh why do people keep leaving the door open?
Mar-02-08  drpoundsign: you know it's and old game because he wasn't smart enough to resign.
Mar-02-08  psmith: Schlechter was 18 or 19 when this game was played.
Mar-02-08  Resignation Trap: <gBizzle> My opponent and I played this "most retarted opening" at the 2005 Tri-State Challenge in Jackson, Wyoming. But in that game (Karl Disher - James Kulbacki ) I forced a draw with 13...Qh4+. In my opinion, if White wants to avoid a draw, then 12.Bb5+ (instead of 12.gxf3) is the way to go.

About 25 years ago, I went through over 100 Schlechter games while preparing a magazine article about the great Viennese master. I limited myself to selecting five games, and I considered including this one seriously. Schlechter played many wonderful games, and it wasn't easy to decide which ones to include! This one didn't make the list...

Mar-02-08  MichAdams: Mad as a March Herzfeld.
Mar-02-08  JG27Pyth: WOW! This is like a saloon brawl with guys breaking chairs over each other's heads.
Mar-02-08
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  Gypsy: < Resignation Trap > Which games did make the list?
Mar-03-08
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  kevin86: I heard about a young cop who was looking over Mary Poppins and Fagen-his sergeant asked,"What are you doing? The cop answered,"Sarge,you asked me to search every crook and nanny". (and the audience laughed loudly as the curtain came down).
Mar-03-08
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  keypusher: <My opponent and I played this "most retarted opening" at the 2005 Tri-State Challenge in Jackson, Wyoming. But in that game (Karl Disher - James Kulbacki ) I forced a draw with 13...Qh4+. In my opinion, if White wants to avoid a draw, then 12.Bb5+ (instead of 12.gxf3) is the way to go.>

Probably the most famous example of 12. Bb5+, and a game I never tire of pointing out:

Chigorin vs H Caro, 1898

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