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Carl Schlechter vs Emmanuel Schiffers
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 10, Jun-14
Semi-Slav Defense: Chigorin Defense (D46)  ·  1-0



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  vonKrolock: This game can be called "The Imortal Counter-Attack"
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  vonKrolock: the extraordinary position after 21...Bxh3 makes this game unique... white seems to succumb to a mating attack, but whith 22.Rf4!! ( a move that Spielmann calls a "deus-ex-machina") is revealed that is Black's position that is helpless...
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  Retireborn: I had never played over this game until the other day, when a passing reference to it in Edward Winter's book (Kings etc) drew my attention to it. Which is rather sad, as I have owned that book for many years!

20...Ne3 is probably not the best move; with 20...Be7 intending ...Bg5 Black keeps quite good attacking chances.

As for the amazing Houdini(!)-like 22.Rf4!! it is the best and only move, but the ironic truth is that it should lead to equality with best play.

It's only with 26...Qf3+ (such a natural check!) that Schiffers loses the thread. He should play 26...f5! with the idea of opening the e-file.

Then 27.exf5 (27.Bc4+ and 27.e5 are worse acording Houdini) Qf3+ 28.Kg1 Qg4 29.Qf4 (29.Kf2 Qf3+) Bf3+, and now White cannot play 30.Kf2 Qg2+ because 31...Rae8 will be devastating whether the king goes to e3 or e1. So he has to play 30.Qxg4+ Bxg4 31.Ng3 reaching an unclear position where his pawns look vulnerable.

In the game continuation after 29.Kf2 Qg2+ would be useless, as the white king can safely hide on e3.

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