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Carl Schlechter vs Hugo Suechting
Vienna (1908), Vienna AUH, rd 1, Mar-23
Spanish Game: Closed. Averbakh Variation (C87)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Around move 20, it doesn't look like White is doing much of anything. Sure, he does have a knight posted daringly on the third rank, but otherwise there seem no signs of aggression.

Then Schlechter starts pushing. And pushing. And pushing. One rank at a time, with his queen slowly creeping into Black's vitals, till poor Suechting's pieces are practically falling off every edge of the board.

Scary stuff!

Feb-18-09  Shams: <Phony Benoni> I think white is already much better by move 20.
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  Gilmoy: <10..Qc8> Yaay! Threatening the fishy Bxh3!

<12..a5 18..a4> Another bizarre fish-like appendage. Black sheds two more tempi to "force" White's B to a perfectly good diagonal.

<19..Qa6?> Huh? Like a poor man's Qa5 in c6/c5 systems, but with half the caffeine for twice the caloric cost ...

<20..Qb6+> A lousy return for her three tempi. Black's stubborn desire to keep the c7-d6 pawn chain seems flawed: 19..c5 and Bc6-(Ba8)-Qb7-d5 looks more like a coherent plan.

<21..Qc5?> Dreaming of b4, but she's awful here, used up too many tempi to get here, and will use up about five more emulating a tennis ball.

<25..Qc6 35.Bc6> No c5-break for you!

<26.Bd4> Oh, the irony.

<43.Qxc7> Appropriate.

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  Phony Benoni: <Shams> Oh, I quite agree that White is probably better by move 20. His pieces don't look like they're doing much, but they're doing it in a coherent way while Black's pieces seem to have no coordinatino at all. The Spanish, as much as any other opening, gives me the impression of a coiled snake just waiting to unfold and attack.

<Gilmoy> I hadn't realized how the Black queen spent most of the game creeping as well. Quite amusing!

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