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Erich Cohn vs Carl Schlechter
St. Petersburg (1909), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 8, Feb-25
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  0-1



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  Mateo: An amazing Knight vs Bishop ending. At first glance, it's an easy win for White, since he has won a pawn. But Schlechter found a way to get good practical chances when he played 27...Kc6 beginning a king march to b5 and then to c4 (or a4). Although computers might say White wins, on the board it's an hard task.
Feb-01-19  ughaibu: It's rather odd that 6.e4 has only been played twice, considering its success both here and in Pillsbury vs Swiderski, 1902.
Feb-01-19  ughaibu: Does Lasker say anything about 6.e4? And why haven't his comments been added?
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  keypusher: <ughaibu>

He wrote

<If the pawn is captured, then follows Ne5, threatening Bb5+ and Bc4; e.g. 7.Ne5 Bd6 8.Qg4> (as in the Pillsbury game, though he doesn't mention it).

He also commented that <White would have brought about lively complications with 7.exd5 Nxd5 8.Bc4 Be7? (better ...Bb4) 9.Qb3 c6 10.Nxd5 cxd5 11.Bb5+.>

As for the rarity of 6.e4, the whole variation is pretty damn rare.

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  keypusher: <ughaibu> Stockfish loves 6.e4 though. I know that will weigh very heavily with you. :-)
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  Retireborn: <keypusher> My Chessbase data inserts the moves 17.Bh5 Ref8 18.Bg4 Re8 before continuing 19.Bg5 Qg6 and then as in the game.

If you have the tournament book, can you confirm or deny this? TIA

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  keypusher: <Retireborn> Yes, the book has those extra moves.

Incidentally, there's a link to the book in my profile, which hopefully still works. There are a lot of terrific old out-of-copyright chess books on Google Books, and other places.

Feb-01-19  JimNorCal: KeyPusher: the link is still good.
Thank you.

Is there a page here in CG where links like this could be gathered, so as to have them all in one place?

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  Retireborn: <keypusher> Many thanks for that.
Feb-01-19  ughaibu: Keypusher: Thanks.
Feb-01-19  sudoplatov: Stockfish (6 second version) suggests that 16.h3 gives White more than a two-Pawn advantage.
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