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Rudolf Spielmann vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Match (1905), Munich GER, Apr-??
Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation (C45)  ·  1-0

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Jan-29-12  RookFile: After 39. f4 Bg7 40. Bxg7, if black plays Qxg7 then 41. Rd8+ Rxd8 40. Qxd8+ Qg8 41. Qxg8+ and that's all she wrote.
Mar-17-12  ephesians: I like how both players ignored the h2 pawn in the middlegame. Guess it would be too time consuming for black to take it.
May-17-15  Oliveira: A clean, solid win by Spielmann: no fireworks this time, just a gradual undermining of Nimzo's potential weak pawns. 27...♗xb2 was the decisive mistake, but Black's position was growing more and more uncomfortable.

In fact, 19... ♘g7 already looks very suspicious, but we understand Nimzowitsch's plan was to establish a massive central setup after 20... f5. lt would seem the young Latvian already had such unconventional ideas at the time. Alas, the wall looked stronger than it actually was and Spielmann broke through easily.

Who would guess these two youngsters were to become the celebrated Last Knight of the King's Gambit and the revolutionary father of Hypermodernism?

May-18-15
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  Honza Cervenka: 28.Bf4 would have won faster.
May-18-15
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  Honza Cervenka: And instead of 33.Bh6 it was much simpler to play 33.Be3 Qa6 34.Bc4 etc.
Dec-27-15
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  PawnSac: < Honza Cervenka: 28.Bf4 would have won faster. >

Bf4 is a very solid candidate move. I too may have selected it over the game choice. But whether or not it would win faster depends more on the defense than the move itself. Here is the Stockfish 6-64 line at 43 ply:

28.Bf4 Rxe2 29.Rxe2 Be5 30.Rxe5 g5 31.Bb3 Kh8 32.Bg3 f4 33.Rxd5 Re8 34.h4 fxg3 35.fxg3 Qc6 36.Rxg5 Qxf3 37.gxf3 Rf8 38.Kg2 Nf5 39.f4 Nd4 40.Bd5 Re8 41.Re5 Rxe5 42.fxe5 Nf5 43.Kf3 Ne7 44.Ke4 h6 45.Bc4 Kg7 46.Bd3 Kf7 47.g4 Ng6 48.g5 h5 49.Be2 Nxh4 50.Bxh5+ Ke6 51.Bg4+ Kf7 52.Be2 Kg6

Note that this line is 10 moves longer than the actual game; but as i said, that has more to do with the fact black didn't play his best defense.

[ If you want to plug the whole game in your game viewer.. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.O-O O-O 10.Bg5 c6 11.Ne2 Bd6 12.Nd4 Bd7 13.Qf3 Be5 14.Nf5 Qc7 15.Rae1 Rae8 16.c3 Bxf5 17.Qxf5 g6 18.Qf3 Nh5 19.Bh6 Ng7 20.Kh1 f5 21.Re2 Rf7 22.Rfe1 Rfe7 23.Bg5 Re6 24.c4 Qd6 25.cxd5 cxd5 26.Bb5 Rb8 27.Ba4 Bxb2 28.Bf4 Rxe2 29.Rxe2 Be5 30.Rxe5 g5 31.Bb3 Kh8 32.Bg3 f4 33.Rxd5 Re8 34.h4 fxg3 35.fxg3 Qc6 36.Rxg5 Qxf3 37.gxf3 Rf8 38.Kg2 Nf5 39.f4 Nd4 40.Bd5 Re8 41.Re5 Rxe5 42.fxe5 Nf5 43.Kf3 Ne7 44.Ke4 h6 45.Bc4 Kg7 46.Bd3 Kf7 47.g4 Ng6 48.g5 h5 49.Be2 Nxh4 50.Bxh5+ Ke6 51.Bg4+ Kf7 52.Be2 Kg6 ]

Note that the strength of black's resistance is due in part to the interesting 30. ..g5! without which 29. ..Be5 seems pretty lame.

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