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Rudolf Spielmann vs Richard Reti
"The Pin is Mightier than the Sword" (game of the day Nov-23-2018)
Vienna (1913), Vienna AUH
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Anderssen Attack (C56)  ·  0-1



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Aug-14-05  Averageguy: This game is a good example of how to keep a pin for profit.
Mar-08-07  Rama: Nasty.
May-28-08  wweiss: 25. Ba6 was an excellent move as it ensures that the king can access neither the e4 (because of the pawn) nor the d3 (because of the bishop) square. Thus, the king is forced to march to defend the rook on black squares, maintaining the pin and guaranteeing that Reti will win a piece.
Jul-26-17  Toribio3: Pin is mightier than a sword!
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  andrewjsacks: More pins than on a pin cushion.
Nov-23-18  7he5haman: Wweiss it also prevents Ne2 after Kf2
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  slowmover: Hi, please forgive the naivety of the question, but is 6. Bg5 reasonable?
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  moronovich: <slowmover: Hi, please forgive the naivety of the question, but is 6. Bg5 reasonable?> 6-NxBg5 and black is an officer up.
But welcome to the site <slowmover> And I hope you will enjoy it !
Nov-23-18  Andrew Chapman: I thought 18.b3 was natural, while Rxa7 seems strange since c2 is unprotected whereas c7 is protected. The engine agrees with me, for a change.
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  thegoodanarchist: The pun was good.

The actual pin was mightier than the pun

Nov-23-18  Kangaroo: Another mighty pin
Reti vs Spielmann, 1928
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  Honza Cervenka: <Kangaroo: Another mighty pin Reti vs Spielmann, 1928>

Exactly that game had come in my mind when I saw the pun.

Sep-04-19  Retireborn: Does anybody know the exact occasion of this game?

I have it (prob. from Golombek) played in the Vienna club jubilee, but Kalendovsky gives a different game with Reti white v Spielmann from that tournament.

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  Paint My Dragon: <Retireborn> I guess it would have to be one of these two:

1913 Mar.-Apr. Jubilaums Turnier. Vienna A-H – R Spielmann 11/14, S Tartakower 10.5, R Reti 9.5, C Schlechter 8, J Perlis 6.5, L Loewy 6, J Schenkein 2.5, E Kaufmann 2 (8). Double RR. (The Vienna Chess Club Jubilee Tourney)


1913 Nov.-Dec. 5th Trebitsch Turnier. Vienna AUT – C Schlechter 14/18, R Spielmann 13.5, S Tartakower 13, R Reti 12, J Hrdina 10, A Albin 9.5, M Schara 6.5, L Loewy 5.5, O Strobl 3.5, M Kirschen 2.5 (10). Double RR.

Note - both are double round robins, so the Kalendovsky game could easily be the colours reversed encounter from the same event.

Incidentally, some sources give the latter event as Dec 1913-Jan 1914, but I think the above version is correct.

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  Paint My Dragon: I just checked Golombek - and he says it's from the Trebitsch Memorial.
Sep-04-19  Retireborn: <Paint my Dragon> Many thanks! A tremendous help.

I think Kalendovsky would have mentioned it if Reti defeated Spielmann twice in the Jubilee, so Golombek is probably correct about this game being from the Trebitsch.

Why didn't I believe him previously? Sheer muddle, no doubt.

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