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Rudolf Spielmann vs Robert Wahle
Vienna (1926), Vienna AUT, Feb-17
French Defense: Exchange. Svenonius Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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Jan-18-04  Fisto: Well played.
May-08-05  soberknight: Wahle played. Spielmann had a Wahle of an attack.
May-08-05  Everett: Spielmann Wahled on him.

This really is a nice, clean attack. No obvious mistakes by black here.

Jul-16-05  bomb the bishop: I really enjoy uncomplicated open games where tactical sight jumps up to create beautiful treasures such as this game, it is no surprise that Spielman carries the white pieces
Jul-16-05  Brown: Guess 12...0-0 is the mistake. Be6 instead?
Nov-17-05  LondonSystem: 12.Rxe7!! What a fantastic move!
Nov-17-05  Averageguy: What's the point of 9...g6 ?
Nov-21-05  KingG: Not a great game, but an instructive one.
Jan-13-06  karlth: The g6, c6 combo killed black. Especially the former.
Feb-26-06  LluviaSean: <karlth> Former what?
Jun-10-07  mattbeckwith: Amazing combination. First sacrifice the exchange, then sacrifice a whole piece.
Aug-18-07  Manic: <Averageguy> I think the point of 9...g6 is to prevent the knight from coming to f5, although your probably right in implying it is a mistake.

It looks like <karlth> is right in pointing out that g6 and c6 killed black.

May-21-09  randomsac: ... which is why you don't castle when the bishop isn't covering those pawn holes.
Dec-08-09  pts92: I tend to often arrive at this kind of position, but rarely do I play such a nice clean combination. Maybe I should learn more from Speelman. Kind like a Morphy win against the lesser oponents he faced in general.
Jan-11-10  zanshin: <Brown: Guess 12...0-0 is the mistake. Be6 instead?>

I guess so ... would never have guessed though. Black to play move 12 comparison of <12....0-0> and <12...Be6> (Rybka 3):

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[+0.31] d=19 11...Be6 12.Nce2 Nd7 13.Bd2 Bd6 14.Nf4 Bxf4 15.Bxf4 OľO 16.h3 Re8 17.a4 a5 18.Rad1 Qh4 (0:24.11) 187703kN

[+1.44] d=19 11...OľO 12.Rxe7 Qxe7 13.Qf3 Bg4 14.Qxf6 Qxf6 15.Bxf6 Rae8 16.h3 Bd7 17.Nf1 Re6 18.Be5 f6 19.Bf4 g5 20.Bg3 Rfe8 (0:26.16) 205422kN

Sep-28-11  SeanBurdine: Actually, the mistake is not 11... O-O, it's 9... P-KN3??? which irreparably weakens the K-side. At the end Black has no adequate way of stopping 18 Q-R6 -- which would nver have come up without 9... P-KN3???
Aug-09-12  e4 resigns: 9...PN3 or g6 does not lose immediately. Don't give it a ??. It was the inaccuracies of 9...g6 10...c6 and 11...0-0, all which could be given a ? or ?!,
Apr-10-13  Balmo: what's the point if 9...g6? Still confused... Nice finish by Spielmann no doubt. How to take advantage of a pin.
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  Phony Benoni: I would guess that 9...g6 was intended to support an eventual ...Bf5. The idea is seen in some variations of the Caro-Kann and Queen's Gambit Declined.

As long as Black retains his dark-squared bishop, the kingside weaknesses can be covered. The problem in this position is that White can easily eliminate the DSB, due to the open e-file. In the QGD lines, for instance, White will usually have a pawn on e3, so that bishop is safe and the ...g6 idea is better founded.

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  Phony Benoni: A little quiz on the Classics today. We'll see how this generation does.
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  al wazir: <Phony Benoni: I would guess that 9...g6 was intended to support an eventual ...Bf5.> So what happens after 13...Bf5 ? If 14. Nxf5 gxf5 15. Qxf5, white has only won a ♙. If 14. Nh5, then 14...gxh5 15. Qxf5 Kg7. Either way, black looks forward to escaping from the pin with ...Qe6.
Jul-27-13  LIFE Master AJ: 12.RxB/e7. No calculation required, as I remember this game ... Spielmann is one of my favorite players.
Jul-27-13  M.Hassan: "Very Difficult"
White to play 12.?

12.Rxe7 Qxe7
13.Qf3 Kg7
There are two attackers to f6 square and two defenders. White brings the third attacker to get the pinned Knight on f6!

14.Nce4 dxe4
<if...Qxe4 16.Bxf6+ Kg8 17.Qxe4>

16.Bxf6 Qb4
Intending to mate on g7 via h6
<now, if 18.Qh6 Qf8 and mate will be prevented, therefore diagonal a3f8 should be closed to the Queen>

18.Nc5! Rd6
19.Qxd6 Qb6
20.Qf4 Qd8? no other choice

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  beatgiant: <al wazir>
13...Bf5 14. Nxf5 gxf5 <15. Qg3> looks strong.
Jul-27-13  diagonalley: i failed to see 14.Nce4... fabulous move!
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