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Richard Teichmann vs Ossip Bernstein
St. Petersburg (1909), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 9, Feb-26
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Hedgehog Variation (C66)  ·  1-0



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Oct-09-07  heuristic: games like this intrique me.
no obvious bad moves by Black. 27...Ra7 is weaker than 27...Qa7 but not bad. 29...Kg7 is odd but not bad.
and yet 32.Qe2 seems to be the winning shot.
Other than 41.Ng4+, both White's attack and Black's defense are excellent. Is this a win due to strategy? If so, what is the winning/losing strategy? (Blk's Qside pressure with little gain, Wht's exchanging the dark Bs, ... )
Oct-09-07  MJW 72: After the B's come off only the rook and pawns defend the king. The glob of pawns (and white peices) on the queen side stops black from defending. He 'only' gets grinded off because the king, spare rook is a good defense. The end part of the game was given in "How Not to Play Chess".
Oct-13-07  heuristic: paraphrasing E.A.Z-B:
Black has two very weak squares, f6 & h6. Only the K and black B defend these squares. If this B can be exchanged, these squares become weaker. White's Q will be able to control the a1-h8 or c1-h6 diagonal and with the N will be able to occupy one of these two squares. This makes for a strong attack against the Black K.

The question is: Can White force the exchange of this B? if yes, all is well; if not, Black, with both Bs and the black one anchored at d4, will stand better.

Oct-13-07  heuristic: White attempts the B exchange earlier:
29.Bf2 Bg7 30.e5 Rb7 31.Rxb7 Qxa7 32.f4 h6 (0.34/13)

Black keeps the B :
29...Bg7 30.f4 h6 31.f5 g5 32.f6 (0.78/15)
Black exchanges the B :
29...Kg7 30.Bf2 Bxf2 31.Rxf2 Qa5 32.Qe2 (0.72/14)

so the strategy is to not exchange Bs one move earlier, and let Black choose the strongest tactical move; which is the B exchange!

i'm missing something. With 33.Qb2, White has an attack per Z-B. So, White didn't have the winning strategy, Black had the losing strategy. And yet Black's move selection is not at fault.

Aug-10-09  birthtimes: After 26...Bxa4, Lasker writes, "White conceives the plan of attacking by way of f6 which is manifestly weak. If 27...Qa5, 28. Be1 and thence to c3."

After 30. Bf2 "forcing the exchange of bishops and gaining the diagonal for the white queen."

After 32. Qe2 "The command of the diagonal is now assured."

After 34. g4 "threatening Nxf6 followed by g5."

After 36. f4 "forcing the passage for the g-pawn and at last gaining the post aimed at."

Lasker's Manual of Chess, 1960, pp. 219-220.

Apr-13-18  Eopithecus: Soviet Muddle game by Romanovsky gives White's 32nd move as Qd2 instead of Qe2. Anyone knows which is corret?
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  Retireborn: <Eopithecus> 32.Qe2 is certainly the stronger move, as White has no reason at all to permit Black to exchange queens.

Earlier kibitzing quotes Lasker commenting on 32.Qe2, and as he was at St Peter and would probably have seen the game himself, I'd be inclined to trust him rather than Romanovsky.

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