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Milan Vidmar vs Fred Dewhirst Yates
Hastings (1925/26), Hastings ENG, rd 5, Dec-31
Queen's Indian Defense: General (E12)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Position after <57...c1=Q>

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"Vier Damen treten im Schlussakt des Dramas auf. Die Glocken der nahen Türme waren bereits auf dem Sprung, das neue Jahr (1926) einzuläuten, als Weiß zu seinen letzten Schlägen ausholte. <Finita la comedia!>"

-- Vidmar, 'Goldene Schachzeiten'

Dec-28-10  paladin at large: A tour de force by Vidmar, at the height of his powers. With his 27th move, Vidmar reached the position for which he had sacrificed two pawns. The white bishop threatens to destroy the black kingside and the pawn on f6 occupies all the black pieces. After blockading the kingside, Vidmar perceives that he will have to exchange bishops to renew the attack, since the black bishop is the major deterrent of the two white passed pawns.

The day after the game, Alekhine had it played for him, and spent a good deal of time at the 23rd white move and following blockade. Alekhine finally told Vidmar that he, Alekhine, could not pull off something like that. Vidmar noted in his memoirs that that was the highest praise he had ever received for his chess.

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