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Johannes Zukertort vs Victor Knorre
"Knorre In the Soup" (game of the day Nov-06-2019)
Breslau (1866), Breslau RUE
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Paulsen Variation (C51)  ·  1-0

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Oct-23-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: To be clear, Knorr is one of the great soup brands worldwide, probably rivalled only by Campbell.
Nov-06-19  nisharaj31: Wouldn’t 34Bd7 have been a quicker win?
Nov-06-19  goodevans: I'm not used to seeing white's K-side N manoeuvering in an Evans Gambit. More like a Ruy Lopez. Certainly not like any Evans Gambit I ever played.

After 21.e5 black faces a difficult compromise. Does he allow white to double his pawns with 22.Bxg6 or does he allow white to invade his camp with 22.e6.


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He chose the wrong one.

Nov-06-19
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  thegoodanarchist: <Cheapo by the Dozen: To be clear, Knorr is one of the great soup brands worldwide, probably rivalled only by Campbell.>

Part of the Unilever family of brands, IIRC.

Unilever is a Dutch company that is publicly traded under the ticker symbols UN and UL.

Contact your broker for more information.

Nov-06-19
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  keypusher: <nisharaj31: Wouldn’t 34Bd7 have been a quicker win?>

Nice move! In the game quicker than what Zukertort played would have been 35.Be6+ Kh8 36.Qf6. I think mate actually comes one move sooner in that line than after 34.Bd7, but obviously either continuation is crushing.

In fact after 34.Bd7 I’m sure Knorre would have resigned immediately.

Nov-06-19  MelvinDoucet: <goodevans> ♗xg6 isn't even a good idea for white. If he could get a knight to g5 and his queen to the h-file, sure, it'd be dangerous but he just doesn't have the right setup for that. Also, assuming that after <21... fxe5 22. ♗xg6 hxg6 23. fxe5 dxe5 24. ♖xf1+ ♕xf1 25. ♖f1 ♕e8> white wouldn't recapture on e5 (because, hey, that's not romantic enough), both white knights would be dominated by pawns while the DSB could be traded off after an eventual ♘c4. Bottom line, white's position after 18. f4 isn't very good even if Zuketort himself probably thought he was doing great.
Nov-06-19  goodevans: <MelvinDoucet> I don't disagree with anything you've said. What I was trying to do was speculate why black didn't play 21... fxe5. 22.e6 is such a horrible move to have to defend against and 21... fxe5 was such an obvious way to prevent it.

The only reason I could think of why he wouldn't play it was to avoid doubled pawns on g7 and g6 without pawn cover on the f- and h-files. Maybe he thought this set-up was too weak although, as you point out, it's fine and black would have had the better game.

I would definitely have played 21... fxe5. Can you think of any other reason why black didn't?

Nov-06-19  Nosnibor: Although the database gives Zukertort and Knorre a record of six wins each apparently he played the same opponent 20 times in a series of matches.
Nov-06-19
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  Breunor: I was shocked to see black play 21 f5; I even checked if I saw that correctly, it makes the white pawns very powerful.

I see Goodevans had a similar view.

I'm glad Stockfish supports this view. Black is -1.05 with 21 fxe5 but after f5 it is 1.75.

Nov-06-19
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  OhioChessFan: Agreed about 21...f5. An unforced positional blunder.

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