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Volf Bergraser vs Milan Weiner
"Weiners can be losers" (game of the day Sep-14-2022)
EU-chT1 qual 3-02 corr (1973) (correspondence), ICCF
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Main Line (E19)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: This is one of the most stunning and unique major piece combinations I have ever seen. After 35. R6g2 Rff7 White is 2 Pawns up but in a bad bind, then 36. f6! nudges the Rg7 (36 ... Qxf6? 37. Rxg7+; 36 ... Rxf6? 37. Qxg7#). Black tried 36 ... Rg3 hoping for 37. hxg3 Rh7 with some swindling chances, yet White had the nice cross-pin 37. Qh3! forcing material off (37 ... Rxg2 38. Rxg2+ wins the Queen or mates). After 40. Qh3+! (again!) White finishes with 40 ... Qxh3 41. Rxg7+ Kh8 42. Rg8+ Kh7 43. R2g7+ Kh6 44. Rh8+ Kxg7 45. Rxh3.

If Black played 36 ... Rg4 instead, White has the cute trick 37. Qf4! trading down:

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Apr-20-08  Manic: <tpstar> Thanks for pointing out this game on the daily puzzle page. Indeed, this is quite a remarkable game. 17.Bxh6 took me by surprise and 19.f4 also took me by surprise as white resisted the temptation of taking the h pawn for a rook lift and pawn roll in the middle. I think perhaps black defence in the middle was dubious at best. For example I'm not sure 21...Rae8 and 23...Bc8 were best. Perhaps ...Nc5 was better in both cases. Also, perhaps black could've tried 24...Rg8.

On 36...Rg4, I was thinking perhaps 37.Qh5 rather than 37.Qf4.

Apr-20-08  InspiredByMorphy: Nice game tpstar! That ending is something else! How can you not love 40.Qh3+!
Mar-19-09  WhiteRook48: 40...Qxh3 41 Rxg7+ Kh6 42. R1g6+ Kh5 43 Rh7+ Kxg6 44 Rxh3
May-14-22  newzild: Great game!

Thanks <tpstar> for leading me here.

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May-14-22  newzild: Just goes to show that Weiners can be losers...
Sep-14-22  paavoh: A very beautiful finish indeed!
Sep-14-22  goodevans: This should put an end to the constant jibe that correspondence games are always low quality rubbish. Although it has to be said that whenever one side plays as well as White did here you have to suspect the use of a computer, don't you?
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  Teyss: <goodevans> Computers in 1973? They were almost falling for fool's mate. Unless White used it as indication of what NOT to play.

Agreed on the comment about correspondence although, you have to admit, they sometimes feel like blitz. Great game, decent pun.

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  offramp: I wonder if Milan Weiner ever played Hans Berliner. They are both Correspondence chess players.

They could criticize their opponents' local snacks, over long-distance.

Sep-14-22  goodevans: <Teyss> In the late 70's I was using punched card and paper tape to get programs run on the mainframe computer at South East London Tech. I'd usually get the results in as little as three days. Quite often the result was an error in my code!
Sep-14-22  Arlekhino: I would play 21. ... dxe5 instead of Rae8. Maybe then 22. Rg3+ is strong, but then I would play 22. ... Kh8 and after 23. fxe5 Nxe5.
Sep-15-22  paavoh: <... correspondence games are always low quality rubbish> Compared to what? I do think they are usually better than tournament games with regular times (barring games by super-GMs and CC thematic tournaments).
Sep-15-22  newzild: <Arlekhino: I would play 21. ... dxe5 instead of Rae8. Maybe then 22. Rg3+ is strong, but then I would play 22. ... Kh8 and after 23. fxe5 Nxe5.>

How about 24. Qxh6+ Qh7 25. Qe3, threatening the knight as well as 26. Rh3.

Sep-15-22  Arlekhino: Thanks for the answer, newzild. Then 25... Ng6, but after 26. Be4 white must be winning.
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  GrahamClayton: Position after 37. Qh3:

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It is unusual to see so many pieces side-by-side in one corner of the board.

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