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Simon W Small vs Craig van Tilbury
"No Small Feat" (game of the day Aug-19-2010)
Novi Sad Olympiad (1990), Novi Sad YUG, rd 13, Dec-01
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Traxler Counterattack Knight sac line (C57)  ·  0-1



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Aug-19-10  miseiler: Lesson learned: Take f7 with the bishop.
Aug-19-10  fetonzio: ouch talk about being outplayed
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  whiteshark: Alternatively 30...Ng4 31.Nb6+ axb6 32.Rxd6+ cxd6 33.c4 Rh1#
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  Once: There are a pretty trio of mates hidden here. If white had played a pass move after 24...g5 (say 25. Rab1), then black would have mated with one of these:

(position after 25. Rab1)

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25... g4+ 26. Kg2 Nd4+ 27. Kg1 Ne2#

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25. ... g4+ 26. Kg2 Ne1+ 27. Kg1 Rf1#

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25... g4+ 26. Kg2 Ng5+ 27. Rd5 Bxd5+ 28. Kg1 Nh3#

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Gruesome stuff. White was never really in it.

Aug-19-10  C4gambit: after 4.Ng5 black played Bc5 risking the f7 pawn. If white takes it with bishop the king has to move. If white takes with knight, the queen and the rook are forked. Although black actually made use of the situation in his advantage, theoretically was Bc5 a correct move?
Aug-19-10  CapablancaFan122: How come my Traxlers never end up like this one? :) I recently played a game at a local tournament and after 8.Qf1 Rf8, I got 9.g3 instead of the d3 here. Couldn't come up with anything, so I retreated with Qf6. Needless to say the game didn't go to well after being down a bishop.
Aug-19-10  Rook e2: Bc5 is probably not the best move. d4 is the most played move, when exd4 black plays Na5 and not Nxd5. And yes, f7 with Bishop check is also the best move, when Ke7, Bb3 and white has a better game.
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  kevin86: The last move opened the bishop to guard the rook at g2-the next move is Rh1#.

I guess the pun was on the name SMALL-it is small...

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  scormus: 5. Bxf7+ always seemed to me to be safer, but the game move is more in the spirit of this line. After 5 Nxf7 Bxf2+ I think W's best chance is 6 Kf1 Qe7 7 Nxh8 and be ready to retreat the WSB and give back some material. It wont always work because people dont play the Traxler unless they fancy they can look after themselves in a streetfight.

Moral, if you go on these grabbing sorties with 4 Ng5, be prepared to take your lumps.

Aug-19-10  rapidcitychess: Wow, this makes me want to take up 1...e5 again.
Aug-19-10  Lokaz: I had a feeling that white was going to lose after Kxf2. The king was exposed, and as the game progressed white fell into a losing position.
Aug-19-10  SloVice: <CapablancaFan122> <after 8.Qf1 Rf8, I got 9.g3 instead of the d3 here. Couldn't come up with anything, so I retreated with Qf6.>

Hmm... How about 9...Nxg3 10.hxg3 Qxg3+ 11.Qg2 Qe1+ 13.Qf1 Qg3+ is at least a draw by perpetual I think.

That's the best I've got. Am I making any errors? Or missing something better?

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  NM JRousselle: Su1989, my Traxler's don't come out like this either. I have yet to see someone foolish enough to take the bishop on f2. All my opponents play Kf1.

In the actual game, Black's 7th can be questioned.

What about Qe7 with the idea of Qc5?

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  chrisowen: It was your angle of approach Simon that laced you up. 6.Kf1 see dont fry the bishop chip in mobile sidestep bringing up c3 ken booting the knight down the line. Kxf2 faces why firing squad. All black piece jump in virgin territory. Pace make ray of sunshine rooks vanguard camp double ffile. Noel Mr Tilbury you look like a shaven Santa i'm in heaven when you smile!
Aug-20-10  AnotherNN: At move 25, Black could have mated in 4, i.e., 25... Ng1+ 26.BxN (otherwise 26.Kg3 allows 26.... Ph4++) ...Rf3+ 27.Kg2 Rf2+ 28.K to g3 or h3, 28...R(f8)f3++
Feb-12-11  2knights: If 9.g3, I prefer 9.....Qh5 leaving the rook shut in on h1 and preparing ...d5 and ....Bh3.

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