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Richard Whieldon Barnett vs William Henry Krause Pollock
Belfast (1886)
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Steinitz Variation (C29)  ·  0-1



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Dec-09-04  mjk: White blunders with 56.♔e3? and throws away the draw.
Dec-09-04  azaris: I'll use this game to justify my dubious knight sacs.

"But look at this, the knight is barely worth two pawns!"

Dec-09-04  drukenknight: 55 Na3 should work,

after 55..c3
56. Nc2+ Kb3
57 Nd4+ Kb2
58. Kc4 a4
59. Kd3 a3
60. Nc2 a2
61. Na1

Hmm, now what about move 56?

Dec-09-04  aw1988: drukenknight, your posted line does indeed lead to a draw.

56. Ke3?? does indeed throw away a perfectly good draw: 56. Nc3! a3 57. Na2+ (57. Nb1?? a2 ) Kb3 58. Nc3! (58. Nc1+ also works: 58...Kb2 59. Kxc4 Kxc1 60. Kb3=) and now if 58...a2 there is 59. Nxa2 Kxa2 60. Kxc4 (or just to annoy your opponent 60. Kc3 :) and if 58...Kb2 simply 59. Kxc4 with a draw.

Dec-09-04  drukenknight: It is a good study of N vs 2 Pawns, both on move 55 and move 56. Make a mental note.

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