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Jean Taubenhaus vs Charles Dealtry Locock
Manchester (1890), Manchester ENG, rd 4, Aug-27
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Paulsen Attack (C29)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: 15...fxe5 was a blunder. The most reasonable would have been to repeat moves playing 15...Rf8. A line 15...Bf8 16.Qg6+ Kh8 17.Nf3 Nd7 18.0-0-0 can be playable too but it looks risky for black. The finish is not difficult but pretty.
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  fredthebear: I agree with <HC>. The White queen does not have an ideal attacking location until 15...fxe5 (oh the horrors of pawn grabbing) gives up a tempo that allows the White queen to arrive on the 6th rank with check. The game was draw-ish up to that point.

The pawn structure resembles a French Advance variation, lacking development. 8...f6 was a mistake (as it so often turns out) that invites the mating attack. Instead 8...c5 is a better pawn break. Interference with 9...f5 is an alternative defense.

This game demonstrates the pressure of attacking on the diagonals against a leaking pawn structure. A queen on a half-open g-file can be very destructive w/help from another unit. FTB believes the vast majority of amateurs would not find this three-piece attack as Taubenhaus does, nor Black's best defense. As such, it is rather instructive, as well as delightful for those who love romantic attacks.

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