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Jan Kotrc vs Karel Traxler
Veseli nad Luznici (1901), Veseli nad Luznici AUH, Nov-02
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Main Line (C29)  ·  0-1



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  Gypsy: Traxler had a real genius for uncompromising counter-attack in open games.

<5...Bg4 6.d3> Statistically, it looks like 6.Qe2 has since became a serious embarassment of 5...Bg5. Still, Black should have fine chances if he manages to navigate the tricky watters -- Laschke vs U Hanisch, 1988. Better still, Black has a number of fine alternatives to 5...Bg4.

<12...O-O 13.O-O?!> Black is ready to tango and White now sacs a pawn to activate his bishops and obtain a dangerous-looking attack.

<17...Nf5!> A mighty move. That knight is defending, but only in passing.

<18.Qf3 Qxe5!!> A very fine counterstrike: the <19.Rxe5 Ng3+ 20.Qxg3 Rxf1+ 21.Kh2 Bg1+ 22.Kh1 Bf2 23.Kh2 Bxg3 24.Kxg3...> is all rather forced. And the rest is a cleanup.

A historical side note is that these two were brothers in-law. Since Traxler was a catholic priest, one can deduce that Traxler's sister married Kotrc.

Dec-24-12  DanielBryant: 18...Qxe5 would make an excellent puzzle.
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  0ZeR0: This Traxler fellow was quite the player. It's a real shame he did not play more games, especially over the board.
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  fredthebear: Yes, indeed.

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