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Joerg Bethmann vs Peter Leisebein
corres DDR/BRD (1990) (correspondence)
Vienna Game: Stanley Variation. Meitner-Mieses Gambit (C23)  ·  1-0



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  johnlspouge: Tuesday (Easy)

J Bethmann vs P Leisebein, 1990 (11.?)

White to play and win.

Material: B for N+P. The Black Kf8 has 2 legal moves, both light squares on the back rank. The White Rf8 pins Pf7 to Kf8. The White Bc4 also attacks Pf7, with Qg4 and Nh3 able to reinforce a sacrificial attack.

Candidates (11.): Rxf7+, Bxf7

[11.Rxf7+ Nxf7 12.Qf3 d5 13.Ng5 Bf5 (threatening 14.Nxg5) holds]


(1) Black can accept the sacrifice:

11…Nxf7 12.Qf3 (threatening 13.Qxf7#)

12…Ke8 [Nf5 13.Qxf5 Ke8 14.Qxf7+ Kd8 is hopeless]

13.Qxf7+ Kd8 14.Qf8+ Rxf8 15.Qxf8#

(2) Black can decline the sacrifice, but after 12.Bc4+ Ke8 13.Qxg7, his K is under extreme fire without material compensation.

Dec-22-09  cyclon: 11.Bxf7 cufflinks, because -Nxf7 (-h5 12.Bd5+ and Qxg7, or -d5 12.Bxd5+) 12.Qf3 Ke8 13.Qxf7+ Kd8 14.Qf8+ mates.
Dec-22-09  cyclon: <sethoflagos: Another futile defence to add to the list:

11 Bxf7 Ng8
12 Bc4+>
I`d play in case of 11.-Ng8, instead of 12.Bc4+, > 12.Bxg8+ Kxg8 (-Ke7 13.Qxg7+ is also hopeless) 13.BH6 Ne6 (-g6 14.Rf8X) 14.Qf5 Nf4 (-g6 14.Qf8+ Nxf8 15.Rxf8X, or -gxh6 14.Qf7X) 15.Ng5 still mates.

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  kevin86: There IS NO way to defend the knight!
Dec-22-09  zanshin: Actually, Black started to go wrong as early as move 4.
Dec-22-09  YouRang: It took me a surprisingly long time to get it. :-\
Dec-22-09  TheChessGuy: <Marmot PFL> Deutsche Demokratische Republik.
Dec-22-09  David2009: Tuesday's puzzle J Bethmann vs P Leisebein, 1990 White 11?

11 Bxf7 wins back the sacrificed Pawn and exposes the Black K: e.g. ...Nxf7 12 Qf3 Ke8 13 Qxf7+ Kd8 14 Qf8+ Rxf8 15 Rxf8#. It is difficult to find a satisfactory line for Black. Time to find out how the game went:

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Bethmann vs Leisebein 11?

11 ...Nxf7 was a blunder, Black has to sacrifice a lost of material to avoid mate after 12 Qf3, hence 12...Resigns. Much better was 11 ...d6 limiting losses to a Pawn after 12 Be6+. Crafty defending as Black plays 11 ...d6 and there could follow 12 Be6+ Ke8 13 Bxc8 Rxc8 14 Qxg7 Rg8 15 Qxh7 Rxg2 16 Ng5 Rg1 and there is a lost of play left. On-line link: You are white, drag and drop the move you want to make.

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  whiteshark: According to MegaCorr database played in <1980>.
Dec-22-09  Eisenheim: I admit that I missed this easy line at first! I thought about trying to corner the black queen with an ultimate c3 and by starting with an elegant 11 Rf6, and then I said waaaay too complicated for a Tuesday and sac'd the bishop for the correct line. Shows you how easy it is to go astray and OTB I may have missed this lay-up
Dec-22-09  GreenFacedPatzer: <agb2002> I don't think 12 ... d5 saves black in the 11 Rxf7+ Nxf7 12 Qf3 line (which was my solution). After 12 ... d5 13 Ng5 , black is just as dead (it just takes a little longer.)
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  sethoflagos: <cyclon> good line.
Dec-22-09  MiCrooks: Not to mention TheaN that after Ng5 the Queen can no longer GET to g7 as the Knight is now in the way.
Dec-22-09  cyclon: <David200911 ...d6 limiting losses to a Pawn after 12 Be6+. Crafty defending as Black plays 11 ...d6 and there could follow 12 Be6+ Ke8 13 Bxc8 Rxc8 14 Qxg7 Rg8 15 Qxh7 Rxg2 16 Ng5 Rg1 and there is a lost of play left.> I don`t know about Crafty, but in case of 11. -d6, I`d play (instead of 12.Be6?) 12.BG6+ Kg8 (-Bf5, or -Nf5 13.Bxf5 just wins a piece) 13.Qf3 hxg6 14.Qf8+ Kh7 15.Ng5+ Kh6 16.Qxh8X. Even try (after 12.BG6+) 12. -Nf7, fails to 13.Qf3, which simply wins a piece, but not an unclear 13.Rxf7+.
Dec-22-09  WhiteRook48: I had 11 Rxf7+ Nxf7 12 Qf3
Dec-22-09  patzer2: For today's Tuesday puzzle solution, White plays 11. Bxf7! which yields a decisive attack on the helpless King after 11...Nxf7 12. Qf3! .

In the final position, 12...Ke8 leads to the quick back rank mate 13. Qxf7+ Kd8 14. Qf8+ Rxf8 15. Rxf8# and 12...Nf5 13. Qxf5 wins a piece with a crushing attack.

Dec-22-09  dumbgai: Losing in 12 moves in correspondence takes some special talent.
Dec-22-09  BOSTER: Let's see what was happened if black played 7...h5 8.Qg5 Qd4
9.d3 Be7
Is this position really undefended?
Dec-22-09  Dr. J: <capanegra: <this game looks more like 1890 than 1990! romantic chess> Actually, the first eight moves are identical to Mieses vs Chigorin, 1906>

Here's a prettier one with this opening: I A Horowitz vs NN, 1940

Dec-23-09  TheBish: J Bethmann vs P Leisebein, 1990

White to play (11.?) "Easy"

Forgot to post this earlier -- too busy trying to win a prize, which I finally did! ;)

11. Bxf7! Nxf7 12. Qf3 is crushing... a day late (minutes actually) and a dollar short on posting, but others have already done that fully, no doubt.

Dec-23-09  TheBish: I forgot to mention that after 12...Ke8 it's mate in 3, i.e. 13. Qxf7+ Kd8 14. Qf8+ Rxf8 15. Rxf8#.
Dec-23-09  patzer2: <David2009><Much better was 11 ...d6 limiting losses to a Pawn after 12 Be6+.> After 11...d6 12. Bc4+! Black is busted. Also winning and improving on the Crafty line is 11...d6 12. Be6+ Ke8 13. Qxg7!

Perhaps Black needs to make an improvement earlier in the opening. Although 4...Qf6 is listed as the most popular reply in our opening explorer, I think it's not necessarily the best choice here. My preference is 4...g6 as in M De Mie vs F Naes, 2001. Also perhaps worth considering is 4...Bf8 as in Z Stojcevski vs K Vebic, 2009.

P.S. An interesting game in the 4...Bf8 line is White's win in B Lengyel vs N Adams, 2006.

Dec-23-09  sneaky pete: <BOSTER> 7... h5 8.Qg5 Qd4 9.d3 Be7 has been played, see R Grosshans vs H Wundt, 1989.

After 10.Qg3 ..

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black's position is very difficult.

Leisebein, in his notes to this game, mentions another game from the same tournament, where 7... h5 was played:

7... h5!? scheint doch kein "Heilmittel" für die ramonierte Variante zu sein: 8.♕g5!? ♕d4 9.d3 ♗e7 10.♕g3 ♘f6 11.c3 ♕c5 12.♘xc7 .. mit überlegender Stellung! Leisebein-Bethmann, corr 1989, gleiches Turnier.

I couldn't find the word <ramonierte> in my dictionary, but it doesn't sound inviting.

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  whiteshark: <sneaky pete <ramponiert>> battered
Dec-23-09  sneaky pete: <whiteshark> Thank you, it should be <ramponiert> indeed. Not my mistake this time, but a typo in the invaluable "500 Brandneue Gambitpartien, Band 2".

I now recognize the origin (ram, common in old German, Dutch and English) of the word <ramponieren>. 10 or 20 strong men with helmets and shields, holding a big pole and battering it against a castle wall or door. The Dutch word is rammeien or (in pornographic literature) rampe(s)tampen.

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