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Walter John vs Jacques Mieses
16th DSB Kongress (1908), Duesseldorf GER, rd 13, Aug-17
Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines (B01)  ·  0-1



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  SteinitzLives: Whites' 7th move has to be a mistake, the position (not to mention the entire opening) calls loudly for Nf3. The g knight never moves the entire game, how can anyone expect to win any chess game without moving their g knight?

Mieses creativity and selective violation of opening principals, eg. not castling, moving the Q 4 times in the first 11 moves, shows his insight and skill above the typical strong master of his day

Jun-24-11  DrMAL: Actually, f3 is a well known move and was best against Bg4 here (second best was Nge2 also very good). It is more commonly found in the Portuguese variation of the "Modern" version (2...Nf6 3.d4 Bg4) where 4.f3 is the main line. See the book by Jovanka Houska as a "best" single reference.

In this game the opening is quite normal (9...exf6 is generally considered better today) until 11.Bc3 (instead of 11.a3) rather inaccurate as it gives black initiative for a queenside advance where black intends to castle.

Here black gets tricky, instead of objectively "best" 11...b5 Mieses plays 11...Qc7 to see if white will castle long which he mistakenly does. Better at this point was something like 12.g4 Bg6 13.Nh3 to castle kingside if needed.

After correctly opening the a-file 16...Be6 was an inaccurate but OK follow-up (several plans were better and 16...h5 17.Be3 e5 was probably best). But after 17...fex6 instead of moving the bishop back to f2 or e3, or developing the knight to h3, white got greedy with 18.Qxe6 a huge tactical blunder and is totally lost.

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