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Carl Schlechter vs Julius Perlis
Analysis (1911) (probably analysis), ?
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  1-0



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Nov-04-04  Rank Amateur: Where did Black go wrong in so short a game. 4 ... Bf5 makes the b pawn vulnerable to 5 Qb3. But does black even have to answer that threat? Shouldn't he just proceed with development?
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  tamar: Falls into the classification of unheard melodies. Perlis thought he avoided being immortalized, but here it is! I side with chessgames and John Keats on the matter:

"Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter: Therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;"

Nov-04-04  Dave Murray: I love it how the pawn queens on move 10.
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  kevin86: <sneaky pete> I meant that there was no escape to the combination. White gave up a rook-though his return was very quick.

Would you then classify the Marshall sac of his queen as a NON-sac because-in the best defense,he ends up a piece ahead? Lewitsky,not wanting to take away the luster of FM's move,resigned on the spot!

Nov-05-04  sneaky pete: <kevin86> That's right, Marshall's famous ... Qg3 was the first move of a forcing combination, not a sacrifice. The distinction between real sacifices and combinations (where an apparently sacrificial first move leads to mate or the gain of material) is not my idea. I learned it from "Richtig opfern!" by Rudolf Spielmann (if I remember right published in English as "The art of sacrifice").
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  FSR: After simply 6...cxd5, Black would have been good as a goldfish, as King Triton would say.
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  MissScarlett: <The order of moves in actual game Schlechter-Perlis doesn't include 3...Nf6 4.e3.>

Still uncorrected here. The difference is material, because per the actual moves 5...cxd5 6.Qxd5, and 6...cxd5 7.Nc3 e6 8.Nb5.

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  FSR: 9.Rxa7! Rxa7 10.c7 and the pawn promotes.
Mar-29-18  ChessHigherCat: I think it must be Rxa7 first, Rxa7 c7! and if Bf5 or Ke7 cxb->Q+
Mar-29-18  dumbgai: Got it! Proud of myself for getting a Thursday for once.
Mar-29-18  ChessHigherCat: Hey, now I can join the GBC (Great Braggarts' Club): Well, 4 for 4 this week, I'd count them again on my fingers just to make sure but I'm too busy kissing my hand, can't you see I need to be alone...
Mar-29-18  Marmot PFL: 9 Rxa7, pretty but not difficult to calculate.
Mar-29-18  TheBish: Schlechter vs J Perlis, 1911

White to play (9.?) "Medium"

Black clearly must have blundered if he is losing at move 9! Black is temporarily up a piece for two pawns, but with a wild pawn at c6, anything is possible! My eyes were first drawn to that pawn as well as its counterpart at b7, looking for a way to divert the Be4 to score with cxb7, but in a few seconds I realized that's not happening. I then noticed the rook on a1 with its half-open file, targeting a7. As soon as I saw that, I put those two elements (c6 pawn, Ra1-a7) together to find the elegant solution.

9. Rxa7! and Black can resign and head home early (or to the bar, movies, or therapist). If 9...Rxa7 (only way to save his rook) then comes 10. c7 and the pawn cannot be stopped with the dual threats of queening.

Having said all that, I realized that at some point in my life I must have seen this position in a puzzle book, quite possibly in the first one I ever owned, Reinfeld's 1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations. Unfortunately, I don't have that any more, but it wouldn't be in very good condition if I still had it!

Mar-29-18  stst: Looks easy to me...may overlook though:
The focal point is whether the c6 pawn can promote: just try: 9.RxP (a7) IF (A) RxR
10.c7 promotion can only be stopped by K, so Kd7 11.PxN=Q ... rest easy
But if 9. .... IF (B) BxP
10.RxR Nd7 to guard RxN
11.Ne5 sets Black almost zugwzewang?? exchange also profits White only.
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  FSR: This version was never played, and bears little resemblance to the actual game, Schlechter vs J Perlis, 1911.
Mar-29-18  Mayankk: Whatever be the history of this game, the solution to this puzzle is cute and am glad to find it.

Having missed a rather simple Wed puzzle, this is such a relief!

Mar-29-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: This one was really fun -- and pretty easy for a Thursday.

The key to solving for me was seeing:
-- The opportunity was in the pawn.
-- White didn't really have a lot of lines of attack ... but the a-file was begging to be somehow exploited.

Mar-29-18  Steve.Patzer: As stst mentioned, 9. Rxa7 should be followed by Bxc6.
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  Once: Sometimes a simple pawn can make a knight look stupid.

The key to today's puzzle is that the pawn on c7 is threatening to force a coronation on either b8 or c8. Black can prevent either one, but he can't prevent both. If the Nb8 moves, white plays c8=Q+. If Black covers c8, then white plays cxb8=Q.

The immediate 9. c7 doesn't work because black can play 9...Nc6 and the rook covers the queening square.

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So 9. Rxa7 to deflect the rook from the back rank. Now the queening trick works.

Fun puzzle.

Mar-29-18  saturn2: I saw 9 Rxa7 Nxc6 (RxRa7 is not possible) 10 RxRa8+ Kd7 and white has more material.
Mar-29-18  AlicesKnight: 9.Rxa7; if .... Rxa7 then 10.c7 queens on c8 or b8. If not then the R goes. Either way White is material up. Is this a 'variation' rather than the game itself?
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  agb2002: A bit famous, real or not.
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  morfishine: I love this theme with the advancing pawn and the inability of the Knight to stop it: <9.Rxh7> 9...Rxh7 <10.c7>

Set'm up again Sam


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  malt: <agb2002> A bit famous,

9.R:a7 R:a7 (9...N:c6 10.R:a8+ )
10.c7 Nc6 11.c8/Q+ Nd8 12.Ne5
Not sure if were real or not.

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  sjunto: I got a Thursday puzzle!
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