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Gustav Richard Neumann vs Cecil Valentine De Vere
Baden-Baden (1870), Baden-Baden GER, rd 13, Jul-30
French Defense: Winawer. Delayed Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1

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Feb-13-11  BobCrisp: Impressive chess - there's enough manly fighting spirit here to put hairs on your chest; <De Vere> launches an unsound sacrifice, on principle, and tenaciously battles on for 30+ moves a piece down, daring his opponent to lose patience and his grip on the game, for which he is finally obliged.
Feb-13-11
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  eternaloptimist: @<BobCrisp>: Great summary of the game - I like how <De Vere> tried to weave a mating net around Neumann's ♔. Unfortunately he fell 1 move short of mating him b/c of the saving resource 43.♖e3 - preventing 43...♖h3#. Although it only delayed the loss 4 Neumann. I just wish more chess masters this day & time would play w/ this kind of fighting spirit.
Oct-17-13
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  Domdaniel: < I just wish more chess masters this day & time would play w/ this kind of fighting spirit.> I must disagree. *This* kind of fighting spirit strikes me as being na´ve, despite its resourcefulness. Today's fighting spirit is more sophisticated.
May-27-14
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  offramp: A very hard game for the players. White had a bit of a mare.

After 35...♗h3-f5 white is a piece up and it doesn't look as if black's three pieces can create much of an attack.


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But white's king goes for a bit of a wander upfield, to see how things are. After 40...♗c2-f5,


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...Black has a serious threat: 41...Nf2. There is also a threat of ...g5+ followed by ...Nf2.

41.Rg2 would seem to be the best, but 41.Re2 (as played) also seems to be okay.

Black manages to play both of his trumps. Well done to him for good play and tenacity.

After 42...♘h3-f2 we have this position. A gun is directly pointed at white's king: there is a threat of 43...♖g3-h3#


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In fact in that position there is one move <and one move only> that wins for white. It is not too hard to find when you know it is there. Poor Neumann made the wrong choice and lost!

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