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Arnold Schottlaender vs Wilfried Paulsen
Leipzig (1879), Leipzig GER, rd 5, Jul-16
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0

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Jun-09-09  vonKrolock: <10.♕e2 ♕b6> Are the first moves in this game that looks really archaic - but nothing wrong at all in themselves, on the contrary...

<11.e5> ?! A gambit

<11...♘g8> ? Declined (but ♗d4! ♗d4 ef ♕f6 etc)

<15...♕xb2> ?! ♗etter ♘c6 - developing a piece and targeting a central ♙

position after <25...c3-c2>


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Here the xix-Century's <Terminator> for Arnold Sch. <!!> was 26.♕h4+ ♔f8 27.♖f2! - black would simply be helpless against the threat of ♖fc2 etc. With the actual <26.♖h3> white is also winning, as the black King can not find shelter somewhere, but just in a somewhat more strenuous way...

Jun-09-09  chillowack: <vonKrolock: Here the xix-Century's <Terminator> for Arnold Sch. <!!> was 26.Qh4+ Kf8 27.Rf2! - black would simply be helpless against the threat of Rfc2>

On the contrary, vonKrolock: you've overlooked Black's hidden defense, 27...Rb8!, after which Rfxc2 is impossible due to the back-rank mate. Black can now bring the rook to either b2 or b1 to defend against your threat.

What I'm wondering is why Paulsen declined the rook sacrifice on move 32. I can't find a mate after 32...gh 33.Qh4+ Kf8 34.Qh6+ Kg8 35.Qg5+ Kf8 36.Qf6+ Kg8 etc. White can't let up on the checks with his back rank weak, but if he makes luft by h2-h3 he runs into ...Qc1+ followed by Qxf4+.

Can anyone find a winning line for White?

Jun-09-09  Calli: I would think 32...gxh6 33.Qh4+ Kf8 34.Qxh6+ Kg8 35.h4 with f4 protected White threatens h5-h6. Black might still be able to defend but it is tricky.
Jun-09-09  chillowack: Yes, thank you Calli, f4 can be defended and therefore White can make luft.

But even so, there is no forced mate apparent, only an attack. Which casts doubt on Paulsen's decision to let the piece go for nothing.

Jun-09-09  vonKrolock: <chillowack> Sorry, but after 27...♖b8 would come 28.h3! and the black ♖ can not leave the eigth file because of the mate in 'd8'...

<32.♖xh6> Yes, a ▢ win is not at sight if black simply takes the ♖ here - <Calli>'s suggestion may be the best possibility - advance the 'h' ♙, with the ♕ in 'g5' to keep 'f4', 'g2' and the 'h4' square under watch

Jun-10-09  Calli: Actually, it would be mate on g7 after h4-5, Qg5 and h6. The only defense I see is to play the Queen to e2 and then Qg4 at the right moment. Blacks pieces are cut off from the king side.
Jun-15-09  chillowack: <vonKrolock: <chillowack> Sorry, but after 27...Rb8 would come 28.h3! and the black R can not leave the eigth file because of the mate in 'd8'...> Well played, sir! I find no defense to your idea.
Sep-09-19  spingo: SF 10 points out a superb tactical sequence at the end of this game.

Black has just played the crappy old move 35...Rb2?
<35...Qd1+ would have won the game. White is really in trouble with his back rank throughout this ending.>


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<Black is now threatening
36...Qxg2#, as well as
36...Qd2 and
36...g5!>

In this position White should play
36.Ne8+!!


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That leads to a draw.


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36...Kc6.
37.Qg3 Rb1+
38.Re1 Qc1
39.Qf3+ d5!!.
This is a great move!
<Now play becomes even more tactical.>


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40.exd6+ Kd7
41.Qb7+ Rxb7
42.Rxc1 Kxe8...


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That looks roughly equal.

It is worth playing though that last sequence.

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