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Conrad Waldemar Vitzthum von Eckstaedt vs Tassilo von der Lasa
"Baron Mind" (game of the day Feb-07-2008)
Leipzig (1853), Jul-??
Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit. Saratt Variation (C44)  ·  0-1



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Nov-06-03  morphynoman2: The key is 28... Bg1!!; if 29. Rxg1 Qxc4. If 29. Kxg1 Rxf1 30. Kxf1 Qxg3
Dec-13-04  azaris: The Baron might have won the game, but von Eckstaedt won the longer name contest.
Dec-13-04  Calli: Think I have a couple of other von Ekstädt games in a DB somewhere if Chessgames is interested - can try and find them.
Dec-13-04  percyblakeney: <Calli> Yes, it would be nice to see at least one game in the database where he won something else than the longest name-contest.
Dec-14-04  Calli: <percyblakeney> Okay, I will search around for them later.

You mean that you don't find endless comments about the longest name in the DB or that people can have the last name of "Beer" fascinating? :-)

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Quite the tactical melee. Is this the record for the longest combined names game?
Feb-07-08  Khai Le: What about 7. Nxf7 !? ?????
Feb-07-08  D.Observer: What is the disadvantage of 29. Rxg1?
Feb-07-08  Alphastar: After 29. Rxg1 Qxc4 black retains a winning position, being up a piece.
Feb-07-08  Samagonka: Was this a "Blitzpartie"? It seems all full of blunders to me.
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  Stonehenge: Why does this game always remind me of this sketch:
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  whiteshark: <Stonehenge> I've no idea. :D
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  Honza Cervenka: <Khai Le: What about 7. Nxf7 !? ?????>

Nothing special I would say. 7...Nxf7 8.Bxf7+ Qxf7 9.Qxc5 d6 gives black some edge and he can play also 7...Bb4+ 8.c3 dxc3 (8...Nxf7!?) 9.Nd6+ (9.Nxh6+ g6 and the threat cxb2+ is decisive) 9...Kf8 10.Nxc3 cxd6! with extra piece though not absolutely comfortable play yet.

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  kevin86: A brilliant finish! Black gladly gives up his long as there is an successor waiting in the wings.
Feb-07-08  soberknight: Bizarre game.
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  Jimfromprovidence: 17 Nxf7 was inexplicable, losing a piece with no compensation. White should have tried 17 Qh5 (below), threatening 18 e6.

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Assuming 17…Nxe5, then 18 Re1 O-O 19 Nh7 Re8 leaves white with very strong attacking potential.

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Feb-07-08  Tomlinsky: <17 Nxf7 was inexplicable>

Maybe his manager predicted this line would be played but omitted to mention that the 3 years of research provided came from a gypsy palm-reader?

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  InspiredByMorphy: Took me a min to see the consequences of
13. ...Bxb4 where white can answer with 14.e5 and if ...dxe5 15.fxe5 and now if ...Bxb2 16.exf6 wins a piece. Or if 15. ...Nxe5 16.Bxb4 and white wins a piece. Lastly if 15. ...Qxe5 then 16.Re1 trades rook for queen. A nice move, and impressive that black saw the consequences of accepting the pawn.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Inspired by Morphy> <Took me a min to see the consequences of 13. ...Bxb4 where white can answer with 14.e5 and if ...dxe5 15.fxe5 and now if ...Bxb2 16.exf6 wins a piece. Or if 15. ...Nxe5 16.Bxb4 and white wins a piece. Lastly if 15. ...Qxe5 then 16.Re1 trades rook for queen. A nice move, and impressive that black saw the consequences of accepting the pawn.>

Don't forget about the white queen at f3. After 15... Nxe5 white is down three pawns, because the queen is under attack and white can't play 16 Bxb4.

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  Phony Benoni: And here I thought the longest name in the database was Miles.
Feb-07-08  Chessmensch: From Encyclopedia Mythica: In Etruscan myth, Lasa are female deities and the guardians of graves. That makes the name even more curios. (But, then, why the masculine "der?") Anyone know if Lasa has other meanings?
Feb-07-08  Chessmensch: There is an interesting article on the Baron in Wikipedia. He has impressive chess credentials.
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  whiteshark: <Chessmensch> <Etruscan myth> I don't think so.

In <Neues preussisches Adels-lexicon> von 1836> i.e. New Prusian nobility lexicon from 1836

it is said that <von der Lasa> is an additional name. It is also said that their family roots belong mainly to a region in Silesia. My guess is that this additional name came therefrom. (Additional: the home/castle, where he died was 'near Lissa')

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  vonKrolock: 'Storchnest' and the Baron's grave today in <Osieczna> in Poland - photos and a virtual chess-historical trip here (seven pages)
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  Stonehenge: <(But, then, why the masculine "der?") > You have to read is as <von> der Lasa. <Von> has the third case, <die> becomes <der> in the third case (singular).
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