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Carl Hartlaub vs Victor Benary
"Amazing Coup de Grace" (game of the day Dec-24-2020)
Bavaria, Germany (1911)
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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Jul-16-17  ughaibu: This one hasn't had the spotlight for a while.
Jul-16-17  john barleycorn: Chernev gives as final moves:

18.Rg6+ fg6 19. Qxg6+ Qg7 20.Qxg7++

(18. Qh7 Kh7 19. Rh6 Kg8 20. Rh8# is mentioned in the comment "Or still prettier 18. Qh7 Kh7 19. Rh6 Kg8 20. Rh8 mate")

Dec-24-20  RandomVisitor: The last chance was 11...Ne5, or maybe 11...h6:

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<45/59 03:14 -0.05 11...Ne5 12.Rd1 Qe7> 13.Nce4 Nxe4 14.Nxe4 Bc7 15.Bxc4 Nxc4 16.Qxc4 f6 17.h3 b6 18.Qc6 Rb8 19.Nd6 Bxd6 20.Qxd6 Qxd6 21.Rxd6 Kf7

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Great little brilliancy; that immortal Rook on d6 simply refused to die.
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  OhioChessFan: Black's game fell apart, so..."Benary Fission".
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  Messiah: Not the bestestestestestestestestestestestestestestestes- testestestestestestestestestestestestestestestes- testest pun ever, but the game is pretty interesting. Thank you, anyway.
Dec-24-20  Brenin: An enjoyable game. The R mate on h8, supported by a B on the long diagonal, is a common theme, but the route this R took to get there is unusual: 12 O-O-O, 13 Rxd6, en prise there until 19 Rh6+ and 20 Rh8 mate. The P on g5 plays a critical role at the end: "they also serve ....".
Dec-24-20  Transfinite Cardinal: WOW, Hartlaub's immortal
Dec-24-20  carpovius: <perfidious: <morf> When I see such words as 'amazing' and 'iconic', my mind tends to shut them out because they have become overused to the point where they have lost virtually all meaning.> May "terrific" be used instead of "amazing" and "botvinnik" instead of "iconic"?
Dec-24-20  carpovius: PS "tal" instead of "immortal"...
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  offramp: <Transfinite Cardinal: WOW, Hartlaub's immortal>

No. Sadly, he has died.

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  offramp: This AMAZING game was played in Bavaria.

Ah! Bavaria!

Bavaria on Christmas Eve. It's all about Gemütlichkeit and Gemütlichkeit is all about Glühwein, Advent markets, Christmas trees dripping with wood-carved decorations, stolen cake give it back, inviting bars with a myriad of freezing lagers, and restaurants illuminated by a warm glow of candlelight and hundreds of twinkling lights adorning colourful historic buildings – pretty much of everyone’s idea of a Christmas heaven!

Happy Christmas, everyone!

Dec-24-20  Ironmanth: What a beautiful miniature! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there.
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  Honza Cervenka: <thomastonk> <14.h4 is unnecessary, probably bad!> 14.h4 is not bad but 14.Nce4 is objectively better, with 15.h4 coming after eventual 14...Ne8.
Dec-24-20  Dean007: I have read all the comments and nobody kibitzed on 13.Rxd6. Why did black not take the rook?
Dec-24-20  RandomVisitor: <Dean007>Best play was to take the rook and suffer the consequences, as this analysis shows:

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<43/68 24:08 +3.66 13...Qxd6 14.Nce4 Nxe4 15.Nxe4 Qd8 16.b5 Na5 17.Nf6+> Kg7 18.Be5 a6 19.Bxc4 Bd7 20.Nxd7+ f6 21.Nxf8 Qxf8 22.Bd3 fxe5 23.Qc7+ Kh6

43/58 24:08 +5.95 13...a5 14.Nce4 Nxe4 15.Nxe4 e5 16.b5 Bf5 17.bxc6 Bxe4 18.Qxe4 Qxd6 19.Qxe5 Qxe5 20.Bxe5 bxc6 21.Bc3 Rfe8 22.Kc2 h5 23.Bxc4 Re4

43/61 24:08 +6.27 13...e5 14.Rxf6 Qxf6 15.Nge4 Qd8 16.Bxc4 Bf5 17.Rd1 Qh4 18.g3 Qh3 19.Qe2 Rac8 20.Nd6 Rcd8 21.Nxb7 Rxd1+ 22.Nxd1 Be6 23.Bxe6 Qxe6

Maybe black thought he could kick the knight back with h6, and all would be well. Was he in for a surprise...

Dec-24-20  goodevans: <Dean007: I have read all the comments and nobody kibitzed on 13.Rxd6. Why did black not take the rook? >

<Nov-25-05 misguidedaggression> and <Aug-03-15 thomastonk> both gave analyses of 13...Qxd6. The latter went deep enough to include the important <16.b5> which also appears in <RandomVisitor>'s SF analysis.

Those first two analyses were both given in the horrible figurine notation (12...♕c7 etc.) which I, for one, find really difficult to read. Perhaps that's why you missed them.

Dec-24-20  goodevans: The SF line posted by <RV> says that after 13...Qxd6 14.Nce4 Nxe4 15.Nxe4 Qd8 16.b5 Na5 17.Nf6+ Kg7 18.Be5 a6 19.Bxc4

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... it's objectively best for black to give up a piece with 19...Bd7 20.Nxd7+ f6 21.Nxf8 Qxf8 22.Bd3 fxe5 23.Qc7+. That may well be true but I'd be grateful if anyone could enlighten me as to what's so bad about the obvious <19...axb5> that it's better to lose a piece instead.

I've tried pretty hard to see where the problem lies. After 19...axb5 it's looking a bit draughty around white's K which in all the lines I've looked at makes it hard for white's Q to switch her attention to the other side of the board.

Dec-24-20  RandomVisitor: <goodevans>I accidently left my computer on and the machine still agrees with that line after an hour+ of thinking:

47/65 1:17:17 +3.74 13...Qxd6 14.Nce4 Nxe4 15.Nxe4 Qd8 16.b5 Na5 17.Nf6+ Kg7 18.Be5 a6 19.Bxc4 <Bd7> 20.Nxd7+ f6 21.Nxf8 Qxf8 22.Bd3 fxe5 23.Qc7+

On 19...axb5 there is 20.Rd1! and the black queen cannot hide anywhere, the knight will attack it with check on Qb6-c7-e7

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38/55 02:22 +4.20 20...Qxf6 21.Bxf6+ Kxf6 22.Qb2+ e5 23.Rd6+ Be6 24.Bxe6 fxe6 25.Rd7 Rac8+ 26.Kd1 Rcd8 27.Qxb5 Nc6 28.Rxd8 Rxd8+ 29.Ke2 Rd7 30.g4 Kf7

37/71 02:22 +4.48 20...Qxd1+ 21.Qxd1 Nxc4 22.Qd4 Nxe5 23.Qxe5 Rd8 24.Nh5+ Kf8 25.Qc5+ Kg8 26.Qe7 Rf8 27.Nf6+ Kg7 28.h4 h5 29.g4 Ra4 30.gxh5 Rxh4

37/51 02:22 +6.75 20...Qe7 21.Nd5+ f6 22.Nxe7 bxc4 23.Bd6 Rf7 24.Bb4 Nc6 25.Nxc6 bxc6 26.Qxc4 c5 27.Qxc5 e5 28.Qc6 Bb7 29.Qe6 Rc8+ 30.Kb2 Rcc7

Dec-24-20  goodevans: <RV> Thanks.

I did look at <19...axb5 20.Rd1> but underestimated it, figuring getting R+B for Q wasn't too bad. What I'd overlooked was that black's Q was crucial to keeping white's Q at bay. After <20...Qxd1+ 21.Qxd1 Nxc4 22.Qd4> black can even hold onto material advantage for some time but white still holds all the cards.

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  Check It Out: I do believe the pun is based on <morishine>'s "you damn kids get off my lawn" post about over use of the word "amazing". If so, it may be the first of its kind.

About the game: in a word, AMAZING!!

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  Phony Benoni: <Check it Out> I can't deny that. And perhaps it was a mistake to give in to temptation, opening the door to nastier tweaking of this sort.

But it bothers me when a person, examining something of great beauty, chooses to let some irrelevant detail dominate the effect.

This makes me sad, and it's not the seaon for that -- 2020 notwithstanding. So, Happy Holidays to all. Deal with what you must, but dwell on what you love.

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  Check It Out: <PB: examining something of great beauty..>

This is the important part, thanks for bringing the game to attention. I count 5 sacs by white, including the gorgeous queen sac on h7 to finish things off. Just fantastic.

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  Chessical: 15...Qxd6 16. Ne4 Qc7 17. Nxf6+ Kg7 18. Rh7#
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  Gottschalk: An alternative to the game line is 18.Rg6+fg6 19.Dg6+Qg7 20.Dg7#
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