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Victor Kahn vs Carl Hartlaub
"The Art of the Checkmate" (game of the day Mar-17-2022)
Hamburg (1916), Hamburg GER
Spanish Game: Bird Variation (C61)  ·  0-1



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  Eggman: Nice, though 15.Rd1 was surely unnecessary. After 15.Qd1, or 15.Bxf7+ followed by 16.Qd1, can White, despite abysmal development, still put up a fight?

BTW, this Kahn was not the famous Sultan Kahn.

Oct-25-03  drukenknight: he can put up a fight, but you have to choose between those two moves, Eggman. That is really what it comes down to in chess. Sometimes the options are quite obvious, but there can only be one best move.

what do you think?

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  Benzol: <Eggman> As this game was played in Germany in 1916 it's not Sultan Khan. It might be Victor Khan but I'm not sure.

BTW 15.Qd1 is possible but after 15...Bxd5 Black has the better of it. If 15.Bxf7+ Ke7 and White still has to deal with the threat on the f1 rook.

Oct-25-03  drukenknight: you are on the right track 15 Bxf7 first then Qd1
Sep-05-07  Rubenus: <Benzol> No, it was Genghis. :)
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  GrahamClayton: White is forced to accept the knight sacrifice, due to 14.♗xb7 ♘g3+ 15.♔g2 ♘xf1 16.♔xf1 ♕xh2, with mate to follow.
Mar-16-12  King Death: I think White in this game was co author of The Art Of The Checkmate with someone named Renaud but my tired old memory isn't sure. The one sure thing is that Kahn got done to a turn after neglecting his development.
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  Phony Benoni: <King Death> That would be Georges Renaud, like Kahn a former French champion. They teamed up on several books after World War II. The Art of the Checkmate was originally published in French in 1947, with an English translation in 1953.
Jun-01-15  hadi706: for white instead 8.e5?
8.d3 and 9.Nd2
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  sea7kenp: So how long was Black's Queen Bishop en prise?
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  FSR: The Art of the Checkmate.
Mar-17-22  Honey Blend: 8. cxd4 would have been fine. 8. ... d5 9. e5 blocks the a8-h1 diagonal while 8. ... ♕xd4 9. d3, White can safely develop his QN/QB and the game just continues.
Mar-17-22  LoveThatJoker: Nice selection, <FSR>. I got introduced to Dr. Hartlaub's games back in 2005. A most attractive playing style.

Apropos pun, btw.


Mar-17-22  Transfinite Cardinal: What a beautiful miniature.
Mar-17-22  goodevans: <hadi706: for white instead 8.e5? 8.d3 and 9.Nd2>

Oh, I think <8.e5??> deserves at least two <?>s. Just two moves later it's clear that that pawn on d3 is a real thorn in White's side. Any decent player should have been able to foresee that. And, yes, either 8.d3 or <Honey Blend>'s 8.cxd4 would have given White a nice position indeed.

A beautiful finale to this game and a nice piece of irony from <FSR>. Bravo.

Mar-17-22  spingo: <LoveThatJoker: Apropos pun, btw.>

Did you know that <apropos> means "by the way"?

<BTW pun BTW.>

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  MissScarlett: <The Art of Checkmate, first published in Monaco in 1947, has remained one of the most popular and enduring chess books of all time, loved by chess players and regularly appearing in top ten lists of their favourites.

Remarkably, despite its widespread popularity, the first English edition, published in the 1950s, was marred by careless and faulty translation. But now, for the first time, all these mistakes have been rectified so as to reflect accurately the authors’ original work and thereby make the English edition of The Art of Checkmate an even better book.>

Seems this new Pavilion Books edition was published in 2015. In 2014, Russell Enterprises had issued a <21st Century Edition> which is <a republication of the work first published by Simon & Schuster, Inc. in 1953. The original English descriptive notation has been converted to algebraic notation, and typographical errors have been corrected. It is otherwise an unabridged and unaltered edition of the original work. It is republished by special arrangement with Simon & Schuster, Inc.>

Neither edition apparently draws attention to the change of title from the grandiose/pompous <The Art of the Checkmate> to plain old <The Art of Checkmate>.

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  Teyss: <spingo> In English it means appropriate, fitting this ironic pun which could also have been "The Art of the Checkmated". In French (spelled in two words BTW) it can mean the same and BTW. Hope this post is Ă  propos.
Mar-17-22  spingo: A very appropriate pun for St Paddy's Day.
God bless him!
Mar-17-22  LoveThatJoker: <spingo> Admittedly I meant 'apropos' in the sense of the first definition offered by Merriam-Webster, which is as follows,

Definition of apropos (Entry 1 of 3)
Being both relevant and opportune
Example: apropos comments

This said, your comment got me laughing; for it reminded me of the Los Angeles Angels.


PS. <Teyss> Regarding this thread (thus far), I would say that your post is apropos of most everything.

<MissScarlett> Thanks for elucidating on this. It is the first time I have heard of this book. I guess it is a must-read for me now!

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  Honza Cervenka: 13...Ng3+ 14.hxg3 h5 was possible too.
Mar-17-22  Nabbat: Epic game! Black did a job well done. Right after move 3 white started getting it all wrong. And I love how black gets it done with a Queen sac
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  FSR: <LoveThatJoker: . . . It is the first time I have heard of this book. I guess it is a must-read for me now!>

It's a classic. I learned a lot from it in my youth.

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  FSR: btw, do look at Hartlaub's other games. He's an attacking genius. Statistics Page shows that he holds the record for having the highest percentage of games in the database that are decided by winning sacrifices (58.82%), higher even than Greco's.
Mar-18-22  LoveThatJoker: <FSR> Thanks. I truly cannot wait to get my hands on a copy, and read it!


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