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Ferenc Erkel vs Jozsef Szen
"Did I do that?" (game of the day Aug-01-2007)
Budapest (1845)
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Quite interesting game. If 17...Kxd5, then 18.Qb3+ Ke4 19.Qe6+ with a mate.

Better was 29.Bxd6 as after 29.Rxd6 black could have played 29...Qc8.

Dec-26-04  percyblakeney: Both a pretty combination beginning with 15. Nd6+ and a nice mate with a pawn in the end.
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  WannaBe: The pun is on the last name of "Erkel", whose catch phrase on the show was "Did I do that?".
Aug-01-07  dexterious: Another combination, though not as winning as this one, is 31. ♖b7+, and then 32. ♖xb6.
Aug-01-07  dabearsrock1010: i always felt bad for erkel on the show...he could never pick up the hot girl...or i think there might have been an episode where they kissed or something? in real life he isnt as weird as he was on the show...but still pretty weird
Aug-01-07  AlfieNoakes: Awesome, deep attack stemming from the piece/exchange sacrifices, appeals to my romantic old-skool chess tastes but beautifully executed. Very instructional attacking play.
Aug-01-07  geigermuller: This is Ferenc Erkel the composer, who (amongst other things) composed the Hungarian national anthem!
Aug-01-07  Capablanca44: The coordination of White's pieces was excellent! Black's pieces seemed to be mere spectators to the onslaught.
Aug-01-07  RandomVisitor: black missed 13...Ne3!

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13...Ne3 14.fxe3 Bxc4 15.Rf2 Qd5 16.Nc5 Bxc5 17.Bxc5 0-0-0 18.Qc2 Rhe8 19.Re1 Ba6 20.Qxh7 (-0.27) Depth: 19

15.Qe2! was winning:

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15.Qe2 Nf4 16.Bxe6+ Kxe6 17.Neg5+ Kd7 18.Qe4 Kc8 19.Nf7 Qd7 20.Nxh8 g5 21.Qe8+ Nd8 (3.52) Depth: 17

Black missed 23...Kb8 with equality:

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23...Kb8 24.g3 Bxd4 25.Qxd4 Ka8 26.Rc4 Re6 27.c7 Re1+ 28.Kg2 Rxc7 29.Bxd6 Rb7 30.Qxf6 = (-0.20) Depth: 17

Aug-01-07  ounos: Very nice comments by RV. Although just giving the best line for both sides isn't too enlightening :-/

One would understand better why 15. Qe2 wins if he additionally sees some refutations to obvious defence attempts. For instance, what about 15. ... Re8? If 16. Nc3 Qd7 and then what? Not obvious to me.

Or about 23. ...Kb8, a useful sideline would answer what happens after 24. Qa6 and maybe 25. Nb5. After that refutation, it can be understood why White should play 24. g3

Aug-01-07  dx9293: LOL! This brought back memories of Steve Urkel on the TV show "Family Matters" which ran for I think 9 seasons in the 1990s.

It was a VERY popular show. Steve was a geeky genius who could never get Laura Winslow, but he did wind up with the even hotter Myra in later seasons!

One of his inventions was his machine where he could transform himself into "Stephon Urkell" and his DNA, etc. was completely different! Stephon was the polar opposite of Steve: cool, smooth, and Laura fell for him instantly. But invariably he would turn back into Steve.

However, eventually (and I don't remember how it happened), Steve and Stephon became separate people, so Stephon and Steve coexisted as friends (sort of...).

Aug-01-07  attica: As <geigermuller> pointed out, white, Ferenc Erkel, was a famous composer. He has his own Wikipedia entry at His operas are still performed in Hungary frequently. It is also possible to buy his music on the Internet.
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  kevin86: An unusual king hunt. The king was chased to a8-accross the board instead of down it. The winning combination actually lasted longer than the rest of the game.

Neat little quiet intermezzo in the 28th move-avoiding the last rank mate possibilities-a lesser player would have missed it,to great consequence.

Aug-01-07  Crowaholic: Nice pun. German speakers will be doubly amused:

Nice mating pattern but I wonder whether all the sacrifices were sound. How is 17. ..Kxd5 punished? Is it somewhere along the lines of

18. Qb3+ Ke4 19. Re1+ Kf5 20. Qd3+ ?

Aug-01-07  psmith: <ounos> 15. ♕e2 ♖e8 16. ♘fg5+ fxg5 17. ♕h5+ ♔g8 18. ♘xg5 h6 19. ♘xe6
Aug-01-07  tal lover: Very beatiful attack!! from the beginning to the end white try to keep the iniciative sacrifing pieces, and after all trades a beatiful pawn mate
Aug-01-07  tatarch: Very picturesque mate at the end
Aug-01-07  RandomVisitor: After 15.Qe2 white is winning:

1: F Erkel - Jozsef Szen, Budapest 1845

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp up:

1. (3.56): 15...Nf4 16.Bxe6+ Kxe6 17.Neg5+ Kd7 18.Qe4 Kc8 19.Nf7 Qd7 20.Nxh8 g5 21.Qe8+ Nd8 22.Qxd7+

2. (3.98): 15...Re8 16.Nfg5+ fxg5 17.Qh5+ Kg8 18.Nxg5 h6 19.Nxe6 Qf6 20.Nf4 Kh7 21.Bd3+ g6 22.Nxd5

3. (4.41): 15...Bc8 16.Nc3 g5 17.Bxd5+ Kg6 18.Be4+ Kg7 19.Bxc6 bxc6 20.Be7 Qe8 21.Bxf6+ Kxf6 22.Qxe8

4. (4.76): 15...Bg4 16.Nfg5+ fxg5 17.Qxg4 Re8 18.Nxg5+ Kg8 19.Rxe8+ Qxe8 20.Bxd5+ Kh8 21.Qf5 Qg6 22.Nf7+

5. (5.07): 15...g6 16.Neg5+ fxg5 17.Qxe6+ Kg7 18.Bxd5 Qe8 19.Qg4 Qc8 20.Re6 Rd8 21.Qxg5 Rxd5 22.Qxd5

6. (6.19): 15...Bh3 16.Nc3 Nxd4 17.Bxd5+ Kg6 18.Nh4+ Kh6 19.Qe3+ g5 20.Qxh3 Kg7 21.Re7+ Qxe7 22.Bxe7

After 23...Kb8 white's attack loses its bite:
1: F Erkel - Jozsef Szen, Budapest 1845

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp up:

1. = (-0.22): 24.h3 Bxd4 25.Qxd4 Ka8 26.Qa4 Re5 27.Qa6 Rc7 28.Qa4 Rce7 29.Qb3 Qc7

2. ³ (-0.28): 24.g3 Bxd4 25.Qxd4 Ka8 26.Qa4 Re5 27.Qa6 Rc7 28.Qa4 Qe7 29.Bb4

3. ³ (-0.35): 24.h4 Bxd4 25.Qxd4 Ka8 26.g3 d5 27.Qa4 Re4 28.Qa6 Rc7 29.Bc5

4. ³ (-0.43): 24.Bb2 Re4 25.h3 Qe7 26.Bc3 Ka8 27.Rb1 Rb8 28.Rd1 d5 29.Kh1

5. ³ (-0.55): 24.Rb1 Ka8 25.Nb5 Qe7 26.Rf1 Qe2 27.h4 Rxc6 28.Nxd6 Rxd6 29.Bxd6 Qe4 30.Qb3

6. ³ (-0.61): 24.Qb5 Re4 25.Bb2 Qe7 26.Nf3 Ka8 27.g3 f5 28.a4 Rb8

7. ³ (-0.66): 24.Qb4 Re4 25.Bb2 Qe7 26.Rb1 Kc7 27.f3 Re2 28.Kf1 Re8 29.Bc3 Qe3 30.Nb5+ Kb8

8. µ (-0.80): 24.Qa6 Rc7 25.Bb2 Re4 26.Qb5 Qe7 27.Nf3 Qe6 28.Bd4 Qxa2 29.Bxb6 axb6 30.Qxb6+ Kc8

9. µ (-0.84): 24.Qb3 Re4 25.Bb2 Ka8 26.Qd5 Re5 27.Qf3 Qg8 28.Bc3 Qc4 29.Qh3 Rb8 30.Nb3

10. µ (-0.86): 24.Nf3 Qe7 25.Rb1 Ka8 26.Rxb6 Qe1+

Aug-01-07  soberknight: I also loved the pun. It brought back memories from the Urkel show. "Did I do that?" Haha.

Good game, too.

Aug-01-07  Dres1: Funny pun
Aug-02-07  RandomVisitor: 10...O-O was also better for black

1: F Erkel - Jozsef Szen, Budapest 1845

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp up:

1. = (-0.24): 10...0-0 11.e5 Nh5 12.g3 Bg4 13.Qc2 Qd7 14.Rfe1 d5 15.Bb5 a6 16.Ba4 Qf5 17.Qb3

2. = (-0.07): 10...Na5 11.Bb5+ Bd7 12.Bxd7+ Qxd7 13.Rb1 0-0-0 14.Bc3 d5 15.e5 Ne4 16.Bxa5 Bxa5 17.Nxe4

(, 02.08.2007)

Sep-28-10  sevenseaman: < Honza Cervenka; Better was 29.Bxd6 as after 29.Rxd6 black could have played 29...Qc8> Good view; I had the same thought, the game then runs like a well-oiled machine.

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