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Lionel Kieseritzky vs Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint-Amant
Paris (1840), Paris FRA, Feb-09
French Defense: La Bourdonnais Variation (C00)  ·  0-1



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Mar-03-06  ckr: If St. Amant had played 28...Nb6 I think Kieseritsky would have resigned. St. Amant must have been too focused on the Qa1# play to have missed something so obvious. Good example of tunnel vision.

At least it did not cost him the game.

Apr-26-06  soberknight: By the way, this game probably holds a record that will never be broken for the total length of the players' names. :)
Mar-22-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Indeed, officials should cut their names a bit in pregame.
May-29-08  Xeroxx: Original opening, perhaps this variation should be named after the plaiers names?


Aug-31-17  mifralu: The game continued 37. Kb2 Qf6+ 38. Ka3 Rxc2 39. Nbd4 Qd6+ 0-1

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  PawnSac: < Autoreparaturwerkbau: Indeed, officials should cut their names a bit in pregame. > Indeed! and..

Autoreparaturwerkbau vs. Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint-Amant

..would be simply intolerable!

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  PawnSac: Black to play: _?_

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At the moment, both black knights are pinned, but White's 2.f4 has exposed his kingside, and black has an arrow aimed right down the dark diagonal, yielding him a significant tactical advantage. In the game black played 8...Be6, presumably to shield the king and guard the D pawn BUT he could have played more sharply with..

< 8. ..0-0! >

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This unpins both knights, gives him stronger grasp of the vital d4 square, especially after ..Nf5, as well as dangerous threats on the open E file. White will be scrambling to avoid a rook pin and get his king to safety. If needed, black could still play ..Be6 but reserves the option of a nasty pin ..Bg4! if combined with ..Nd4. The point is that ..0-0 opens up more tactical possibilities, and my instinct says this will cost white at least a piece. For example..

If he tries to shield the kingside against the Bc5 with.. 9. Be3 Bxe3 10. Qxe3 [disconnecting Q & B] Qa5+ 11. Nc3 d4 12. Nxd4 Nd5! bam. Then if 13. Nb3 Qxb5! 14. Nxd5 Qxd5. Notice if 14.Nxb5 Nxe3 holds the king in place while hitting c2. In this manner black stays one step ahead of white the whole time!

If on the other hand white tries to avoid the fork and trade off the Bishop with 9.Bxc6? then ..Nxc6 threatens a royal family shish-ka-bob on the E file with ..Re8 so white is running for cover with his K or must self pin a piece to save the Q. It would look like this..

9.Bxc6 Nxc6 10.Be3 Bxe3 11.Qxe3 Re8 12.Ne5 f6 or maybe 12.Qxe8+ Qxe8+ 13. Kf2

Anyway.. Kieseritzky gave us some interesting opening theory, but I think in this instance he drifted into unfamiliar territory and got slice and diced. That's my take on it.

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