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Carl Hartlaub vs Fleischer
"Mincemeat" (game of the day Feb-25-2018)
Wiesbaden (1913), Wiesbaden GER
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack (B21)  ·  1-0



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Dec-18-03  firn: nice!
Dec-18-03  firn: Where did black go wrong? Trying to hold on to the central pawn lead?
Dec-18-03  fatbaldguy: Black went wrong - among other things - in accepting every sacrifice of white as if it were mandatory to do so. For example, if 15 ... Kg7 (with the idea 16 ... Rh8), it's not clear to me how white continues the attack, and he's a piece down.
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  kevin86: I've never seen ♙f4 in response to the Sicilian! This game has a 19th century flavor,despite the year.
Dec-18-03  euripides: 2 f4 is known as te Grand Prix attack. More unusual is the gambit of the d4 pawn, though I've hads it playewd against me and it goes under the name of the Halasz gambit (though maybe only if played against ...e5 rather tahn ...c5). It's quite tricky to play against.

By move 13 Black has removed all his minor pieces from the kingside and White has three minor pieces and the queen to attack the K-side - so there should be good winning chances.

Dec-18-03  refutor: 2.d4 is the smith-morra gambit. the halasz gambit is 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.f4. kevin86, i actually thought that maybe you were kevin spraggett, but if you haven't seen 2.f4 v. the sicilian, then i guess you aren't :) 2. ... d5 is a good response to the grand prix attack...most masters play 2.Nc3 then 3.f4
Dec-18-03  JerseyDevil: After 15... Kg7 white has a possible continuation of 16 exf6+ still down material, but black's king will be overly exposed.
Dec-18-03  Andrew Chapman: If 15...Kg7 then 16 Qh5. If then 16...Rh8 then 17 Qxf7+ and mate follows.
Dec-18-03  euripides: I thought the Smith-Morra was 2d4 ed 3c3 ? I am not sure whether 2d4 ed 3f4 strictly has a name but in the absence of one calling it the Halasz on the analogy of the line against e5 may be reaonable- anyway, the only player who has played it against me told me he thought it was the Halasz.
Dec-19-03  fatbaldguy: <Andrew Chapman> It's 15 ... Kg7 that I'm considering - i.e. black does not take the bishop, but makes room for the rook in h8. 16 Qh5 would not be possibile because the knight is still on f3. You may have been analyzing 16 ... Kg7, which I agree would be too late for black. After 15 ... Kg7, white is one piece down and I don't see a decisive attack.
Dec-19-03  Lawrence: Morphy played 2.f4 against the Sicilian on at least 4 occasions. In New Orleans in 1850 against Lowenthal he won. In 1854 he gave C.A.Maurian his Queen's Rook and Queen's Knight and lost. And in 1859 in his match against Thompson where he always had White but in return ceded his Queen's Knight he lost the first two games playing 2.f4 and then switched to other openings, altogether winning 5, losing 3, and drawing one. (Source: Lopez Esnaola)
Dec-25-03  Marnoff Mirlony: Awesome! White goes crazy on Black's position. I love this game.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Turns out that 3.d4 is extremely rare in the database, with only one other example (3...d5 with an eventual draw). Perhaps 9...d6 improves; the threat of 14.Nd6+ seems to have induced castling, which did not lead to safety.
Feb-25-18  RookFile: I know that sometimes the bishop goes to c5 and a7 in the Sicilian but you had better know what you're doing. In this case black just got plowed over on the kingside. A bishop on e7 would have been nice for black.
Feb-25-18  newhampshireboy: What a game!
Feb-25-18  dhruv munjal: Beauty positional
Feb-25-18  braimondi: 9... Qc7 is the sucker.
Feb-25-18  Grandma Sturleigh: 14. Nf6+ was flashy but incorrect. As <fatbaldguy> pointed out in 2003, 15...Kg7 is correct. White can get a draw with 16. Qe1 Qd8 17. Qg3+ but apparently no more.

The straightforward 14. Nfg5 would have given White an easily winning attack.

Feb-25-18  morfishine: Fleischer = NN


Feb-25-18  schnarre: ...A sliced-&-diced Black!
Feb-26-18  pdxjjb: The game is pretty amusing when analyzed with an engine. 9 ... Qc7 is a serious mistake, but white fails to exploit with 11 Ne4 instead of the much stronger Nc4. Then black misses the very strong Nc3, etc., etc. I wonder what these players would be rated today.

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