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Kurt Rahn vs Ludwig Rellstab
German Championship (1941), Bad Oeynhausen GER, rd 11, Aug-??
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. General (B70)  ·  1-0



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Nov-01-04  Theoryhack: A Well known trap. With a knight already on c6, Ng4 is playable and indeed is one of the major replies to the maroczy bind in the accelerated dragon.
Feb-11-06  prosoccer: But why would black resign that quickly?? He was only down a knight?? What am I missing?
Feb-11-06  TheParadigm: Down a whole knight with no compensation? That's more than enough to resign.
Aug-27-06  sneaky pete: He should have resigned here, but he didn't, see K Rahn vs Rellstab, 1941.
Apr-15-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: 1...rxf8 2.bh6 rb8 3.bg4 bf8 4. bxf8 rxf8 5. rxd6 rf4 6.bc8 rxe4 7. a3 re1+ 8.kf2 rc1 9.bxb7 rxc2+ 10.kf1 kg7 11.rxa6 rb2 12.bc6 kf6 13.b5 rb1+ 14.ke2 rb2+ 15. kd3 ke7 16.b6 kd6 17.be4 rb3+ 18.kc4 rb2 19.kc3 rb5 20.a4 rc5+ 21.kb3 rc1 22.ra8 rc6 23.bxc6 kxc6 24.a5 kb7 25. ra7+ kc6 26.rg7 kd6 27.b7 ke6 28b8=q kf5 29.qf8+ kg4 30. qf3+ kh4 31.rxh7+ kg5 32.h4#
May-15-07  rook17: But K Rahn vs Rellstab, 1941 is different on move 7. does that mean that rellstab made the exact same mistake in the same year??
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  FSR: Rellstab was a strong IM. I can't believe he fell into this twice, let alone against the same player in the same year. One of these game scores is wrong.
Jan-16-08  whiteshark: according to chesslive it's

[Event "GER-ch 08th"]
[Site "Bad Oeynhausen"]
[Date "1941.08.03"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Rahn,Kurt"]
[Black "Rellstab,Ludwig Sr"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "B72"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Ng4 7.Bb5+ Nd7 8.Qxg4 Bg7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Rad1 a6 11.Be2 Nc5 12.Qg3 Bd7 13.b4 Ne6 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.Nb1 Ba4 16.Rd2 Bc6 17.Qh3 e5 18.Nc3 Qc7 19.Qe6+ Kh8 20.Nd5 Qd8 21.Qxe7 Qxe7 22.Nxe7 Bxe4 23.f3 Bf6 24.fxe4 Bxe7 25.Rxf8+ 1-0

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  FSR: There are three possibilities: (1) Rellstab is an idiot who lost twice in the same year to the same player by falling into the same trap; (2) this game score is right, and the other game score (that given above by whiteshark, which is the same as the other score given on is wrong; and (3) this game score is wrong and the other game score is right. Theory 1 makes no sense to me, since Rellstab was a strong player whom FIDE awarded the IM title in 1950 when it first awarded titles, and who became German champion the year after this game according to his chessgames biography. That leaves the remaining two theories. It seems a lot more likely to me that the source for the current game score got it wrong than that the source for the other game score somehow fantasized a nonexistent 25-move game. Thus, I'm going with theory 3.
Feb-15-09  swarmoflocusts: This is why understanding the ideas of an opening (e.g. Ng4 is strong as it disrupts white's Dragon-Slayer Bishop, therefore white plays f3 to preserve it; white does not immediately have to play f3, however, as black's king is vulnerable until he has at least played Bg7, or Nc6 or 0-0) is more important than memorizing moves.
Jun-08-09  WhiteRook48: also a fourth possibility: both game scores are wrong
Jun-08-09  WhiteRook48: how did you get all of that?
Oct-14-09  WhiteRook48: but it's probably theory 2, why wouldn't he resign?
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  perfidious: <FSR> Here's a game in which, according to Nunn, some magazines had Black giving up the ghost at move 10, but he writes that Georgiev spun it out to move 42, per the score given herein: Nunn vs Kiril Georgiev, 1988.

On the other hand, there was a trap in the Exchange QGD into which Rubinstein actually fell-twice!

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