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Paul Schmidt vs Heinz Nowarra
"Nowarra to Run" (game of the day Dec-16-2009)
2nd General Government (1941), Krakow POL, rd 3, Oct-08
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Dec-16-09  WhiteRook48: what if black declines the 15 Rxe6 sac?
Dec-16-09  TheChessGuy: The person who mentioned Paul Keres earlier was right on target. Paul Felix Schmidt was a fellow Estonian who likely influenced the aggressive, tactical play that the pre- and early-Soviet Keres is known for.
Dec-16-09  psmith: <WhiteRook48>: what do you have in mind instead of 15...Kxe6?

Here is what I came up with using Fritz 5.32:

(a) 15... Nf6 16. Rde1 Bd6 (16... Rhe8
17. Nh4 Nd5 18. Bg6+ Kg8 19. Bxe8 Rxe8 20. Nf5 ) 17. Bc4 Nd5 18. Qd3 (b)15... b5 (to stop Bc4)16. Bg6+ Kxe6 17. Re1+ Kf6 18. Qd3 Qf4 19. Re4 (c) 15... Bf6 16. Bc4 Kf8 17. Rde1
g6 (17... b5 18. Qe3 Qd8 19. Qa3+ c5 20. Bxb5 a6 21. Bxd7 Qxd7 22. Qxc5+ ) 18. Qe3

Any improvements?

Dec-16-09  psmith: <zatara>
Analysis of alternatives after 15...Kxe6 16. Bc4+ Kf6 17. Re1 (again assisted by Fritz 5.32): (a) 17... Bd6 18. Re6+ Kf7 19. Rxh6+ Ke8 20. Qe2+ Kd8 21. Rxh8+ Nf8 22. Ng5
(b) 17... Qd6 18. Qc3
(b1) 18... b5 19. Nh4
(b2) 18... g5 19. d5+ Kg6 20. Re6+ Qxe6
21. dxe6 Nc5 22. Ne5+ Kh7 23. Bd3+ Kg8 24. Nf7 Rh7 25. Bxh7+ Kxh7 26. Qh3 Kg6 27. Qxh6+ Kf5 28. g4+ Kxg4 29. Qh7 Bc8 30. Ne5+ Kf4 31. Ng6+ Kf3 32. Qf7+ Kg2 33. Qxe7 Nxe6 34. Qd6
(b3) 18... Rhf8 19. Nh4 g5 20. Nf5 Rfe8 21. Re2 g4 22. Qd2 Kxf5 23. Bd3+ Kf6 24. Qxh6+ Kf7 25. Bc4+ Qd5 26. Bxd5+ cxd5 27. Qe6+ Kf8 28. Qxd7 Bf6 29. Re3 Rab8 30. c3
(b4) 18... Raf8 19. d5+ Kg6 (19... Kf7 20. dxc6+ Ke8 21. cxb7 Rxf3 22. Qxf3 Rf8 23. Qe2) 20. Qd3+ Kf6 21. Nh4 Kg5 22. Re4

Again, improvements welcome.

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  benveniste: It looks like Black's key error was 18. ... ♔g6. 18. ... ♗c8 seems to equalize.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <benveniste>

Rybka freeware also likes 18...Bc8, because if prevents the continuation 19 d5+ Kg6 20 Qd3+, because black now has 20...Bf5.

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It prefers the continuation 18...Bc8 19 Ne5 h5 and sees an even match at that point.

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Dec-16-09  psmith: The continuation 18...Bc8 19. Ne5 h5 is one of those computer defenses that a human is unlikely to even take account of. 18...Bc8 undevelops and blocks off Black's Rook, and 19...h5 seems to weaken Black's King position. But actually the first move provides the defense Bf5 and the second prevents 20. Qf3+ Bf5 21. g4 which is strong against other 19th moves.

But, but, but: the evaluation "even match" for a position in which White is down a piece and a Rook while Black's King is exposed seems bizarre, without further analysis. Maybe it all ends in perpetual. Who knows.

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  Phony Benoni: <psmith> What "even match" probably means is that White sacrifices all his material, but Black runs out of time calculating defenses and the game has to be declared a draw.
Dec-16-09  RandomVisitor: After 12.Kb1:

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Rybka 3:

<[+0.25] d=21 12...0-0> 13.Qe3 Bb7 14.h4 Rfe8 15.h5 c5 16.dxc5 Nxc5 17.h6 Nxd3 18.cxd3 Bf8 19.g4 Rec8 20.g5 Bc5 21.Qd2 Be7

[+0.30] d=21 12...h6 13.Qe3 Bb7 14.c4 0-0-0 15.c5 Kb8 16.Bc2 Rhg8 17.g3 Rge8 18.h4 Bf8 19.Ne5 Nxe5

Dec-17-09  RandomVisitor: After 18...Bc8 19.Ne5:

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Rybka 3:

<[+0.85] d=15 19...Bb4> 20.Qxb4 b5 21.Bd3 Ne6 22.Be4 Rd8 23.Nxc6 Bb7 24.Qc3 Bxc6 25.Bxc6 Nxd4 26.Bxa8 Qxc3 27.bxc3 Nxc2 28.Kxc2 Rxa8 29.Re4 Rc8 30.Rd4

[+0.94] d=14 19...h5 20.Qf3+ Bf5 21.g4 g6 22.gxf5 Kg7 23.Rg1 Rd8 24.Nxg6 Qxh2 25.Rh1 Qxh1+ 26.Qxh1 Nxg6 27.Qg1 Rh6 28.Bd3 Rxd4 29.fxg6 Rxd3 30.cxd3 Rxg6

Jan-22-23  Brenin: Embarras de richesses! My choice was 24 Qf4, threatening 25 Qh4+, e.g. 24 ... Qxf5 25 Nd7+ Nxd7 (25 ... Kg6 26 Rg1+ and 27 Bd3) 26 Re6+ Kf7 27 Qxf5+ Ke8 28 Qg5 Nf6 29 Rxe7+ Kxe7 30 Qxg7+ and 31 Qxf6. But there are plenty of other moves, such as 24 Rg1, which look just as good.
Jan-22-23  Mayankk: The poor Black King has been chased to the centre and all the White pieces are circling around, waiting to give the killer blow.

My line was 24 Ng6 Nxg6 25 fxg6+ Kxg6 26 Bf7+ Kh6 27 Re6+ Bf6 28 Qf4+ Kh7 29 Qf5+ and 30 Qg6#

If 24 Ng6 Bb4, I may have diverged with 25 c3. Now White will likely recover one piece and still keep the initiative. But no way as efficient as 25 Re6+.

Jan-22-23  mel gibson: Almost any move wins.
I chose 24. Nxc6 which wasn't the best but still won.

Stockfish 15 says:

24. Rg1

(24. Rg1 (♖e1-g1 ♗e7-c5 ♕f3-e4 ♘f8-e6 ♗c4xe6 ♔f6-e7 ♖g1xg7+ ♔e7-e8 ♘e5xc6 ♕c8-d7 ♗e6xd7+ ♔e8-f8 f5-f6 ♗c5-d6 ♕e4-g6 ♗d6xh2 ♕g6-f7+) +M9/64 25)

White wins _mate in 9.

I list here 5 other good choices - I'm sure there are many more:

another choice:
24. Qf4

(24. Qf4 Qxf5 (♕c8xf5 ♘e5-d7+ ♘f8xd7 ♖e1-e6+ ♔f6-f7 ♕f4xf5+ ♔f7-e8 ♕f5-g5 ♘d7-f6 ♕g5xg7 ♘f6-g8 ♖e6xc6 ♔e8-d7 ♗c4-b5 a7-a6 ♖c6-d6+ ♔d7-c8 ♕g7-f7 ♘g8-f6 ♕f7-c4+ ♔c8-b7 ♕c4-c6+ ♔b7-b8 ♕c6xb6+ ♔b8-c8 ♗b5-d7+ ♘f6xd7 ♖d6-c6+) -M14/70 47)

White wins _ mate in 14.

another choice:
24. Ng6 Bd6

(24. .. Bd6 (♗e7-d6 ♘g6xh8 ♕c8xf5 ♕f3xc6 ♖a8-d8 ♘h8-f7 ♕f5-d7 ♕c6-e4 g7-g5 ♘f7xd8) -12.32/31 87)

score for Black -12.32 depth 31.

another choice:
24. Nxc6

(24. Nxc6 Qxf5 (♕c8xf5 ♕f3-g3 h5-h4 ♕g3-c7 ♖a8-e8 ♘c6xe7 ♘f8-e6 ♖e1xe6+ ♕f5xe6 ♗c4xe6 2) -10.94/30 123)

score for Black -10.94 depth 30.

another choice:
24. Nf7

(24. Nf7 g6 (g7-g6 ♕f3-e3) -M33/33 253 25. Qe3 (♕f3-e3 ♔f6-g7 ♕e3xe7 ♕c8-e8 f5-f6+ ♔g7-h7 ♕e7xe8 ♖a8xe8 ♖e1xe8 b6-b5 ♘f7xh8 ♘f8-d7 ♗c4-g8+ ♔h7xh8 ♗g8-e6+ ♘d7-f8 ♖e8xf8+ ♔h8-h7 f6-f7 ♔h7-g7 ♖f8-c8 ♔g7-f6 f7-f8♕+ ♔f6xe6 ♖c8-d8 h5-h4 ♖d8-d6+) +M14/54 127)

White wins _ mate in 14.

another choice:
24. Qg3

(24. Qg3 Qxf5 (♕c8xf5 ♗c4-d3 h5-h4 ♕g3-e3 ♖h8-h5 ♘e5-g4+ ♔f6-f7 ♕e3xe7+ ♔f7-g8 ♗d3xf5 ♖h5xf5 ♖e1-g1 ♘f8-g6 ♕e7-e6+ ♖f5-f7 ♘g4-h6+ g7xh6 ♖g1xg6+ ♔g8-f8 ♕e6-d6+ ♖f7-e7 ♖g6-f6+ ♔f8-e8 ♕d6xc6+ ♖e7-d7 ♕c6xa8+ ♖d7-d8 ♕a8-e4+ ♔e8-d7 ♕e4-b7+ ♔d7-e8 ♕b7-f7+) -M16/53 153)

White wins _ mate in 16.

Jan-22-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: I figured the line: 24. Nd7+ Nxd7 25. Re6+ Kg5 26. Rg6+ Kh4 27. Qg3#. or 25... Kf7 26. Rh6+ Kf8 27. Rxh8#.

The longer way is 25...Ke8 27. Rxh8+ Nf8 28. Be6 Qb7 29. Qxh5+ Kd8 30. Qf7 Rc8 31. Rxf8+ Bxf8 32. Qxf8+ Kc7 33. Bxc8 Qxc8 34. Qxg7+ Kb8 35. Qe5+ Kb7 36. Qe7+ Kb8 37. f6! and win.

The other answer is 24. Nf7+ Qxd7 25. Re6+ Nxe6 26. fxe6+ Kg6 27. Qf7+ Kg5 28. exd7 seems that White can win. Not 25... Kg5 26. h4+ Kxh4 27. Qg3#.

The remain move is 25... Kf7 26. Rh6+ Ke8 27. Rxh8, similar to previous ones, where Be6 and Qxh5+ must follow.

But I'm not sure if the King would follow this line, in a real game; but don't call <Brenin>...lgs. In a game where isn't said 'insane', I'd follow with 24. Ng6, for example: 24... Qxf5 25. Qxf5+ Kxf5 26. Nxh8 Bh4 27. Nf7 Bxf2 or 24... Nxg6 25. fxg6+ Kxg6 26. Bd3+ Kh6 27. Rxe7 with strong attack. Time to check it out.

Jan-22-23  Mayankk: If 24 Ng6 counts as an insane move, while the attack actually started 10 moves earlier via the Knight-Rook sacs - 14 Nxf7 Kxf7 15 Rxe6 Kxe6, then what sort of a difficulty level will 14 White to move be ?

Or is it that 14 Nxf7 and 15 Rxe6 were speculative sacs and White had only locked in the win at the 24th move ?

Jan-22-23  Refused: My first instinct was to play 24.Be6, which is also winning.

The Bishop is obviously untouchable as

24...Nxe6 25.fxe6+ Kxe6 26.Qf7+ is dead.

and after something like 24...Qc7 25.Qg3 looked good.

Jan-22-23  nalinw: The engine here - which I have little faith in - says that things are equal after the sacs - so Black has not played the best defence
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Would have felt better about finding the "correct" move if it were also the *oniy* correct move, but hey, will take a 6.5/7 week any time.
Jan-22-23  mel gibson: <Jan-22-23 Refused: My first instinct was to play 24.Be6, which is also winning>

Yes that's also winning according to SF 15:

24. Be6

(24. Be6 Qe8 (♕c8-e8 ♘e5-f7 ♕e8xf7 ♕f3-f4 ♗e7-d6 ♕f4-h4+ g7-g5 f5xg6/ep+ ♔f6-g7 g6xf7 ♖h8-h6 ♗e6-c4 ♘f8-g6 ♕h4-g5 b6-b5 ♖e1-e8 b5xc4 f7-f8♕+ ♗d6xf8 ♖e8xa8 ♔g7-f7 ♖a8xa7+ ♘g6-e7 ♕g5-f4+ ♖h6-f6 ♕f4-e4 ♖f6-e6 ♕e4-f5+ ♖e6-f6 ♕f5-h7+ ♗f8-g7 ♕h7xh5+ ♖f6-g6 a2-a4 ♗g7xd4 ♖a7xe7+ ♔f7xe7 ♕h5xg6 ♔e7-d7 ♕g6-f7+ ♔d7-d6 a4-a5 ♗d4-a7 ♕f7-f4+ ♔d6-c5 ♕f4-e5+ ♔c5-b4 a5-a6 ♗a7xf2 ♕e5-e7+ ♔b4-b5) -11.07/33 119)

score for Black -11.07 depth 33.

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  agb2002: White has two pawns for a rook.

Black threatens Qxf5.

The position of the black king suggests 24.Qf4:

A) 24... Qxf5 25.Nd7+

A.1) 25... Nxd7 26.Re6+ Kf7 27.Qxf5+ Ke8 28.Qg5 wins.

A.2) 25... Kg6 26.Bd3 Qxd3 27.cxd3 Nxd7 (27... Bg5 28.Ne5+ Kh6 29.Nf7+ wins) 28.Rxe7 wins decisive material.

B) 24... h4 25.Ng4#.

C) 24... g5 25.fxg6+ Kg7 26.Qf7+ Kh6 27.g7 wins.

D) 24... Nh7 25.Nd7+ Qxd7 26.Qe5+ Kg5 27.Qxg7+

D.1) 27... Kh4 28.Qg3#.

D.2) 27... Kf4 28.Qg3+ Kxf5 29.Qh3+ and 30.Qxd7 wins decisive material.

D.3) 27... Kxf5 28.Bd3+ Kf4 29.Qg3#.

E) 24... Nd7 25.Nxd7+ as in D.

F) 24... Bd6 25.Ng4+ hxg4 26.Qxd6+

F.1) 26... Kxf5 27.Bd3+ Kg5 28.Qe7+ Kf4 (28... Kh6 29.Qh4#; 28... Kh5 29.Re5+ and mate in two) 29.Qe5+ Kf3 30.Qg3#.

F.2) 26... Kg5 27.Qe7+ Kh5 (27... Kxf5 28.Bd3+ transposes to F.1) 28.Bf7+ g6 (28... Kh6 29.Qh4#) 29.fxg6 Kh6 (due to g7+) 30.g7 Kxg7 (30... Rh7 31.Qf6+ Ng6 32.Qxg6#) 31.Be8+ Kh6 (31... Kg8 32.Qf7#) 32.Qf6+ Kh7 33.Re7+ Kg8 34.Qf7#.

F.3) 26... Ne6 27.Rxe6+ looks winning.

G) 24... b5 25.Qh4+

G.1) 25... Kxf5 26.Qxe7 recovers material while keeping the attack.

G.2) 25... g5 26.fxg6+ as above.

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  chrisowen: I grew its pink flush its no quay dj luv Ng6 hit be Qe4 game its arrived odd certain gab again quaint did axiom jack a bath lit ha favour iota Ng6 bug Qe4 bluff.
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  perfidious: My preference in flushes is for red or black ones. (laughs)
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  Messiah: <perfidious: My preference in flushes is for red or black ones. (laughs)>

Very good joke, congratulations. I also laughed so hard.

Jan-22-23  Allderdice83: < King.Arthur.Brazil: I figured the line: 24. Nd7+ Nxd7 25. Re6+ Kg5 26. Rg6+ Kh4 27. Qg3#. or 25... Kf7 26. Rh6+ Kf8 27. Rxh8#.>

I also figured 24 Nd7+ is a win, but the continuation is 24 .. Qxd7 25 Re6+ Nxe6 26 fxe6+. Then:

26 ... Kg5 27 Qe3+ Kg4 28. h3+ Kf5 (or 28 ... Kh4 29 Qg3#) 29. Bd3+ Kf6 30. Qe5#

26 ... Kg6 27. Qf7+ and

27 ... Kg5 28. h4+ Kg4 29. Be2+ Kh3 30. Qf3+ Kh2 31. Qg3+ Kh1 32. Bf3# or

27 ... Kh6 28 exd7 and

28 ... Bd8 29. Bd3 Kg5 30. Qg6+ Kf4 31. Qf5# (a similar line follows after 28 ... Bh4), or

28 ... Bg5 29. Bd3 and 30. Qg6#

28 ... Kg5 29. Qxe7+ -- I won't give all the lines, but White now has Q and B for 2 rooks and Black's King is out in the open and getting mated. And if that isn't enough, White has the d7 pawn.

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  eternaloptimist: I don’t think I’ve ever heard of IM Schmidt before but he played a 😎 combination in this game! He opened up the f-file & a diagonal for his ♗ & that enabled him to get Nowarra to resign
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