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

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Aug-20-08  Endangered71: This game would make a fun puzzle on move 25. Its a forced mate in 10 if I counted correctly.
Aug-20-08  GoldenPatzer: It's actually a forced mate in 6:
27. ...Kg5 28. a4+ Kh6 29. Qf4+ g5 30. Qxg5 mate
Aug-21-08  Endangered71: I was counting from move 25 for black from where the puzzle would make the most sense. :)
Nov-13-09
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  GrahamClayton: Fantastic attack! Schmidt sacrifices both rooks on the e6 square plus both Knights to mate with his remaining 2 pieces.

Black probably expected 14.♘e4, so that he could safely castle.

Dec-16-09  zatara: it is unbelievable but all the sacs were sound (to the most critical sac which was 15.Re6 rybka is giving 0.00 after some time).I m still dizzy..
Dec-16-09  newzild: Yes, an astounding sacfest, really. It must have been prepared in advance.
Dec-16-09  Starf1re: I am dazzled! Good GOTD.
Dec-16-09
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  whiteshark: <newzild: <It must have been prepared in advance.>> I wonder if you would have said the same if Keres had played the game?
Dec-16-09  Notagm: 17....g5 or g6, ging the black King the escape square of g7 may have been an idea.
Dec-16-09
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  Gilmoy: Note the eye-popping <18.Qc3!>, with the subtle point that it allows <19.Qd3+> -- repositioning her onto the fatally weak white squares <with check>.

After <12.Kb1 Bb7> it looks much like an English Attack vs. a (semi-)Sicilian -- except that Black has no Q-side counterplay at all. Does Black have any real disincentive from castling short? White lacks the typical Yugoslav g6-target, and the Fischer-Sozin Bc4 pinning f7.

The most valuable nugget I extract from this is: <wacky-sac at f7!> That ought to generalize to several other Be7/Bb7 positions, e.g. Caro-Kann and Philidor Lion.

Dec-16-09  Tifeon: I'd say "Nowarrancy if the seal is removed".
Dec-16-09  Eisenheim: exciting play and sacs from white. this is a hidden gem. (other pun omitted)
Dec-16-09  psmith: <zatara> It would be nice to see the Rybka analysis.
Dec-16-09  Ratul: Good game. It just shows, once again, that in chess in order to win you need the tempo and the ammunition to simply conquer the few squares around the king. Faster than your opponent that is.
Dec-16-09  psmith: <zatara> because my analysis seems to show White to be winning after 15. Rxe6, at least if the sac is accepted.
Dec-16-09
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  kevin86: Exposed king are surprising subject to attack.
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.

Dec-16-09
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  benveniste: It looks like Black's key error was 18. ... ♔g6. 18. ... ♗c8 seems to equalize.
Dec-16-09
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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.

Dec-16-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

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