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A Smitten vs Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia
"Once Smitten, Twice Shy" (game of the day Sep-09-2007)
Tiflis (1896), Tbilisi (Tiflis) RUE
King's Gambit: Accepted. Salvio Gambit Viennese Variation (C37)  ·  0-1



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Mar-14-04  Hidden Skillz: 18.fxg2 forces mate faster..
Mar-14-04  vangogh228: Doesn't 16.Be3 work better than Bg5? If followed by 17.Bf2, then isn't the black attack stalled or even thwarted? I know I must be missing something here.
Mar-15-04  Hidden Skillz: i didnt analyze dat position but it was clearly weird..
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  Honza Cervenka: <Doesn't 16.Be3 work better than Bg5?> It doesn't. After 16.Be3 fxg2 the Bishop is lost (17.Qxg2 Qxe3+).
Mar-15-04  Hidden Skillz: be honest i thought bout it for a second when i was analyzing this game yesterday..i guess u forget fast these days..
Sep-09-07  King mega: KGA doesnt sound for white.
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  WilhelmThe2nd: M.A. de Smitten was one of the strongest amateur players living in Tiflis when Prince Dadian was stationed there while serving in the Tsar's army. According to 'The Chess Monthly' (vol. 13, #154-155, June-July, 1892): "In 1888, at Tiflis, he beat M.A. de Smitten in a set match of seven games up, by 7 to 2 and 3 draws, as well as a large majority of off-hand games." See:

Steinitz annotated several Smitten-Dadian games in his chess column in 'The New York Tribune'. Some of these, like the following game, featured the same opening as today's Game of the Day.

[Event "??"]
[Site "Tiflis, GEO"]
[Date "1892.00.00"]
[Round ""]
[White "de Smitten, A."]
[Black "Prince Dadian of Mingrelia "]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO ""]
[Source: Steinitz's Chess Column in the New York Daily Tribune, Sun., May 10th, 1891]

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.Ne5 Qh4+ 6.Kf1 Nc6 (Most of the Vienna masters have adopted this defence which is the invention of an ingenious amateur of that city, the late Herr Schulhof.) 7.Nxc6 (One of the main points of Black's last move is that if White now proceed with 7.Qxg4 then would follow 7...Qxg4 8.Nxg4 d5 9.exd5 [or 9.Be2] 9...Nd4 and should win.) 7...dxc6 8.d4 g3 (On general principles we think that the advance of this P ought to be premature and 8...Nf6 would be preferable.) 9.Qf3 (9.Nd2 with the view of playing Nf3 was undoubtedly superior.) 9...Bh6 10.Nc3 Bg4 11.Qd3 0-0-0 (Black could have won here at once by 11...Qxh2 12.Rg1 [if 12.Rxh2 gxh2 and the queening of Black's P cannot be stopped], 12...f3 threatening ...f2 etc.) 12. h3 f3 13.Na4 Nf6 14.Nc5 Rxd4 (The initiation of a brilliant and deep sighted combination.) 15.Qxd4 Rd8 16. Qxd8+ (Best. If 16.Bd5 Bxc1 17.Rxc1 Nxd5 18.exd5 fxg2+ 19.Kxg2 Bf3+ and wins the Q.) 16...Kxd8 17.Nxb7+ (17.Nd3 might have made a better fight of it, but the game could no more be saved.) 17...Ke7 18.Bd3 Bxc1 19.Rxc1 Qh6 20.Rd1 Qe3 0-1

Sep-09-07  sfm: Nice little move, 18.-,Rd1!, disturbing the defender of e3, immediately decisive.
Sep-09-07  Dilbertarian: 14... Be5 might have come as a surprise, but 14... Rxd4 was equally good.

After 14... Be5 15. dxe5 was playable, but the White Queen is lost : 15... Rd1 16.Qxd1, f2+ and Bxd1.

Sep-09-07  paulsss: i think on move 5 white should oo and sack the night.
Sep-09-07  xKinGKooLx: I would NEVER play an opening like this as either side! The theory you must have to know to play something like this! Anyway, firstly, what happens if White plays 7. Nxg4, and secondly, what happens if White plays 7. Nxf7? It would be helpful if someone could post analysis for both moves. Thanks.
Sep-09-07  D4n: On move #15 why didn't white play dxe5?
Sep-09-07  Dilbertarian: Because the White Queen is lost : 15... Rd1 16.Qxd1, f2+ and Bxd1.
Sep-09-07  nimh: 15.dxe5?? Rd1! 16.Qxd1 f2+
Sep-09-07  CapablancaFan: <D4n: On move #15 why didn't white play dxe5?> Probably because if 15.dxe5?? Rd1! And the queen is captured. <The rook is really immune from capture, why? 16.Qxd1?? f2+! with discovered attack on the queen from from the bishop on g4>
Sep-09-07  CapablancaFan: <Dilbertarian><nimh> Oh, I think you guys type faster than me. :-)
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  playground player: What in the world was Mr. Smitten trying to do?
Sep-09-07  beginner64: Is 9. h3 better than 9. Kg1.

Or is 9. Kg1 standard line in KGA?

Sep-09-07  Monkey King: Is Smitten an actual player? He has two King's Gambit games in the database, and in the other one he gets, perhaps, even more amazingly crushed. Smitten vs Prince Dadian, 1896
Sep-09-07  ounos: I can't believe White allowed 9. ... Bg4 with 8. Kg1. Then I thought "ok, maybe that works too", but then came that really disturbing 10. ... f3, which admittedly isn't that much obvious.
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  kevin86: I see the Kiez-gambit weaker than the Muzio.Black is allowed quick counterplay against a weakened king position-an occupational hazard for the King's Gambit.
Sep-19-07  tatarch: I'm also not sure about 9.Kg1, I would have played Qf3. Then if Qxh2, RxQ, pxR the white queen can move to h5 to protect h1. If 9...Bd6 then e5. And if 9...Bh6, which looks to be the best response, well I don't know what I'd do. I guess white can consider a few different sacrifices to speed his development.

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