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Lajos Steiner vs Isaac Kashdan
Folkestone Olympiad (1933), Folkestone ENG, rd 13, Jun-21
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C74)  ·  0-1



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Jul-08-08  ToTheDeath: Helen Kashdan relates a funny story about this game in How to Get Better at Chess:

During our honeymoon in 1933 we went to England because Isaac was captain of the American chess team. The United States was playing Hungary, and a well known master, Lajos Steiner, was playing Kash. They adjourned for the afternoon and were to resume the game the next morning. Lajos insisted it was a drawn game. That night there was a dance at the hotel, and Steiner wanted to go dancing, so he said to me, "Madame Kashdan, if Isaac doesn't want to go, I'll take you to the dance. I can afford the time for this because the game is a dead draw.

So we went and danced half the night away. The next morning Kash got up and beat him. He had seen a glimmer of hope that there was a win in that so-called drawn position and analyzed all night, finally finding the win. That's why he didn't go to the ball with me.

Everyone said to Steiner, "You spent the night dancing, and the next morning you lost the game." Lajos replied, "Well, it was worth it, it was worth it!"

Jul-08-08  MichAdams: And in the spring of 1934, Lajos Kashdan was born.

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  Retireborn: Lovely story from <ToTheDeath>, but Lajos was surely right that the game was drawn.

This could be achieved with 61.Kd2 Ng4 62.Ne7 Nxh2 63.Ke1 Ng4 64.h5.

Lajos probably assumed that the position after both sides queen was also equal, not noticing that with 65...Nf3+ his king is immediately subjected to a rather beautiful mating attack.

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