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Gerard Welling vs Paul Kok
Match (1975), ?
Indian Game: Gedult Attack. Gedult Attack (A45)  ·  1-0



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Jul-25-04  Vischer: Wow peacock actually lost to this opening. what is the point of it anyway? why does white play g4?
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  Sneaky: From the few games I've seen of this so-called "Gedult Attack" the idea is simply to castle long and initiate a pawn storm against Black's kingside. Not a bad plan, in general, but I can hardly recommend showing your hand so early in the game. In this game it works out oppositely.
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  OBIT: Well, I have my doubts White's offbeat opening worked that well in this game, but the ending is quite interesting. From what I can tell, Black put himself in zugzwang when he played 41...Bb7?, since after 42. Ke2 the bishop had to move and allow the knight to penetrate. (Feel free to insert your own joke here tying the previous sentence with the loser's name.) Instead, 41...Ba8! 42. Ke2 Bb7! reaches the position with White to move, at which point all he can do is allow a three-fold repetition. In short, what I think we have here is a position with mutual zugzwang.

As for what happens after the zugzwang, that's when this endgame gets really astonishing. First, I think that, while Black must give way, he still has a move that doesn't lose (well, I'm not absolutely sure about that, but it definitely puts up a tough defense): 42...Bc8! Then if 43. d5 Bd7! 44. d6 Be6! (all Black's moves are "only moves" in this line) appears to hold. Also, 43. Nc6 Bd7 44. Nb8 (or 44. Ne7 b4) Bc8 looks fine for Black.

Instead, Black made his final mistake with 42...Bd5? This allowed the knight to maneuver to c7, setting up the winning shot 45. d5!! - note that 45...Bxd5? is met by 46. Ne8!, when Nxf6 mate is unstoppable. Now this is a picturesque position - a minor piece endgame with a mate occurring in the middle of the board!

Jan-03-07  dbquintillion: Unless I made a mistake with Opening Explorer, I think this is the only game in the database that white has won with the extremely dubious Gedult attack.
Oct-27-07  sanyas: I cannot understand 7...♗xg3.
Oct-28-09  WhiteRook48: 56 Qd7+
May-25-11  bumpmobile: For anyone with waaaaay too much time on their hands. Look at the position after 29...Nd6. There are 18 pieces on the board and none of them is on the edge. Can you find any games with more?
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  FSR: This appears to be White's only non-loss with the Gedult Attack in the database. The loser is a guy who lost all five of his games, and all to G. Welling.
Jun-14-12  Whitehat1963: Excellent Thursdayish puzzle after 46...b2.
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  FSR: <Whitehouse1963> Surely 49...Ke6 50.c8(Q)+ Kxf6 was much better than 49...Kd6??
Dec-21-12  goodevans: goodevans: <FSR: <Whitehouse1963> Surely 49...Ke6 50.c8(Q)+ Kxf6 was much better than 49...Kd6??>

Absolutely right. The N on f6 is crucial to white since it guards g4 and h5. This is what prevents black from getting perpetual check. Remove the N and a draw is the most likely outcome despite the weakness of black's pawns.

Mar-01-18  Gejewe: This "Gedult-attack" has been suggested in a German book by the German theoretician Gerhart Gunderam published in 1972 "Neue Eröffnungswege", 2nd printing. Gunderam apparently gained some credibility as a theoretician in the 1950ties with some interesting ideas in the Kings Indian Four pawns attack. Most of his ideas however were (a bit) more outrageous, and he published them in his books "Neue Eröffnungswege" in the early 1960ties, and "Neue Eröffnungswege - zweite Folge" in 1967 (when I remember this correctly). One of the ideas that got a lot of attention was his "Gunderam-defence" 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Qe7. Then in the second printing of his "Neue Eröffnungswege", which was one of my first chessbooks, he suggested a new setup with 1.d4 followed by f3..,Bf4.. In the book he mentions to have sent his initial analysis to one of his 'associates' , French coffeehouse player David Gedult who played his own brand of it with 1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.g4 and Bf4.. These games were published in the book. Gunderam's series was quite populair in those days among clubplayers willing to sidestep the theoretical paths. However after a while, when you grow stronger as a chessplayer, it becomes apparent that Gunderam was interesting, but he was not a strong player and his analysis often lacks strategical backbone. That is the moment that I dropped his ideas, but I still remember with fondness the days of youthfull innocence of which Gunderam's books were part :-) The player who lost this game was the late Paul Kok a good friend from the junior days who sadly died in his 40ties. Paul was a good club player, about 2100 strength I guess (not yet in this game of course) who never studied chess. He was a natural chessplayer, a natural athlete, a natural tennisplayer and at high school a student who scored nothing but A's. But he did not like studying or training. That is why in tennis he lost the top spot at the club to a 13-year old kid named Paul Haarhuis (many years later Haarhuis defeated McEnroe and won grand slam tournaments in doubles), and in chess he never went 2200 or beyond. These old games got into databases because in the early years of Chessbase and Nicbase, players exchanged their databases to get more games. The exact reason that all kind of unknown personal games eventually popped up in general databases, including a couple of match games with an old friend. Played in school vacations most of the time...
Mar-01-18  sneaky pete: Strange that both players missed 27.Qf8 ..

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Even a move later (after 27.b3 cxb3) 28.Qf8 .. wins a pawn without visible compensation.

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The two Knights, that went so reluctantly to d2 and e2 at moves 14 and 15, prevent any black mischief from there.

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