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Walter John vs Rudolf Swiderski
Coburg (Meisterturnier) (1904), Coburg GER, rd 12, Jul-30
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: This last round game in Coburg (Meisterturnier) (1904) was critical for Swiderski as a win would have given him an undivided first prize. John had only managed one win so far against a fellow tail-ender Horatio Caro.

Swiderski defends with a Stonewall formation but his counterplay fizzles out. He had no immediate need to castle K-side, and after <18...Nxe5> Swiderski has no compensation for White's control of the <h> file.

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Swiderski overlooks <30.Nxf5!> exploiting the fact the Rook cannot protect both <h&> and <f5> simultaneously

<32.e4> gives much needed space on <e3> for White's King and allows the progress of the attack. <32. Rf6!> is also strong, for instance 32...Qg7 33. e7 Qg5 34. Rf8 mate

<34... Rxd4> is no better 35. exf8=Q+ Kxf8 36. Nxd4 Kg8 37.Ng5 wins

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September, p. 79 [Game 220]
from American Chess Bulletin 1904 by Phony Benoni
Round 12 (Saturday, July 30)
from Coburg 1904 by Phony Benoni

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