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Siegfried Nadel vs Margulies
Berlin (1932), Berlin GER
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Krause Attack (D17)  ·  1-0



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Jan-14-05  zb2cr: This is a fun little miniature. If
11 ... Nc6; 12 Nxc6. Two variations:
(a) 12 ... bxc6; 13 Bxc6+, Ke7; 14 Nd5+, exd5; 15 Qe5#, very similar to the actual game.

(b) 12 ... exf5; 13 Nxd8+, Kxd8; 14 Nd2, Nxb5; 15 axb5, Bc5 leading to a fascinating position where Black has only partial compensation for the lost piece but White's game is kind of tangled.

Jan-27-06  Pawsome: <zbcr> if 11... Nc6 12. Qf3 dxc3 13. Nxc6 Qc7 14. Nd4+ Nxb5 15. Nxb5 Qe5+ 16. Qe2 wins and avoids the snarl in your line (b).
Aug-30-09  JimmyVermeer: This is game #4638 in Laszlo Polgar's "CHESS: 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games". The 2nd and 3rd moves of each player are transposed in the book. Can anyone confirm what the correct order of the moves is? Also, the book spells the Black player's name as "Margulies". Might this also be a typo?
Jan-20-14  kia0708: cat's play with a mouse
Jan-29-20  sea7kenp: I can hear White now: "If you won't take my Queen, I'll Mate you with her!"
Jul-03-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: The German word Nadel can mean either "needle" or "pin". Unfortunately, this wonderful little game doesn't much involve pins, and it's Nadel's only game in the database.

Nadel Unpinned?

May-04-21  Phony Benoni: Clearly a case of Premature Development. According to his bio, Igor Margulis was born in 1938, six years after this game was played.

We have other players named "Margulis" or similar variants, but none seem to fit this unlucky fellow. Perhaps he should just be returned to ANNonimity.

Jun-21-21  Alan McGowan: Kurt Richter, the editor, gave the first eleven moves of this game (as shown here) in the December 1931 issue of Schachwart, setting a puzzle for his readers. The solution was in the January 1932 issue as 12.Nd5+! exd5 13.Ng6+! 1?0.

Richter showed the players as Nadel-NN, and said it was a casual game played in the Berlin Schachgesellschaft club.

I've never come across the name Margulis in German chess literature of that period.

Jun-22-21  phantasmagorium: An old Indonesian chessbook, "Perangkat dan Muslihat Catur 2A Permainan Tertutup" (Chess Traps and Tricks, 2A. Closed Game), by Djamil Djamal MN (Jamil Jamal in newer spelling) have this game in p. 47, and list Black player as "Margulies" (-ies, not -is).

At any rate, Igor Margulis was born in 1938.

Note though that the spelling in Jamil Jamal's book may not be accurate either. It is partly based on the older Indonesian spelling (which was influenced by Dutch) and partly based on newer spelling (so, for example, Efim Bogoljubov is spelled as Bogolyubow, with w instead of v, while Borislav Ivkov is spelled as Ivkov, with v) - and I do not know how accurate the spelling for Margulies is.

Oct-26-21  whiteshark: Valar Margulies! All ♘♘ must sacrifice themself.

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