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Karel Treybal vs Frantisek Kafka
"The Metamorphosis" (game of the day Mar-03-2018)
Prague-ch (1921), Prague CSR
Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines (B01)  ·  1-0



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Mar-03-18  eykca: The Metamorphosis is a bit overrated, *ducks* read The Trial instead... his greatest work in my ridiculously silly opinion.
Mar-03-18  Absentee: <aduket: "This game was not played by the writer Fr.Kafka but rather by Dr. Fr.Kafka, a lecturer in psychiatry at the Charles University in Prague"

Infact, the famous author Franz Kafka, enrolled at Charles University in 1901 for eight semesters of law school. He obtained the degree of Doctor of Law on 18 June 1906. Two Dr. Fr. Kafka's in the same Charles University?

I think that this game might well be played by the same Franz Kafka we know after all.

Maybe his (late) fame as an author, and his life as an (discontinued) academics make us think that they two are different people?>

Franz Kafka the writer was never an academic or a lecturer in psychiatry, and in 1921 he was already touring the sanatoriums of Europe. Besides, "Kafka" wasn't such an uncommon surname in Bohemia.

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  offramp: <eykca: The Metamorphosis is a bit overrated, *ducks* read The Trial instead... his greatest work in my ridiculously silly opinion.>

For me it's The Castle, see my earlier comment.

From his short stories my favourite is A Country Doctor.

Erik Bauersfeld singlehandedly adapted the story for an episode of The Black Mass radio series. He did it extremely well. It is online.

Erik will be known to our younger readers as the voice of Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: The Force Awakens....


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  Breunor: As pointed out above missing Qf2 on move 26 throws away the win.. According to Stockfish black Still holds with 27 Rf2. R7e3 is the losing move.
Mar-03-18  thegoodanarchist: The loser was transformed into a winner. Thus, "Metamorphosis"
Dec-08-19  sorokahdeen: For me, the short story, "Vor dem Gesetz." ;-)
Dec-08-19  Walter Glattke: 19.Rxf6 g6 good for black/19.Nxf6+ Kh8 20.Nh5 f6 21.Rxf6 gxf6 22.Nxf6 Qg7 23.Nh5 Qxc3 24.bxc3 Rxc2 or R8f2 black wins
Dec-08-19  newzild: I'm surprised <Gregor Samsa Mendel> hasn't made reference to his handle in this thread.
Dec-08-19  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for the queen.

Black threatens Nxg4.

The collaboration of the bishop on c3 and the knight leads to 19.Rxf6:

A) 19... gxf6 20.Nxf6+ Kh8 (20... Kg7 21.Ne8+ followed by 22.Nxc7 + - [2B+N+P vs r]) 21.Ne8+ Qe5 (else 22.Nxc7 as in the previous subline) 22.Bxe5+ Rxe5 23.Nd6 + - [B+N+P vs r].

B) 19... Qxb6+ 20.Kh1

B.1) 20... gxf6 21.Nxf6+ Kg7 22.Nd7+ and 23.Nxb6 + - [2B+P vs r].

B.2) 20... Rxc2 21.Rf5 recovers material while keeping the attack.

C) 19... Rxc2 20.Rf5 as above.

D) 19... g6 20.Rxg6+ hxg6 21.Nf6+ is similar to A.

Dec-08-19  mel gibson: The first move was simple - it's a free Knight.

Stockfish 10 says:

19. Rxf6

Rxf6 (♖f1xf6 ♖e2xc2 ♖a1-f1 ♕c7-e7 ♖f6xf7 ♖f8xf7 ♗a2xf7+ ♕e7xf7 ♖f1xf7 ♔g8xf7 ♘h5-f4 a7-a5 ♘f4-d3 c6-c5 ♘d3xc5 b5-b4 a3xb4 a5xb4 ♗c3xb4 ♖c2xb2 ♗b4-c3 ♖b2-c2 ♘c5-e4 g7-g6 ♘e4-d6+ ♔f7-e6 ♘d6-b5 ♔e6-d5 ♗c3-g7 ♖c2-c5 ♘b5-c3+ ♔d5-e6 ♘c3-e2 ♔e6-f7 ♗g7-d4 ♖c5-g5 h2-h3 h7-h5 g4xh5 ♖g5xh5 ♔g1-f2 ♖h5-f5+ ♔f2-g3 ♖f5-b5 ♔g3-f3 ♖b5-b3+ ♔f3-f4 ♖b3-b4 ♔f4-g4 ♖b4-a4 h3-h4 ♖a4-a3 ♘e2-c3 ♖a3-b3) +2.07/39 182)

score for White +2.07 depth 39

Dec-08-19  goodevans: Could (should?) this puzzle have been started a move earlier?

White slipped up a little with <24.Bb4+ R8e7 25.Rd1>. Better to play <24.Rd1> immediately. The threat, as is often the case, is stronger than the execution.

<Walter Glattke: 19.Rxf6 g6 good for black>

19.Rxf6 g6 opens up the long diagonal allowing white to win the Q with 20.Rxg6+ hxg6 21.Nf6+ Kh8 22.Nd5+.

After 22...Qe5 23.Bxe5+ Rxe5 white has a material advantage of B+N+P vs R and no particular weaknesses.

Dec-08-19  Diana Fernanda: Kafka asked for these annotations to be destroyed but CG ignored.
Dec-08-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: The engine is really confused about this one. On the one hand, it recommends the game move with a mere +1.00 valuation. On the other hand, when I show it 19 Nxg7, it calls mate-in-six. But when I show it the obvious defense of 19 ... Kxg7, it evaluates the position at -.90.


Dec-08-19  1stboard: What happens if black plays 26 Rf2 instead of the text move ( Ke8 ) ??

Can someone run through Fritz .... Thanks

Dec-08-19  schachfuchs: <Cheapo by the Dozen: The engine is really confused about this one. ... On the other hand, when I show it 19.Nxg7, it calls mate-in-six.> That's true, but it's white who gets mated, the initial move being 19...Nxg4! 19...Kxg7 is (much) weaker. So, who's confused? ;-)
Dec-08-19  Walter Glattke: I see, 19.-g6 20.Rxg6+! wins for white, and 19.-h6 could be answered with 20.Nxg7! Rxc2 21.Ne6 fxe6 22.Bxe6+ Kh7 23. Rxf8 Rxc3 24.Rf7+ (B+P) Maybe some better moves here.
Dec-08-19  RandomVisitor: white had 16.0-0-0 instead of 16.0-0

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<40/69 04:09 +5.74 16.0-0-0> a5 17.Rxd7 Qxd7 18.Qf2 Nd5 19.Bxd5 Qxd5 20.Nxh5 Qe6 21.f4 b4 22.axb4 axb4 23.Bxb4 Ra8 24.Ba3 Rfd8 25.Qg3 Qg6 26.Qf3 Qe6 27.Rd1 Rxd1+ 28.Kxd1 Qc4 29.Kc1 g6 30.Qd3 Qa4 31.Nf6+ Kg7 32.Ne4 Qa5 33.Qe3 Qb5 34.Qf2 Qd5 35.Nd6 Kg8 36.c4 Qa5 37.Qe3 Qa7 38.Qxa7 Rxa7 39.Kc2 g5 40.fxg5 Kg7 41.Bc5 Ra5 42.Bd4 Kg6 43.Kc3

Dec-08-19  RandomVisitor: Franz Kafka helps you to solve today's puzzle:

“A <r>ook must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”

“Many a <r>ook is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.”

“Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

“I am free and that is why I am lost."

"You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The <move> will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet."

"It is comforting to reflect that the disproportion of <pieces on the gameboard> seems to be only arithmetical."

"From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached."

"The right understanding of any matter and a misunderstanding of the same matter do not wholly exclude each other."

"The <Nf6> is old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further."

Dec-08-19  patzer2: At first glance at this Sunday (19. ?) puzzle, I thought 19. Rxf6! gxf6? 20. Nxf6+ Kh8 21. Nd5+ Qe5 22. Bxe5+ Rxe5 23. Nf4 +- (+4.10 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 10) is an easy win.

What I missed is it's not easy if Black declines White's sham sacrifice. Instead of 19...gxf6?, Black in this game created problems for White with 19...c5 20. Rf5! +- (+3.22 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10).

However, instead of 19...gxf6? or 19...c5, stronger for Black is 19...Rxc2 20. Raf1 Qe7 21. Rxf7 Rxf7 22. Bxf7+ Qxf7 23. Rxf7 Kxf7 24. Nf4 ± to +- (+2.02 @ 37 ply, Stockfish 10) when Black has drawing chances with Rook and pawns against Bishop, Knight and pawns.

P.S.: According to our Opening Explorer, instead of 6...Bh5 7. Bd2 ⩲, Black has had more success with the popular move 6...Bd7 = as in Black's win in E Moreno Tejera vs V Laznicka, 2016.

Dec-08-19  RandomVisitor: After 3...Qa5

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<46/70 1:43:03 +0.60 4.Nf3 c6 5.g3> Nf6 6.Bg2 Bf5 7.d3 e6 8.Qe2 Nbd7 9.a4 Bg6 10.h3 Be7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Bd2 Bb4 13.Nh4 Rae8 14.Nxg6 hxg6 15.Be3 Qe5 16.Ne4 Nxe4 17.dxe4 Bc5 18.Rfd1 Bxe3 19.Qxe3 Rd8 20.a5 Nf6 21.b4 Rxd1+ 22.Rxd1 Qb2 23.c3 Qc2 24.Qd3 Qxd3 25.Rxd3 Rb8 26.Kf1 e5 27.f3 Rc8 28.h4 c5 29.b5

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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Knew both of the weekend puzzles, which will make any 5/5 week rather unimpressive.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <newzild: I'm surprised <Gregor Samsa Mendel> hasn't made reference to his handle in this thread.>

Scroll back to page 1 of this thread. No need to for me say anything more; that would be flogging a dead beetle.

Dec-08-19  Gregor Fenrir: According to my Stockfish after 26. Rf1? Black should play 26... Qf2! 27. Rxf7+ Kxf7 28. Rxf2+ Rxf2

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Dec-09-19  patzer2: As <Gregor Samsa Mendel> and <Gregor Fenrir> observe, 26...Qf2! -+ would have turned the tables and given Black the win.

However, White could have preserved the win two moves earlier.

Instead of 24. Bb4+ R8e7 25. Rd1? (25. Rxh7 ± to +-) 25...Qd4! = (0.00 @ 33 ply, Stockfish 10), White wins with 24. Rd1! a5 25. Rxh7 +- (+4.03 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10).

Dec-09-19  patzer2: <RV> I like your idea of an early Kingside fianchetto for White in this opening.

White's win in Movsesian vs A Cioara, 2016 shows its potential.

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