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Karel Hromadka vs Karel Treybal
"A Christmas Karel" (game of the day Dec-24-2005)
Match (1912), Prague AUH, rd 6
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Bardeleben Variation (C29)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-24-05  blingice: I don't understand why white never really protects his queenside pawns, and that black never attacks them.
Dec-24-05  rya: tempo, game was too fast paced, I looked at Nxc2 as well. Just seems like a patzer move.

Excellent game btw, this is my favorite opening as white, except that I play Bc4 before I gambit the pawn.

Happy holidays everyone.

Dec-24-05  Confuse: yes, everyone have a merry christmas and a happy new year! : )

I like how the rook, bishop and pond all contribute to the defeat of the lady. nice game.

Dec-24-05  Averageguy: <Confuse> I'm assuming you mean "pawn" when you said "pond". BTW, Merry Christmas to you too.
Dec-24-05  chesscrazy: Have a nice holiday everyone. BTW, this game was nice. A beautiful game.
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  OhioChessFan: Black's 10th move is awful. He ends up letting White set up the Bishop pair on e3 and f3, with tempo, and the Queen has to retreat to e7, where she could have gone in the first place. And 15...Nxc2 seems so obvious. I don't know if Black could have saved the game anyway at that point. White's Bh6 was a nice touch, and Black should have resigned at that point.
Dec-24-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Beautiful attack by Hromadka.

<<<<Merry Christmas everyone!>>>>

Dec-24-05  avidfan:

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Position after 29.Rd1-f1, threat is Rf8#. At move 30 Black could not take the pawn at e5. So 30...Qc5 when 31.e6 causes the blunder Qxa3.

32.Rc1. Black is forced to give up queen to avert Rc8# as c8 cannot be defended.

Dec-24-05  avidfan: 12.Be3! Black avoids the trap Qxe3 when 13.Bxc6+ wins the wayward queen.
Dec-24-05  dakgootje: great game of Hromadka, Treybal certainly didnt play too well...Ow and before i forget it

<!!!!Merry Christmas everyone!!!!>

Dec-24-05  Phi: nice queen sacrifice...

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Dec-24-05  THE pawn: It's not exactly today, but...<merry christmas to all of you! love, presents, peace and a bright future for everyone.>

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  kevin86: A nice CHristmas present from chessgames-a queen sac and a snazzie attack to boot! White eventually ends up a bishop ahead after the smoke cleared.


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  kevin86: oops-MERRY CHRISTMAS! My monkey ate my M before.
Dec-24-05  dakgootje: Fewwie 'Ewwy Kwismwas to eveywone ;-)
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  al wazir: <avidfan: 31.e6 causes the blunder Qxa3.>

Why do you call that a blunder? I call it zugzwang. If black doesn't move his ♕, white plays 32. Rc1 anyway. If black plays Qe7 or Qd6 white plays 32. h3, followed by 33. Rf7.

Dec-25-05  Cogano: I am quite inexperienced, but I've learned this much: it all comes down to better positional understanding & superior opening. Regardless which side is doing the sacrificing, especially if it's a queen sacrifice, if they don't have a winning position period, regardless whether they're attacking with the queen or another piece, then even if it's a nice sacrifice, even-tually the player's forced to lose or draw, because of their inferior posi -tion. I don't mean to be patronizing if this too obvious to the rest of you.

If you want a prettier queen sacrifice, check out the game between T. Pet-rosyan vs. L. Pachman (King's Indian Attack) played in 1961, at Bled. According to the chess columnist who provided it in his weekly column, it has a curious flaw, by my reckoning the queen sacrifice itself, as White could've played it one move earlier & avoided giving Black the chance to defend against it, which he failed to do, since he failed to accurately assess the position & realize White's threat. It's an example of the queen sac games I like because the one feature they have in common, besides the queen sac, is that Black or White is mated either way, & often the queen is checking anyway, so it must be captured which seals the King's fate by trapping him in the mating net. Enjoy. Season's Greetings to everyone, & Happy New Year. Take very good care & have yourselves a most joyous day, every day.

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  fredthebear: White "sacrifices" his sitting queen for Black's rook, pawn, and bishop as collected by 25.RxRf7, 26.Rxg7+, and 28.RxBg3. These three Black units are equal to 9 points in typical chess values. The fact that they were kingside defenders makes them worth more positionally.

Let's include 1 more value point for White. Hromadka also played the "just take it" 24.Rxf5 as the Black rook is overloaded and MUST sit still to prevent the White queen from delivering checkmate on g7. It's easy to pick the pocket of the vital defender of the mating square, but not always easy to find at first glance. (Where is the mating square? Where are the defenders? Pester those defenders. What happens if I capture here and/or there? Will s/he recapture? etc. etc.)

All in all, Hromadka's capture sequence is about equal materially, but it sure is beautiful in it's execution.

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