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James Mason vs Fritz Riemann
Hamburg (1885), Hamburg GER, rd 9, Jul-20
Queen's Gambit Declined: Marshall Defense (D06)  ·  0-1

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Nov-13-05  alexandrovm: Incredible game by Riemman! White's position seemed perfectly ok with two conected pawns in the center, but black's sac made him have 3 conected pawns that were decicive in the game. Beautiful!
Nov-13-05  alexandrovm: Black's ending is also great! Sacing a pawn for a decicive position where white can't prevent black's coronation.
Nov-16-07  Gejewe: <alexandrovm>
Great game, I fully agree. Riemann was a very talented Anderssen pupil, but unfortunately had to give up chess due to bad nerves. He annotated this game in the tournamentbook, here is a synopsis ( skipping some of the German text and attempting to translate some other ): 5..e5 [ 5..e6 is probably "appropriate to play for the weakness of d4" ] 6..Ng4!
12..a6 [ In order to prepare ..Qd6 ( 12..Qd6 13.Nb5 Qd8 14.d5 Bc5+ 15.Kh1 Ne7 16.Nbd4 with a strong game ) ] 19..Qd6 [ "Provokes the advance of the central pawns to make the following combination possible" ] 21..Nxe5!
23.Kg1 [ 23.Kh1 Bxh3 ]
24.Kh1 [ 24.Kh2 Bd6+ 25.Kg1 Bc5+ 26.Kh2 =, 24.Tf2 f6 and ..Rfe8 "with a strong attack" ] 29..f5! [ Riemann notes it is not so easy to make progress ] 30..g6! [ 30..g5? 31.Rh5! ]
31.Re3 [ 31.Rdh1 h5! ]
34..h6 [ Or Rh8 ]
36.Rdg1 [ "Not good, the rook should go to e1. Now black gains a decisive advantage" ] 37.Nxe6+[ 37.dxe6 Be5 and maybe ..Kf6 wins the pawn ] 38.Nf4 [ 38.Nd4 Be5 18.Rd1 Rd8 19.Ba2 c6 or 19.Ne6 Rd7 and ..c6 "With the exchange on f4 the game is more or less decided ] 40..g5 [ Re5? 41.Rxg6+ ]
53.b5 [ Threatens b6.. ]

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