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Fritz (Computer) vs Gerald Hertneck
Frankfurt Ordix op (1998) (rapid), rd 6, Jun-20
French Defense: Exchange. Monte Carlo Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: Black probably missed 14. Nf5! saving the piece (14 ... Bxc4? 15. Qg4+ mates). Then Fritz 5 was relentless, gobbling Pawns all over the board. Brutal.
Apr-23-06  notyetagm: 13 ♘xd4! ♗x♘ 14 ♘f5! is indeed a wicked <DISCOVERED ATTACK>, creating a <DOUBLE THREAT>.

By moving to f5, the White d4-knight gains control of the sensitive g7-square, allowing White to threaten mate in two with 15 ♕g4+ ♔h8 16 ♕g7#. And by moving off of the d-file, the White d4-knight extends the line of action of the White d1-queen to the <LOOSE> Black d5-bishop, allowing White to threaten to regain his piece with 15 ♗x♗.

Black must meet the mate threat against g7, which he does by moving his king off of the open g-file with 14 ... ♔h8, so that 15 ♕g4 would not come with tempo (no check now).

But then after 15 ♗x♗, White regains material equality while Black has no compensation for his demolished kingside pawn structure and the resulting weak f5-square, which becomes a great outpost for the White knight.

Jun-02-07  alshatranji: What's so remarkable about this game?
Jun-07-07  AVA: the opening style and aggressiveness of fritz is whats special. Also the fact that a computer program in 1998 demolished a 2600 player is a bit remarkable
Aug-20-07  MorphyMatt: Fritz can be quite the pain in the neck (I'll bet Gerald had a Hertneck after that)
Jan-08-21  CountryGirl: This is a tactical masterpiece! Just one blow after another. Beautiful!

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