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Isidor Gunsberg vs William Hewison Gunston
"Gunfight" (game of the day May-09-2018)
London (1904), London ENG, rd 9, Aug-04
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Main Line (C29)  ·  1-0



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May-28-05  aw1988: aw1988-Sparska corr 1962 1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. f4 d5 4. Nf3!? exf4 5. d4!? dxe4 6. Qe2 Bb4 7. Bxf4 O-O 8. Ng5 Qxd4 9. Rd1 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 Qxc3+ 11. Qd2 Qxd2+ 12. Rxd2 h6 13. Nh3 Bxh3?! 14. gxh3 1-0

Resignation! He is a little worse by position, but still 3 pawns up...

May-28-05  TheSlid: <aw1988> Did Sparska lose on time? 14...Nc6 followed by Rd8 and you are just 2 pawns down and the 2 Bishops are not worth that!
May-28-05  aw1988: Well, he can't play Rd8 right away after Bxc7. But no, he resigned after gxh3 for some reason.
May-28-05  TheSlid: Yes that is true, after 15.Bxc7 the immediate Rd8 is not wise. But did your unfortunate opponent merely die at a bad time?

Can't really believe you are winning this game, aw!

If I could be bothered (and thought it would help) I'd reinstall Fritz8 : )

May-28-05  aw1988: I don't think I'm winning, no.
Sep-01-05  Goumindong: Is the game you are talking about in the archive?

The mate in this game is quite elegant though.

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  piltdown man: Any relation to Norman?
May-09-18  Ironmanth: Smash and grab! Nice little classic, thanks chessgames!
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  thegoodanarchist: This game is O.K.!

White corralled a nice win.

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  moronovich: This guy is a gunner.
May-09-18  morfishine: Nice game even though black brought a knife to a gunfight
May-09-18  takchess: Welcome to the Gun Show !
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  Richard Taylor: I played through the World Champ matches including Steinitz-Gunzberg and the others. Some interesting matches like that that are almost sidelined such as (the first I think) Bogo's versus Alekhine's when Bogojubov actually had better positions mostly but seemed to be a time pressure addict...

But Schlecter-Lasker has some great games despite that they ere draws they are not tame at all. Poor old Schlecter. And Lasker carved his way through Tarrasch.

It is worth playing over Tarrasch's games. I had the one edited by Reinfeld and my son and I slowly played through every (182 in that book with annotations by Tarrasch and Reinfeld, but one in German and Russian has more games) game! Some fascinating attacks, endings and so on. Every game interesting. I think by the time he played Lasker he was a bit past his peak.

Gunsberg seemed to have missed the boat. I think Steinitz was better overall. But Steinitz was generous there and when he lost to Lasker he acclaimed Lasker as a great winner. But it is still sad to lose a match...

May-09-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

26.Qh8+ Rg8 27.Rf6+ Bxf6 28.Qxf6+ Ke8 29.Re1+ Qe6 30.Qxe6+ Kf8 31.Qf6# +- (#6) Depth: 6

May-09-18  schnarre: ...A Gunfight NOT seen at the OK Corral.
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  Richard Taylor: <piltdown man: Any relation to Norman?>

I remember Norman Gunston. Good comedian.

Maybe his great grandpa was a chess player...

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  fredthebear: <Richard Taylor> Thank you for sharing your historical comments. The players and games you mentioned are certainly worth playing over. I learned a lot from Reinfeld, too. After learning the basic fundamentals (including "The Art of the Checkmate" by Renaud and Kahn), grinding through a well-annotated games collection from a book while sitting at the board is crucial to chess advancement. The classics are classics for good reason.
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  Richard Taylor: <fredthebear: <Richard Taylor> Thank you for sharing your historical comments. The players and games you mentioned are certainly worth playing over. I learned a lot from Reinfeld, too. After learning the basic fundamentals (including "The Art of the Checkmate" by Renaud and Kahn), grinding through a well-annotated games collection from a book while sitting at the board is crucial to chess advancement. The classics are classics for good reason> Yes. And there are some good more recent books also. I also got that book of Checkmates. I won it as a schoolboy. Also we had a little booklet by Purdy and I had 'Winning Chess' by Chernev. And Lasker's Manual and Chess Fundamentals and Reinfeld is good. In fact a few years ago my son and I went through 182 games of Tarrasch's annotated by him but edited by Reinfeld. Reinfeld wrote on all kinds of subjects (mostly puzzles I think and maths) but he was good for the times.

Chess (study, perhaps not the actual games!) has become more sophisticated. I like studying strategy books not to improve (I am 70 and doubt that that will happen) but to puzzle over how strategy from say certain pawn structures can translate into a win. Or into certain plans etc. Similarly I sometimes watch chess tutorials on line. But I studied chess much more many years ago as a teenager but even then I didn't get much better but it was fun for a while...

Apr-09-19  Sally Simpson: ***

I have a TN here for anybody wanting an opening named after them.

You are White and play the Lopez. (but this is a Vienna...I know...stay with me.)

Here after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6.

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You as White play 4.Bf1!

And what have we got.

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A Vienna in reverse, the Viennese player is Black with a6 thrown in.

We can deduce from the fact The Vienna very rarely makes an appearance at top level chess it is no great shakes so playing against one with the weakening move a6 tossed in is a good ploy.

If by chance you now follow the thread game you get too here. White to play.

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The only move that wins from here is what was played 20.Ba3

In the reversed game where you are White, but have cunningly tricked your opponent into being White.

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Black has a pawn on a6 so Ba6 is not playable.

Good Luck with this...let me know how you get on.


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