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Jacques Mieses vs Semion Alapin
Prague (1908), Prague AUH, rd 15, Jun-06
Danish Gambit: Declined. Sorensen Defense (C21)  ·  0-1



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Jan-09-08  popski: I don't know why Mieses didn't go for 13.Qxa8!? 13.Qxb7? is a bad move.
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  Phony Benoni: <popski> Probably because of 13...Qxg2, but don't ask me what happens next.
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  whiteshark: <Phony Benoni> You didn't ask, but after 13.Qxa8 Qxg2, <14.Bd6!> is the (only) winning move. :D

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Apr-11-09  sfeuler: <whiteshark> I see Black hurting a bit after 14Bd6!, but winning? Can you show me how after 14...Qxh1? BTW, I find your posts very helpful in improving my chess "sight"!! Thanks!
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  whiteshark: <sfeuler> Thanks for the compliment. :D I try to visualize the positions and therefore I post a lot of diagrams.

After <14...Qxh1 15.Kf1> (a safe square for the ♔, guarding ♘g1 and threating Re1+)

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Black's options now:

<15...Qe4 16.Qxb7 Qc4+ 17.Ne2>

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with several threat... (what's your move now?)

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  Phony Benoni: After <15...Qe4>, why not simply <16.Re1>?
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  Pawn and Two: Carl Schlechter in the Deutsche Schachzeitung, stated regarding 13.Qxb7: <If 13.Qxa8, then 13...Qxg2. nevertheless, the text move is inferior to 13.Rxd5.>

Fritz indicates that capturing the Queen would lead to an approximately equal position: (-.03) (22 ply) 13.Rxd5 Rxc8 14.Nf3 Nb4 15.Rd1 Nc2+ 16.Kf1.

The move 13.Qxb7??, gave White a lost position: (-4.42) (21 ply) 13.Qxb7?? Ba5+!

Fritz showed 13.Qxa8! to be White's best continuation, offering strong winning chances: (1.98) (22 ply) 13.Qxa8! Qxg2 14.Bd6 h5 (not 14...Qxh1? 15.Kf1 Qe4 16.Re1!), (2.13) (25 ply) 15.Rd3 Rh6 16.Bc7 Re6+ 17.Ne2 Qxh1+ 18.Kd2 (2.01) (25 ply) 18...f6 19.Bxd8 Qe4 20.Bc7+ Kf7 21.Rd7+.

At this point, although the ending is still very difficult, I believe White is winning after either: (2.11) (25 ply) 21...Ne7 22.Nc3 Qb4 23.Kc1 Re1+ 24.Kc2 Re2+ 25.Nxe2 Qa4+ 26.Kc1 Qxd7 27.Qd8 Qxd8 28.Bxd8 Nc6 29.Bc7, or (2.24) (25 ply) 21...Re7 22.Rxe7+ Nxe7 23.Qxa7 Qb4+ 24.Kd1 Qxb2 25.Qa4.

Alapin should not have played 12...Nc6??. Schlechter incorrectly gave 12...Nc6?? two exclamation points, stating: <This brilliant reply frustrates White's cleverly planned combination, beginning with 7.Qc2.>. Black's best move was: (.25) (21 ply) 12...Qe6! 13.Qxe6 fxe6, and after 14.Nh3, 14.Nf3 or 14.Ke2, White has only a very small advantage.

Apr-10-15  Delboy: While perhaps technically imperfect, this game is remarkable for several reasons. Both kings 'castle' through the maneuver Ke1-f1-g1 (Ke8-f8-g8) and develop their king rook with h4, Rh3 (h5, Rh6). Earlier both queens are simultaneously attacked by the opposing rook.
Aug-18-16  Straclonoor: After 15.Bd2 Stokfisch shows clear win for black
Analysis by Stockfish 230715 64 POPCNT: (-8.19): 15...Rb8 16.Qxb8+ Nxb8 17.Ne2 Bxd2+ 18.Rxd2 Qxg2 19.Rg1 Qxh2 20.Rxg7 Nc6 21.Rd3 Ke7 22.Re3+ Kf6 23.Rgg3 Rb8 24.Ref3+ Ke7 25.Rb3 Qh1+ 26.Rg1 Rxb3 27.Rxh1 Rb1+ 28.Kd2 Rxh1 29.Ke3 Nb4 30.a3 Nc2+ 31.Kd2 Nxa3 32.Ng3 Rh2 33.Ke2 a5 34.Nf5+ Ke6 35.Nd4+ Kd5 36.Nf3 Rg2 37.Nd2 a4 38.Kf3 Rg6 39.Ne4 Kd4 40.Nd2

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