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Horatio Caro vs Ossip Bernstein
Coburg (Meisterturnier) (1904), Coburg GER, rd 12, Jul-30
Dutch Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A84)  ·  1-0

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Jul-04-13
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  Phony Benoni: Black gets his queenside into a horrible mess, and never really frees it up. The poor bishop, in particular, is sentenced to pick up the pieces in Garbage Time.

Possibly Bernstein bothered with 47...Kb6 just to give White a chance to promote immediately, when the bishop could have the consolation of capturing two queens and a rook in the course of the game. When Caro exhibited no sense of humor, it was time to quit.

Jun-21-19  zydeco: Caro could be proud of this game. 20.g4 is a nice sacrifice.
Aug-15-21  Bartleby: "A knight on d6 is like a rusty nail to the knee."

Bernstein ended up in a "Nightmare Dutch" here, passive and plagued by bad an immobile pieces. The Stonewall Dutch I think is pretty difficult to play as black. As early as move four I think Bernstein should have deviated with 4. ...c5, followed by ...b6, ...Bb7, ...Na6 (to capture on c5 if white ever relieves the tension, or play ...cxd4 and ...Nc5 himself), ...Be7, ...O-O. With a Classical Dutch and an effective light-square strategy. Fianchettoing on the queenside is par for the course for black in this setup if white ever lollygags with a kingside fianchetto.

J S Ryan vs Mackenzie, 1880 To take a page from America's "Little Morphy" G. H. MacKenzie.

11. ...g5 was pretty committal on Bernstein's part although one of the few pawn levers he had in a closed position. He probably felt the kindside too aerated to castle into but 14. ...Kd7? could hardly have helped matters (he should have castled long himself). After 15. Ne5 he should have just lopped off the knight even if it meant parting with his "good" bishop.

Look at black's position at move 21: His QR is entombed and his QB backpedaled to its original square. It's like white is playing with two extra pieces.

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