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Eero Einar Book vs Henrik Carlsson
Goteborg vs Turku Teammatch (1946), Gothenburg SWE, rd 1
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Morphy Attack (C51)  ·  1-0



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Nov-13-04  holierthanthou: An interesting game, white obtains a great and even decisive spacial advantage early in the game. It all culminated in (is this the right preposition?) a beautiful breakthrough, 27.e5. Even trading the queens doesn't stop white's attack. Book gives 26. ..Qf7 as black's best defence, but even then white's position does look very promising. After 26. ..Qf7 white's best move according to Book is 27.Bb5.
Aug-11-07  wolfmaster: Good game by (arguably) the greatest Finnish player of all time.
Nov-26-08  DrGridlock: Analysis by Fritz sees the game differently from what is reported by holierthanthou and from Book’s Analysis. After 26 … Ng7, Fritz evaluates the position as +1.75 for White, with the best continuation for White being a4. Fritz evaluates 27 e5 as White’s 32’nd best move. After 27 e5, Fritz sees the game as a small advantage to black (-.25) with the continuation 27 … fxe5, 28 Ng3 Nd7, 29 Rfc1 Nf6, 30 Qg2 Qd7, 31 Bb5 Qf7, 32 Bc6 Rc8, 33 a4. After White’s game continuation of 28 f6 Qxf6, 29 Qxf6 Bxf6, 30 f4 Fritz prefers black to continue Ke7 (-.34) over the game continuation gxf4 (.0), but still sees the game as even after 30 moves. Fritz evaluates 31 … Kf7 as black’s mistake, shifting the game value to +1.97 for white.

White’s 27 e5 was not a “beautiful breakthrough,” but instead a bubble-headed blunder, which evened up what was a pretty clear advantage for White up to that point. Black gave back the gift with his mistake of 31 … Kf7, restoring White’s advantage to about what it was before 27 e5.

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  nizmo11: <DrGridlock:Analysis by Fritz sees the game differently... [27.e5 was] a bubble-headed blunder >
This assessment based on Fritz from 2008 is not correct.
1.) 27. e5 is an excellent move.
2.) in the game after 28.f6! Qxf6 29.Qxf6 Bxf6 30.f4 [!?] if now 30...Ke7 White can sac 4th (!) pawn with 31. fxe5 Bxe5 32. Bxe5 fxe5 33.d6+! and wins after 33...Kd8 34. Rf7 [This is still stronger than 33. Rxb6 given by E. Book]
3.) 31 ... Kf7 was indeed the decisive mistake and a better defence was 31... Rd7. Book gives here variation 32.Ng6+ Kf7 33.Nxh8 Rxh8 34. Bb5 Rb8 [?!] 35. Ba4 winning a pawn, but Black has 34...Rd8 and if Ba4 Ke7 giving b6 pawn but getting finally active play for the exhange.

However, instead of 30. f4!?, prosaic 30.Rxb6 looks the strongest move giving White a big advantage. So 27. e5 was correct.

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