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Adolf Schwarz vs Adolf Albin
Kolisch mem 9900 (1899), Vienna AUH, rd 7, Dec-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit (D08)  ·  0-1

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Apr-11-07  Knight13: <17...Bf2>

Anyway, this game is like a few really-good-at-kung-fu guys that managed to climb over a big castle and killed hundereds of people in the process before they got murdered.

Nov-18-07  ruinme: I feel ignorant for asking but I have to know.. What mate threat is black posing that makes white give up his queen for the knight and bishop on move 18? is it the threat that no matter where white moves his white bishop black can play Ne1 and threaten a quick Bc2#?
Nov-18-07
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  tpstar: After 17 ... Bf2!:


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The primary threat is 18 ... Ne3+ 19. Ke2 Qd3+! as in 18. Ra2 Ne3+ 19. Ke2 Qd3+! 20. Kxf2 (20. Kf3 Nxf1+ 21. Kxf2 Qe3+! 22. Kxf1 Bd3#) Ng4+ 21. Ke1 (21. Kg1 Qe3#) Qe3+ 22. Be2 (22. Kd1 Nf2#) Qf2+ 23. Kd1 Ne3#. On 18. Ra2 Ne1!? is less good as 19. Bc3 allows the Ra2 to cover c2 so there's no mate. Notice 18. Ke2? is out due to 18 ... Qd3+ 19. Kxf2 Qe3#. Given White's dire predicament, sacrificing the Q for N & B was the only chance.

White probably missed the extended Knight fork starting with 13 ... Ne3 14. Qc1 Nc2+ etc.

Feb-21-08  ruinme: Thank you. That was not only informative, but obvious to me that you painstakingly took the time to make your explanation all-inclusive.

It was comprehensible to the point where I could not have misunderstood it had I tried. And believe me, that is a compliment coming from me.. I can over complicate almost any simple thing.

PS.. How do you get those lovely diagrams to show up? I have a macintosh not a PC, and I think i'd able to replay the game on www.gamelive.de and then put it in the right position and then pluck the position onto blogspot and then have the code for the picture.. but i have a feeling there is an easier way. At any rate. thanks!!!

PPS. A tip just appeared. The LITTLE chess graphics are made from text inside symbols. News to me.

Aug-15-08  ravel5184: FEN Help Page
Feb-22-10  Cushion: Albin missed a quicker win with 40. Rd2+!.
Sep-14-16  drleper: <Cushion: Albin missed a quicker win with 40. Rd2+!>

Why would giving up the rook be faster? 40.Rg2 looks best, it makes way for the pawn and guards the only two squares from which the knight could stop it (f2 and g3). So black will mate with queen and rook, which must be the fastest.

Feb-01-17  Saniyat24: Although he lost Adolf Schwarz's Knight danced and pranced all over the board near the end...!!
May-10-19  faulty: a good pun would be 'black and white'
Aug-24-20  schnarre: 4. g3 never struck me as a good line to use vs. the Albin...now I can see why.
Aug-24-20
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  perfidious: If White had played simply 5.Nf3, the most common line against the Albin would have been reached by transposition, though in the normal move order of 4.Nf3 Nc6, 5.a3 is now often preferred. White's actual fifth move looks too loosening and he is soon made to pay for his sins.

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