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Henry Seymour Conway vs John M Bruehl
Casual (1788), London
Vienna Game: Stanley Variation (C26)  ·  1-0



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  InspiredByMorphy: 17. ...Bc7 seems to defensive. Perhaps 17. ...Bf4 would have been stronger.
Mar-22-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: That's a pretty old game to scroll through.
Oct-08-08  just a kid: <IBM>Yes it would.It also prevents exd5.
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  mjmorri: Some pretty tactics from both players, but White's advanced pawns carry the day.
Apr-03-09  Mate Hunter: The number of knight fork treats in this game is quite high (but nothing amazing).
Jan-10-13  Gely of the Horde: 19...Qe7 loses a tempo. Better to play 19...Qd6 immediately and threaten the d pawn and mate. Then 20 Qh3 loses a pawn, and White no longer has the two-pawn steamroller, and after 20 g3 White's king is looking a little more vulnerable and perhaps Black can get his rooks centralized and into the fight.
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  beatgiant: <Gely of the Horde> How does 19...Qd6 20. Qh3 lose a pawn? At first glance, White threatens 21. e7+ as well as 21. Qxh6.
Jan-11-13  Gely of the Horde: And after 21 ...Kg7 22 d5 Black is right about where he ended up in the game. 22...g5 23 Qh4 doesn't seem to help. <IBM>'s 17...Bf4 is starting to look better. Is 16... bxh7+ trading a tempo for a pawn a mistake? What about 16...Ng4 instead?
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  beatgiant: <Gely of the Horde> Black's position already looks pretty shaky by move 16.

On 16...Ng4, 17. Qf3 attacks the knight while threatening 18. Qf7#.

On 17...Bf4, even simple 18. Qf3 threatening 19. g3, and 17...Bf4 18. Qf3 dxe4 19. Nxe4 Nxe4 20. Qxe4 and Black's e-pawn and king are looking too exposed.

Jan-13-13  Gely of the Horde: Points taken, <beatgiant>. The shaky position at move 16 comes from 15...Nxe3, which addresses the two threats of the N at f4 being attacked by a pawn, and the B at d6 and N at e3 being forked by the pawn move e5. The pawn fork was enabled by 14...Bd6. If Black doesn't try to keep up with White's development it looks like big trouble. So 14...Bg7?
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  beatgiant: <Gely of the Horde> I don't have much time to analyze, but I'm guessing 14...Bg7 15. fxe4 leaves White a pawn up and still with strong pressure on the center, e.g. 14...Bg7 15. fxe4 Nxe3 16. Qxe3 0-0 17. exd5 exd5 <18. Nxd5> Nxd5 19. Qe4 and White comes out with a second pawn up. 14...exf3 15. Qxf3 also looks dangerous for Black.

Maybe move 12 is the right time to try your idea: 12...Bg7 13. f3 exf3 14. Qxf3 0-0. Black would still have some weak points, of course.

Jan-14-13  Gely of the Horde: Yes, move 12 looks like a much better place for ...♗g7. 12...♘e7 and 13...♘f5 just loses too much time. The weakness of Black's central pawn structure is demonstrated by the strength of White playing f3, which I actually hadn't realized until going through all of this. That suggests, in hindsight, that Black should have played 12...g4! allowing him to lose to White in some other fashion.
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  naresb: The game is full of tactical motifs.

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