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Memel CC vs Koenigsberg CC
City Match (1872) (correspondence), Postal
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54)  ·  1-0



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  wordfunph: City of Memel - City of Koenigsburg, City Match Postal 1872

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Analysis by Rybka 2.2n2 mp 32-bit:

1. (6.71): 23.Ng5+ fxg5 24.Qe6+ Kf8 25.Qf5+ Rf7 26.Qxh7 Be6 27.Rxe6 Rf6 28.Qh8+

white missed the spectacular 23.Ng5+!

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  alexmagnus: It is surely Königsb<u>rg and not Königsb<e>rg? Even German Wikipedia knows of no Köngsburg except for some ruins from the 14th century.

But if it is Königsberg, we have here a battle of two former German cities, which are both now in different coutries under a different name (Memel is Klaipeda in Lithuania, Königsberg is Kaliningrad in Russia).

Königsburg being Königsberg also makes sense given the relativ geographical proximity with Memel/Klaipeda.

Jul-20-15  thomastonk: <alexmagnus> From "DSZ" 1872, page 341: "In der Generalversammlung vom 18.Jan. 1872 wurde von unserem Club [Memel!] die Herausforderung des neuen Königsberger Schachclubs angenommen. (Preis 20 Mark.) Königsberg hat diese Partie sowie eine Privatpartie verloren; eine dritte Partie ist noch im Gange. Die erste und dritte Partie spielte R. Hasford, die zweite Block."

This game was published in DSZ 1873, page 22 as Memel vs Königsberg, played by correspondence from January to July 1872. It is not noticed which of the before mentioned games this was.

Ah, according to DSZ, the final moves were 27.. ♕xe8 28.♖xe8+ ♔xe8 29.♕xg7.

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