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Carl Schlechter vs Paul Saladin Leonhardt
Copenhagen (1907), Copenhagen DEN, rd 7, Aug-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  0-1



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  vonKrolock: <22...♖xd1>

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After the lively and original evolutions, white had an easy draw here at his disposal - the ♖ is traped, so a repetition of moves is inevitable - maybe also very advisable, as the ♙ plus in the other side is a distant passed and protected, ensuring a better endgame.


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is incomprehensible, if not in the light of some explanation linked to the tournament's progress, or another external factor - even so, <"Carl Schlechter beat Paul Saladin Leonhardt 7 to 1, with 7 draws">

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  vonKrolock: Even so, after <25...♘e5>

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Schlechter missed the <zwischenzug> ♗xh7+ followed by ♕ takes ♘, with again a balanced position. Evidently this was an episode with a <zeitnot> component

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  Pawn and Two: <vonKrolock> In "Carl Schlechter! - Life and Times of the Austrian Chess Wizard" and in "Schlechter's Chess Games", it is noted that Schlechter lost to Leonhardt after he unwisely declined to draw by a repetition of moves.

The tournament position was probably also a factor. In this small (5 player) double round tournament, Leonhardt was leading at the halfway mark, with a score of 3-1. Schlechter and Moller were next with 2.5-1.5, Maroczy had 2-2, and Krause 0-4.

Schlechter and Leonhardt had drawn in round 2, (Schlechter had a bye in rounds 1 & 6), and met again round 7. Based on the tournament position, Schlechter was probably not interested in another draw with Leonhardt. However, a second draw with Leonhardt could have meant a first place tie for these two players, as Leonhardt finished only 1 point ahead of Schlechter and Maroczy.

In the end, Leonhardt won the tournament, going undefeated with 3 wins and 5 draws. Schlechter and Maroczy had to settle for 2nd and 3rd, a full point behind, with 2 wins, 1 loss, and 5 draws. Moller had an even score of 2 wins, 2 losses and 4 draws, while Krause finished last, scoring only 3 draws.

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  vonKrolock: <Pawn and Two> thanks for the details, very interesting
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  zydeco: Schlechter missed 56....g3! and walked right into it with 56. Qe6 (56.....g3 57. fxg3 Rd1+ 58. Kf2 R7d2+ 59. Ke3 Re1+). If instead 56. Qb5 - or any other lateral queen move - I don't see how black breaks through.
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