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Paul Johner vs Walter Montagu Gattie
Ostend (1906), Ostend BEL, rd 4, Jun-08
French Defense: Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: Johner soon after played the Black side of what was then cutting edge theory:

Tartakower vs P F Johner, 1906

The game is hard fought. Johner plays very aggressively from the start, and it is clear he is going for a K-side kill.

Soon it seems Johner has burnt his bridges by over-doing his K-side ambitions <12.g4?!>, but Gattie is rather too cautious to capitalise on this. There was no need to retreat his R on the 17th move either R(a)f8 or Rc8 was much better.

Similarly <21...Qxb2> was powerful, Gattie seems transfixed with Johner's build up of heavy pieces on the K-side and ignores his own opportunities to attack.

<24.f5!?> is a speculative pawn sacrifice which pays off. He does not want a Black N powerfully ensconced on <f5>.

Gattie allows Johner to regroup on the K- side.

<26...Be8?!> is a waste of a move, the Bishop belongs on <b5> to support a Q-side attack.

<36 or 37...Rxf6> is equal, as played Johner is able to crash through to victory.

Dec-20-12  TheFocus: The finish was much more striking.

Actual ending was 42...Bh7 43.Qxh7+ Rxh7 44.Rg8 mate.

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  fredthebear: Yes, a striking Q sacrifice for an Arabian Mate!

Here's a rather similar finish on the g-file: Lasker / Maroczy vs NN, 1900

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