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Erich Eliskases vs Hoelzl
Innsbruck (1929), Innsbruck AUT, rd 7, Sep-23
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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Sep-20-06  lilfoohk: First sight got the answer

A much better result , used 20secs

Sep-20-06  zb2cr: Saw the 43. Rd5 move in a short time, perhaps 20 seconds.

Sep-20-06  YouRang: I found it fairly quick. The key points:

1. The black king is immobile, so any check that cannot be parried is mate.

2. Currently, the Black queen is stopping 2 mates (Qf6 and Qxd8).

3. The Black rook is also stopping 2 mates (Qe8 and Qf8).

THEREFORE, if we can remove either the black queen or black rook, it will be mate.

With this in mind, the winning move becomes apparent: Put our c5 rook between the black queen and rook!

Neither piece can capture it since the deflection would allow mate. Neither can it be taken by the bishop or pawn as cuts off the rook's defender, allowing Qxd8#.

Black is finished! He can only delay mate for a couple moves with checks.

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  kevin86: In some ways this seems like a Monday puzzle-it involves a one move solution,and is a sacrifice.

After seeing that the queen was overworked-forced to guard both f6 and d8,the correct move of Rd5 came like a shot.

Sep-20-06  Sami Jr: What an artistic move. No matter what black takes rook with(bishop, rook or queen), the next move is a mate with 44. Qxd8 or 44. Qd6. Even if black chooses not to take rook, it's still mate.
Sep-20-06  drnooo: The first move was easy, way too in fact, but the five or six behind it are the real toughies, almost like ones from Tal. They all come from the same combustion chamber of the open file and quick mate, but all the way Black is under heavy artillery fire scrambling from one shell hole to another. Very violent and beautiful. Now I have to look at Eliskases's other games.
Sep-20-06  greensfield: <Zivildiener><it takes a little longer... Re5 Bg6!> <YouRang><He can only delay mate for a couple moves with checks.>

Can Black spin it out as follows

if 43.Rd5 Bg6 then 7 moves for mate

44. Qxd8+ Kg7 45. h6+ Kxh6 46. Qf8+ Qg7 47. Rh3+ Bh5 48. Rhxh5+ Kg6 49. Rhg5+ Kf6 50. Qd8#

if 43.Re5 Bg6 then 10 moves for mate

44. hxg6 Qd1+ 45. Kh2 fxg6 46. Qf6+ Kg8 47. Rxg6+ hxg6 49. Qf6+ Ke8 50. Rxe6+ Kd7 51. Re7+ Kc8 52. Qxa6+ Kb8 53. Qb7#

Sep-20-06  gauer: if the weekly theme is interference, then watch for Tarrasch vs Allies, 1914 to show up this weekend...
Sep-20-06  YouRang: <greensfield> You are correct. Your 43. Rd5 Bg6 line is 1 ply better (in terms of delaying mate) than simply going for the dumb checks:

43. Rd5 Qd1+
44. Rxd1 Rxd1+
45. Kh2 Rh1+
46. Kxh1 Bxg2+ (and black is out of checks)
47. Kxg2 h6
48. Qf6+ Kh7
49. Qg7#

(Of course, after 43. Rd5, the most appropriate move was the one played: "resigns").

Sep-20-06  YouRang: <greensfield> ...On the other hand, maybe not. :-)

43. Rd5 Bg6
44. Rxd4 Rc8
45. hxg6 Rc1+
46. Kh2 Rh1+
47. Kxh1 hxg6
48. Qf8+ Kh7
49. Rh4#

Sep-20-06  blakjak: brilliant! exploitation of the position of his opponents queen a rook brilliant!
Sep-20-06  gbdawgy: Could someone please explain to me why 43..Qxd5 wouldn't work?
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  WannaBe: Read the post by <avidfan> on page 1.
Sep-20-06  jackpawn: Took me a minute, but I found it. For some reason rook sacs in the middle of the board come up fairly often in my games. Now if I could just conduct king hunts with precise (sigh).
Sep-20-06  Trouble: I got this one...nice problem
Sep-20-06  Necessary Truths: <gbdawgy> 44. Qf6++
Sep-20-06  Chess Classics: 3/3 this this rate I'll be 7/7 right? Right? =)


Sep-20-06  Kelvieto: Was 43.Re5 a possible solution?
Sep-20-06  haconly: I couldnt resist the idea of Re5. Shows that i still can't see better moves such as Rd5 .sigh~
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  fm avari viraf: Eliskases brilliant combinations demolished the stubborn defenses of Hoelzl. A sudden pretty finish at the end!
Nov-02-10  sevenseaman: Genius! 43. Rd5! A tantalising offer to Black! Whatever he bites at cannot be swallowed.
Apr-23-14  chesspro.usa: 43. .. Bg6 doesn't prolong the game at all. The simple 44. h6!! finishes off black's resistance since taking the rook in d5 still loses and the new threat 45. Rd8 Qd8 46. Qd8 mates immediately.
Jan-21-15  zanzibar: The source of this game (Weiner Schack-Zeitung) can be downloaded from Edward Winter's site:

It's in German, with annotations by Eliskases himself.

See also: (CN #7730)

The game is given as:

<Erich Eliskases – Hölzl
Innsbruck, 23 September 1929
Queen’s Gambit Declined>

Jan-21-15  zanzibar: Oh yeah, Winter notes that the game is often mis-dated as 1931.
Apr-11-15  Retireborn: Franz Hoelzl was born in 1946 according to Chessbase, so I assume this is a different Hoelzl. Anybody know his first name or even just the initial? Have not been able to find him on the internet myself.
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