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Salomon Flohr vs Ludwig Rellstab
Hastings 3031 (Premier Reserves) (1931), Hastings ENG, rd 7, Jan-05
English Opening: Symmetrical. Rubinstein Variation (A34)  ·  1-0



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Nov-26-06  avidfan: Tuesday Puzzle: In the final position 36.Bxf6 how does White win?

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(Very bad is 36...gxf6?? 37.Bd3+ Be4 38.Bxe4#)

36...g6 37.Bd3 Bg7 38.Bxg6+ Kg8 39.Bxh5 (39...Rf8 allows the elegant 40.Rxg7#) 39...Kf8 40.Rxg7 calls for resgination after 41.Ne5 Bc8 42.Rh7 and 43.Rh8#

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  Benzol: <LPeristy> This might be Game No:38
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  wordfunph: Flohr-Rellstab

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Flohr at his best!...36.Bxf6!

Sep-15-11  LIFE Master AJ: A bizarre game, many rules are broken, many principles violated. (For example, White never castled.) Yet a great game is produced ...
Aug-02-12  Ulhumbrus: Flohr destroys the Maroczy bind with an extra move and colours reversed. Perhaps Black is less likely to be able to do this with a move less.
Aug-02-12  thomastonk: <Ulhumbrus> I think this can hardly be called a normal Maroczy with colours reversed, because Black's pieces are not in the normal positions. And moreover a single game does not prove so much, in particular, if it contains some clear mistakes like this one: Black can avoid White's nice tactics by 17.. Kh8, and enjoy his position. Moreover, 25.. bxc6 26. Ke2 (forced) Rxb2 and Black is still alive.
Aug-02-12  Ulhumbrus: <thomastonk> Flohr destroys the bind in the way in which Black employs it in the present game. It may be that the Black moves which are not normal ( eg ...Nd7 instead of ...Nc6) are attempts to address such difficulties as White has placed before Black.

The alternatives which you have given seem worth a look at

eg 17..Kh8 ( instead of 17...Bf8 as played) 18 Nxg7 Nxg7 19 Be4 threatens Bxh7 followed by Qg6 and Qh6.

On 25..bxc6 ( instead of 25...Nxg1 as played) Euwe ( in his book "Meet the masters") gives the sequence 26 Kxe2 Rxb2 27 Rb1 Rxa2 28 Rb8 Ba6+ 29 Ke3 Ra3+ 30 Kf2 Bc4 ( else 31 Ne6) 31 f5 Rxa4 32 Ne6 Bxe5 33 fxe6 Re4 34 Re1 winning

Aug-02-12  thomastonk: <Ulhumbrus> Thank you for the reply. Well, I only intended to comment the very general character of your statements. But let's look at the lines, they are indeed interesting.

17.. Kh8 18 Nxg7 (? - that's not correct, I assume) Nxg7 19 Be4 Bd6 20 Bxh7 Bxf4 and I don't see how White can successfully continue the attack.

Euwe, whom I admire very much, made mistakes with all these checks: 28.. Bf5 avoids the problems. Was is Bent Larsen who said "Long variation, wrong variation!"?

Aug-03-12  Ulhumbrus: <thomastonk: ...17.. Kh8 18 Nxg7 (? - that's not correct, I assume) Nxg7 19 Be4 Bd6 20 Bxh7 Bxf4 and I don't see how White can successfully continue the attack.

Euwe, whom I admire very much, made mistakes with all these checks: 28.. Bf5 avoids the problems. Was is Bent Larsen who said "Long variation, wrong variation!"?>

White would like to play 21 Rxg7 Kxg7 22 Qg6+ Kh8 23 Bxf6+ but Black is threatening 21...Qxd2+ in reply to 21 Rxg7 so suppose we try 21 Rd1.

After 28...Bf7 the bishop controls no longer the square b7 and this suggests 29 Rb7. On 29...Rxa4 30 Nf7 threatens 31 Nh6+

Aug-04-12  thomastonk: <Ulhumbrus> Thank you for the reply.

In the first line, ie. 17.. Kh8 18 Nxg7 Nxg7 19 Be4 Bd6 20 Bxh7 Bxf4 21 Rxg7 Kxg7 22 Qg6, 22.. Kh8 is indeed losing. The right move is 22.. Kf8 and Black wins!

In the second line 28.. Bf5 29 Rb7 Rxa4 30 Nf7, the threat of Nh6+ is simply met by 30.. g6. Then Black is not only alive, but already much better.

All lines checked with Houdini.

Aug-04-12  Ulhumbrus: <thomastonk> I am not using a computer, but no matter.

In the first line 21 Rd1 avoids the variation, anyway.

In the second line one alternative to 29 Rb7 is 29 Rc1, as the bishop on f8 which would otherwise defend the c5 pawn is pinned.

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