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Reginald Pryce Michell vs Edgar Colle
Hastings (1930/31), Hastings ENG, rd 9, Jan-07
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Spielmann. Stahlberg Variation (E23)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: "The following game illustrates the folly of attempting too much. It's main feature is White's skillfull defence aginst four black pieces which become mixed in their cooperation" - Savielly Tartakower and du Mont (500 Master Games, 1952 -ISBN: 0486232085)

Tartakower did not like 8...f5 preferring:<8...0-0> 9.a3 Bxc3 10.Bxc3 f5 11.b4 Ne4 12.Bb2 b6 13.e3 Bb7 14.Be2 Rc8 15.0-0 Qe7 16.Rfd1 d6 "and the struggle is at its height"

<9.g3> Tartakower says "Very finely White no longer troubles about the massed Black pieces on the Q-side, and proceeds with his won purely positional plans".

It is interesting to note that Mikhail Botvinnik slightly earlier had attempted a more typically trenchant treatment, aiming for more dynamic piece play at the expense of pawn structure:

<9.a3> Bxc3 10.Bxc3 0-0 11.b4 Ne4 12.Bb2 b6 13.g4 (typical Botvinnik) Nxf2 14.Kxf2 fxg4 15.Rg1 Qh4+ 16.Ke3 Qh6+ 17.Kf2 Qh4+ 18.Ke3 which was an eventual draw in M, Botvinnik - G, Myasoyedov Leningrad 1930.

<15...Bb3?> Tartakower analyses the better <15...dxc3> after which Colle can defend: 16.Bxc3 Nc6! (and not Tartakower's suggestion of <16...Nd5?> which loses to 17.Bxg7! Kxg7 18.Qd4+)

If <17...Nba6> 18.Rxa6!

Apr-09-07  Whitehat1963: White is a piece up, and if 22...Rxd4, then 23. Qxc4 Rxc4 24. Bd5+, and the rook is gone. Or if 22...Qxb3, then 23. Nxb3, and white's d2 bishop is still protected. But what happens if black decides to fight on via 22...Qf7? 23. Bd5 doesn't work. Neither does 23. Ne6. What to do? Exchange queens perhaps? Seems to be the only way. (Player of the Day)

Mar-20-18  cwcarlson: 14...♗e6? 15.♗g5+-; 14...dc 15.♗c3 ♕d1 16.♖d1 ♘c6 17.♘d4 ± Houdini.

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