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Wlodzimierz Schmidt vs Peter Enders
"At Wits' Enders" (game of the day Jul-27-2007)
Jena (1981)
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation. Benoni Defense (E31)  ·  0-1



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Jul-27-07  Swyp: Wow, what an odd game.
Jul-27-07  utssb: Interesting game. 16.♙f4 seems like a bad choice. I would rather allow the loss of a Pawn at c4 than have the King-side destroyed. Especially when the White King has yet to be Castled.
Jul-27-07  cyruslaihy: interesting game, its a pity that white resigned there, i'd love to see white attempting to stop the king side pawns with material plus
Jul-27-07  MostlyAverageJoe: I would call this "Enders Game".

Yeah, so I am an Orson Scott Card fan...

Jul-27-07  mrbiggs: White doesn't have a material plus anymore. 31. Kb1, 31. Qbd2 or 31. Kc2 then 31 ... Nxd1. Otherwise, 31.Qdd2 Nd3+ and the queen is forked.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: White gets into huge trouble remarkably early--after 14...Qd7! the c4 pawn is already dead. In reality 16.f4 is a very good try to complicate the situation and turn the tables. Yes, there is a refutation, but let's face it, almost none of us would have seen it. I think White had to play 10.e4 and a later Nf3-d2 to secure his weak pawns. But I still think Black is better, which is why I always loved seeing the Leningrad--I scored 100% against it in my career.
Jul-27-07  Dr. J: What is the continuation if 20 a8=Q?
Jul-27-07  Dr. J: Also, Krabbe gives 25 Ng1 Rxc3, but then White has 26 Qxc3 Qxa2, 27 Qxf6. Where's the win?Furthermore can't White do even a tempo better with 24 Ng1 (24 ... Rxc3 25 Qxc3 Qxa2 26 Qxf6? What am I missing?
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Dr. J>: If your line 25.Ng1 Rxc3 26.Qxc3 Qxa2 27.Qxf6 then Black's best is 27...Re4! threatening mate (27...Ra8! also works, as later). White can only stop this with 28.Rd2, but then after 28...Rxc4+ 29.Kd1 Qb1+ and 30...Qxg1 he's five pawns down for no compensation. 24.Ng1 Rxc3 25.Qxc3 Qxa2 26.Qxf6 is better, but after 26...Ra8! (Crafty) White is helpless against the threat of 27...Qxc4+. The only reasonable try to defend c4 is 27.Qc3 Ra4 28.Ra2 Qa1+ 29.Qxa1 Rxa1+ and 30...Rxg1 and this time Black's only four pawns up.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: As for your other question, 20.a8Q 0-0 and the twin threats at a8 and h1 mean White has to transpose to the game with 21.Rxh2.
Jul-27-07  utssb: <An Englishman: In reality 16.f4 is a very good try to complicate the situation and turn the tables. Yes, there is a refutation, but let's face it, almost none of us would have seen it.>

Few would be able to calculate precisely in such a complicated position but it's obvious that opening up the King-side was far more dangerous than losing the Pawn at c4.

<Dr. J: What is the continuation if 20 a8=Q?>

That move loses. The response is the same, 0-0.

Jul-27-07  Jack Kerouac: Odd, yes.For more chess-like oddities:
Jul-27-07  spin: <MAJ> That was the exact same thought I had when I saw the players' names.
Jul-27-07  RandomVisitor: Rybka analysis, 6 minutes per move
1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 e6
3. Nc3 Bb4
4. Bg5 c5
5. d5 h6
6. Bh4 d6
7. e3 Bxc3+
8. bxc3 e5
9. Bd3 last book move Nbd7 0.17/19
10. Ne2 $11 -0.07/20 (♖ybka 2.3.2a mp up: 10. Qc2 O-O 11. Nf3 g5 12. Bg3 Nh5 13. Nd2 Ndf6 14. f3 Nxg3 15. hxg3 h5 16. Rb1 Kg7 $11 0.17/19)

10... Qe7 $11 0.18/19 (♖ybka 2.3.2a mp up: 10... e4 11. Bc2 O-O 12. O-O g5 13. Bg3 Qe7 14. Rb1 Ne5 15. Bxe5 Qxe5 16. h3 Rb8 17. Ba4 $11 -0.07/20)

11. Bf5 $11 -0.20/22 (♖ybka 2.3.2a mp up: 11. Ng3 Nb6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. a4 O-O 14. a5 Nd7 15. Qg4 g6 16. O-O Qg7 17. Qe2 Nf6 $11 0.18/19)

11... g5 -0.20/23
12. Bg3 -0.20/20 Nb6 -0.20/20
13. Bxc8 -0.20/22 Rxc8 -0.21/19
14. Qb3 -0.23/20 Qd7 -0.31/18
15. a4 -0.34/21 Qg4 -0.29/19
16. f4 -0.29/19 exf4 -0.29/19
17. a5 $17 -1.39/19 (♖ybka 2.3.2a mp up: 17. exf4 O-O 18. h3 Qh5 19. Ra2 g4 20. a5 Nbd7 21. Kf1 Rfe8 22. Kg1 Qf5 23. hxg4 Nxg4 $15 -0.29/19)

17... fxg3 -1.42/19
18. axb6 -1.45/19 gxh2 -1.47/20
19. bxa7 -1.50/20 Qxg2 -1.53/22
20. Rxh2 -1.55/24 Qxh2 -1.58/23
21. a8=Q -1.58/22 O-O -1.58/24
22. Qaa2 -1.58/20 Rce8 -1.58/22
23. O-O-O -1.43/20 Rxe3 -1.61/22
24. Qbc2 -1.45/21 Rfe8 -1.96/23
25. Rd2 -1.96/21 Qe5 -1.65/21
26. Qab2 $19 -2.39/20 (♖ybka 2.3.2a mp up: 26. Qd1 h5 27. Qac2 h4 28. Qf1 h3 29. Kb2 h2 30. Ng3 Rxg3 31. Rxh2 Rxc3 32. Rh8+ Kxh8 $19 -1.65/21)

26... h5 -3.02/20
27. Qd1 $2 $19 -8.37/14 (♖ybka 2.3.2a mp up: 27. Qb5 Kg7 28. Qbb1 Rxe2 29. Rxe2 Qxe2 30. Qxe2 Rxe2 31. Qd3 Re1+ 32. Kd2 Re8 33. Qf1 g4 $19 -3.02/20)

27... Ne4 -8.82/16
28. Rd3 -10.77/16 Nf2 -10.64/15
29. Rxe3 -13.54/16 Qxe3+ -14.08/18 0-1

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  kevin86: The game reminds me of Berlin after WW 2. The a-d files were East Berlin-a seemingly powerful metropolis with many troops-but without anything else. The City of East Berlin had rubble left over from the war,as late as 1989.

The E-H files were West Berlin-a modern,thriving Western city with industry and newness-rebuilt by the allies.

The game almost looked like two games on the same board-just as Berlin was "two cities" especially after the wall was built in 1961.

The wall in this case was the border between the d and e files.

Jul-27-07  unixfanatic: Black had a lot of guts to play such a tactically complex game - 19. ... Qxg2!! is amazing
Jul-27-07  tatarch: Jack Kerouac-- thanks for the arimaa link, that's very interesting and I had never heard of it before. Although let's be honest, who really wants to be good at arimaa-- at least you can play chess in the park.
Jul-27-07  Ravelin: I believe the phrase "At Wits' Enders" reffers to the title of one of the songs in the Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End Soundtrack "At Wits' End", am I right? It is the third melody on the OST...
Jul-27-07  lonepsycho: <Ravelin> "at wit's end" is an idiom which means that someone is exceedingly frustrated with a certain situation. When this person is so frustrated that he/she cannot take it anymore, he/she is said to be at his/her wit's end. The PUN (play on words) here refers to Schmidt being at his wit's end trying to defend Ender's attack (I am assuming).
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  patzer2: So it would appear 19...Qxg2!! sets up a very deep passed pawn combination, where Black's two extra connected outside passed pawns are stronger than White's material equivalent of an extra Knight.

Jul-27-07  Chan: <MostlyAverageJoe>, we could even say that Ender's Game belongs to his brother Peter...

Yeah... I'm a Orson Scott Card fan too ;)

Apr-17-09  pacorrum: This game deserves to be better known.
Apr-30-13  Xeroxx: amazing

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