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Wolfram Bialas vs Wolfgang Uhlmann
GER-ch U20 (1951), Leipzig
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  0-1



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Jul-26-15  SpiritedReposte: What a beautiful display. Whites moves don't look terrible on the face of it but after ...Bxh2+! it is a slaughter.

Puns may include <Wolf of Wallstreet> or better since he was only 16(!) when he played this <Teen Wolf> or <The Boy Who Cried Wolf>. There's gotta be a double wolf pun out there too lol.

Sep-21-18  landshark: I got as far as move 20 where I veered with ...Bd7, which I still think has a strong attack. Why i didn't play ...Ne3 was that I didn't like 21.RxR, NxQ, 22.RxN with enough material advantage to surround the K with counterattacking pieces - I missed the Ne3 idea altogether. In the game continuation, what does Black do if White plays 22.Nf4 instead of Kf3? Then if -NxQ, 23.RxN, and if -g5 then 24.Rh1 looks strong enough to win - I'm missing something here....
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  wtpy: I saw blacks first four moves but didn't calculate it out until the end, and this is one where you almost have to. I was considering the check from d6 so I would like to think I would have seen it in a game, but if my last few speed games are any indication, my flag would have fallen before I completed the mating attack.
Sep-21-18  Walter Glattke: One must play 19.-Qh6 20.Rh1 Qd6+ 21.Kh4 g5+ or 21.Kh3 Nxf2+
Sep-21-18  nalinw: I went with

19 .... Qd6+ thinking there was an easy mate and forgetting about

20 f4 - which is supposed to be winning for White.

In fact

20 Bxh7+ is supposed to lead to an almost even game!

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  wtpy: Landshark, Looking at it sans computer I figured 22Nf4 Nd1 23 Rd1 g5--the move I thought Uhlman might have played Qd6 to set up. So I looked at engine here and Stockfish doesn't like my gf4+ and instead goes with h6 and rates the position -1.05.
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  wtpy: Walter I think f4 looks strong in your line for White. Black will regret opening h file.
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  al wazir: I got the first two moves, and I think I could have found the win.

Did Uhlmann have a 2570 rating when he was 16? For that matter, were Elo ratings in use in 1951? (FIDE didn't adopt them officially until 1970.) If they were, why didn't Bialas have one?

Sep-21-18  Autoreparaturwerkbau: I guess this puzzle is a <semi-spoiler>.

<"Semi"> because 17...Bxh2+ actually is a best move but it does not achieve anything outstanding. Some other moves like 17...Qd6 keep the game in balance just as well.

In the actual game line it is finally white who makes a blunder with 20.Bd2?. Simple 20.Qc1 keeps the game opened in perfect balance since it completely shuts down the kingside attack with piece rearrangement. So in a way it is a <"spoiler"> since white has to blunder if he desires 17...Bxh2+ to pay any dividends at all.

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  agb2002: White threatens Bxe5 and also has a possible Bxh7+ which might be answered with Kh8.

Black has five pieces to attack the white king, starting with 17... Bxh2+:

A) 18.Kxh2 Ng4+

A.1) 19.Kh1(3) Qh6+ and mate next.

A.2) 19.Kg1 Qh6 20.Be5 (20.Re1 Qh2+ 21.Kf1 Rxf2#) 20... Nxe5

A.2.a) 21.f3 Qe3+ wins a piece.

A.2.b) 21.f4 Ng4 22.Re1 Qh2+ 23.Kf1 Qh1+ 24.Ng1 Rxf4+ wins decisive material.

A.2.c) 21.Re1 Ng4 with the doble threat Qh2+ and Rxf2 looks winning (22.f3 Qh2+ 23.Kf1 Ne3+ wins the queen).

A.3) 19.Kg3 Rxf2

A.3.a) 20.Rxf2 Qxf2+ 21.Kh3 Ne3+ wins.

A.3.b) 20.Bd4 Qd6+ and mate in four.

A.3.c) 20.Qd2 Qd6+ wins (21.Kh4 Qh2+ 22.Kg5 Qh6#; 21.Nf4 Rxd2 - +; 21.Qf4 Rxf4 - +).

A.3.d) 20.Qc1 Qc7+ 21.Nf4 Rxf1 22.Qxf1 Qxc3 seems to win two pawns at least.

B) 18.Kh1 Bc7 wins a pawn.

Sep-21-18  offramp: This game reminds me of another <superb> French Defence, Reshevsky vs Vaganian, 1976.

The French Defence is the same as the French horn: when it is played well it is a wonder to behold. When it is played badly you just want to puke your guts up.

Sep-21-18  malt: Got 17...B:h2+
(18.K:h2 Ng4+ 19.Kg3 R:f2 20.Qc1 Qd6+ 21.Nf4 R:f1 22.Q:f1 g5 )

18.Kh1 Bc7 19.Qd2
18.Kh1 Ng4 19.Qd2 Bc7 20.Qg5 g6 21.Bd4 Qd6 22.Qh4

Sep-21-18  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <Sep-21-18; agb2002; Black has five pieces to attack the white king, starting with 17... Bxh2+: A) 18.Kxh2 Ng4+
A.3) 19.Kg3 Rxf2
A.3.d) 20.Qc1 Qc7+ 21.Nf4 Rxf1 22.Qxf1 Qxc3 seems <to win two pawns at least.>>

The above line A.3.d) is actually a main line according to silicon brain, so it should be thoroughly researched. Your line finishes after 22...Qxc3 here:

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with your remark that black is up 2 healthy pawns. But is he really?

Firstly, black loses d5 immediatelly after 23.Nxd5 Qe5+:

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Now white can safely play 24.Qf4 since black cannot afford to grab a rook (black has weak back-rank and white could deliver mate-in-2 with knight and queen). After 24...Qxf4+ 25. Nxf4 Nf6 26. Rh1 white has achieved this position

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Only 1 pawn behind but active king, active pieces. Silicon values it at -0,23 (36 ply). So, once again, today's puzzle was a <semi-spoiler>.

Sep-21-18  malt: In my line
(18.K:h2 Ng4+ 19.Kg3 R:f2 20.Qc1 Qd6+ 21.Nf4 R:f1 22.Q:f1 g5 )

White can play 23.B:h7+ K:h7
(23...Kf8 24.Bd4 Ke8 25.Re1+ Kd8 26.Bc5 Q:f4+ 27.Q:f4 )

(23...Kf7 24.Bd2 or 24.Re1 )

24...K:h7 25.Qd3+ Kg8 26.Q:d5+ looking =

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  pittpanther: Nice game. I have played the French for 30 years and Uhlmann is one of my favorite players due to his loyalty to the French!
Sep-21-18  Walter Glattke: 19.Kg3 Qh6 threatens Qh2#.20.Rh1 Qd6+ 21.f4 threatens Bxh7+ 21.-Bf5. Little advantage for black only.
Sep-21-18  Walter Glattke: Or even white wins after 21.f4.
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  whiteshark: 10 years later ... :)
Sep-21-18  mel gibson: I saw the Bishop move but didn't see any result.

Stockfish 9 is calling a draw:

17. Bc3 Bxh2+
(17. .. Bxh2+ (♗e5xh2+
♔g1xh2 ♘f6-g4+ ♔h2-g3 ♖f8xf2 ♗d3xh7+ ♔g8xh7 ♕d1-d4 ♕b6xd4 ♘e2xd4 ♖f2xf1 ♖a1xf1 ♗c8-d7 ♖f1-f7 ♘g4-e5 ♖f7-e7 ♖a8-e8 ♖e7xe8 ♗d7xe8 ♘d4-f5 ♘e5-c4 ♘f5xg7 ♗e8-c6 ♘g7-f5 ♘c4xa3 ♗c3-d4 ♘a3-c2 ♗d4-c3 ♔h7-g6 ♔g3-f4 ♔g6-f7 g2-g4 b7-b6 ♔f4-e5 ♗c6-d7 ♔e5xd5 ♔f7-g6 ♔d5-d6 ♗d7xf5 g4xf5+ ♔g6xf5 ♔d6-c7 ♔f5-e6 ♔c7-b7 ♔e6-d5 ♔b7xa7 ♔d5-c4 ♔a7xb6 ♔c4xc3 ♔b6-c7) +0.08/34 47)

score = 0.08 depth 34

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  agb2002: <Autoreparaturwerkbau:
Only 1 pawn behind but active king, active pieces. Silicon values it at -0,23 (36 ply). So, once again, today's puzzle was a <semi-spoiler>.>

Thanks for the constructive comment. Yes, I had the impression that I was stopping the calculation too soon but didn't have time for more.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

An inspirational game.

I'm glad I never saw till I was already set in my own pig-headed ways as a chess player unless I might have ended up as a French Player (actually, when I did play a French, approx. 12-14 times, I won more than I lost.).

In the opening post Uhlmann mentions the East German Junior Championship in Leipzig in 1951 which he won by 1½ pts.

He lost only one game Uhlmann vs H Schroeder, 1951 and this one too may have been 'a little gem in my collection.' if Schroeder had played....

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Sep-21-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

17...Bxh2+ 18.Kxh2 Ng4+ 19.Kg3 Rxf2 20.Qc1 Qc7+ 21.Nf4 Rxf1 22.Bxf1 g5 23.Bb2 Qd6 24.Qd2 Be6 25.Be2 gxf4+ 26.Qxf4 Qxf4+ 27.Kxf4 Rf8+ 28.Kg3 Nf2 29.Bf3 Ne4+ 30.Bxe4 dxe4 31.Rc1 Rd8 32.Kf4 Rd2 33.Bc3 Rxg2 34.Bd4 a6 35.Ke5 Bd7 36.Rc7 Rg5+ 37.Kxe4 Bc6+ 38.Kf4 Rd5 39.Bb2 Rd7 40.Rxd7 Bxd7 41.Kg5 Kf7 42.Kh6 Bf5 43.Bd4 Ke6 = (-0.19) Depth: 24 dpa

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  drollere: another way to look at it: i came on the position without looking who had the move, but when i saw a bishop trained on h2, and an open rank for the Q after Ng4+, i knew the move had to be black's.

survey says: when in doubt, hit the h pawn.

Sep-21-18  messachess: Yep. Difficult.
Sep-23-18  patzer2: As others have noted, with best play the solution to last Friday's Sep 21, 2018 puzzle (17...?) does not lead to anything more than a level position.

In the game after 17...Bxh2+! 18. Kxh2+ Ng4+ 19. Kg3 Rxf2!, White went wrong with 20. Bd2? potentially allowing 20...h5! -+ (-3.92 @ 31 ply, Stockfish 9).

Instead, White could have kept it level with 20. Bxh7+ = (0.00 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 9) or 20. Qc1 = (-0.07 @ 33 ply, Stockfish 9).

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