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Werner Springe vs Hans Gebhard-Elsass
Munich (1927), Munich GER
Torre Attack: Classical Defense (A46)  ·  1-0



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  al wazir: 6. Nc4 also leads to a quick win for white: 6...Qb4+ (6...Qc3+ 7. Bd2) 7. c3 Qxc3+ (7...Qe7 8. e5) 8. Bd2. P Blechschmidt vs G Weissgerber, 1927

It's interesting that both these games -- the only ones in the database with this line -- were played in 1927. I guess they made a strong impression at the time.

Aug-08-22  stacase: Yes, it's Monday, so check out the Queen Sacrifice first and then maybe you won't stare at the board for five minutes trying to figure out what to do.
Aug-08-22  newzild: One of those patterns that pops into the old noggin whenever Black plays ...h6.
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  perfidious: After all, Black was asking for it!
Aug-08-22  TheTamale: If you press the Engine link after White's 11th move, it just says, "Anything but 11) ...h6."
Aug-08-22  landshark: In a speed game my bet is I'd have missed this. But because it was "very easy" I started looking for something more uncommon -

Moral: In any position, always look for Q sacrifices!

Aug-08-22  MississQueen: Mine says 11...Bb4 12.c5 Qa5 13.Rfc1 h6 14.Qh4 Bc3 =
Aug-08-22  saturn2: Back is way behind in development. This allows Qxe6
Aug-08-22  stst: direct kill by Q-sac
12.QxP+ fxQ
13.Bg6+ and mate

<< a more subtle may go Q-trap, 12.c5... but will prolong the game unnecessarily ...>>

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  Breunor: Saw it quickly, but another one if the ‘white to play’ puzzles; I doubt I would have seen it otherwise.
Aug-08-22  agb2002: White is one pawn down.

Black threatens hxg5.

The pawn on f7 is overburdened with the defense of e6 and the blockage of the e8-h5 diagonal. Hence, 12.Qxe6+ fxe6 (12... Be7 13.Qxe7#) 13.Bg6#.

Aug-08-22  goodevans: <landshark: [...] Moral: In any position, always look for Q sacrifices!>

But only on a Monday. ;o)

Aug-08-22  TheaN: It's a Monday. Can the queen go? Yes. Done. How the brain can be conditioned to spot this stuff is actually bizarre. For what it's worth, <12.Qxe6+ fxe6 (Be7 13.Qxe7#) 13.Bg6#>.

How disaster can strike: Black goes wrong as early as 3....c6, which is not the correct plan in these structures: the queen has no real targets on the queen side, so countering the center with c5 for example is much stronger.

This leads up to the almost forced pawn grab Qxb2, followed by White's superiority in development: 7.O-O is already ±. 8.Qe2 throws it a bit, but 9....Nxe4 returns the favor.

As for the ending, I understand 10....Nd7, but after 11.c4 White's almost fully developed and Black's tripping over his own pieces. There is an escape in 11....Nf6 12.Qh4 Be7 13.Rfe1 h6 14.Rad1 Rg8, where White will have to play careful to attain advantage with 15.Bc1 ±. More moves must be good in the previous line, 11....h6 kind of was not.

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  chrisowen: Fop enough aid Qxe6+ arrive oinker doh it's axioms jog ahead revile bubble bovver bunch with yob Qxe6+ flush?
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  steinitzfan: Always beware of those criss-crossing bishops.
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  steinitzfan: Correction. Those bishops aren't criss-crossing. They're pointed in the same direction. Beware of them too.
Aug-08-22  Hercdon: Beware of Parallel bishops?

Easiest puzzle in quite some time

Aug-08-22  Vinca: @alwazir after 6. Nc4 black has the move Bc4+ and is better
Aug-08-22  King.Arthur.Brazil: To be honest, the King (who else?) wasted some min, wondering to himself: "where is the easy one move, Christ"? Then, the coin falls down, and I realized that after the "pseudo-sacrifice" 12.♕xe6+, there is a check-mate next. I guess, some could slide in the same error, during the game. Generally, is rare to see so absurd check-mate in the beginning of the game now-a-days.
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  eternaloptimist: I solved this puzzle w/ the 1st line that I looked at. This is the epitome of a Monday puzzle...very easy indeed
Aug-08-22  sudoplatov: That's got to be the fastest I got one. Restricted King, Unprotected Diagonal access...
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  OhioChessFan: "Springe's Sting"
Aug-08-22  RadioBoy: Poor Hans must have been a student of that NN guy. He never seem to have ever won a game either.
Aug-09-22  Brenin: Hans Gebhard-Elsass, composer of Lieder, chamber music, choral works. etc.
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  noads4me: That's what comes from not castling!
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