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Hans Geiger vs W Wurm
"The Wurm Turns" (game of the day Jan-05-2010)
Germany (1930)
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D48)  ·  0-1



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  Benzol: An unusual king walk by Black. Wonder whether Petrosian or Niemzowitsch would have approved? Anyway someone might like to include it in their King-Walk collection.
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  vonKrolock: <28.♖xc5>

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<28...♔d6> !! An extraordinary winning move - the double threat of ♖g1+ and ♔xc5 is very compelling - even if black is currently a whole piece down...

During the sequence of nine (!) straight ♔ moves, even a quasi <Runlauf> appears, <c3-d2-c1> a theme rarely found in actual play, moreover in the midle-game phase

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I like 25...Qd8, a seeming retreat that actually threatens 26...Rh8 trapping the White Queen. If the Nf4 moves, ...Qxd3 follows. Imaginative play coming from Wurm. He has only two games in the database; if he normally played like this, it's a shame more games haven't survived.
Jan-05-10  Nullifidian: And I thought the guy with the full name was always supposed to be to be the winner in these pairings.

I guess Dr. Geiger is down for the count. (I'm sorry, please don't hit me.)

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  brankat: A fascinating play by Mr.Wurm! One rarely sees something like this in actual tournament practice.

To travel with the King from <e8> to <b2> within a span of 10 moves, to clean up White's defences (with White's help :-)), and help prepare the mating net!

Jan-05-10  mertangili: A very unusual queens gambit game where black keeps its king in the middle; and a very rich one in variants.

One interesting variaiton might have arisen had white played 27.Nxd5+. Then the game might have concluded as follows:

27...Bxd5 28. exd5 Rh8 29. Qe4+ Kf8 30. h4 Qxd5 31. Qf4 Qxf3+ 32. Qxf3 Rxh4+ 33. Qh3 Rxh3#

Jan-05-10  newzild: I was merily clicking my way through the game until black's move 24, when I did a double-take. Even after staring at the position for a minute, I couldn't see the point.

24...Nf3 is an amazing knight sac. The following 25...Qd8 threatens 26...Rh8, winning the white queen.

Fascinating game.

Jan-05-10  newzild: ...Wurm's only other game in the database also results in him winning a Queen versus two Rooks endgame.
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  Honza Cervenka: 22...Qd6! (diagram) would have won immediately.

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Nf4 can't retreat for Nf3+ and Qh2# and after 23.Qxf6 Nf3+ 24.Kh1 Bd4 or 23.Nce2 Nxe2+ white can't avoid loss of material.

Jan-05-10  chillowack: Black played skillfully to build up a strong attacking position. White's 17.Bxf6? looks ill-advised, opening a file onto the already-beleagured king, and 24.Qxh4? compounds the error, opening yet another.

After that, all Black's pieces are placed for maximum effectiveness, and it is no wonder a combination (24...Nf3!) is in the cards.

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  kevin86: Black's king travels all the way to white's Q side-but he wins.
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  Chessmensch: Hans fiddles while Wurm turns.
Jan-05-10  YetAnotherAmateur: 28. ... Kd6

is hereby dubbed the "Geiger counter".

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  Once: With a name like that, you either have to take up the dragon defence (the old english word for a dragon was a worm) or attempt to make your pieces move like worms. Black's king makes an astonishing journey, but he does it at the sedate pace of just one square at a time. Wriggle wriggle.

If I played that sequence, I would be unable to resist giggling by the fourth of fifth king move - let alone the ninth.

In the 1970s there was a kung fu television programme called the Water Margins which started with the immortal words: "Do not despise the snake for having no horns. For who is to say that one day he might become a dragon! So might one just man become an army."

And indeed, black's king does turn from a worm to a dragon and, in the process, become an army.

I just hope I remember it when the position after 28. Rxc5 turns up as a sunday puzzle...

Jan-05-10  ROO.BOOKAROO: Noteworthy also is 35. ...Kxc1, sacrificing the Black Queen for a rook and a bishop, which gives W free access to Rg1+ The effective deployment of Black's pieces for the final kill would also be instructive to beginners like me. White still has Queen and knight against the two Black rooks. White seems to still have a few defensive moves up his sleeve. What am I missing?
Jan-05-10  drpoundsign: Geiger count out would have been apt as well. Takes a lot of stones to use your King that way.
Jan-05-10  psmith: <ROO.BOOKAROO> Ask yourself: How does White prevent Black from mating with Rh1?
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  whiteshark: Hans hat's vergeigt. War irgendwie der Wurm drin.
Jan-05-10  WhiteRook48: white is forced to play 40 Qxg6
Jan-05-10  M.D. Wilson: The final countdown.
Jan-06-10  Dr. J: Two more variations:

35 Nb3+ Ke2 36 Bd1+ Ke1 37 Bc2+ Kxf2 38 Qh4+ Rg3 39 Qxd8 (or 39 Qh6 Qg5) Rxh3#


34 Bb1+ Kd2 35 Rc2+ (or 35 h4 Rh8) Kxd3 36 Rc8+ Ke2 37 Rxd8 Rg1+ 38 Kh2 R8g2#

Jun-18-13  kia0708: King's march is as outrageous as General Sherman's march to the sea, and ravaging the South's territory.
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