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Jeno Szekely vs Esteban Canal
Budapest (1933), Budapest HUN, Apr-??
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  0-1



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  GrahamClayton: A premature sacrifice by White is elegantly refuted by Canal.
Jan-06-14  ughaibu: What do you (or your computer) reckon to black's fourteenth?
Oct-25-20  Alan McGowan: Albert Becker, annotating this game in the <1933 Wiener Schachzeitung (p165)>, pointed out that 8...e5! was even stronger. To deal with Black's threat of ...Nc6, he felt that White had nothing better than 9.Bxc4 bxc4 10.dxe5. If instead 9.d5, then Bc5 10.d6 Bxd6! (10...Qxd6 11.Qxb7 Bb4+ 12.Ke2 Qd3+ 13.Kf3 Qf5+ etc).

Becker also gave a ! to 13...Nxb4, when Canal ignored the capture of White's Queen. After 13...Nxd4 14.Nxd4, White has R and B for the Queen and has created a blockade on the black squares.

This fascinating little game did not appear in <More Miniature Games, by Du Mont (1953)> but was 'rescued' by Barden and Heidenfeld, who included it in <Modern Chess Miniatures (1960)>.

A short time after this game Canal had the opportunity to play 8...e5! in Mohácsy-Canal, Kecskemét 1933. The game continued 9.d5 Bc5 10.d6 Bxd6! 11.Bxc4 bxc4 12.Qa4+ Nd7 13.Nf3 Ne7 14.Bd2 0-0 15.Rc1 Nc5! 16.Qxc4 Ba6 17.Qxa6 Nxa6 18.Rxc7 Nxc7 and wins (Deutsche Schachblätter 1939, p219).

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