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Rene Gralla vs Bernd Schlueter
Youth-ch Schleswig-Holstein; Master Class (1973), Eckernfoerde FRG, rd 2, Apr-15
Alekhine Defense: Four Pawns Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B03)  ·  1-0



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  Nightsurfer: Instead of the more solid White move <7.Nc3 ...> in the parallel game C Gauche vs D Lima, 2003 - please see the diagram as follows ...

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... -, 30 years before C Gauche vs D Lima, 2003 the commander of the White army in this game here <Rene Gralla vs Bernd Schlueter (1973)> somewhat nonchalantly prefers the more risky <7.Be2?! ...> - please see the diagram as follows ...

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... - ; that rather careless <7.Be2?! ...> is risky because of the eventual impact of Black Bg7 via the diagonal <h8-a1> (whereas that very impact would have been neutralized after the alternate blocking move <7.Nc3 ...>). But that hasty <7.Be2?! ...> - namely in order to speed up the castling process - nicely pays off in the end since White will win this game here <Rene Gralla vs Bernd Schlueter (1973)> - whereas 30 years later White will lose the game C Gauche vs D Lima, 2003 the more solid approach <7.Nc3 ...> notwithstanding!

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  Nightsurfer: Black has been too passive in face of the White attack that gets momentum after the positional sacrifice of White Pawn f4, please see the diagram after <21.f5! ...>:

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The idea of <21.f5! ...>: the square f4 shall be cleared for the White Rooks in order to support the attack against the volatile line of defense of Black King, please see the position after the follow-up moves <21.... Nexf5 22.Rf4 ...>:

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Black finds no way to stop the White army, please see the position after <22. ... Rfc8 23.Raf1 Qe8 24.g4! ...>:

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After <24.... hxg4 25.Rxg4 ...> - please see the diagram as follows ...

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...-, White Rook is taboo for Black Knight h6, of course (25.... Nxg4?? 26.Qh7+ Kf8 27.Rxf5! gxf5 - 27.... Nxf6 28.exf6 Bxf6 29.Rxf6 & 30.Rxf7+ pp. - 28.Qxg7#).

Black Queen tries to enforce the defense - <25.... Qf8> - , but that does not help since White executes the exchange of White Rook f1 against Black Knight f5, please see the diagram after <26.Rxf5! ...>:

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The decisive blow, after <26. ... exf5> (of course no 26.... Nxf5??? because of 27.Qh7#) and <27.Rh4! ...>, please see the diagram as follows:

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Black is lost (in case of 27. ... Bxf6 28.exf6 ... there is no defense against 29.Rxh6 ... pp.), as the last moves of this game do demonstrate:

<27.... Re8 28.Bxg7+ Qxg7 29.Rxh6 Kf8 30.Rh7 resigns>

The final position looks as follows:

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After the game the spectators were thrilled, and one of the bystanders, the future-to-become FM Ulrich Sieg from Lubeck, asked for the record of this game in order to publish the game in the local newspaper of his hometown ... though it is not known whether that has happened or not ... ;-) ...

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