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Abraham Baratz vs Vera Menchik
Hastings 1927/28 Major A (1928), Hastings ENG, Jan-??
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Classical Variation (A01)  ·  0-1



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  GrahamClayton: If 12.♗g7 ♘e3!, with the twin threats of 13.fe3 ♕g3+ or 13.♕d2 ♘g2+.

24.♘c5 loses a piece after 24...♗d4.

26.♕f4 leads to a pretty mate after 26...♗e5#:

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White resigns due to the threat of losing a 4th pawn with due to either 27...♘g4 or 27...♘d3+.

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  Gilmoy: <GrahamClayton: 27..♘d3+> I think even stronger is 27.(Qe2,Rh3) Rxd3 and the Ne3 is toast: it's pinned to the hidden-triple on Nf3, and 28..Rxe3 29..Nxg4+ steals any recapture. For example:

27.Rh3 Rxd3 28.Re1? Rxe3 29.Rxe3 Nxg4+ 30.Ke2 Qxf3+ 31.Kd1 Rd8+ 32.Kc2

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32..Qxc3+ <fork you buddy>, up B+5P (not counting b7 if White wants it).

Or 27.Qg2 <to defend Bf3 and g4 simultaneously> Rxd3 28.Rbe1 Bc6 29.Qg3 g5 and White must drop something.

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  offramp: It's a shattering queen offer!
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  John Saunders: It's worth noting that there are two different versions of the score of this game. Just the one move is different in the two versions. Original sources (Cheltenham Chronicle of 28.1.1928, BCM of February 1928, Illustrated London News of 19.5.1928, Borough of West Ham, East Ham and Stratford Express of 19.5.1928, all give 24.Qc1 but the book 'British Chess Masters Past and Present' – Reinfeld (Bell, 1947) and Tartakower & du Mont's 500 Master Games of Chess (Bell, 1952) give 24.Qf1 as here. Brian Denman has gathered and examined most of the above sources and also looked hard at the position and he thinks 24.Qf1 is correct for various cogent chess reasons. I agree with him. But how to square this with the original sources? Of course, it's quite possible that the first newspaper to publish got the score wrong and all the other ones & BCM simply copied it. Maybe Menchik herself published a correction or her own annotation somewhere, enabling later writers Reinfeld & Tartakower to get it right. Anyway, it's worth setting this down so we know there's an issue. I'm not proposing to do any further research into it but would be interested to know if anything else transpires.
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  Messiah: "Women est Omen"

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