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William Henry Jonas vs John K Christenson
New South Wales Championship (1901), Sydney AUS, rd 10, Aug-08
Russian Game: Modern Attack (C43)  ·  1-0



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  wordfunph: the beauty of chess 40.Rg6!
Jul-17-21  optimal play: <<Chess Championship.>

<(a) 12...P takes P dis ch <12...dxc3+>

A mistake of which White fails to profit. P takes Kt <bxc6> was the move.>

<(b) 13. B to K 3 <13.Be3>

The position is interesting. White has three lines of play - K to R sq <Kh1>, Kt from B 6 to Q 4 <Ncd4>, and the text move <Be3>. The best move was interposing the Kt, e.g. 13. Kt (B 6) to Q 4 - P takes P, 14. B takes Kt P - winning a piece and a good position.>

13.Ncd4 cxb2 14.Bxb2 ±

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<(c) 18...P to Q Kt 3 <18...b6>

Simply exchanging Kt and B would have left Black a safe game with a P plus.>

<(d) 19. B to Q B sq <19.Bc1>

B to Kt sq <Bg1> was the natural and better move.>

<(e) 22...R to K 5 <22...Re4>

A pretty sacrifice, but there was no occasion for it, as his game looked healthy enough with a pawn up.>

<(f) 24...R to Kt sq <24...Rb8>

Clearly inadequate. The R should have gone to Q sq <Rd8>.>

<(g) 29...P to Kt 3 <29...g6>

Here Black errs in attempting to support the well protected K P. The result is that he opens his K Kt file to a deadly attack of the doubled Rooks.>

<(h) 34. K to R 2 <34.Kh2>

Affording Black the chance of exchanging Q?s by Q to Q 3 <Qd6>. He might have gone to Kt 5 <Qg5> at once.>

<(i) 38. R to K B 2 <38.Rf2>

White has played the latter part of the game excellently, his concluding move, 40. R to Kt 6 <40.Rg6>, being a fine coup.>

Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW), Saturday 17 August 1901>

<wordfunph: the beauty of chess 40.Rg6!> A nice finish indeed.

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