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Rainer Schnelle vs Hendrik Niemoeller
"Macht Schnell!" (game of the day Jan-17-2014)
Championship of Itzehoe (2001), Itzehoe, Germany, rd 1, Oct-19
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1-0



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  Nightsurfer: This game here <Rainer Schnelle vs Hendrik Niemoeller (2001)> has a blueprint - and that is until Black move no. 14 (when Black tries the new riposte <14. ... Qb4>) that legendary Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 - thing! One more case of replaying that famous encounter Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 has happened in R Gralla vs S Stojanovic, 2008 , and the latter case is even closer to Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 than this game here <Rainer Schnelle vs Hendrik Niemoeller (2001)>.
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  whiteshark: A <quickie>, literally.
Dec-21-13  OBIT: <whiteshark> Yeh, shocking that this game hasn't been suggested as a Game of the Day with "Mach schnell!" as the title.
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  Domdaniel: Make it fast!
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  Domdaniel: Zip fastener?
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  Phony Benoni: Black finds a major improvement on Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858. After 19...Kc7, does White have anything better than 20.Qxb4 and 21.Bxf7, with three pawns ahead in an opposite-colored bishop?

Despite the result, White no doubt felt a twinge of disappointment. How often have you played the first half-dozen moves of this line and wondered if you'd get the chance to Duke him down for the Count? Making it all the way to move 14 must have been maddening.

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  offramp: How does one pronounce the game's venue, Itzehoe?
Jan-17-14  Doniez: What a wonderful move White 15th.
<offramp> this is what I found about the pronunciation of the venue: Itzehoe (German pronunciation: [ɪtsəˈhoː]; Low German: Itzhoe) is a town in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.(Wikipedia)
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  FSR: According to the Interwebs,

<The phrase "Macht schnell" is an imperative and means "hurry up", or "Make it quick!">

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  FSR: The town's name is pronounced "it's a ho" - is that right? I suppose it's better than that town in Austria. Snopes has a photo in which the sign for that town has had another sign tacked onto it that reads <Bitte nicht so schnell!> ("Please, not so fast!").
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  offramp: That really is Low German.
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  FSR: <Phony Benoni: ... After 19...Kc7, does White have anything better than 20.Qxb4 and 21.Bxf7, with three pawns ahead in an opposite-colored bishop?>

20.Rd7+ Kb6▢ (20...Kc6? 21.Qd5+; 20...Kb8? 21.Rd8+ followed by Qxb4) 21.Rxf7 evidently wins another pawn, e.g. 21...Qxb3 22.Bxb3 Bh6+ 23.Kb1 Bg5 (23...Rd8 24.c3; 23...Rf8 24.Rxh7; 23...Rg8 24.g3 Rg7 25.Rxf6) 24.g3 intending 25.h4.

Jan-17-14  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> I don't see how Black can play 19...Kc7 (what with the white rook on <d1>). Are you referring to the possibility of <17...Kc7> when the continuation might be <18.Rd7+ Kc6 19.Qd5+ Kb6 20.Rb7+ Ka6 21.Rxb4 fxe6

In any case, while Morphy's famous win Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 is sublime, almost hypnotic in its beauty, the fact of the matter is that <3...Bg4> is and was known to be weak or downright bad; If one truly wants to improve for Black, one must start there

<FSR> When I first saw the pun, I thought "This should be interesting, a play on words referencing former New York Jet fullback Matt Snell"

Funny stuff on Austria, Itzhoe, etc.,


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  FSR: <morfishine> I'm sure PB was referring to 17...Kc7 - which is what I analyzed without noticing the move number error. No doubt his suggestion that Black had effected a major improvement on the Duke and Count's play was tongue in cheek.

You're probably right that 3...Bg4 is, objectively, a weak move. But the gambit 4...Nd7!?, intending to develop quickly and castle queenside (cf. the Hennig-Schara Gambit in the Tarrasch QGD, and the Albin Countergambit) is interesting. If White plays correctly, Black <probably> doesn't get enough compensation. But it has great surprise value, and in the 18 games in's database Black gets an even score. Opening Explorer Some serious players have lost with the White pieces. See, e.g., E Cohn vs Nimzowitsch, 1904; W Paulsen vs Mieses, 1892; T Kosintseva vs Yurtaev, 2002; Szigethy vs L Deak, 1988 (0-1, 10!). OTOH, there'sL Van Vliet vs Lasker, 1889 (1-0, 24 - but see <Bob Loblaw>'s analysis for huge improvements for both sides).

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  Phony Benoni: <FSR> Quite right; I should have written <17...Kc7>.
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  kevin86: This game is very close to the famous Morphy game at the opera house. Black moved the queen to b4,now it will be lost.
Jan-17-14  Cemoblanca: Well, that was a "Schnelle Nummer". ;) Morphy would be proud. Great game.
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  Nightsurfer: <Letting loose with EARTHA, Wind and Fire ...>: today - on that very day of January 17th, 2014 when unforgettable EARTHA KITT would have celebrated her 87th birthday (please see: it is a great way of commemorating the legendary QUEEN OF NIGHTLIFE by nominating an entertaining game that has been won by Rainer Schnelle who was a member of the EARTHA KITT BAND and a close friend of EARTHA back in the Eighties of the last century (herewith an interview on that: to become THE GAME OF THE DAY!
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