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City of Amsterdam vs City of Zeist
correspondence (1849) (correspondence), ?
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  offramp: A game between chess clubs from two ancient European cities. Amsterdam, home of the tulip, and Zeist, the city with the most boring coat-of-arms in the world.

The opening, from the days before Morphy, looks very modern. Here is the position after black castles at move 11.

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White later plays 15.Na4

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...which threatens Bb6. Black played ...Nd7 to prevent it. He might have been better off trying ...Nxc4∞.

After 21...Bc5?

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...white might have had a punt with 22.Nxg7!! This is a clearance sacrifice, because after 22...Kxg7 white has the oddity 23.Bd3. If the black queen moves away then the episcopus vagants on c5 is hanging! But if black swaps heresiarchs first, [22.Nxg7 Bxe3], then after 23.fxe3 he is going to come under a withering attack along that open f-file.

The game goes into an opposite-coloured exarch ending and this should have been drawn earlier.

Perhaps white was in Zeistnot.

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