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Dirk van Foreest vs Levi Benima
"Levi Stress" (game of the day Dec-03-2013)
Casual game (1885), The Hague NED, Sep-03
King's Gambit: Accepted. Muzio Gambit Wild Muzio Gambit (C37)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: I recently ran across this game while going through issues of the "Baltimore American" from 1886, and thought it deserved submission. Many thanks to <thomastonk> for tracking down some missing moves.

The king hunt could have been finished more efficiently, but I'll let you figure that out.

The game is a lot of fun, and I hope you don't take it too seriiously. Definitiely a casual game. If they would have had jeans in the Netherlands back then, the players would have been wearing them.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Very nice discovery, <Phony Benoni>. Any additions to the legend of the Wild Muzio are more than welcome!
Dec-03-13  MuzioFan: Incredible. That's what happens when somebody plays the Wild Muzio (although of course it only works in casual games).
Dec-03-13  martas: Some recent top level Muzio game (although only Blitz): Nakamura vs D Andreikin, 2010
Dec-03-13  N0B0DY: You're giving me ♘+♗ 4 free? That's madness!
Dec-03-13  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> Nice find! I'd very much like to see the quicker mate
Dec-03-13  pedro99: A 19th century 'casual' game probably took about six months to finish.Nice game though.
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  Phony Benoni: <morfishine> Among other place, White has a mate in five after 22...Kxe3:

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And this isn't computer-found; there was a note in the newpaper about it.

Dec-03-13  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> Yes, one way is <23.Qe6+> followed by 23...Kf4 24.Rf1+ Bf2 25.Rxf2+ Kg5 26.Rf5+ Kg4 27.Qe4# (though the article suggests first 23.Rd1 a move without check, something I wouldn't consider)


Dec-03-13  Castleinthesky: The beauty of a successful gambit: initiative beats poor development.
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  tamar: The monarch of Benima sees his civilization ravaged by D. Foreestation
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  kevin86: The Wild Muzio! I have read that white can win in all positions! However,black can turn the tables-if he is willing to give back some of the material (it is not the time to get greedy).
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  kevin86: There are 3 examples in the database-all wins for white.
Dec-03-13  thomastonk: I would like to mention that the final 12 moves are taken from a collector's database of mine (see my kibitzing at Dirk Van Foreest 's page), and therefore their authenticity is not sure (these databases contain all kinds of mistakes). So, it would be nice, if someone could verify these moves with a contemporary source. As I already mentioned on Foreest's page, the "Schaakkalender" of the "Noordelijk Schaakbond", page 89 could be a good choice.
Dec-03-13  vsiva1: 20. Rf5+ and 22. Be3+ are simply superb visionary moves in order to achieve checkmate in long run.
Dec-03-13  Piaada: Wouldn't 27...Bd4 give an escape route to black king?
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  Phony Benoni: <thomastonk> Thanks for the clarificaiton. I did search for "Schaakkalender" through Google Books as you suggested, but was unable to find the full text.
Nov-03-20  cameosis: <thomastonk> only seven years later, i can confirm that the additional moves from your database are legit. they’re reproduced on pages 91-92 of the schaakkalender you mentioned.

you know what they say in germany: gut ding will weile haben!

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