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Karel Traxler vs R Behal
Bohemian Correspondence Tt (1894) (correspondence)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit (C33)  ·  1-0



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Jan-08-14  Karpova: From the Bohemian Correspondence tournament, 1894.

Annotations by Karel Traxler from 'Ceske Listy Sachove', 1896 (condensed):

10...g4 <10...Qg6 in Winawer vs Tarrasch, 1892>

13...c6 <13...Nc6 appears to be better.>

15.e5 <!>

16...Nf5 <Georg Marco: Black appears to have a promising position. If he gets in 0-0-0, the threat Nxe5 (or the protection of the ♙e5) will seriously worry White.>

17.Nd3 <!!>

17...Qg6 <Loss of the ♕ was threatened.>

19.Rg1 <19.Bxf7+ was not yet feasible.>

19...0-0-0 <Well meant. To answer 20.Rxg4 with 20...Nxe5 (Georg Marco: 21.Rg1 Rxd4 22.Qe1 looks worrisome for White despite the material advantage, threatening already Nxh4 and Rxe4 looks uncanny.). 19...Rd8 would not be the better half of castling, as White proceeds with 20.Qe1.>

21.Bf4 <!>

21...Nxd4 <Interesting position. In any case, 21...Nb6 or ...Nf8 would have been better. 21...Kb8 22.Qe1 (bad is 22.e6+ Ka8 23.exd7 Bxd4+).>

22...Kb8 <Black hopes for counter chances after 23.e6 Ka8 24.exd7 Rxd7.>

24...Ne2 <Better chances were offered by 24...Ne6.>

25.Be3 <!>

25...Bf8 <Best. 25...Nxg1 26.Bxb6 Nh3+ 27.Kf1 axb6 28.Qxb6 Rxd6 29.Nc5! and mate.>

27...Bxd6 <27...Rxd6 28.Nc5 (28.Nb4? Qe4 draws) 28...f5! 29.Na6+ (29.Bg8 Qe7! draws) 29...Ka8 (best, if 29...Kc8 30.Rad1! Qe7!! (30...Rxd1 31.Be6+) 31.Rg5! to avoid perpetual check, wins) 30.Nc7+ Kb8 31.exd6 Bxd6 32.Nb5! wins.>

30...Kc8 <Not 30...Ka8 31.Nc7+ Kb8 32.Nb5 as before.>

31.Rad1 <! The decisive move. After 31...Rxd1 mate in 2 follows.>

32...Qxh4+ <A futile attempt to reach a perpetual check.>

36.Kc1 <!>

Source: Pages 205-207 of the September-October 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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