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L Kirschen vs Alexander Wagner
corr (1914) (correspondence), Ukraine, Jun-??
Polish Defense: General (A40)  ·  0-1



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Jan-17-14  Karpova: This game was played from June to July, 1914, by letter between Alexander Wagner of Stanislau (today Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine) and L Kirschen of Kolomea (today Kolomyia in Ukraine).

This was annotated by Alexander Wagner, and here they are condensed:

2.b3 <Likely with the intention to follow up with 3.c4. White loses an important tempo, while Black wins one as the otherwise necessary a6 becomes redundant.>

2...e6 <Useless would be 2...Bc7 because of 3.e3.>

7...Qf6 <!>

8.Be2 <! Very subtly played. Black threatened the win of a ♙ with Bb4+. Bad would be 8.Nc3 because of 8...Bb4 9.Bb2 Nh6 10.Qd2 Ba6 11.Be2 Na5!.>

9...Nge7 <! 9...Nxd4? 10.Bxb4! Nxe2 (10...Nxf3+ 11.Bxf3 Qxa1 12.Bxa8) 11.Kxe2 Qxa1 12.Qd6!! and wins.>

11...g5 <! Launching a strong attack.>

17...Ba6 <? Useless, as the ♗ is immediately driven back.>

18.Nc5 <18.Qxg4 Qxg4 19.Nf6+ Ke7 20.Nxg4 Bxc4 is obviously not advisable to White. (Interesting would be 18.dxe6 fxe6 19.Rxd7 as White (probably a typo and Black is meant) would be worse after both 19...Qxd7 and 19...Kxd7, but Black moves 19...Qxa1 and wins.)> This annotation is marked with Georg Marco's initials, but I'm not sure if both lines, 18.Qxg4 and 18.dxe6 are his annotation or maybe just the latter.

19...d6 <?>

20.dxe6 <! Wins the ♙ by this pretty combination. Black can't take the ♘ because he loses the ♖ after 21.Qe4.>

24.Qd5 <? Immediately decisive mistake. Black threatened to win the exchange by Nf5 - d4 - e2+ - c3, but White could prevent that with Rd2!, which would have been met with 24...Rae8 25.Qd5 Re5 and 26.Rfe8.>

25...Nd4 <!>

26.Kf1 <Of course not 26.Qxd4 Rxe1+!.>

26...Re2 <!>

27.Nf3 <? If 27.Qxd4 Qxd4 28.Rxd4 and Black announces mate in 2. White could save the game with 27.Rd2 Rfxf2+ 28.Kg1 Rxd2 29.Rb8+ and draw. Georg Marco disagrees, giving 29...Qg8! 30.Rxg8+ Kxg8, e. g. very bad is 31.Qe4 Ne2+ 32.Kxf2 Nc3+!, equally bad appears to be 31.Qa3 Nc2!. There remains only 31.Qe3 Rfe2 and after a few checks, White would have to resign.>

28.Qxd4 <?>

28...fxg2+ <White resigns, as 29.Kg1 Re1+ or 29.Kxe2 g1=Q.>

Source: Pages 154-155 of the May-September 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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