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Ernst Hold vs Georg Heim
"Know When to Fold 'em" (game of the day May-23-2015)
Vienna (1912), Vienna AUH, Oct-10
Bird Opening: Wagner-Zwitersch Gambit (A02)  ·  0-1



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Jan-18-14  Karpova: This is one of three games from an article by Josef Emil Krejcik <Ein Beitrag zum Schweizergambit> (begins on page 155), wherein he critically discusses the Swiss Gambit invented by Alexander Wagner of Ivano-Frankivsk.

In this game, the older defense 4...d5 is examined. This was followed up (after 5.g5) with 5...d4 or ...Bg4, but here a new continuation is played. This game may have been played for the purpose of examining the Swiss Gambit, and my not be a serious game.

Annotations, probably by Krejcik, condensed:

5...Ng4 <For 5...d4 and 5...Bc8 see the games 1645-1647 of the July-August 1912 'Wiener Schachzeitung', pp. 196-197. The text move is a magnificent novelty, which is unlikely to be correct.>

6.h3 <Best was 6.Be2 e5 7.Bxg4 exf4 8.Bxc8 Qxc8 9.Nxd5 Bd6 10.Qh5+ and wins or 6.Be2 h5 7.d4! (7.h3 e5 8.hxg4 exf4 9.gxh5 f3 10.Bf1 Qxg5) 7...e3! (7...c5 8.h3 cxd4 9.Qxd4 e6 10.hxg4 and wins) 8.Qd3 Nf2 9.Qg6+ Kd7 10.Nf3!

I) 10...Nc6 11.Bb5 Qe8 12.Bxc6+ bxc6 13.Ne5+ Kd8 14.Nxc6+ Kd7 15.Ne5+ Kd8 16.Nf7+ Kd7 17.Bxe3 Nxh1 18.Nxh8 and the ♘h8 is easily rescued while the ♘h1 is lost, so White wins. 12.Ne5+ Kd8 13.Nf7+ Kd7 14.Na4 Ne4 15.Qxe4 Qxf7 (15...dxe4 16.Nc5#) 16.Nc5+ Kd8 17.Qxe3 is redundantly artificial. 11...e6 12.Bxc6+! Kxc6 (or else loses the ♕ after Ne5+) 13.Ne5+ Kb6 14.Bxe3 Nxh1 15.Nf7 followed by Nxh8 and wins. If 11...Ng4 12.h3 and wins.

II) 10...Qe8 11.Ne5+ Kd8 12.Nf7+ Kd7 13.Bxe3 Nxh1 14.Nxh8 and wins.

III) 10...Ng4 11.h3 and wins.

IV) 10...e6 11.Ne5+ Ke7 12.Nf7 Qe8 13.Nxh8 Nxh1 14.Bxe3 and wins.

V) 10...c6 11.Rf1 Ng4 12.h3 Nf2 13.Bxe3 Nxh3 14.Rh1 Kc7 15.f5 etc..> This annotation is a bit corrupted by the wrong move numbers. After 10.Nf3 is a diagram and the variations begin, the first with <I. Sb8-c6 10.Le2-b5 Dd8-e8> etc., when it's actually 10...Nc6, so 11.Bb5 Qe8 etc.. I corrected this mistake, but it affected the other lines as well, as for example the "redundantly artificial" (a try to translate <überflüssige Künstelei>, <überflüssig> = redundant, <Künstelei> is something artificial) begins <11.Sf3-e5+ Kd7-d8> which makes no sense as the Black ♔ can't access d8 prior to 11...Qe8. So I figured that this lines was a deviation from 12.Bxc6+ (and the 12.Ne5+ appears to be at least as strong as the recommended 12.Bxc6, e. g. 14.Nxd5 instead of 14.Na4).

6...e5 <The move Ng4 becomes understandable, Black gets strong ♙ play.>

8.Nh3 <8.g6 Qg5! 9.gxh7 Bxg4 10.Be2 f3 and wins.>

10.d3 <10.Nxd5 loses on the spot but 10.d4 was necessary. Of course, there would have been dangers also, e. g. 10.d4 O-O 11.Ncxd5 Bh4+ 12.Kd2 Rxf4 13.Nxf4 (13.Rxh4 Qxd5!) 13...Qxd4+! 14.Nd3 e3+ 15.Ke2 Bxg4#. The text move allows a magnificent combination.>

11...e3+ <!>

13.Kd2 <After Kf3, Black would likely win back the gambit piece first. Interesting would also be immediately 13...Bxg4+ 14.Kxg4 Qg5+ 15.Kf3 Qg3+ 16.Ke4 etc..>

15.Qf3 <Equal on material, Black has a terrifying attack. White should be lost in all variations.>

15...Rxf4 <!>

<A dignified miniature! (Eine gediegene Miniatur!)>

Source: Pages 157-159 of the May-September 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

May-07-15  A.T PhoneHome: One translation for <überflüssige Künstelei> could be "exceedingly high-minded", but your point is understood <Karposian>!

I really enjoy how you give us the articles with the input of the respective players. Gives us that "behind the scenes" outlook on chess players' ideas.

May-13-15  Karposian: <A.T.> Thanks, but obviously you meant <Karpova>, who deserves much praise for providing tons of interesting information here on <CG>.
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  TheFocus: Texas Hold'em?
May-14-15  A.T PhoneHome: Yes, I meant <Karpova> (saying your name seems so instinctive) and I've seen his numerous informative quotes here! Very helpful stuff, can't praise him enough.
May-23-15  Smite: Never count your money, when your sitting at the table!
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  Phony Benoni: One thing Bird understood well was that, if you start off weird, you probably need to stay weird. 10.Ng2 would be the third move for the knight, but it's actually the usual thing the From Gambitand would work well here.

Instead, White has a sudden attack of conscience and picks a bad moment to develop his queenside. Not leaning his lesson, he then misses the thematic 14.Kxc3 and goes down in a Blaze of Mondays.

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  kevin86: A bad start for white. Obviously, the rook cannot be retaken on penalty of a pinned queen. White is lost!
May-23-15  RandomVisitor: 9.d3 was likely better
May-23-15  mruknowwho: White dared to push the g-pawn two squares after moving the f-pawn. That is one of the most dangerous things that a player can do in the opening, if not the most dangerous.
May-23-15  Travis Bickle: The Bird Opening is for the birds...
May-24-16  Hodor: Hold the door! Hold the door! Hold the doooooor!


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