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R Berger vs Josef Emil Krejcik
Vienna (1907), Vienna AUH, Feb-06
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit (D08)  ·  0-1



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Aug-10-14  Karpova: The annotator says that 6.exf6 was forced (in case of <6.Nf3 Nc6>, White would have to take on f6 anyway). It was not taken into account that White doesn't necessarily need to save the ♙e5, in its stead he could increase the pressure on the ♙d4. E. g. 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.a3 (6.a3 is also interesting) 7...a5 and then possibly 8.Nbd2 9.Nb3. The resource Qh5+, possible thanks to 5...f6, should not be forgotten, when evaluating the strength/weakness of e5.

10...Re8 is a surprising move and I'm not sure if it's good. It's not annotated. But 10...Ng4 looks like an alternative worth a look.

The annotator suggests <12.Ng5> instead of 12.Re1.

The Black attack, beginning with 12...Bf5, looks very fine. White may have tried 15.Bxh7+ to drive away the ♕ (15...Kxh7 16.Qxd3+ wins the ♕) 15...Qxh7 16.h3 and the position remains very complex, although still possibly lost for White.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', November 1908, pp. 337-338

Jul-07-16  whiteshark: It's character that creates impact!

-Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Sep-14-18  whiteshark: The hard times of R Berger
Oct-11-20  Marcelo Bruno: Spectacular! The Wikipedia in English provides the information of place and year as "Karlsbad 1911".
Nov-21-20  MordimerChess: Seems like "Immortal Game" played in Karlsbad 1911 is wrong. As <Karpova> stated above the game was mentioned and analyzed in 1908. Also these players didn't play in Karlsbad 1911 tournament. So why would Krejcik who enjoyed Vienna even go so far to Karlsbad...

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