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Daunke vs Paula Kalmar-Wolf
"Wolf Whistle" (game of the day Oct-14-2014)
Women's Tt (1925), Vienna AUT, Dec-26
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo (C50)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: Daunke's Shame?
Oct-14-14  Tim Delaney: Good pun, bad game
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  Phony Benoni: Well, White seemed to play reasonably enough for a while, but after 21.Ra2? nothing seemed to go right. The knight promotion isn't just cute, but the fastest way to force mate.
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  FSR: A pretty lame game.
Oct-14-14  technique: game of the day for merely having some kind of under promotion?!
Oct-14-14  Karpova: White was <Frl.> (not yet married) Daunke of Breslau, Germany (today Wrocław, Poland). This may be the only known game by Wolf-Kalmar from an Austrian Women's tournament.

This tournament was held during the week between Christmas and New Year in the Vienna Chess Club in the <Schauflergasse>. The event drew many spectators. Six Austrian and two German female chessplayers participated. Kalmar-Wolf won, losing not a single game and conceding two draws only (to Pohlner and Harum).

There isn't more specific information, but I guess it was a single round robin with 7 rounds (one week, 8 players), so Kalmar-Wolf possibly scored +5 -0 =2.

Heinrich Wolf, who also annotated the game, drew the conclusion that the still young Viennese Women's chess may already have been capable of taking up the fight with the most highly trained English female chessplayers.

I don't know why it became GotD, but it may be kept in mind when criticising the quality of the game that Women's Chess in Austria was still in its infancy. A lot of information was lost, e. g. Pohlner (sharing 2nd place with Harum) had good results, yet I so far didn't come across one of her games. Kalmar-Wolf became a World Class Women's chessplayer, despite starting to play chess very late in her life, although she couldn't overcome Vera Menchik.

Some of Wolf's (indeed her husband) annotations (condensed):

6.h3: He suggests <6.Be3>. The ♙ move does nothing for development and the pin on g4 is not to be feared prior to castling.

6...0-0: More cautious was <...Be6> like in Bogoljubov vs Reti, 1920

7.0-0: Starting the attack with <7.Bg5> was more consequent.

8.a3: To avoid <...Bb4> after ♗ trade.

9...a6: Trying to keep the ♗ pair.

14...Bxc4: <14...Qf6!> preserves the positional advantage.

16.Nf3: Better <16.Nd3>.

17.Nd5: <?> The decisive mistake. <17.Ne2> to cover f4.

21.Ra2: Loses an important ♙, but something had to be done about the threats <...Rae8> and <...Qg6>. (This makes one wonder if 19.c4, parrying the threat <...Nxd5> was best. Perhaps give the ♙ away and try to keep out the Black ♖ with 19.Kf1).

27.f3: If <27.g3> then <27...h5>, threatening <...h4>.

28.g4: Forced due to the threat <...Re2!>. (28.Kf1 may have been an alternative).

32.Qxg2: Other moves don't help either, e. g. <32.Qe1 Qh6 33.Qe8+ Kh7 34.Qe4+ g6> and checkmate follows soon. (still losing, but slightly better may have been 32.Qxf4 Qxf4 33.Kxg2 luring away the Black ♕ so ...Gxf3+ is not double check).

After 36...f1=N+>, he notes that the last five moves from White were unnecessary, but it was a Lady's privilege to never relinquish hope until the last moment (<[...] indessen es sei das Vorrecht der Dame, bis zum letzten Augenblick die Hoffnung niemals aufzugeben.>).

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', January 1926, pp. 5-7

Oct-14-14  BOSTER: Black to play 30... nice move and good POTD.
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  kevin86: The underpromotion wins this instantly!
Oct-14-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Daunke's Spiel war nicht schoen.

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