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Ulrich Lang vs Rene Gralla
Cafe 'Zumir' Midnight Casual Series (2003), Hamburg GER, Mar-08
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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  Nightsurfer: There seems to exist a never ending romance of amateur players with the quite dubious "bargain" of Bishop & Knight vs. Rook and Pawn on the volatile <point f7>, just compare <7.Bxf7+?!?!? ... pp.> in this game here <Ulrich Lang vs Rene Gralla (2003)> with the corresponding <7.Bxf7+?!?!? ... pp.> in Roman vs E Schiller, 1970 and <7.Bxf7+?!?!? ... pp.> in Smudo vs R Gralla, 2004 ... :-D ...!!
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  tpstar: In the Italian Four Knights, Black has an easier time equalizing with 4 ... Nxe4! Opening Explorer leading to the Fork Trick after 5. Nxe4 d5 Opening Explorer . 4. Bc4 Bc5 5. d3 d6 is Old Stodge territory, then 6. Bg5 instead is the Canal Variation.

The mating pattern at the end is a Greco Mate.

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  Nightsurfer: Thank you very much, dear <tpstar>, for pointing out that the mating pattern at the end of this game is a <Greco Mate>.

Apart from that: The matrix at the end of this game here <Ulrich Lang vs Rene Gralla (2003)> - just after <17. ... Qg3!> - , please have a look at the corresponding diagram:

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... can be compared with a corresponding situation that turned out to be decisive in the game NN vs V Kahn, 1941, just have a look at the diagram that has marked the point of no return in the latter game ...

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... with the consequence of being virtually helplesse against the final blow <12. ... Qg3!> ...

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