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Jacques Mieses vs Lajos Asztalos
Kassa (1918), Kassa (Kosice) AUH, rd 4, Aug-08
Vienna Game: Mieses Variation (C26)  ·  0-1



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  wwall: 12.Nxd5 looks better.

Better may be 14.d5 Bxd5 15.Nxd5 Qxd5 16.Qxd5 Rxd5 17.f3.

16.Bxg3 f4 17.Bxf4 Bxh3 18.Nxe4 Qf5 19.Qd2 Rxd5 20.Qe3 Nd4 21.Rac1 Ne2 22.Qxe2 Qxf4+ wins.

Best may be 18.dxe6 Qxe6 19.Qe1 fxg3 20.Qxg3

21.Qxg5 Bxh3

22.Bxh3 Rxh3+ 23.Kg1 Bc5+ leads to mate.

If 25.Ke3, then 25...Bf4 mate. 25.Qe2 Bxe4 26.fxe4 Bg3+ 27.Kxg3 Qxe2.

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  Honza Cervenka: The castling in move 8 was probably premature. It only invited black's Kingside attack which was conducted with great force.

Btw, "Kaschau" is Slovak city of Kosice.

Jul-29-08  chocobonbon: I think this was the last time Mieses played this variation of the Vienna. He had "escaped" as White against Schlechter previously with draws. Obviously Asztalos was of a different disposition. Mieses probably thought he was serious until he met Asztalos' mind-set. Speaking as a C-player it occurs to me that Mieses' games might make an excellent negative example of position play. Apparently tactics filled his table. Asztalos knew when to get tactical, like after 8.0-0.
Sep-25-14  domradave: Andy Soltis endorses this line, the Vienna fianchetto, in his E4 system pamphlet. Spassky resorted to it in his Candidates Final match against Korchnoi, since he couldn't counter Korchnoi's French. I have used this line because, especially when Black plays d5, the game is like an English Opening.
Sep-26-14  ughaibu: How can white play the Vienna if black plays the French?
Oct-04-14  domradave: You are right,ughaibu. Korchnoi should have stayed with the French.
Feb-09-21  Stolzenberg: <Honza Cervenka: The castling in move 8 was probably premature. It only invited Black's kingside attack ...> and < chocobonbon: ... Asztalos knew when to get tactical, like after 8. 0-0.>

8. ... h5 looks risky, doesn't it? Instead of 9. h3, Keres recommended 9. d4.

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