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Charles Gilbert Marriott Watson vs Frederick Karl Esling
Teams match (1898), Melbourne VIC
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Paulsen Attack (C29)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Sep-25-20  optimal play: 19.Nxd5? Rxf1+?

19.Nxd5 is intended to precipitate a direct attack on black’s king.

Instead of black replying with 19...cxd5 immediately, he was presumably afraid of 20.Rxf6 so exchanged rooks before capturing the knight.

However in exchanging rooks, black actually helps white, saving him a tempo and allowing him to equalise materially.

But what was black afraid of?

If 19.Nxd5 cxd5 20.Rxf6 Bxf6 21.Qf7+ Kh8


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What does white have after that?

It might look a bit ominous but white is down a minor piece for only a pawn, and black can adequately defend from this position and emerge with a material advantage.

Perhaps black was overly cautious in seeking to eliminate the rooks first and might have been better placed to capture the knight without delay.

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