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Paul Nikolaevich Pervago vs William Timbrell Pierce
Rice Gambit thematic /04 (1903) (correspondence), corr Le Monde Illustré
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Anderssen Defense (C39)  ·  1-0

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Feb-20-20
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  Knighthawkmiller: 22...Rae8 is an oversight by black. Capturing the queen that was just forked should have been obvious. One bad move determines the result. 1) -8.91 (19 ply) 22...Nxd4 23.Kxd4 Qxc2 24.fxg4 c5+ 25.dxc6 Rad8+ 26.Ke3 Qxc4 27.Kf2 Qxc6 28.Be3 f6 29.e6 Qxe6 30.Bxa7 Rd2+ 31.Kg3 Qd6+ 32.Kf3 Qd5+ 33.Re4 Rxb2 34.Be3 Rxa2
Feb-20-20
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  fredthebear: The White king was in hot water! Yes, Black should have executed the knight fork and removed the queen instead of playing for mate. It's a case of disdaining the longer, slower, safer path to gradual victory (simplification with a material advantage).

“One bad move nullifies forty good ones” - I.A. Horowitz

Feb-20-20
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  fredthebear: It appears Black should have inserted 20...Qxf3+ 21.Kg1 Qh1+ and then continued with the same game 20.Kf2 Qh2+ 21.Ke3 Nf5+ and execute <Knighthawkmiller>'s aforementioned 22.NxQd4. Sparing the Bf4 from capture will come in handy later.

Although there's still no quick finish (less the f3-pawn) to be had after playing NxQd4, it's easier for Black to calculate and retain the initiative with the f3-pawn removed. (Perhaps Black tolerated the thought of fxBg4 to get a half-closed g-file for his own king's sake, but this is a fallacy when an active piece is effortlessly spared.)

Of course, in such sharp positions, it's common for tactical errors to occur. The complications make it more difficult to keep track of all the possibilities. On the other hand, protected capture-checks tend to be strong moves not to be missed. Smite 'em!

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