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Rudolf Spielmann vs Paul Leonhardt
Bad Pistyan (1912), Pistyan (Piestany) AUH, rd 3, May-22
King's Gambit: Accepted. Muzio Gambit Brentano Defense (C37)  ·  1-0



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Mar-26-07  zev22407: "The LAST Knight Of The King's Gambit" wins with the Muzio Gambit
Nov-13-07  zealouspawn: is 15... Rg8 the losing move, or was it earlier? It seems like after that he just gets swept off the board.
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  beatgiant: <zealouspawn>
<is 15...Rg8 the losing move> Black can at least reach an endgame with 15...Qxd4+ 16. Qxd4 Bc5, and I don't think White's winning in that position. It might continue 17. Be3 Bxd4 18. Bxd4 0-0-0, etc.
Nov-14-07  zealouspawn: good find, I didn't consider queen takes, although black is still down a pawn (unless I'm missing something)... but I immagine his drawing chances are best like that.
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  beatgiant: <zealouspawn>
Black can also try 15...Qd7. Black has a piece for two pawns and is threatening to secure himself by castling queenside, followed by counterattacking on the kingside. I did not find a win for White.
Nov-26-19  zydeco: Spielmann's the best. I guess because of Masters of the Chessboard, I thought of him as kind of a circus player. Playing over his games, you realize that it wasn't like he was some old fogey romantic, he perceived that combinative play was just as much at the essence of chess as positional play. He really had a lot of the spirit of Tal, Bronstein, and Spassky in him - and it's all the more impressive that he stuck to his guns when virtually nobody else was playing like this. This game could easily have been played by Tal.

The point of the cool 10.d3! is that after 10....exd5 11.e5 the knight no longer can jump to d5.

After 23....Kf8, I saw 24.Rxf7+ Kxf7 25.Rf1+ Ke8 26.Qg8+ Kd7 27.Rd1+ Kc7 28.Rxd8 Rxd8 (28....Bc5+ is also possible) 29.Qxc4 Nc5 30.b4 recovering the piece - although it's still close after 30....Rd1+ 31.Kf2 Rd2+ 32.Ke1 b5 33.Qc1 Rd5 34.bxc5 Rxe5+ 35.Kf2 Bxc5+ it's still close.

Although the computer finds the more pragmatic 24.Qc4.

27.Rxe7 is also cute.

Nov-26-19  zydeco: <beatgiant> 15....Qxd4+ 16.Qxd4 Bc5 17.Qxc5 Nxc5 18.Bg5 and white is much better. But 15.....Qd7 seems right.
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  beatgiant: <zydeco>
When I analyzed it back in 2007, I must have thought after 15....Qxd4+ 16.Qxd4 Bc5 17.Qxc5 Nxc5 18.Bg5, Black at least has ...Nxb3 with some drawing chances due to the bishops on opposite colors. Do you have an idea of a winning plan for White in that case?
Nov-27-19  zydeco: <beatgiant> The point is that 'some drawing chances' is not usually what you're playing for. But, yes, in this case, black gets buried alive. The bishop stays on the h4-d8 diagonal, and white just doubles rooks on the d-file and (if black has played ....Nxb3) he has no way to stop Rd8# without giving up material. The light-squared bishop can harass white for a few moves but I would hate to be black here.

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