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Mikhail Chigorin vs Rezso Charousek
Budapest (1896), Playoff match AUH, rd 4, Oct-28
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Max Lange Attack (C55)  ·  1-0



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Nov-19-05  paladin at large: My, Chigorin is fun to watch when he is on - as he frequently is. A fine performance against a great master. I particularly like the moves 13. c4 21. Kc4 and the killer, 44. d6.
Nov-19-05  lentil: wtf was 21. ... Bf8. I suspect that this was the source of the loss. Black later got into trouble because the W K penetrated to c6. Seems Black's repeated B moves around here wasted too much time and cost him later.
Nov-19-05  paladin at large: I think exchanging rooks was bad for black, since this made the active white king the decisive factor.
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  Gypsy: <paladin at large> Nice observations. To me, Charousek's entire play from 20...Rh5 to 25...Rxe2 is strategically suspect.

<20.Kd3> Black has a nice bishop and rook, but his king is out of play and there are holes in his Q-side. In turn, White main asets are in the pawn on d5 and active king. As Black, I'd play either 20...f5 (activates the K-side pawns as soon as possible), 20...a6 (first patches the Q-side some), or possibly 20...Kf8 (just get the king into the fray ASAP) and let the chips fall where they may. I do not know thether 20...f5 or 20...a6 is objectively better. The latter is subtler. If 20...a6 21.Ne4, then probably 21...Bb6(!) instead of the liquidation variation 21...Rxd5 22.Kc4 Rd4+ 23.Kxc4 Rxe4 24.Rd1...; if 20...a6 21.Kc4, then 21...Bd6 and Black is ready for f5 Kf7 g5 etc. In turn, 20...f5 is a stragegically clean, no nonsense type of play.

Mar-02-07  Cyphelium: <Gypsy> After 20.- a6 21. ♘e4, I don't see the point of chosing 21.- ♗b6 instead of 21.- ♖xd5+. In fact, 21.- ♗b6 22. ♘c3 does not seem so clear, while after your 21.- ♖xd5+ 22. ♔c4 ♖d4+ 23. ♔xc5 ♖xe4 24. ♖d1, black plays 24.- ♔f8 and is a pawn up.
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  Gypsy: <Cyphelium> You know, to my chagrin I do not quite remember what I was thinking back then. I only vaguely recollect that I was looking at the games of the Chigorin Charousek match.

Generally, it is a pleasant choice, this 20...a6 21.Ne4...

I. 21...Rxd5+ 22.Kc4 Rd4+ 23.Kxc5 Rxe4 24.Rd1 Kf8 25.Rd2...

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II. 21...Bb6 22.Nc3 Kf8 23.Rf1...

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In the first case, Black is pawn up. But White has a significantly more active king and a fair measure of compensation in the counter-attack against the broken up Q-side pawns of Black. In the second case, it is Black who has noticeably better piece play: His bishop nicely shores up the Q-side soft spots, yet plays also in the center and on the K-side. White does not seem to have much of an active play and thus Black has the time to activate his king and the pawn majority on the K-side. Also White d5-pawn does not seem to be a threat. But the material is still even.

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  GrahamClayton: Analysis of this endgame from White's 30th move onwards can be found at:

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  jessicafischerqueen: This is Game Four of the Playoff Match to decide sole first at the <Budapest International Tournament 1896>
Jul-03-18  mifralu: This source has <36. ...Bf4 > 37. Nh6 f6 38. Nf5 < Be5 39. a5 Bg3 40. b6 axb6 41. axb6 cxb6 42. d6 Bxd6 43. Kxd6 b5 44. Nd4 b4 45. Ke6 Resigns>

The Leeds Mercury, Saturday, December 5, 1896

Sep-21-18  chessrookstwo: 13th move c4 was a excellent move very good game

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