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Ernst Gruenfeld vs Richard Reti
Bad Pistyan (1922), Piestany CSR, rd 8, Apr-15
Old Indian Defense: Janowski. Fianchetto Variation (A53)  ·  0-1



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Jul-23-07  Resignation Trap: This game earned a brilliancy prize for Reti, but I'm wondering if White's defense could be improved.

Instead of immediate acceptance of the Knight with 17.exd5, how about 17. Bxh6!? gxh6 18.exd5 Nd3+ 19.Kf1 Nf4 20.Qd2 Qc4+ 21.Kg1, leading to this position:

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Black to play. He has a lot of positional plusses and a comfortable position, but White can muddle through for a while, at least.

Sep-17-09  Atking: I think the position you suggested <resigantion trap> is good for Black

The lemon came with the pretty classical move 10.e4?!/? 10.dxc bxc 11.Qa4 (Or maybe 11.g4 first to put away the Bishop) is more in accordance with the previous moves. Indeed a great game from Reti!

Sep-18-09  vonKrolock: <16...♘xd5> 17.♘f5!? (As taking the ♘ leads fast to a completly lost position, maybe this rejoinder in gambit style could be white's best chance) 17...♗xf5 (best - otherwise white simply will take in 'd5') 18.exf5! (suddenly the 'g2' ♗ becomes very strong) analysis diagram

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Sep-18-09  Atking: Again an interesting idea but coming too late <vonKrolock> what's wrong with 18...Qb7? Black could play e4 when the diagonal will become dangerous (Eventually with the help of Rfe8 and Bg5) White is simply pawn down.
May-31-18  SChesshevsky: It appears being able to play ...Nd3 protected by the B with whites B on the g2 diagonal can be pretty effective.

Other examples are the famous Gary Kasparov Gambit game against Karpov, 1985 game 16 and Byrne - Fischer 1963.

Jul-23-19  Hokey pokey: 17.Nf5 is certainly better than the text move but Black is not obliged to play 17...Bxf5. 17...Ne7 is better and White needs to be careful as 18.Nxd6 is answered by 18...Qc6.

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