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Berthold Englisch vs Johann Hermann Bauer
"Englisch Toughen" (game of the day Oct-30-2005)
Kolisch Memorial (1890), Vienna AUH, rd 11, Feb-09
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0



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Jun-26-03  Elrathia Kingi: A beautiful final position. Regardless of Black's move, he loses: A rook move allows Ra8, a bishop move allows Bxe6, a knight move allows Bd6, and any pawn move loses a pawn for no compensation.
Oct-30-05  A.Alekhine: First!Who's this two person?
Oct-30-05  suenteus po 147: <Elrathia Kingi> You forgot to mention that any king move lets white march his a- and b-pawns.
Oct-30-05  soberknight: The pun is terrible. Englisch didn't toughen anything; he just beat up on a loser with a pointy-headed pawn on d7. Besides, who enjoys English muffins?
Oct-30-05  iron maiden: The king can still move without immediate loss of material, so I'm reluctant to call the final position zugzwang.
Oct-30-05  ConspTheory06: It cant be zugzwang because in zugzwang if black could pass white wouldnt be able to make progress but in this game he can through Bf6 and Re7 winning a second pawn and easily the game. Since white still has moves to improve his position reguardless of blacks pressure to move i do not believe that a zugzwang call is in order.
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  WannaBe: <soberknight: The pun is terrible. Englisch didn't toughen anything...> Don't know why, when I saw the pun, the first thing came to my mind is "Mary Poppins."

Probably explains a lot about my poor chess play...

Oct-30-05  chesscrazy: I wonder if Bauer was a good chess player or not. I think the final position is a bit of a zugzwang because black really doesn't have any more useful moves! Unless you want to count Kh8 which is the only square the king can go to.
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  Benzol: <I wonder if Bauer was a good chess player or not.> <chesscrazy> check out his bio for an explanation either way. Johann Hermann Bauer
Oct-30-05  weary willy: can someone explain the pun ... it's not another US brand is it?!
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  Benzol: Rhymes with English muffin I think.
Oct-30-05  Calli: <Benzol> Ahh okay. The regular CG punster must be on vacation :->

Premium Chessgames Member Our punmeister is temporarily out of commission due to hurricane Wilma. You'll have to suffer through Daniel's puns for a few days. ;-)
Oct-30-05  Larsker: <can someone explain the pun> This is Fritz' opinion:,197,...
Oct-30-05  bishopawn: <chessgames> I was trapped by Wilma as well. I will be your punmeister in the meantime. Will work for cheap! Have one posted for the hurricane already! "Hurricane Wilman"
M Burns v. J. Wilman, 1994
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  WannaBe: Mr. Montgomery Burns plays chess???????? D'oh!!
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  kevin86: I believe that the British term for "zugzwang" is "movebound". Certainly,black's position fits this term. He has no good moves,but must make one!
Jun-27-06  gauer: My guess is that this Bauer character didn't fare too well vs the Stonewall Attack type of set-ups. He didn't fare too well vs one of Lasker's few games with f4, either. This one looks more like a Classical Stonewall, while the Lasker game resembles an early version of an f-pawn-push version of a Queen's Indian.
Apr-06-10  Cercatore: 31. Ba5?

Why? Rxa5 then Rxa5 then Qxa5 and white lost a piece.

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  Phony Benoni: <Cercatore: 31. Ba5?

Why? Rxa5 then Rxa5 then Qxa5 and white lost a piece.>

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After 31...Rxa5 32.Rxa5 Qxa5, White regains the piece with 33.Qxd6.

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  scutigera: Regains the piece and picks up the king: Black has only futile kamikaze moves to stop 34 Qe7/e5 followed by Qg7#. Black's bishop is so bad that it's literally worse than useless here.
Jul-09-18  sudoplatov: A worthy successor.

Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929

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