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Isaac Kashdan vs Salomon Flohr
"Kashdan Carry" (game of the day Aug-04-2008)
Hamburg Olympiad (1930), Hamburg GER, rd 16, Jul-26
Nimzowitsch Defense: Scandinavian. Advance Variation (B00)  ·  1-0



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Sep-06-07  sfm: Lovely endgame, just winning on one tempo.
Aug-04-08  Jedithious: I liked 14.h5. It's purpose is to stop the knight from getting to g6.
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  ToTheDeath: Kashdan rejected 30.Nc5+, probably because after 30...Rxc5 31.dxc5 Qxe5+ Black gets a slew of pawns for the rook- this should be winning for White but Kashdan trusted his endgame technique and his instincts did not lead him astray.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: If Kashdan thought this ending would be easier than 30.Nc5+, then he had a special gift for endgames.

At move 17 or 18, Flohr could have tried ...Nxg3; fxg3, which has the advantage of eliminating the traditional f2-f4-f5 assualt on the e6 pawn. The problem is that by opening the f-file for White, Black is also inviting an assault on the f7 pawnj by a Rook or two in conjunction with a Knight on g5.

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  Once: Black sacs a knight to get two connected passed a and b pawns, but can then do nothing with them. Then white counterattacks to sweep up pawns and boil down to a won pawn endgame. Needs a neat piece of move counting to arrive at the final position, which is a book win for white.

Aug-04-08  dTal: one word, superb!
Aug-04-08  ChessYouGood: Head to head, this was Kashdan's only victory on the database. Flohr, who was the better player, was 2-1 and some draws.
Aug-04-08  ILikeFruits: i play at yahoo...
how can i post my games up...
i am not good...
but i can play...
give a brother some break...
fight the power...
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  ToTheDeath: <An Englishman>: Kashdan had great confidence in his endgame ability, as you can see here:

L Steiner vs Kashdan, 1933

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  Phony Benoni: If 30.Nc5+, how about 30...Bxc5 31.Qxc2 Bxd4? The e-pawn probably falls as well, and with Black's bishop controlling a1 things might become dicey.
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  kevin86: Too bad for Sol-here is a rare case where a rook pawn on the 7th loses to a queen. White's king is so close that he can set up a mate even if the pawn queens.
Aug-04-08  penguin496: After the queen exchange black has three pawns for the piece, two of the pawns are connected passed pawns. Two of the pawns are doubled.

Who is winning after move 36?

Aug-04-08  penguin496: Would an earlier f3 by black change the outcome?
Aug-04-08  penguin496: Oops,


Aug-04-08  RandomVisitor: The losing move is apparently 29...Rc2, allowing the White queen to penetrate via b5.

Perhaps a holding move such as 29...Qb8 or 29...Ke8 will hold the draw.

Aug-05-08  RandomVisitor: position after 32...Qc6

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33.Qa5! Qc4+ 34.Kf3 Qxb3+ 35.Kg2 leaves white with a winning position.

Nov-30-13  RandomVisitor: After 20.g4:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[-0.70] d=20 20...Nxa3> 21.Bxa3 bxa3 22.gxf5 gxf5 23.Kf1 Rg8 24.Rh3 Kd7 25.Nd2 Bb4 26.Ra1 Bxd2 27.Qxd2 Rc2 28.Qd3 a2 29.Nc3 Qb3 30.Nxa2 Qb2 31.Qxc2 Qxc2

Jun-07-20  Saul Goodman: According to Chessmetrics, Kashdan was better than Flohr at the time of this game, and remained better for a few years. Flohr was a few years younger, and eventually surpassed him.
Jun-07-20  Saul Goodman: According to Chessmetrics, Kashdan was the number 2 player in the world for almost two years, ahead of Capablanca and Euwe during that time. He is probably one of the least well-known great players of the 20th Century.
Feb-25-23  ndg2: Amazing endgame technique by Kashdan. I've heard of him as a player but didn't know how good he actually was.
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  perfidious: In the early 1930s, Alekhine spoke of Kashdan as a title contender.
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  chancho: <Alexander Alekhine named him one of the most likely players to succeed him as World Champion.>

Not a quote, but it's on wikipedia.

So take that for what it's worth...

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  fredthebear: So helpful. Thanks chancho.
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  MissScarlett: He only said it to troll Capa.
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  perfidious: A passage from Alekhine follows, in which he discussed the matter:

<....Here is an excerpt from Sergeant's book Championship Chess, with Alekhine's view of Fine, as early as 1933:

'Before (Alekhine) left the States the Champion was induced to say whom he thought likely challengers for his title in the future. He named two Americans, Kashdan, who was favourably known in Europe already, and R Fine, whose achievements so far were mainly in his own country, and the Czecho-Slovakian, Flohr.'>


Fischer vs Fine, 1963

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