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Isidor Gunsberg vs Arnold Schottlaender
Nuremberg (1883), Nuremberg GER, rd 18, Jul-28
French Defense: Classical Variation. Richter Attack (C13)  ·  0-1



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  Chessical: A game in which it is again shown that White simply cannot mow down the French Defence on the K-side.

Schottlaender had a long but absolutely winning line in <13... Bxh4!!>

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He would have to calculate that he could allow White to take his Rook on <a8>

<14. Rh2> Qg5 15. Nf3 Rxf3 16. Qxf3 Qg1+ 17. Kd2 Qxh2 18. Qxd5+ Kh8 19. Qxa8 Qf4+ 20. Kd1 Qxf2 21. Qh1 Bg5 22. Ne2 Bg4

Schottlaender is given a second chance at a win after Gunsberg's peculiar <16. Kf1?>.

There does not appear to be anything wrong with the obvious <16. Nxf8> Qxf8 17. Be2 Re8 18. O-O-O winning.

Having denied himself the exchange Gunsberg still believed he had the better game as he avoids <20.Ng6+> with a perpetual check.

Perhaps, he believed that in this complex position he was a better calculator of variations than Schottlaender, as he is prepared to risk his <d> pawn being taken by playing <18. Qg5>.

With the benefit of hindsight, and computer checking, we can see that <18... Nxd4> 19. Qxd5+ Qxd5 20. Nxd5 Rxg6 21. Nxb4 Rd6 would have been a serious embarrassment to Gunsberg.

In the end, Gunsberg overplays his hand on the K-side, and then blunders with <23.. Rh2> as <24.Rg2> allows Bf4.

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