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Curt von Bardeleben vs William Ewart Napier
"Hanover First" (game of the day Jan-25-2020)
13th DSB Congress, Hanover (1902), Hanover GER, rd 10, Aug-01
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Tarrasch Variation (C77)  ·  0-1



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  NM JRousselle: 42 Kg5 Rd5 is curtains for White.
Jan-17-15  Arkat Kur: 42. Kg5 H6+ (if KxH6, 4 move mate) 43. Kh5 G5+ 43. (if Kh6 Qf7 mate) Kg3 Rd2+ (got Q on e2)
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  MissScarlett: <42 Kg5 Rd5+ is curtains for White.>

This is the actual finish given in <The Chicago Sunday Tribune>, March 15th, 1903, p.16. Although the game occurred seven months past, Sidney Johnston could write, <W. E. Napier has just been awarded the Baron Rothschild brilliancy prize for his game with Von Bardeleben in the Hanover congress. Dr. Tarrasch being the adjudicator.>, it not being clear who was the tardy party.

Feb-03-19  zydeco: The winning line is 42.Kg5 Rd5+ 43.Kh4 g5+ 44.Kh5 Qf7+ 45.Kh6 Qg6#.

A deserved brilliancy prize - for 17....Nd4! Black plays a piece down for a long time.

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  Phony Benoni: Winner of the First Brilliancy Prize at Hanover, so the obvious pun is <Hanover First>.
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  OhioChessFan: I can't decide if it's a pretty straightforward good pun that is a bit strained, or a pretty bad one that's so awful it's funny. Nice pun, regardless.
Jan-25-20  catlover: Impressive. Napier sacrifices a knight to open lines to attack white's king with no immediate forced win in sight. That brilliancy prize was well deserved.
Jan-25-20  offramp: There is an important point early in the attack.

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White would like to play
20. Bxg7 which would blunt the attack.
That would be met by the stultifying

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Napier had seen that, and that's impressive.

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  Breunor: Losing move is 26 Qd1, computer rates to -2. Computer has Qd5 as even. Obviously the d file pin becomes very strong.
Jan-25-20  RandomVisitor: After 21.Nxd4 best is 21...Rfe8

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<43/68 02:51 -2.15 21...Rfe8> 22.Bxe4 Qxe4 23.Qxe4 Rxe4+ 24.Kf3 Rexd4 25.a3 Rd3+ 26.Kg2 R8d4 27.Rhc1 c6 28.Ra2 h6 29.Rcc2 Rf4 30.Rd2 Rff3 31.Rxd3 Rxd3 32.h4 Kg7 33.f3 Kf6 34.Kf2 Ke5 35.Re2+ Kd6 36.Ra2 Kd5 37.Re2 Rxa3 38.Re7 b5 39.Rxf7 a5 40.bxa5 b4 41.Ke2 Rxa5 42.Kd3 Ra3+ 43.Kc2 c5 44.Rf6 Kc4 45.Rxg6 Rxf3 46.Rxh6

21...Qxb4 only draws after 22.Bxe4 Rxd4 23.Bc2!

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41/67 00:32 0.00 22.Bxe4 Rxd4 23.<Bc2> Qb5+ 24.Kf3 Qc6+ 25.Be4 Qd6 26.Rae1 f5 27.Qb3+ Kh8 28.Bb1 fxg4+ 29.Kg2 Rdf4 30.Qb2+ Kg8 31.Be4 Rxf2+ 32.Qxf2 Rxf2+ 33.Kxf2 Qf4+ 34.Kg2 Qd2+ 35.Kg3 gxh3 36.Bf3 b5 37.Kxh3 Qxa2 38.Rd1 Qe6+ 39.Kg2 Kg7 40.Rhe1 Qf7 41.Rd5 h5 42.Rc5 Qf4 43.Rc6 h4 44.Be4 Qg3+ 45.Kf1 g5 46.Rg6+ Kf7 47.Rxa6 Qh3+ 48.Ke2 Qc3 49.Bg6+ Kg7 50.Be4

Jan-25-20  RandomVisitor: After 17...Nxd4+ 18.cxd4 exd4 white can play on with 19.e5 and complications

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<42/70 04:29 -0.50 17...Nd4+ 18.cxd4 exd4 19.e5> dxe3 20.exf6 Bxf6 21.fxe3 Bxa1 22.Qxa1 Qxb4 23.Qb1 Qc3 24.Qb3 Qc5 25.Nd2 Qc6 26.Ne4 Rde8 27.Qb1 Re6 28.Bd3 Qd5 29.Rf1 Qe5 30.Qa1 Qxa1 31.Rxa1 Rfe8 32.Kf3 R8e7 33.g5 Re5 34.a4 Kg7 35.h4 h6 36.Rc1 Rf5+ 37.Ke2 c6 38.Rc4 Rd5 39.Nf6 Ra5 40.Ne4 hxg5 41.hxg5 Rd5 42.Bc2 Rde5 43.Kf3 Re8 44.Rc5 R5e7 45.Rc3 Rh8 46.Nf6 Rh3+ 47.Kf4 Rh1 48.Ng4 Rf1+ 49.Kg3 Rd7 50.Nf6 Rd2 51.Be4 Re2

After 19.e5

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<59/91 3:42:31 -0.30 19...dxe3 20.exf6 Bxf6 21.fxe3 Bxa1 22.Qxa1 Qxb4 23.Qb1> Qc3 24.Qb3 Qc5 25.Nd2 Qc6 26.Ne4 Rde8 27.Qb1 Re6 28.Rc1 Qd5 29.Rf1 Kg7 30.h4 Qe5 31.g5 b5 32.Rf4 c5 33.h5 gxh5 34.Qd1 h6 35.Rh4 f6 36.Qd7+ Kh8 37.gxf6 Rfxf6 38.Qc8+ Re8 39.Qxc5 Qxc5 40.Nxc5 Rc6 41.Rxh5 Rec8 42.Bb3 Rxc5 43.Rxh6+ Kg7 44.Rxa6 Re5 45.Rb6 Rc3 46.Kd2 Rexe3 47.Bc2 Rh3 48.Rxb5 Rc7 49.Bb3 Kf6 50.a4 Rcc3 51.Bc2 Ke7 52.Ra5 Ra3 53.Kc1 Rh2 54.Kb2 Rah3 55.Rb5 Kd6 56.a5

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