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Semion Alapin vs David Janowski
Prague (1908), Prague AUH, rd 7, May-26
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: 26...Nxg2 27.Bxg2 Re2
Feb-23-04  Javid Danowski: That doesn't work :26 ... Nxg2 27 Bxg2 Re2 28 Re1!
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  Honza Cervenka: 26...Nxg2 27.Bxg2 Re2 28.Re1 Rff2 and what now? 29.Rxe2 Rxe2 doesn't help much as white pinned pieces are doomed.
Feb-23-04  drukenknight: cant he bring the K out on move 29 of that line? or maybe break the pin even earlier.

earlier in the game, white's placement of his B is problematical because it allows it to be exchanged NxB(f1)

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  Honza Cervenka: <cant he bring the K out on move 29 of that line?> I don't think so. 29.Kh1 Rxg2 is not better then 29.Rxe2 Rxe2 30.Kh1 Rxg2, which is hopeless [for example 31.Qa1 (the only field for poor white Queen where she is not vulnerable to an immediate discovered check) 31...Rxb2+ 32.Kg1 Rg2+ 33.Kf1 Rh2 and the threat Rh1+ with next RxQ is unavoidable].

<or maybe break the pin even earlier> Okay, after 26...Nxg2 white must not take the Knight, but for example 27.Bd3 (or c4) Nh4 does not leave any chances for white to save the game.

Apr-25-09  vonKrolock: <26.♕g1>

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...♘xf1 27. ♖xf1 ♖e2 28. ♖xf6 (! Tarrasch) gxf6 29.♕a1 , but Voronkov and ♙lissetski continued with 29...♖xg2+ 30.♔h1 ♖xb2+ 31.♔g1 ♖g2+ 32.♔f1 ♖h2 (!)

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  wwall: Perhaps 19.Bf1 is wrong, allowing 19...Bc6. Perhaps better is 19.Qf3 Nxd3 20.Qxd3 Bc6 21.Rf1

After 19...Bc6, Black threatens 20...Nxh3. Instead of 20.Qg4, allowing 20...Re4 and a possible discovered attack, perhaps 19...Qd2 instead.

After 20...Re4, Black threatens 21...Nxg2, attacking the queen. Instead of 21.Kh2, perhaps 21. Qg3 first, then 22.Kh2.

Instead of 21...Rae8, Black wins a pawn with 21...Nd3 and 22...Nxb2.

Instead of 22.Rd1, perhaps a queen move such as 22.Qf5 Nd5 23.Bd3 Ne3 24.Qf2.

Instead of 27...h4, better may be 27...Nxg2 28.Qxg2 (28.Bxg2 Re2) 28...Bxg2 29.Bxg2 Re2, winning.

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