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Esteban Canal vs Paul Johner
Karlsbad (1929), Karlsbad CSR, rd 19, Aug-23
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Canal Variation (C50)  ·  1-0



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Nov-01-04  Saruman: 20.Ne6!!-fantastic move! 27.-Qxf6 is the only move but after 28.Rxf6 Re1+ 29.Rf1 white wins easily.
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  GrahamClayton: This game won a Brilliancy Prize at the 1929 Karlsbad tournament.
Jul-21-10  Jim Bartle: Five years and eight months between kibitzes. Must be pretty close to a record.
Mar-13-16  TheFocus: This game was the seventh brilliancy prize winner - <American Chess Bulletin>, September-October 1929, pg. 151.
Dec-21-19  gambitfan: 4 ... Nxe4 is better than 4 ... Bc5

1) +0.12 (35 ply) 4...♘xe4 5.♘xe4 d5 6.♗d3 dxe4 7.♗xe4 ♘d4 8.♘xd4 exd4 9.♕e2 ♗e7 10.b3 c6 11.♗b2 ♗e6 12.♕d3 ♗f6 13.O-O h6 14.♖ae1 O-O 15.♗h7+ ♔h8 16.♗f5 ♗xf5 17.♕xf5 ♕d6 18.♖e4 ♖ae8 19.♖fe1 ♖xe4 20.♖xe4 ♔g8 21.♖e1 b6 22.d3 b5 23.♖e4 c5 24.g3 b4

2) +0.14 (35 ply) 4...♗c5 5.d3 a6 6.O-O d6 7.♘d5 ♘xd5 8.♗xd5 ♕f6 9.♗g5 ♕g6 10.c3 ♗b6 11.♗e3 ♗xe3 12.fxe3 O-O 13.b4 ♘e7 14.♗b3 a5 15.a4 axb4 16.cxb4 ♗e6 17.♗xe6 ♕xe6 18.♕c2 c6 19.d4 f5 20.dxe5 dxe5 21.♕c5 fxe4 22.♘g5 ♖xf1+ 23.♖xf1

3) +0.21 (35 ply) 4...♗d6 5.O-O O-O 6.d3 h6 7.a3 ♗c5 8.b4 ♗b6 9.♘a4 d6 10.c3 ♖e8 11.♗d2 ♗e6 12.♗xe6 ♖xe6 13.♖e1 d5 14.h3 dxe4 15.dxe4 a6 16.♘b2 ♘h5 17.♘c4 ♖g6 18.♕e2 ♗a7 19.a4 ♘g3 20.♕d1 ♕e7 21.b5 axb5 22.axb5

4) +0.31 (35 ply) 4...♗e7 5.O-O d6 6.♖e1 ♗g4 7.h3 ♗xf3 8.♕xf3 ♘d4 9.♕d1 O-O 10.♘e2 ♘xe2+ 11.♕xe2 c6 12.c3 ♘d7 13.d4 ♗g5 14.♗xg5 ♕xg5 15.d5 a5 16.a4 ♕e7 17.dxc6 bxc6 18.b4 ♘f6 19.♕d3 ♖fd8 20.b5 cxb5 21.axb5 a4 22.♕e3 a3 23.b6 g6

5) +0.32 (35 ply) 4...a6

6) +0.36 (35 ply) 4...♗b4 5.♘d5 O-O 6.c3 ♗e7 7.d3 d6 8.a4 ♘xd5 9.♗xd5 ♗f6 10.O-O ♘e7 11.♗b3 c5 12.h3 ♗d7 13.♗e3 ♖c8 14.♘d2 ♘g6 15.♗d5 ♘f4 16.♗xf4 exf4 17.♗xb7 ♖b8 18.♗d5 ♖xb2 19.♘c4 ♖b8 20.♘xd6 ♕e7 21.♘c4 ♗xc3 22.♖c1

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  GrahamClayton: Johner tries to stop the threat along the b1-h7 diagonal with 16...g6, but this allows Canal to immediately commence his plan to open the f-file with 18. f4 and 19. f5. Johner tries to keep the file blocked with 19...g5, but 20. Ne6 forces the opening.

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