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Karl Mayet vs Gustav Neumann
Berlin (1865), Berlin GER
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Gianutio Gambit (C33)  ·  0-1



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Dec-06-06  Cyphelium: This is all very 19th century. After a crazy opening, Neumann is completely winning:

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All he has to do is to play the obvious 15.- ♘xc2 which wins a rook. White is just out of it. Of course Neumann saw this, but instead he went fishing for a beautiful mate with 15.- ♘d7!??. He succeded, but only because of the stupendous move 16. b4?? from Mayet. I have no idea what the point of that one was. I wonder what Neumann had in mind after 16. ♗xe3 ♗xe3 17. ♘c3. Of course he can take a few pawns and he will still be a bit better perhaps, but there's a lot of play left. 16. ♘c3!? might be playable too. Without the bishop on f8, 16.- ♘g2+ 17. ♔h5 ♘f6+ 18. ♗xf6 ♖xf6 doesn't seem to get anywhere.

Of course Neumann was a strong player, but if he tried this kind of artistic approach nowadays I think he would have problems with most people rated above 1900.

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