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Rezso Charousek vs Mikhail Chigorin
Budapest (1896), Budapest AUH, rd 7, Oct-13
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Maurian Defense (C33)  ·  1-0



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Oct-30-03  Doctor Who: It doesn't take much imagination to play 12.Bxc6+, but the key move to see here really is 15.Bxf4! (threatening Bg5+ winning the queen) instead of the obvious Rxf4.

It's interesting how White seems undeveloped but his pieces flood into the game with threats. Strong blitz players live by the motto, "Always make threats!" That's sound advice for long games as well.

Oct-30-03  stef21: what about 15..Bxf1 16. Bg5+ f6 17. exf6+ Kf7 18. fxg7 Qxg5! then found by computer 19. gxh8N+ Kg7 20. Kxf1 Qf4+ 21. Ke2 Nc7
Premium Chessgames Member Honza, you are right, thank you.

stef21, we'll feed 15..Bxf1 into crafty and if you're right then you've busted the puzzle.

Oct-30-03  crafty: 15...♗xf1 16. ♔xf1 ♕c8 17. ♗g5+ f6 18. ♗xf6+ ♔f7 19. ♕xd5+   (eval -1.41; depth 12 ply; 1000M nodes)
Premium Chessgames Member OK, we're convinced--this combination is unsound. Thanks, stef21, and good work.

To prevent people from busting their noggins over an impossible puzzle, we put a new "Tactic of the Day" online.

Oct-30-03  stef21: crafty should not the 18th move of your evaluation be 18. exf6+ ? it makes more sense because after 18. Bxf6+ black can play 18..gxf6 with bigger advantage
Apr-29-06  Atking: After all the concept is still correct with first 14.Nc3. 14. ...Nb4? 15.Qb7+ and 14. ...Bc4 15.Nxf4 is the game.
May-01-06  Atking: I forgot to think before to write. 14.Nc3 Nb4! 15.Qb7+ Ke8! 16.NxBe2 Rb8 17.Qxa7 Ra8 is draw. May be 14.b3. Not easy to admit that Bc1 doesn't work well in g5 and have his square in a3. I feel White is better right now but instead 8. ...Nb4/ 9. ...Na6 I will prefer 8. ...f3. For if 9.0-0 fxg 10.Kxg2 Qd7 then Black looks better.
Jun-18-06  GeauxCool: <> This game's new information <re Honza incomplete copy> needs to be updated in the search engine, which still lists as 18 moves.

Rudolf Charousek, cut off in his prime. Beat Lasker, Janowsky and Blackburne in a tournament when he was 21. "Playing over his early games is like reading Keats poetry: you can not help feeling a grievous, oppressive sense of loss, of promise unfulfilled." - Fine

The Rook cannot be taken.

Jan-20-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: Chigorin also missed the nice move 7...Ne4!
May-21-09  Hugh the Drover: Charousek rides his, not passive aggressive, but active aggressive, pieces and tactics in a roll over Chigorin. Makes you wonder whether the victor had Kellogg's Corn Flakes for breakfast.
May-21-09  WhiteRook48: I <knew> Chigorin should've played 15....Bxf1
Feb-13-10  ballroomblitz: Should he?
Please consider this: 16. Nc3!(sic)

a) 16. ... Bc4 17.Bg5+ f6 18.ef6x+ Kf7 19.fg7x
b) 16. ...Qc8 17.Bg5+ f6 18.ef6x+ Kf7 19.Qd5x+ Qe6 (19. ...Kg6 Rf1x !)20.fg7x Qd5x 21.gh8x N+! Kg8 (21. ...Ke6 22.Re1+) 22. Nd5x

Tremendous,isn´t it?

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  jessicafischerqueen: This Game was Round 7 of the Great Budapest International Tournament- only the second meeting between these two.

Chigorin had won their earlier encounter at Nuremberg.

They would share first at Budapest, and Chigorin would win the playoff mini match.

Nov-15-11  johnkpond: stef21: what about 15..Bxf1 16. Bg5+ f6 17. exf6+ Kf7 18. fxg7 Qxg5! then found by computer 19. gxh8N+ Kg7 20. Kxf1 Qf4+ 21. Ke2 Nc7

Am I not seeing smth? Once 15..Bxf1 White pushes knight to d5 which forces black to sacrifice queen?

Aug-07-13  phil6875: <ballroomblitz> Yes, if 15...Bxf1 then 16. Nc3 is the best continuation but then Black has only one good move, 16...Bxg2.

15...Bxf1 16. Nc3 Bxg2 17. Kxg2 Nb4 18. Bg5+ f6 19. Qb7+ Ke6 20. exf6 Nxc2 21. Rf1 Rb8 22. Qa6+ Rb6 23. Qe2+ Kd7 24. Qxc2 gxf6 =

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  Phony Benoni: Note to <3...Nc6> from the "Baltimore American, May 6, 1900:

<"A defense much exploited if not invented, by C. Moreau, of London. It was analyzed unfavorably by Prof. J. Berger, in the Deutsch Schachzeitung, and the present partie hardly tends to its rehabilitation.">

THe "AMerican" does not give a source. Hard to tell if it is referring to Colonel Moreau, Camille Moriau, Charles Maurian, or some other person.

By the way, if it ever comes up the editor of the "Baltimoreo American" chess column from 1899-1901 was <Dr. Max Schapiro> (born January 4, 1857 in Crottongen, Russia), a physician associated with Baltimore City College and Johns Hopkins University. ("History of Baltimore, Maryland from its founding as a town to the current year, 1729-1898", p. 651.)

Sep-22-18  chessrookstwo: GREAT GAME ALSO
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  master8ch: Chigorin's best move would've been 18...Resigns, but he missed that one, too.

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