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Carl Schlechter vs Ossip Bernstein
Coburg (Meisterturnier) (1904), Coburg GER, rd 10, Jul-28
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-03-09  vonKrolock: <37...♖e6> !? A last try... A trick that, according to Marco, would not even catch a <"Schachsäugling> a'chessical suckling', and of course would not likely work against the <"weltberühmte argusagige"> = 'the worldwide famous, with many eyes like the mythological Argos'

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<38.♖xe6> ?? ... Marco: 'The most incredible lapsus of the last years', a move that turns a completelly won game to a draw by perpetual check... and no 'zeitnot' was mentioned - Schlechter was apparently, so to say, absent-minded after his fine work to reach the won position

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  Pawn and Two: <vonKrolock> Schlechter's lapse in this game probably cost him an undivided first place finish. At Coburg 1904, Schlechter finished in a first place tie with Bardeleben and Swiderski, with 7.5 out of 12 points. Bernstein and Marco were next with 7 out of 12.

Goldman's book, "Carl Schlechter! - Life and Times of the Austrian Chess Wizard", contains an amusing quote from Bernstein regarding this game. Goldman states the quote was reported in "Schach mit Horzu," - 1986.

Bernstein said this game was the luckiest thing that ever happened to him. Had he won this game, Bernstein said, at the young age of 22, he probably would have become a professional player!

It appears Bernstein considered himself not only lucky to have drawn this game, but even luckier not to have won it!

Aug-13-18  Straclonoor: I wanna add computer analysis in this thread.

Analysis by Stockfish 100818 64 POPCNT:

+- (4.32): 38.g3 Qe5 39.Rc6 Kg7 40.Qa7+ Re7 41.Qe3 Ne6 42.Qb3 h5 43.Kh1 Kf8 44.Qb4 Qd4 45.Rc8+ Kf7 46.Qxd4 Nxd4 47.Rd8 Ne6 48.Rd5 h4 49.gxh4 Re8 50.Rxb5 Rh8 51.h5 Kg7 52.Rb6 Nf8 53.Rb7+ Kf6 54.Rb5 Ne6 55.Kg1 Ke7 56.Kf2 Nf4 57.Rb7+ Kf6 58.Rb6+ Kg7 59.h6+ Rxh6 60.Rxh6 Kxh6

Aug-13-18  Nerwal: From the practical point of view 37. ♖d6 is almost as bad as the blunder 38. ♖xe6??, since it's not easy to find a constructive move thereafter. 37. ♕xb5, 37. ♕c6 and 37. ♕c8 were all much easier to handle.

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August, p. 61 [Game 179]
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