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Carl Schlechter vs Dawid Przepiorka
15th DSB Congress, Nuremberg (1906), Nuremberg GER, rd 8, Jul-31
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0



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Jun-06-03  Ezely Nakhdov: Mmmm, nothing like przepiork chops for dinner! Got one. I know, it's easy, but still...

White threatens 18. Qxh7+ Kf8 19. Qh8#
If 17. ... hxBg6 18. Qh8#.
If 17. ... fxBg6 18. Qh6 and black can't stop mate. Longest try is 18. ... Bf6 19. Qxh7+ Kf8 20. Qf7# or Rf7#.

Jun-06-03  chimusan: 17...fxg6 18. Qh6 Kf7 then what?? i know its pretty doomed for black but i would like to see the shortest win for white
Jun-06-03  ZScore: 17..fxg6 (17..hxg6 18. Qh8#) 18. Qh6 Kf7 (18..Bf7 19. Qxh7#) 19. Qxh7+ Ke6 (forced) 20. Qxg6+ Bf6-from computer analysis (20..Kxe5 21. f4#) 21. Rc6+ Kd7 (forced) 22. Rd6+
Jun-06-03  Ezely Nakhdov: Aaagh, I didn't see 18. ... Kf7.

So, hats off to Zscore; good night everybody. Drive safely!

Jun-06-03  drukenknight: 15...Bc5 may be better.
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  Sneaky: This is pure poetry, the way it all comes together.
Jun-06-03  patzer2: It was pretty how Schlechter played 16 Qg5 to provoke the losing 16...g6. However, how does white continue against 16...h6 (with the idea of 17...Be6 (to free the bishop pinned on e7)?
Jun-06-03  Calli: <patzer2> your h6 is definitely better. Lets try 17. Bf4 16...h6 17.Bf4 Be6 18.Bxh6! Qxc7 19.Bxg7! wins. Of course, there are a dozen tries other than Be6, so it may not be right.
Jun-06-03  djp: Fritz 8 analysis:
1) 17...fxg6 18.Qh6 Kf7 19.Qxh7+ Ke6 20.Qxg6+ Bf6 21.Rc6+ Kd7 22.Rd6+ Kc7 23.Rxd8+ Bxe5 24.Qxe8 Bd6 25.Rc1+ Bc5

2) 17...f5 18.Qxh7+ Kf8 19.Qh8#

3) 17...Bf5 18.Qxh7+ Kf8 19.Qxf7#

4) 17...Be6 18.Qxh7+ Kf8 19.Qh8#

Jun-06-03  patzer2: <Calli>Nice combination! The continuation after 17. Bf4Be6 18.Bxh6!Qxc7 19.Bxg7! is of course 19...Kxg7 20.Qh7+Kf6 21.Qh6+Ke5 22. Qf4#.

That coupled with the earlier threat of Qxf7 followed by Qxg7, if the bishop on e7 moves, leaves black in a strangled position with only tempo wasting moves.

Can black survive after 16...h6 17.Bf4 Rf8, instead of walking into the trap with 17...Be6?

Jun-06-03  crafty: 17. ... fxg6 18. ♕h6 ♔f7 19. ♕xh7+ ♔e6 20. ♕xg6+   (eval 14.79; depth 12 ply; 500M nodes)
Jun-06-03  Calli: <patzer2> 16...h6 17.Bf4 Rf8 18.Bxh6 Qxc7 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qh7+ Kf6 21.Qh6+ Ke5 22.f4# So instead of Qxc7, Black might play 18... gxh6, then 19 Rc6! looks good.
Jun-07-03  patzer2: <Calli> Excellent analysis! After 16...h6 17.Bf4 Rf8 18.Bxh6 gxh6 19. Rc6! black does indeed appear to be lost again. If 19...f5, then 20. Rg6+wins easily. If 19....Bg5 20.f4 Bxf4 21.exf4 Be6 22.Rxe6! (better than 22. Qxh6Re8 with chances for black to escape) fxe6 23.Qg6+Kh8 24.Qh7# is another pretty mating combination.
Jun-07-03  Calli: <patzer2> If 19....Bg5 20. Rg6+ still mates! 20...Kh8 21. Rxh6+ Kg7 22. Rg6!+ etc Neat!

The computer suggests 17...dxe3. Apparently 18.Bxh6 immediately doesn't work 18...Qxc7 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qh7+ and white can't quite corner the king. After 17...dxe3, though, simply 18.fxe3 (attacking f7) 18...Rf8 or Be6 19.Bxh6 and White's attack is too strong.

Mar-17-04  Whitehat1963: What happens if 17...fxg6 18. Qh6, Bf8?
Mar-18-04  Whitehat1963: Oops! Yes, I am blind.
Nov-20-04  ForeverYoung: An amazing line is the "Pittsburg Variation" 7 ... exd5 8 Bb5 Bb7 9 Ne5! 0-0 10 Bc6 Rb8 11 Bxb7 Rxb7 12 Nc6 Qe8 13 Nxe7 Qxe7 14 Nxd5 Qe4 15 Nxf6+ gxf6 16 Bh6 Qxg2 17 Qf3!! and white wins. This analysis is given in "Lesser-Known Chess Masterpieces: 1906-1915" Janowski is credited with 17 Qf3!!
Jul-04-09  backrank: One of the classic short games by Schlechter, who drew a World Championship Match with Lasker in 1910.

If you look at the position after 12. ♖c1, it is really hard to believe that the game will be over in another 5 moves!

Oct-15-09  JimmyVermeer: Chessmaster analysis gives this ending:

17 Bxg6 fxg6 18 Qh6 Kf7 19 Qxh7+ Ke6 20 Qxg6+ Bf6 21 Rfc1 (this appears to be a faster win than 21 Rc6+ Kd7 22 Rd6+ Kc7 23 Qf7+ Re7 24 Rc1+ Kb7 25 Qxd5+ Ka6 26 Qc4+ Kb7 27 Rxd8 Rxe5 28 Rxc8 Rc5 29 Rxc5 bxc5 30 Qd5+ Kb6 31 Qxc5+ Ka6 32 Qc6+ Ka5 33 Rc5+ Kb4 34 Qb5#) Bd7 22 Bxf6 Qxf6 23 R7c6+ Bxc6 24 Rxc6+ Kd7 25 Qxf6 Rf8 26 Qe6+ Kd8 27 Rd6+ Kc7 28 Rd7+ Kb8 29 Qe5+ Kc8 30 Qc7#

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  GrahamClayton: 15. ♖c7 is the key move, bringing the rook into the attack via the 7th rank.

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