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Carl Schlechter vs Milan Vidmar
Vienna (1917), Vienna AUH
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Closed Bernstein Variation (C66)  ·  1-0



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Oct-08-04  Pawn Ambush: THE PIN!!
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  Mateo: An interesting ending between two of the greatest masters of the time. The conclusion was terrible for Black who defended well. I believe that Vidmar had a nervous breakdown when Schlechter played his last move.

20. Rxe3 d5?! <20... Bc6 was equal.> 21. Rc3 <Now Schlechter has a small edge. As we will see, either he will win a pawn, either he will have a positional advantage.> c4 22. bxc4 dxc4 23. Rb1 <23. Rxc4? Bb5.> Bg4! <After 23... Be6 24. Nd4 Bd5 25. f4 white has an edge.> 24. Rxc4 Bxf3 25. gxf3 Rxe5 26. Rxc7 Ra5 27. Rb2 Rd8 28. f4 <Impeding Rg5+, as Black was threatening 28... Rd1+ 29. Kg2 Rg5+.> g6 <Vidmar gives the g7 square to his King in case his Rook leaves the back rank, in order to protect his f pawn when White checks to b8. But 28... Rd6 (with the idea 29... Rf6 or 29... Rda6) 29. Rb8+ Kh7 30. Rxf7 Rxa2 could be considered.> 29. c4?! <A better idea was 29. Rbb7 Rf5 30. Rc4. Now Black should have drawn easily.> Rd4 30. c5 Rxf4 31. Rc2 <The Rook comes behind the pawn to support its advance, otherwise it is a Black Rook that comes behind.> Rfa4 32. c6 Rxa2 33. Rxa2 Rxa2 34. Rb7 Rc2 35. c7 Kg7 <35... a5? 36. Rb8+ wins.> 36. Rxa7 Kf6 37. Kg2 Ke6 38. Kf3 Rc6? <A huge blunder losing a drawn game.> 39. Ra6! 1-0

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