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Rudolf Spielmann vs Vasja Pirc
Spielmann - Pirc Match (1931), Rogaska Slatina YUG, rd 7, May-23
Slav Defense: Czech. Lasker Variation (D18)  ·  1-0



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Jul-16-05  bomb the bishop: Fantastic Game, both sides attempted to play actively, great insight by Spielman in playing 11. ♘xf7
Oct-10-08  Antonius Blok: Exactly!

The ♘xf7 sac is great, followed by the double pin on the Bishop and the Knight !

But the most amazing is how Pirc ripost, an "eye for an eye" answer, It's the Talion law, Spielmann should know it...

Simply great !!!

Apr-13-09  WhiteRook48: 11. Nxf7!!
Mar-10-10  patzer2: While 11. Nxf7!! is an excellent example to illustrate Spielmann's category of sham sacrifices for positional advantage, I'm putting it in my demolition of pawn structure collection.

After 11...Kxf7 12. Qf3! Spielman recovers his "sacrificed piece" with advantage, due to:

1. the pin of the Bishop on f5, and

2. the fact that the Knight on e4 is attacked twice but defended only once.

Here's some analysis played out move-by-move (sliding back and forth) with Fritz 10:

<11. Nxf7!! Kxf7 12. Qf3! g6>

12... Nxc3 13. Qxf5+! Qf6 14. Qxf6+ gxf6 15. bxc3 Nd5 16. Bd2 ;

12... Ke8 13. Nxe4 Bxh2+ 14. Kxh2 Qh4+ 15. Kg1 Bxe4 16. Qd1 Nc2 (16... Bd5 17. Be2 Kf7 18. f3 Rhd8 19. e4 Ba2 20. a5 b5 21. Be3 Bc4 22. Bxc4 bxc4 23. Qc1 ) 17. f3 Bg6 18. Ra2 Rd8 19. b3 Nb4 20. Rd2 Kf7 21. e4 ;

12... Kg6 13. Nxe4 Bxh2+ 14. Kxh2 Qh4+ 15. Kg1 Bxe4 16. Qe2 Nc2 (16... a5 17. f3 Bd5 18. e4 Bxc4 19. Qxc4 Rad8 20. Qxe6+ Qf6 21. Qg4+ Kf7 22. Bg5 Qxd4+ 23. Kh2 Qd6+ 24.f4 ) 17. f3! Nxa1 18. fxe4 Rhf8 19. e5 Rxf1+ 20. Qxf1 Qe7 21. Bd2 Rf8 22. Qxa1 .

Mar-10-10  patzer2: <13. Nxe4 Bxh2+ 14. Kxh2 Qh4+ 15. Kg1 Qxe4 16. Qg3!>

This unassuming but strong move (16. Qg3!) leaves Black with a near lost (if not already lost) position.

<16..Rhe8 17. Bd2 Qc2 18. Bc3 Nd5>

18...Nd3 19. Qf3! Nxb2? 20. Rfc1 traps the Queen.

18...a5 19. f3! Bd3 20. Rf2 also snares Black's Queen.

< 19. Rfc1 Qe4 20. Bd2!>

After this prepatory move, Black can do nothing to save his game and stop White's coming pawn fork.

<20...g5 21. f3 Qh4 22. Qxh4 gxh4 23. e4 Bg6 24. exd5 exd5 25. Bf1> 1-0

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  Phony Benoni: There is some confusion about the circumstances of the match.<American Chess Bulletin>, December 1931, p. 187, states:

<This match, best out of ten games, was played in Prague, prior to the Olympiad team matches. Pirc won the third game after two draws. The next three were won by Spiielmann, and the last two were drawn. Spielmann thus won the match, 6 to 4. The seventh game of the series [follows]...>

This is not consistent. The account mentions only 8 games (though apparently ten were played) and game seven is a draw, not a win for Spielmann. Di Felice (<Chess Results., 1931-1935>, p. 63 gives the final result as +3 -1 =6 for Spielmann (matching ACB's total), so it would seem two draws are missing.

My guess is that the results went:

Game 1-2: Draw
Game 3: Pirc
Game 4-5: Draw
Game 6-8: Spielmann
Game 9-10: Draw

But it would be nice to be sure. It would also be nice to know the site. ACB's Prague is probably a confusion with the site of the Olympiad. Spielmann usually played these little matches in the home country of his opponent.

We have Rogaska-Slatine YUG, but Di Felice has Ljubljana YUG. I'd rather trust us, but confirmation would be handy.

Oct-31-19  Retireborn: <Phony Benoni> In the Bled 1931 tournament book, Kmoch refers to this game (in his annotations of Bogoljubow-Pirc)and says it was the *second* game of the match.

I'm afraid that's not very the site, one wonders if it was a peripatetic affair.

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  Phony Benoni: <Retireborn> Thanks. Obviously, We can't depend on ACB's report at all.
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  Stonehenge: Rogaska Slatina here:

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  Telemus: WSZ 1931, pages 178-181 presented two games of this match.

First, the third game, won by Pirc, played 16th and 17th May in Maribor and seemingly not here at CG.

Second, this game, the seventh game of the match, which took place on May 23 in Rogaška Slatina.

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  Telemus: CG (as well as other databases) has only decided games between Spielmann and Pirc.

"Reichspost" of 5th July published the 9th game of the match, which was a draw:

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  Phony Benoni: <Stonehenge> <Telemus>Thank you for the quick responses and information.
Nov-01-19  Retireborn: <Telemus> My thanks too. I'm guessing that Di Felice puts Ljubljana because the first, or the first two, games were played there.
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  Telemus: Here is an article about the third game in Maribor: (scroll to page 5).

In the text it is mentioned that the first two games were played in Ljubjana and Celje (where the picture has been taken), resp., and that the fourth game will be played on tuesday in Rogaška Slatina.

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  Telemus: Addendum: I looked at the further issues of this newspaper and found also reports for games 5-10, all from Rogaška Slatina.
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  Telemus: The draw from "Reichspost" starts lamely, but becomes soon quite tactical:

[Event "Match"]
[Site "Rogaska Slatina YUG"]
[Date "1931.5.??"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Spielmann, Rudolf"]
[Black "Pirc, Vasja"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D14"]
[Sources "Reichspost, 5 July 1931"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c6 3. d4 d5 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bf4 Bf5 7. Qb3 Na5 8. Qa4+ Bd7 9. Qc2 Rc8 10. e3 e6 11. Bd3 b5 12. a3 Be7 13. O-O O-O 14. Ne5 Be8 15. Qe2 a6 16. Rac1 Nb3 17. Rcd1 h6 18. Bb1 Bxa3 19. Qd3 Bxb2 20. Ng4 g6 21. Nxh6+ Kg7 22. Ne2 Na5 23. Bg5 Qb6 24. Bxf6+ Kxf6 25. e4 Kg7 26. Ng4 Nc4 27. e5 Ba3 28. Nf4 Rh8 29. Nf6 Qc6 30. Qg3 Be7 31. N6h5+ Kf8 32. Bxg6 fxg6 33. Nxg6+ Bxg6 34. Qxg6 Rg8 35. Qh7 Rc7 36. Rd3 Bf6 37. Qh6+ Bg7 38. Rf3+ Rf7 39. Rxf7+ Kxf7 40. Nxg7 Rxg7 41. Qf6+ Kg8 42. Qd8+ Kh7 43. Qh4+ Kg8 1/2-1/2

(The source ends after 42 moves, but used move numbers 16 twice.)

Nov-01-19  sudoplatov: Running the site's version of Stockfish gives 12....g6 as the first really bad move by Black. The search is rather shallow though.
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  Telemus: Yesterday I learned that the game-scores of all 10 games of the match survived. I had already found the moves of games no. 3 and 5-10, and the game-scores of the first five games appeared in the issues 11-12 of "Sachove Noviny", which I don't have.
Nov-03-19  LewisKing: 20...Qg4 would have been better than 20...g5. After 20...Qg4 21. Qxg4 Bxg4 22. f3 Bh5 23. g4 Bxg4 24. fxg4 Nf6 25. g5 Ne4 26. Be1 Nxg5, White has a piece for two pawns, but Black is still in the game, and may be able to cause White some problems with his rooks backing up connected passed pawns.
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  Telemus: The "Quarterly of Chess History", vol. 19 has in its section 'Classical Chess Matches': <Spielmann-Pirc Match 1931 (by Brown)>.
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  Phony Benoni: <Telemus> Thanks. That's some outstanding work.

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