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Laszlo Szabo vs Arthur William Dake
"Dake It on the Chin" (game of the day Dec-18-2008)
Warsaw Olympiad (1935), Warsaw POL, rd 3, Aug-18
Sicilian Defense: Pin Variation (B40)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-10-06  Whitehat1963: Another great and complex draw.
Jan-10-06  suenteus po 147: A fascinating game. Not sure which collection it should go in :)
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  Phony Benoni: Fred Reinfelld, in his tournament book for Warsaw 1935, pronounces this one of the most interesting games of the tournament.

He describes Szabo's original sacrifice as showing "great originality and insight", states after Black's 21st move that "Black's superior development should tell in his favor", but then is unable to point out a specific place where Black could have turned his advantage into a win.

In short, I don't think Reinfeld knew what was going on in this game either.

Dec-18-08  ganstaman: <Phony Benoni: He describes Szabo's original sacrifice as showing "great originality">

Well I guess he was a smart guy.

Dec-18-08  zzzzzzzzzzzz: dake is a strong player
Dec-18-08  zzzzzzzzzzzz: i guess dake belives Szabo is a good player, as he discribed Szabo's sack as showing "great originality"
Dec-18-08  spikester2848: I thought the game was well done by both players. Szabo's early Knight Sac was risky. However, 11.Nc7+ may have made a difference to the outcome IMHO.
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  ZZpatzer: < spikester2848: ...Szabo's early Knight Sac was risky. However, 11.Nc7+ may have made a difference to the outcome IMHO.> I agree, it looks like Black would have gotten the full point: 11. Nc7+ then Qxc7, if 12. dxc7 Nxd4, or am I missing something? I also agree with your <well done> comment.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: How was *either* player able to survive this madness?!
Dec-18-08  hackmate: <An Englishman> Agreed! I would have switched to checkers after this game!
Dec-18-08  kellmano: Awesome game.

Arthur William Dake is such an old fashioned name!

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  Phony Benoni: I enjoyed how White's knight waited seven moves to fork Black's king and a8-rook, then refused to capture so he could later fork the king and h8-rook!
Dec-18-08  MarbleSkull: "arifattar:
Bad move 30 by Black, I thought."

I'm not very good, but that does seem to be where he screwed up. Very complex situation though. 33 might have been a blunder too.

Dec-18-08  WhiteRook48: Strange that Szabo would sac a Knight in the opening...
Dec-18-08  Riverbeast: Arthur Dake was quite a player in his day...There are stories of him schooling (then world champion) Alekhine in rapid transit chess
Dec-18-08  njchess: This is as sharp and intense game of chess as there is. Both players constantly flirt with disaster as neither backs down. There are sharp tactics everywhere. Talk about stomach churning! lol
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  al wazir: Why not 12. Nc7+ ?
Dec-18-08  njchess: 12. Nc7+ Kd7 13. Nxa8 Qa5+! 14. c3 Qxa8 and while White is ahead on material, he is way behind in development. Black's position, though strange, is actually pretty solid in the near term. It will take time for White to bring his pieces to bear, and that would allow Black counterattacking chances.
Dec-18-08  whiteshark: marker
Dec-18-08  xrt999: < arifattar: Yes beautiful game. Looks like White was on some sort of a death wish. Bad move 30 by Black, I thought.>

By the time 30...Nf5 happens, both sides are really just making the best of bad positions. Black's poor positional play allows white to anchor pawns on c and d, so black cant really stop Ne5. The knight on e5 is like a bone in black's throat shutting down blacks play with the ability to fork both rooks and king. The black king is immobilized by the c-d pawns.

White is insistent on leaving his king in the center and trading down his material advantage, yet has ample opportunities to castle away .

Poor play by both sides.

Dec-21-08  hackmate: <Phony Benoni> Yeah how many of us would have grabbed it right away.
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: superb Dake game
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  offramp: I rate this game ***/5
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  offramp: It's a big 5/hit!!
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  mifralu: < "Chess Review, October 1935, pp. 230-231" > gives

49. Kb2 < g5 50. Tf5+ Kb4 > 51. Kc2 Kc4 52. Kd2 Kd4 53. Ke2 Ta3 54. Txg5 Ke4 1/2-1/2 >

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