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Bernhard Horwitz vs Edward Pindar
Manchester CC ch m (1861), Manchester ENG, rd 3, Apr-27
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Bishop Check line (C58)  ·  0-1



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  tpstar: In the Main Line Two Knights Defense after 8. Ba4 h6 9. Nf3 e4 10. Qe2 the obvious 10 ... Bg4 has not been tested; instead Black develops the Bf8 aiming to 0-0 first. 10 ... Bd6 looks best, pointing at h2 and avoiding 10 ... Be7 11. Ne5 hitting c6. On 11. Nd4 Qb6, modern players would probably choose 12. Nb3 chopping wood since it's hard to win the Ba4 now (12 ... Qb4 13. Nc3). In the game Black exploited the weak back rank beautifully.
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  tpstar: gerancastro-tpstar0 (Yahoo 7/30/04): 8. Ba4 h6 9. Nf3 e4 10. Qe2 Bd6 11. 0-0 0-0 12. Ne1?! Bxh2+! 13. Kh1 (13. Kxh2 Ng4+) Bc7 14. g3 Bg4 15. Qe3 Bb6 16. Qc3 Qd7 17. b4? Bd4 18. Qa3 Nc4 19. Qb3 Bf3+! 20. Nxf3 exf3 21. Qxf3 Bxa1 22. Bxc6 Qh3+ 23. Kg1 Ng4 24. Qg2 Qxg2+ 25. Bxg2 Rad8 and later drawn on time (1/2-1/2).
Nov-18-04  Knight13: Never believed in hell...
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  tpstar: petergun-tpstar (GameKnot 7/31/05) [Fritz 7]: 8. Ba4 h6 9. Nf3 e4 10. Qe2 [last book move] Bd6 11. d3 0-0 12. de Nxe4 13. 0-0 [13. Qxe4? Re8 14. Qxe8+ Qxe8+ 15. Be3 Nc4 ] Re8 14. Qd3? [from better to worse: 14. Re1 =] Nc5 [ ] 15. Qa3 Ncb3 16. Rd1? [16. axb3 Bxa3 17. Nxa3 ] Bxa3 17. Rxd8 Rxd8 18. Kh1 Rd1+ 19. Ng1 Nxa1 20. Nxa3 Rxc1 and Black won (0-1).
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  tpstar: DGDL-tpstar (FICS 8/23/05): 8. Ba4 h6 9. Nf3 e4 10. Qe2 Bd6 11. Nd4 0-0!? (11 ... Qb6) 12. Nxc6 Nxc6 13. Bxc6 Rb8 14. Ba4 Bg4 15. Qe3 Qc7 16. Qc3 Qe7 17. 0-0 Rfc8 18. Qe3 Nd5 19. Qe1 Nf4 20. Nc3 Rxc3! 21. dxc3 Nxg2! 22. Kxg2 Bf3+ 23. Kh3 (23. Kg1 Bxh2+! 24. Kxh2 Qh4+ 25. Kg1 Qh1#) Qe6+ 0-1.
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  tpstar: nino12342002-tpstar0 (Yahoo 1/27/06): 8. Ba4 h6 9. Nf3 e4 10. Qe2 Bd6 11. d4 0-0 12. Nfd2 Re8 13. 0-0 Bxh2+?! (13 ... Qb6 14. Nc4!? Qxd4; 14. c3 Ba6) 14. Kh1 (14. Kxh2 Ng4+ 15. Kg3? Qd6+ 16. f4 ef+; 15. Kg1 Qh4 16. Nf3 Qh5 17. Bf4 holds) Bc7 15. f3? ef 16. Qxf3 Qxd4 17. Bb3 Qh4+ 18. Kg1 Bb6+ 19. Rf2 & 0-1 (19 ... Bg4 20. Qf4 Re1+ 21. Nf1 Rxf1+! 22. Kxf1 Qh1#).
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  tpstar: dnk-tpstar (FICS 3/10/06): 8. Ba4 h6 9. Nf3 e4 10. Qe2 Bd6 11. Nc3 0-0 12. Nd4 Bg4!? (12 ... Qb6 13. Nb3 Ba6) 13. Qa6 c5 14. Ndb5!? (14. Nc6 Nxc6 15. Bxc6 Rb8 16. Qxa7) Bb8 15. 0-0?? Bc8 0-1.
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  tpstar: ulises-tpstar (QueenAlice 7/17/06) [Fritz 7]: Compliment what she does (1. e4 e5)/Send her roses just because (2. Nf3 Nc6)/If it's violins she loves (3. Bc4 Nf6), let them play (4. Ng5 d5)/Dedicate her favorite song (5. ed Na5)/And hold her close all night long (6. Bb5+ c6)/Love her today (7. dc bc)/Find one hundred ways (8. Ba4 h6)/Don't forget there could be (9. Nf3 e4)/An old lover in her memory (10. Qe2) [last book move]/If you need her so much more (10 ... Bd6)/Why don't you say? (11. Nd4 Qb6)/Maybe she has it in her mind (12. Qe3 0-0)/That she's just wasting her time (13. Nxc6?)/Ask her to stay [13. Ne2 and White is still in the game]/Find one hundred ways (13 ... Bc5) [ ]/Being cool won't help you keep a love warm (14. d4 ed)/You'll just blow your only chance (15. Ne7+ Bxe7)/Take the time (16. Qxe7 dc) to open up your heart (17. Nc3)/That's the secret of romance [17. 0-0 Nc6 18. Qa3 cxb1=N 19. Rxb1 Nd4 ]/Sacrifice if you care (17 ... Ba6)/Buy her some moonlight to wear (18. Be3??)/If there's one more star she wants [18. b4 Qd4 19. Qc5 ]/Go all the way (18 ... Qxb2)/If she wants to pay [19. Rc1 Qxc3+ 20. Bd2 Qc4 ]/Find one hundred ways (0-1) - Quincy Jones Featuring James Ingram + Fritz 7, "One Hundred Ways"

Win #100 on QueenAlice. =)

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  tpstar: JPNX-tpstar (FICS 9/15/06) [Fritz 7]: 8. Ba4 h6 9. Nf3 e4 10. Qe2 Bd6 11. 0-0? [11. d3 Ba6 12. Nc3 ] 0-0 12. Nd4 [12. Nh4 Bxh2+! 13. Kh1 ] Bxh2+! 13. Kxh2 Qxd4 [13 ... Ng4+ 14. Kg1 Qh4 15. Qxg4 Qxg4 16. Nc3 ] 14. Bb3? [14. Nc3 ] Ng4+ [ ] 15. Kg1 Qe5 16. g3 Qh5 17. f3 ef 18. Rxf3 Nxb3 [18 ... Bb7 19. Nc3 Nxb3 20. axb3 ] 19. axb3 Be6 [19 ... Bb7] 20. c4? [20. Nc3 ] Rfe8 21. Qg2 Bf5 22. Rf1 Be4 0-1.

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Apr-10-07  gauer: At move 12, white seems to be playing the Bird variation of the Italian. However, here it is black with the Pawn at e4, and potent Queenside mobility, due to the lack of a cramp.
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  tpstar: In the Two Knights Defense Polerio with 5 ... Na5, 8. Ba4?! is dubious compared to 8. Be2 or 8. Bd3 or 8. Qf3. Opening Explorer The main line is 8. Ba4?! h6 9. Nf3 e4 10. Ne5 Qd4 (Fork) 11. Bxc6+ Nxc6 12. Nxc6 Qd5 (Trapping) 13. Nxa7 Rxa7:

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White has three Pawns for the piece, but Black has better development and easy Queenside counterplay with an immediate threat against a2. Play may continue 14. Nc3 Qc4 delaying castling or else saddling White with an IQP after 15. d3. For Black, not 14. 0-0 Rxa2?? 15. Nc3.

White could try 10. Qe2 rather than 10. Ne5, pinning the Pe4 against Black's King, but after 10 ... Bd6 White shouldn't castle 11. 0-0?! due to 11 ... 0-0 (breaking the pin) 12. Nd4 (Fritz 10 gives 12. d4 Bg4 13. Nbd2 ) 12 ... Bxh2+! 13. Kxh2 Ng4+:

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1) 14. Kh1? Qh4+ 15. Kg1 Qh2#.

2) 14. Kg1 Qh4 forces 15. Qxg4 Bxg4 winning the White Queen for BN.

3) 14. Kg3 Qxd4 regains the piece, threatens the Ba4, and leaves White's King hopelessly exposed (15. Bb3 Qd6+).

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  MissScarlett: Illustrated London News, May 4th 1861, p.428:

<THE MANCHESTER CHESS TOURNEY. The fifth and final game between Messrs. Horwitz and Pindar came off on Saturday last in favour of Mr. Pindar. At the termination the score stood :- Pindar, 3; Horwitz, 1: Drawn, 1. Astonishing as such a result would have been ten years ago, it was not, we believe, unexpected at the present time. Mr. Horwitz has been long out of practice; his powers of combination have fallen off, and the nervousness which in his best day told against him has of late increased so much that little or no reliance can be placed upon his play. Under these circumstances no one can wonder he has lost, but everybody who remembers what his play once was will be inclined to hope this is his last set contest.>

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  MissScarlett: The <ILN> score has <21...Rad8>, causing Staunton to wonder: <Such is the move in the copy sent to us but we are not sure from what follows that it is the one really played. Possibly Black moved [21...Qd8]>

After <22.Ba3>, <It is this which makes us doubtful whether there is not some mistake in Black's last move. If he really played [21...Rad8], White would, surely, have exchanged Queens, and then played [Ba3].>

On <23.Rxb1>, <Any player of six months' knowledge of chess would have seen that this must lose the game instanter.>

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