LIFE Master AJ: (The following are my annotations of this game.)
Josef Emil Krejcik - Richard Reti [D06]
This is the "Chess Games" daily puzzle or "Problem of The Day" for Tuesday; September 15th, 2009.
White to play, (move # 10. '?').
1.d4 d5; 2.c4 Nf6!?;
This move is not very reliable, 2...e6 or 2...c6 was better.
Now White could play 3.cxd5, and then 4.e4, grabbing space in the center, with a gain of time as well.
3.Nc3 e5!?; (Bad judgment.)
Sometimes Reti's creativity could get the better of him, this is a completely unsound pawn sack. (This move is very bad, today it would rate AT LEAST one full question mark. As this game was probably an experiment, and it was played in 1922, I am being lenient in my "grading" here.)
It looks like Reti was trying to play/invent a new variant of the Budapest Gambit. [ See (NN vs R Vassilev, 2009, yesterday's game or Opening Explorer) for more details on that particular opening.]
[It would have been correct to play: 3...e6; here - which would transpose to a Queen's Gambit Declined.]
4.dxe5 Ng4T; (The only decent move.) 5.Nf3,
This is a good, solid move for White - Black is now forced to exert
himself to try and regain his lost pawn(s) ... especially the one on e5.
[ Better was 5.Qxd5 Qxd5; 6.cxd5, " " - Fritz 11. ]
To me, this is a natural move, which threatens to degrade White's Pawn
structure with BxN/c3. (I must point out that the box does not like it,
White's advantage nearly doubles.)
[Fritz prefers the following continuation for Black: >/= 5...Bc5; 6.e3 Nd7; 7.cxd5 Ngxe5; "<=>" (counterplay) however White remains a solid
pawn ahead. (8.Be2, '±'). ]
6.Bd2 , White plays it safe. (I really cannot blame him.)
[RR 6.h3 d4; (with some play) - Fritz 11. ]
6...Qe7?; (Better was: 6...Bc5; or 6...d4.)
This is a standard move in the (normal!?!) Budapest Gambit. However, this is not a "normal" position of that line, the big difference is that White's Bishop is on d2 - meaning that the WN on c3 is free to move.
Of course, this was a really bad move for Black ... ... ...
and the machine sees it that way as well. (The evaluations nearly TRIPLE in favor of White! The Black Queen just turned into a clay duck.)
[Black had to play something like the following line:
>/= 6...d4; 7.Nb5 Bxd2+; 8.Qxd2 Nc6; 9.Rd1± Qe7. (White retains a big advantage, he should remain a Pawn ahead -- no matter what branch Black should choose from here.) ]
At first glance, this looks forced. (The tricky 7...Bc5 kept pieces
on the board.)
This looks agressive ... for all of one ply. [But just until White plays the simple move of P/e2-e3. The Black Queen was probably
a lttle safer on the d8-square. Reti - of course - knew this, but was probably motivated to play "actively" ... (only) because he was two pawns down.]
[Or if 8...Qd8; then 9.Rd1, " " and White is way ahead. (Fritz
shows White with over a four point advantage here!) ]
9.e3 0-0?; (Maybe even - '??')
Normally you castle as quickly as possible, but here Reti hangs his Queen out on a line (with the laundry), where it is left to rot. (To me, it looks like Black had to play 9...a5.)
While its easy to brand this move as a mistake for Reti, finding good moves (for Black) is a much more difficult proposition! [The various engines already show that Black's game is beyond repair here.]
10.b4, " " Black Resigns.
The BQ is lost. If 10...Qc6; then White simply plays 11.Ne7+, with
a vicious Knight fork.
For more analysis and discussion of this particular chess game, please see the following CG web page: J Krejcik vs Reti, 1922. (To me, it is not completely clear if this was a tournament game, or simply a casual encounter.)