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Gustav Neumann vs Louis Paulsen
Baden-Baden (1870), Baden-Baden GER, rd 1, Jul-18
Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation (A85)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: Paulsen's technique was quite good.
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  Phony Benoni: I couldn't believe that Paulsen was able to get out of that mess.
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  Honza Cervenka: Btw, very modern looking game.
Sep-01-06  Open Defence: yes Honza, I feel Paulsen's contribution to chess is quite often overlooked or under rated.. he showed a way of handling certain positions that was far ahead of his contemporaries i feel...
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  Honza Cervenka: <Open Defence> I like Paulsen as well as many other 19th century masters. Players of that period are usually presented in quite stereotypical manner as romantic tacticians (or positional players in case of Steinitz and his followers, eventually Staunton as Steinitz's predecesor on this field) but the reality is a bit more complex I think. Those best of so called romantics (especially Anderssen's finest games of 1860s and 1870s are good examples) played in fact many games with very fine positional play and not so long ago I came across some commented games from Anderssen-Kolisch match where the contemporary commentators expressed largely positional approach to the games. All it was based rather on their own intuition than any established general principles, but it was quite competent even according to present standards.:-)
Sep-02-06  euripides: From Kmoch's book on pawns, I get the impression that Paulsen virtually invented the theory of the Sicilian. A really great figure in nineteenth-century chess. Steinitz was a very good self-publicist as well as a great player and I think the contributions of people like Paulsen have been underestimated as a result.
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  Honza Cervenka: <From Kmoch's book on pawns, I get the impression that Paulsen virtually invented the theory of the Sicilian.> Both Paulsens did it. But Paulen's defence got its name after Wilfried.
Sep-03-06  euripides: Ah.... I didn't realise there were two of them. Very cunning.
Sep-03-06  Tomlinsky: In his book 'Wining with the Sicilian' Mark Taimanov saves the Paulsen System until last before his own Taimanov variation. He underlines what a big step it was switching over from the Rauzer and Boleslavsky Systems that had served him so well...

"There turned out to be so much in the process of its understanding that it determined my tastes for a decade".

Taimanov highly respected the Paulsen's contributions to solving problems within the Sicilian. He liked it's elasticity as opposed to the sharp 'slide-rule' variations of the Najdorf.

It was the perfecting his understanding of the Paulsen System fused with his own trade mark innovations that brought forth the wonderful Sicilian Taimanov.

Apr-20-10  ariel el luchador: La jugada 17 del blanco es dudosa porque se resigna a jugar sin enroque,la idea de jugar P4R sin tener que cambiar el peón rey fracasó en la partida porque el peón de 4R pasó a 5D,quedando debil,después de que las negras jugaran 21)...CxC, 23)D2D parece ser otro error blanco, porque pocas jugadas después pierde el peón de 5D ,parece mejor jugada 23)D4R,
Apr-28-10  ariel el luchador: supongo que con 23) D4R las blancas estan mejor y no encuentro buenas jugadas para el negro, en inglés : i think that with 23)De4 the white´s game is better than the black pieces.
Mar-08-22  Stolzenberg: ariel el luchador: "... parece mejor jugada 23)D4R" which is in english "... 23. Qe4 seems to be better", and "... I think that with 23. Qe4 the white game is better than the black pieces." 23. Qe4 would probably have seen 23. ... Qa8 24. Bf3 Rf5 with pressure on d5. For example: 25. Bxc5!? dxc5 26. d6 Qxe4 27. Bxe4 Rxf4 28. dxe7 Rxe7 or 25. Kc2 Rc7 and so on. Instead after 23. Qd2 a later Bf3 would directly protect d5.
Mar-08-22  Stolzenberg: 28. Qg2 Rxd4 29. Rxd4 cxd4 30. Qd5

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