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Ilya Shumov vs Carl Jaenisch
St Petersburg (1868), St. Petersburg RUE
Russian Game: French Attack (C42)  ·  1-0



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Dec-17-11  Everett: To my naive eyes this looks like quite a modern game.
Dec-18-11  optimal play: I agree this game has a modern look about it, but there’s no reason to doubt its authenticity. If we refer back to the comments at G Pfeiffer vs Bronstein, 1957 <Shams: <Everett> Yes, I see your point. 6...d5 7.d4 Bd6 and White's opening half-move initiative is expressed rather tamely by the bishop on e2.> But Shumov instead plays c4 ahead of d4 thus maintaining the initiative and going into a more energetic middle-game.

btw I like Shumov’s final move! It might even make a nice Monday puzzle.

Dec-18-11  Everett: <but there’s no reason to doubt its authenticity>

I certainly hope you realize I was doing no such thing.

Otherwise I agree. White's 8.c4 is very interesting, challenging, off-beat and provocative. It seems there were free-thinkers throughout the history of chess.

Dec-18-11  King Death: <Everett: ...It seems there were free-thinkers throughout the history of chess.>

Janisch was one too. You all know about this variation he introduced. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5.

Dec-18-11  optimal play: <Everett> I didn't really think you doubted it's authenticity, I just made the comment in passing in case somebody else did question it. According to the chessgames database Shumov & Jaenisch had 23 games together with only 4 draws. That says something about these two combatants and how they played the game! <King Death> Of course..the Jaenisch gambit (aka Schliemann defence), now being played back at the top level thanks to Radjabov (even if he usually just draws with it).

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