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Ludwig Bledow vs Tassilo von der Lasa
"The Red Baron" (game of the day Aug-11-2016)
Berlin (1839), Berlin GER
Italian Game: Classical. Center Holding Variation (C53)  ·  1-0



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Mar-04-05  euripides: Not easy to pinpoint Black's error here. Perhaps he should play 16...exf4, though Rad8 lookd quite natural.
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  cu8sfan: What happened to Tal-week? (-;
Mar-04-05  Marco65: I missed this. I thought 23.Rxf7 Rxf7 24.e6, but 24...Bd5 should save the game for Black. Anyway, I don't understand any more what's the theme of this week...
Mar-04-05  TigerPawns: i don't know whether the combinations are getting harder or i am getting worse. my fics rating is also sliding, it must be the latter.
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  patzer2: White's 23. Rxf7! uses a series of key deflections and pins to set up a winning Queening combination, and is an instructive solution to the daily puzzle. As noted in previous posts, the deflection 26. e6+ is essential to making the combination work.
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  patzer2: <Honza Cervenka> If 20...Ne4? is the key mistake, does the alternative 20...Nd5 allow Black to survive?
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  kevin86: A fabulous finish! A bad choice for the black queen:either exchange herself for her rival and attend the resurrection of same.Or she could die for nothing.
Mar-04-05  Rank Amateur: Hey, I got that one. Though, I admit, I didn't explore any options for black other than 23...Rxf7 I was so pleased with this combination that I couldn't bear to spoil it.
Mar-04-05  aw1988: Ridiculously easy for a Friday.
Mar-04-05  Backward Development: Good game, white saw just a little bit further. Is the ...Qe7 line any good?
Mar-04-05  your brilliance: I saw the start of the combination, but I abandoned it because I couldn't think of 26 e6+ and 27 e7. Quite subtle.
Nov-12-05  Averageguy: <patzer2> After 20...Nd5 21.Ne4 looks very strong for white.
Aug-11-06  fevered cheek: playing through these old games is almost painfull to watch. nothing but blunders. anyway i think the suicide move was blacks 23...Rxf7?? things might have held on a little longer with 23...Kh8 24.e6 Rxf7 25.exf7 26.Qf8

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position after 23.Rxf7

Jun-19-07  Denis Frost: Tartakower presents following line: 18...Qe7 19.e5 b5 20.Ne4 with White┬┤s pressure. Do I miss something? Cannot Black just play 20...Rxd1 and 21...Nxe4 and win?
Nov-23-15  BabalooMoon: <Honza Cervenka> was right, back in 2003, 20...Ne4 seems to be the mistake. Black apparently has lots of playable alternative moves. Since the pawn on e5 is pinned to the unprotected rook on f5, the Knight is under no immediate threat.

20...Nd5 mentioned by <patzer2> and <Averageguy> is playable, 20...Nd5 21.Ne4 Qe3, but 20...b5 is strongest.

Aug-11-16  AlicesKnight: 16....Rad8 seems a natural move, but events stem from here; the f-pawn advance opens the f-file to the white R and the attack on f7, and 20....Ne4 initiates the ending (though where else for the N? - the threat of e6 is strong).
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  kevin86: The queen will be lost or white will get a new queen.
Oct-18-16  cwcarlson: 20...Ne4? loses, but 20...b5! 21.Bd3 Qc3 22.Nb1 Qb3 23.ef Rfe8 24.Qf1 g6 25.Rf2 Be4 wins.
Mar-06-17  The Kings Domain: The charm of these vintage games.
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  tpstar: <The charm of these vintage games> Indeed.
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  HarryP: An attractive game.
Feb-09-21  zacktheguy: Does white not drop a pawn with 18. Rf5, Qxc3? Or am I missing something?
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  keypusher: <zacktheguy: Does white not drop a pawn with 18. Rf5, Qxc3? Or am I missing something?>

Yes. In fact, he's pretty much dead in the water after ...Qxc3. As cwcarlson pointed out, he was winning after the text move, too.

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  keypusher: <As cwcarlson pointed out, he was winning after the text move, too.>

And of course by "winning" I meant White was losing.

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  GrahamClayton: <zacktheguy>
Does white not drop a pawn with 18. Rf5, Qxc3? Or am I missing something?

You are correct. Bledow is almost forced to play 19. e5, but 19...Rfe8 seems to hold, eg 20. e6 fe6 21. Be6+ Kh8. The White bishop is pinned against the Queen, which has to stay on e2 to protect the knight on d2, while 22...Be4 is a threat.

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