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Vera Menchik vs Edgar Colle
"Vera Few Mistakes" (game of the day Jul-28-2004)
Paris (1929), Paris FRA, rd 8, Jun-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Line (E40)  ·  1-0

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Jul-28-04  Calculoso: 39. ... Rg5 36. Qg4+ Kh6 37. Qh4 Kg6 38. Rxg5+ Kf7 39. Rxg7+ Kxg7 40. Qe7+ and there is no point in continuing (maybe there is a mate, I just did this "analysis" in my head).
Jul-28-04  Dick Brain: Nice game, very alert and sharp! I would have blown everything because of my materialistic tendancies by making the piece capture 34. Rxb7?
Jul-28-04  Dick Brain: <Calculoso> Most people would be happy enough to be a full Queen up for no compensation; no need for mate.
Jul-28-04
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: After 26.Bc1!, almost every square on the c1-h6 diagonal is occupied. Looks pretty funny to me (perhaps not to Colle). In any case, this is a good example of why 4...Bxc3 is such a bad move. White gets to take over the center and place the QB on a3 without letting Black have much of anything in return. However, my chess myopia is bothering me; wasn't 17.c5 simply the blunder of a pawn? After 22...Nd5-f6 or 23...Rad1 what compensation does Menchik have?
Jul-28-04  Dick Brain: <An Englishman> I agree! We have all seen x-ray attacks before, but how often do you see one where the x-ray goes through your opponent's piece then through your own piece then to another of your opponent's pieces (not to mention still another important piece on the same diagonal). Very unusual.

<wasn't 17. c5 simply a blunder of a pawn> No I don't think so. Look at White's Queen on g3: if Black were to capture dxc5, then White's Queen could come into Qxc7. I think the problem was on the next move after 17...Qh6, then 18. Qf2? was the pawn-losing blooper because now the Queen no longer points to c7. 18. Re1 would be a better defense for that reason.

Jul-28-04
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  kevin86: The diagonal reminds me of the old anti-anti-missile missile missile,during the cold war days.It is a unique theme-and should be stated as so (lol). Not only that,but a similar,simpler attack exists along the e file.
Jul-28-04
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  Chessical: <34.Rxb7?!> is a much weaker alternative:

34...Rxg2 35.Qe3 Rxh2+ 36.Kxh2 Qh4+ 37.Kg1 Qg3+ 38.Kh1=

Jul-14-09  sfm: 23.-,Nxd4 is very, very smart - unfortunately there is 26.Bc1!
Aug-26-11  sevenseaman: Scintillating games. Vera died very young. As a force in chess she was building up into a tornado.
Jul-20-20
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  sachistu: The actual finish was 39...Rg5 40.Qg4+ as given in L'Echiquier,1929,p291-2 and Schackvarlden,1929,p203 and in Tony Gillam's book of Rare and Unpublished Tournaments and Matches, p31. Gillam cites the London Times Weekly Edition.

The version given in Tanner's book on Vera Menchik cited L'Echiquier, 1929 as the source, but it also terminated prematurely with 39.Re5+.

I'll submit a correction slip.

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