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Paul Rudolf von Bilguer vs Tassilo von der Lasa
"Rudolf Knows" (game of the day Dec-22-2004)
Berlin (1839), Berlin GER
Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit. London Defense (C44)  ·  1-0

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Dec-22-04  isolatedpawn: <chessgames.com. Thanks for putting this as the GOTD. This is a much better game than the one before. Good attack from White!!!
Dec-22-04  cuendillar: Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer...
Sorry, couldn't resist

A good game, always fun with tactical upsets. I guess the great baron got to greedy

Dec-22-04  Skylark: Awesome tactical play by white. Much better!
Dec-22-04  KKW: Please visit my game collection: Game Collection: KKW's 'Unorthodox chess opening moves'
Dec-22-04  Zembla: Great game. Is this the Scotch Gambit?
Dec-22-04  Ziggurat: <zembla>Yes, it is. 4. - Bb4+ is generally shunned in favour of 4. - Bc5 or 4. - Nf6 nowadays (I think).
Dec-22-04  Calculon: If Paul Rudolph were a communist (not possible I think since Marx developed this theory around 1856) and there was some precipitation and he stated this and another questioned his judgment, you could reply "Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear." lol
Dec-22-04
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  kevin86: <Calculon> maybe Rudolph the Red could be a Viking!!

Two charactistics of this one are neat! First,black has tripled pawns-a dual weakness for him-it creates three isolated pawns,and worse-it open the files against him.

Second,I liked the revolving door defense (at d7,e7,e8) by black-too bad-in the end,he came up a door too short.It's like those old number puzzles,where you try to manoever the numbers in order.

Dec-22-04  patzer2: At http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristma..., I found a bit more interesting history and background on the story and song "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," and other popular Christmas songs and characters. Turns out the song is the second best selling Christmas song of all time, second only to "White Christmas."
Dec-22-04  patzer2: I wouldn't label 4...Bb4+?! an outright blunder, but I think 4...Nf6 is much better. It is certainly much more popular, and has better results (about 50% winning chances, compared with 70% losses for 4...Bb4?!), according to the opening explorer.
Dec-22-04  patzer2: Rudolph was probably pretty pleased with his possition after 6...cxb2?! 7. Bxb2 , giving White a strong attack. Better I think was 6...d6 with good counterplay for Black as in R Atotubo vs Igor Ivanov, 1993 .
Dec-22-04  Ziggurat: A line by Keres (given in "An opening repertoire for the attacking player" by Keene/Levy) goes 6...d6 7 a3 Ba5 8 b4 Bb6 9 Qb3 Qf6 10 Nc3 "with a strong attack".
Dec-22-04  Stonewaller2: <Calculon> Actually Marx published his Communist Manifesto around 1848, still a little too late for von Bilguer who died in 1840. I supppose one could say From each (Gambit) according to his ability, or drink is the Keres of the working class . . .
Dec-22-04  jkiipli: what about 9...f5!? maybe 10.e6 Qe7 and then what? if 11.exd7 then 11...Bxd7 and black can 0-0-0, else 11...d6 and white's attacking diagonal and e-file for rook are both blocked with his own pawn. what are your opininons? can the passed e-pawn turn dangerous during further play?
Dec-22-04  GreenDayGuy: That e-pawn would be a pain in the butt, but maybe white could play 12. Na3, starting a queen side invasion, but i do think that you're idea is better.
Dec-23-04  grobmaverick: 16 Bxd5. Would the baron have resigned?
Dec-28-04  Stonewaller2: probably not, after 16. ... ♕xg2# . . .
Jan-08-05  patzer2: <jkiipli: what about 9...f5!? maybe 10.e6 Qe7 and then what?> There follows 11. exd7+! and Black can resign as the coming White Rook checks are crushing.
Aug-11-05  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <Stonewaller2> 16...Qxg2 is not checkmate due to 17.Bxg2.
Oct-25-14  Sebastian88: The biggest mistake is 7... f6? Black should play: 7...Nf6! 8.e5 Nh5! 9.a3 Be7! 10.Qd5 0-0 with a good game.
Oct-28-17
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  keypusher: 19th century masters seem to have enjoyed sometimes playing the role of NN in casual games -- Anderssen and Zukertort gave the impression of taking turns being the other's foil.

Here, neglecting development, making too many pawn moves, and leaving his king in the center, the great von der Lasa does NN better than NN ever could. Macon Shibut wrote that this could have been a Morphy game, except he was two when it was played.

<grobmaverick: 16 Bxd5. Would the baron have resigned?> Maybe so. 16...cxd5 17.Qh4+ Kc8 18.Qxh3+, etc.

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