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Louis Paulsen vs Berthold Englisch
Leipzig (1877), Leipzig GER, rd 10, Jul-21
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Quiet Line (A28)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: 32...Rxd5 was a mistake. Pawn ending seems to be lost for black.
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  beatgiant: <Honza Cervenka: 32...Rxd5 was a mistake. Pawn ending seems to be lost for black.>

Did you consider 36...a5 37. b4 axb4 38. axb4 Kb5? How would White win against this defense?

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  beatgiant: Probably White's win is 36...a5 37. b3 h5 38. g3 f5 39. f4 similar to the game, and then 39...gxf4 40. gxf4 h4 41. a4 with zugzwang.

Looks like <Honza> is right, as usual!

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  beatgiant: But another possible improvement for Black is 34...d4 35. Ke2 Ke6 36. Kd3 Kd5 37. b4 f5 and it looks like White's in danger (38. a4 a5, or 38. g3 a6 39. g4 f4, etc.)
Feb-10-05  aw1988: Obviously Englisch has no intuition. Who would go into a pawn endgame with Paulsen's queenside pawns looking so dangerous?
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  beatgiant: <aw1988>
<Obviously Englisch has no intuition.> It is not so obvious to me, because Black has the plan of undermining the c-pawn. This works well for Black in the lines I gave above starting with 34...d4. Did you find something strong for White against this possibility?
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  Honza Cervenka: <beatgiant> You are right. 34...d4! is an improvement which I have overlooked. It turns the table.
Feb-11-05  euripides: Interesting. White's Q-side pawns give White more opportunity to temporise than Black gets from the K-side, so White wins the zugzwang battle.
Apr-25-05  ragnar0C: Berthold Englisch: is there a little irony there or is it just me?
Mar-18-14  whiteshark: Please excuse for my bad Englisch...

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