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Ossip Bernstein vs Georg Salwe
"It's Salwe's Something" (game of the day May-12-2006)
Ostend-B (1907), Ostend BEL, rd 29, Jun-24
Tarrasch Defense: Two Knights Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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May-12-06  giantwizard: Nice play by Bernstein.
May-12-06  LluviaSean: Second!!
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  numbersguy70: Lots of ways for white to win this ending. Rather insulting to play past move 31.
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  al wazir: 22...c4 was called for.
May-12-06  dbquintillion: The creator of that pun should get 100 chessbucks.
May-12-06  soberknight: Although I am a mediocre chess player (1600-1700) and probably always will be, I enjoy finding new positional patterns. It's all fun and dandy to find a smothered mate or a back-rank mate or Bxh7+ sacrifice for the hundredth time, but the curious student of chess always searches for a new pattern - something he has not yet seen.

In this respect, composed studies and problems fill a certain need. However, every now and then I find an interesting move in a game.

So it is with Bernstein's 35 Kd2. My immediate reaction was, "What's the point? And why doesn't Black just take the pawn?" Then I saw, if Black takes the pawn, 36 Kc1 traps the bishop, for if ...Bxb3, 37 Na5+ nails the wayward fool with a cute knight fork.

In the game, white's king moved up the board. 35...Kd5, Black gets his king out of the knight fork. 36 Kc3! White controls d4 and, more to the point, threatens to trap the bishop with Nd2. Black has to give up a pawn to save the bishop, and the rest is just a formality.

Now 35 Kc2 is not the greatest move in this game, but it's cool - it shows an idea that I've rarely seen. The fact that 35 a3 also works is, to my mind, almost irrelevant.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: You know, I hate to encourage you people, but that is one inspired pun.
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  Eggman: The pun is nice but it would be more appropriate to a game in which Salwe overcame staunch defense to win or perhaps saved a seemingly lost position.
May-12-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Great endgame by Bernstein with some nice fork threats!

Excellent pun too!

May-12-06  Maatalkko: My second-favorite pun I have seen on this site. But I still prefer "Deschapelles Show".
May-12-06  Confuse: if knights could have titles, this one would be... lancelot? i dont know a lot of knights. well done lancelot.
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  kevin86: A strange combination of sacs and exchanges leaves white with a good knight and black a BAD bishop. Good night,black-lol
May-12-06  vmur2000: Can somebody tell me why white played 34 Nc4 instead of trapping the bishop with Kd2?Maybe I am missing something huh!!
May-12-06  vmur2000: ok got it myself.The Bishop escapes after white plays f4.Hmm.
May-12-06  dakgootje: thats a pretty dangerous knight =)

Great pun!

May-12-06  weisyschwarz: Better pun would be "Ossip columns".
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  OhioChessFan: I agree with <al wazir> c4 would have made a game of it. After the pseudo sacrifice, White is up a pawn, and Black has a doubled pawn. And <numbersguy70> is also correct in that the game was clearly over after the exchange of Rooks.
Aug-16-11  naruto00122: 37...Bg6 is better than 37...Bh7

Continuation: 37...Bg6 38.e4+ Ke6 39.f5+

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