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Walter Sahlmann vs Klaus Junge
"Smoked Sahlmann" (game of the day Dec-16-2014)
Hamburg Championship (1941), rd 8
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  0-1



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Dec-20-09  lost in space: For me the most intersting part of this game is the opening.

Junge played a sicilian with a very early d5; I am playing the sicilian since ages and one of the first things I learned, is that an early d5 is mostly I never ever think about it. For me in the sicilian d5 is something for the middlegame. Maybe the wrong mindset.

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What is the best play for White her? As mainline I found:

5. Bb5 dxe4 6. Nxc6 Qxd1 7. Kxd1 a6 8. Ba4 Bd7 9. Nc3 bxc6 10. Nxe4 e5 11. Be3 f5 12. Nc5 Nf6; ca. +0,4.

K Charlesworth vs A Truscott, 1946

Other options for White:
5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. exd5 Qxd5 (6...cxd5? 7. Bb5+ Bd7 8. Qxd5 Qa5+? 9. Bd2 Qxb5 10. Qxa8) 7. Nd2 Nf6 8. Be2 e5 9. Bf3 e4 10. Qe2 Bf5 11. Bxe4 Bxe4 12. f3 and White is fine

Jan-01-12  rannewman: There is a nice trick in the ending.
66.Kf1 Kb7 67.b6 f2+!
Dec-11-14  drunknite: another nice trick is 55 b6 Bc5 56 Bb8
Dec-16-14  swr2408018: Surely 66.Kf1 is mate in 4: 66.Kf1 Kc5 67.b6 Kd4 68.b7 Ke3 69.b8(Q) g2#.
Dec-16-14  morfishine: 65 moves is not "smoked"
Dec-16-14  TheBish: I would expect 66. Kf1 Kc5! 67. b6 Kd4! 68. b7 Ke3 69. b8=Q g2#.
Dec-16-14  TheBish: <morfishine: 65 moves is not "smoked".>

I depends on whether the king was cremated or not. I don't believe most royals opt for cremation, but you could still say the king got smoked! Sitting duck anyway, waiting for those pawns to kill him!

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  Once: Morf - I suspect that "smoked" was chosen more for the pun than for the game.

I love the mate pointed out by TheBish. If the white king tries to hide on f1, the black king rushes over to protect f2. Then mate with g2#.

This is the critical position:

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White now has four possible moves, but none of them prevent the g2# mate.

We could go a little mad and give white some more passed pawns. How about this?

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Now white has no fewer than 24 possible moves and still can't prevent the mate.

Dec-16-14  Eusebius: Very nice play by Klaus. I like this suffocation at the end...
Dec-16-14  shivasuri4: <Once>, when you said 4 possible moves for White in the first diagram, I was baffled. It took a while for it to sink in that all the different promotions are, in fact, different moves.
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  kevin86: Sadly, the black pawns cannot be helped by their king- but happily, they can fend for themselves just fine!
Dec-16-14  KokeFischer: Klaus Junge was a Chilean chessplayer, who became involved in WWII. He played carefully to defeat Alekhine Alekhine vs K Junge, 1942.

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  playground player: There is something a touch bizarre about a chess tournament calmly being played nine days after Pearl Harbor, in a country whose dictator had invaded Russia and just recently declared war on the United States.
Dec-16-14  varishnakov: I thought why not 6.NxN ? Becaue there are crushing threats of a fork and discovered check and the like.

But then 6...QxQ+ 7.KxQ P-QR3! holds everything nicely.

Dec-16-14  MindCtrol9: I think White could do better in the aperture.Conditionally, White did not play good either.
Dec-16-14  MindCtrol9: Positionally what I tried to write.It is a little difficult to write with the cell.
Dec-16-14  Edeltalent: Where is the win for Black if White takes on d4 any time between move 42 and 46?

The best I can come up with is 46.Bxd4 exd4 47.Kd2 h6 48.Ke2 g5 49.hxg5 hxg5 50.Kd2 f4 51.gxf4 gxf4 52.Ke1 d3 53.Kd2 Kd4 54.b6 e3+ 55.fxe3+ fxe3+ 56.Kd1 d2 57.Ke2 (of course not 57.b7?? Kd3 58.b8Q e2#) Kc3 58.b7 Kc2 59.b8Q d1Q+ 60.Kxe3 Qd3+ 61.Kf2 Qd4+ 62.Kf3 Qxa4, which seems like a lot of pain still ahead for White in a practical game, but on the other hand also is not a convincing conversion for Black at all (in fact, it's a tablebase draw).

Dec-16-14  eaglewing: <Edeltalent>: I had the same question about the pawn endgame following Be3xBd4 e5xd4 (when b5 is already played). It is a win for black. I think your variant is fine until 51.gxf4 gxf4, there are different roads to go this principle position of protected free pawn hold by the black king versus 3 black connected pawns contra pawn and king. Then: 1) Black king to switch between d5-d6.
2) Play f3.
3) Wait until the white king leaves d2.
4) Play e3.
5) Directly follow-up with d3.
Now the free pawns on d3 and f3 nail the white king to e1 (or you queen). The white e-pawn is taken when he arrives on e5 (or an advanced b6 is first taken). Basicly the white pawns are hold and eaten and the Zugzwang forces the move Ke1-resign.
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  Domdaniel: <playground player> - <There is something a touch bizarre about a chess tournament calmly being played nine days after Pearl Harbor>

I don't think that Pearl Harbor had much impact in Europe at the time - they had other things to worry about.

Later, of course, with hindsight, it was seen as a historical turning point.

Perhaps it *is* bizarre for chess masters to carry on playing during wartime. But what else can they do?

Dec-17-14  Edeltalent: <eaglewing> Good catch, that's a very important motive. By the way, there's a last cliff to avoid with the plan

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52.Ke2 f3+ 53.Kd2 Kd6 54.Ke1 e3? 55.fxe3 d3 55.e4 actually loses for Black, as he is in Zugzwang too. He can do a triangulation though to lose a tempo: 54...Ke6 55.Kd1 e3 56.fxe3 d3 57.Ke1 Kd7! 58.e4 Kd6 and wins.

White has the more challenging try 52.f3 (it doesn't really matter if he does this with the King on e2 or d2, as the same position arises anyway) 52...exf3 53.Kd3 f2 54.Ke2 d3+ 55.Kxf2 Kc5 56.Kf3 Kc4 57.b6 d2 58.Ke2 Kc3 59.b7 Kc2 60.b8Q d1Q+ 61.Kf2 Qd4+ 62.Kf3 Qxa4 and this looks won.

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I couldn't find an earlier improvement for White; if he plays f3 before Black has traded down to the first diagram it makes things worse, Black will force a passer on the g-file which is too far away for the White King, e.g. from the game position:

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44.Bxd4+ exd4 45.f3 exf3+ 46.Kxf3 g6 47.Kf4 h6 48.Kf3 g5 49.hxg5 (49.h5 g4+ 50.Kf4 Kd5) hxg5 50.Kf2 g4 51.Ke2 f4 52.gxf4 g3 53.f5 d3+ and Black queens first.

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