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Hans Zollner vs Klaus Junge
3rd General Government (1942), Warsaw, rd 3, Oct-13
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Szabo Variation (D44)  ·  0-1



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May-25-08  lost in space: Simply a brilliant game from Junge.

I found 5 games of Junge were he played the so called Botwinnick variation. He won 4 and lost one. In the future I will call this variation according to his inventor and promotor, Klaus Junge.

Dec-17-09  returnoftheking: 6 in the database here now; 5-1 for Junge. I will join you in naming this the Junge variation!
Dec-17-09  returnoftheking: By the way, can someone with Rybka take a look at the position before 21. h4 ? I thought black should be lost but my Fritz 6 is not so convinced!
Dec-21-09  lost in space: Before 21. h4:

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Rybka 3: -0,27; d=21

21. Qh4 Rb8 22. b4 cxb3 23. axb3 Qa5 24. Qh7+ Kc6 25. Qc2 Kb6 26. Kb1 Bb4 27. Rd3 Bc3

I let it run deeper

Dec-21-09  lost in space: No signifcant change with d=24

21. Qh4: -0,48
21. Rd2: -0,79
21. Kb1: -0,93

Dec-21-09  returnoftheking: That's really amazing considering the fact that white is ahead the exchange and a pawn-while his own king looks a bit vulnerable as well.
Sep-30-14  yureesystem: lost in space, I agree, it should be call Junge variation not Botvinnik.
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  FSR: Komodo 9.02 prefers 16...Bxe4! 17.Qxe4 Rc8 18.Qh7 (after 18.O-O Qc6! Black just gets a won ending; his pawns are monsters) Bb4+ 19.Kf1 Nxf6 20.Qxf7+ Kd8 21.Qxf6+ Be7 22.Qf4 d3 23.Qe4 Bc5 24.f4 Qa5 25.g3 Qb4 26.Rb1 Rg7 27.Qe1 (White has other tries, but everything is bad for him) Qxe1+ 28.Kxe1 Be3 and Black has a winning advantage despite being a pawn down, since his pawns are much more mobile.

Note that the fearsome-looking 17.Bxf7+ actually gives Black a won game after 17...Kxf7 18.Bd8+ Ke8 19.Bxb6 Bb4+ 20.Kd1 Bxg2! 21.Bxd4 Bxh1 or 21.Rg1 d3! 22.Kc1 Nxb6.

Mar-30-19  Saniyat24: brilliant game...absolutely exemplary attacking chess...charismatic destruction by the c and d pawns with the help of the dark square black bishop, the queen and the rook...Zollner on the Junge-plunge...!!
Dec-22-20  unspiek: Did Botvinnik have any access to these games of Junge's, or was this a case of parallel invention? Did they appear in any publications MB could have seen?
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  MissScarlett: The main German periodicals (Deutsche Schachzeiting, Deutsche Schachblatter, Schach Echo) all seem to have appeared uninterruptedly through 1942, and one might suppose that Junge, as their Great White Hope, would have featured prominently. So the question might be better cast as 'Could Botvinnik have seen these publications?' The possibility they may have appeared in the Soviet press can very likely be ruled out.
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  Telemus: What about T van Scheltinga vs Gruenfeld, 1936 ?

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