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Wolfgang Unzicker vs Theo D van Scheltinga
Staunton Memorial (1951), ENG, rd 8, Jun-09
Alekhine Defense: Modern Variation. Main Line (B05)  ·  1-0



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May-05-06  dakgootje: I join the 24. Bd4-club
May-05-06  RandomVisitor: Here is my vote for best play:22.♖d7 ♕e5 23.♗xc4 ♖ac8 24.♘c5 ♖xc5 25.♗xc5 ♕xc5 26.♖xg7 ♔xg7 27.♕xb2+ ♔h6 (27...♖f6 28.♕xb7+) 28.♕d2+ etc.
May-05-06  RandomVisitor: 22...Qc6 is scored as a very weak move by the computer - not even in the top 8 moves available to Black.
May-05-06  Marco65: <RandomVisitor> I think Black has an improvement in your variation: (22.Rd7 Qe5 23.Bxc4 Rac8 24.Nc5 Rxc5 25.Bxc5 Qxc5 26.Rxg7) Nxc4! 27.Qc3 Qe5 28.Qxe5 Nxe5 29.Rxb7

Black is lost anyway, but I still prefer 23.Bd4 as in my previous post (Q vs R rather than the exchange)

May-05-06  aazqua: very nice. THe first few moves are straightforward and then the knight forks gives the rook leeway to finish things off. Once again, unzicker seems to have found an opponent willing to forego basic chess theory in order to give unzi a chance to sparkle.
May-05-06  dakgootje: < 22...Qc6 is scored as a very weak move by the computer - not even in the top 8 moves available to Black> True, i calculated both Qc6 as Qe5, but somehow Qc6 seems so logical to play...
May-05-06  RandomVisitor: <Macro65>On 26...♘xc4 27.♖xb7 ♕d5 (27...♕d4 28.♖d1)28.♕c3+ ♘e5 29.♖e7 the Knight is lost - Black cannot mount an adequate defense
May-05-06  DanRoss53: Sign me up for 24. ♗d4! too... although, I enjoy 24. ♖xh7+ from an aesthetic point of view.
May-05-06  Phi: I got it immediately after realizing that 22...Nxe3?? doesn't work because of QxQ, which took me quite a while. I guess I need some sleep :)
May-05-06  jperr75108: I also put 24. Bd4 in my line, but its not as cool as Rxh7.
May-05-06  moppa: I thought the theme was 22. Nd2, 23. Rd4 and when black is trying to protect the night, white goes 24. Qxg6.

But of course black wouldn't take the Queen.

May-05-06  KingV93: Saw Rd7 and Rxg7 but not the knight fork at g5 so I'm giving myself partial credit. I usually spend under five minutes over morning coffee looking at these so I think that is not so bad for a friday. Just looking at the names in this one suggests some difficulty.
May-05-06  zb2cr: I found 22. Rd7, but faltered after that. No credit for me!
May-05-06  dl239: Gotta love the people who "got it in x nanoseconds".

Reality check: guessing the first move without working out variations proving it works should not be considered "getting it"...often a tempting move appears OTB but you can't just make the move without calculation because it's not a puzzle- it's a game and you want to win!

May-05-06  Marco65: <RandomVisitor> What about 26...Nxc4 27.Rxb7 Rc8 ? For instance:

28.Rc1 Qe5 29.Rb4 Nd6

28.Re1 Qd4 29.Rb4 Qd2

can Black save the knight?

May-05-06  RonB52734: Is there a decisive reply to 23...Kxg7? It seems to muddy the water a bit.
May-05-06  RandomVisitor: <Marco65>26...Nxc4 27.Rxb7 Rc8 28.Rc1:

a) 28...Qe5 29.Qd3
b) 28...Qd4 29.Rb4

The Knight cannot be saved.

May-05-06  OrigamiGuy: <RonB52734> 23... Kxg7 24.Qc3+, and Black's king has nowhere to go. 24... Ne5 25.Qxe5+ Rf6 26.Qxf6 mate.
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  kevin86: I got most of this one,though I missed Rh7+ with the fork in hand if the king takes!

White threatens a nasty windmill starting 26 ♖g7+ as well as 26 ♘xf6+

Black has little defense-if any.

May-05-06  Jacob32905: .When I looked at the postion,I thought the white knight was on F4.So after I realized Im an idiot:) It still makes for a good puzzle. So white to move with the knight on F4. Lets see who gets it!
May-05-06  YouRang: Not too hard for a Friday. I thought. :-)

22. Rd7 was almost screaming, and Black's immediate replies were not too hard to counter:

If 22...Qe5, then 23. Bd4 gives a nasty pin.

If 22...Qc6 (as in the game), then 23. Rxg7! and the rook is safe thanks to the soon-to-mate 24. Qc4+.

After 23...Qxe6, I found 24. Bd4 Ne5 25. Qc7 to be a devastating attack.

May-05-06  The17thPawn: I was curious as to who was the best German player post WWII (East or West) and it looks like Uhlmann is superior to Unzicker. With a record of 2-0-3 and a candidates birth that Unzicker never acheived.
May-05-06  HoopDreams: "RonB52734: Is there a decisive reply to 23...Kxg7? It seems to muddy the water a bit." Kxg7 24. Qc3+ is like forced mate right?
May-05-06  jmelton: <Atking: Here again Unzicker converted very logically his opening advantage. May be 7. ...exd6 was more prudent.>

There was nothing wrong with cxd6 -- there are lots of paths from there that lead to equality or a slight edge for White. Black went astray on move 17 with Nca4, allowing Unzicker to uncover a nasty pin/double attack with 18.Ne4, and it was all downhill from there. Black could have tried 18...d5 instead of ...Nxb2, but then his knight would be stranded after 19.b3.

May-05-06  RonB52734: Thanks for the 2 replies. I don't know why I didn't see that!
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