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Adolf Albin vs Ossip Bernstein
Vienna (1904), Vienna AUH
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Canal Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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Apr-07-08  Riverbeast: A weird type of back rank mate
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  BishopofBlunder: Despite this being a rather simple tactic, and a relatively easy puzzle, it's something I probably would miss in the heat of the battle of OTB play.

One reason why I remain a blunderous patzer. <sigh>

Apr-07-08  Samagonka: Well, if this puzzle was very easy then I'm the father of Halle Berry's baby!
Apr-07-08  offramp: <Riverbeast: A weird type of back rank mate> That is a very funny comment. The most original here.
Apr-07-08  GibGezr: Looked at Bxf2 and Qxf2, both of which are silly, and then immediately saw that the rook on d6 was the important piece to the puzzle. QxNf3 and it's all over.
Apr-07-08  mig55: <Samagonka:> It "is" very easy, so you are the father...:-)
Apr-07-08  DeepThought: Easy only after finding the right solution...five minutes before, I was nearly despaired.
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  suenteus po 147: Ugh. It was so easy I couldn't figure it out.
Apr-07-08  wals: Static evaluation: White is tied up tighter than a virgins chastity belt. with virtually no play by the pieces.

Dynamic evaluation: The Queen taking f3 would be fine if gxf3 allowing Rg6#, but what if g2 moved to g3? Moving Rb8 to e8 would result in its loss by Qa4 if Qe2x f3.
Reasonable moves, Rxd5, Qxf3, Rd6-g6.

23. ...Qxf3 24.g2-g3 ...Rxd5 25.Qd1 ...Rxd1 26.Rxd1 ...Qf2#


O yes, can assume I popped the chastity belts's lock

Apr-07-08  Cibator: A ridiculous pattern indeed, <Gawain>! So ridiculous, it would take playing thru the game score to convince me that that wasn't the QR on h1 :)
Apr-07-08  Jason Frost: Wow this one actually took me a while find, I kept thinking that their was no rook on h1 even though I had seen it earlier
Apr-07-08  jheiner: Material is about to be even, the pawn on e5 is loose, but Black can do much better. The White King's situation is very poor.

After looking at various sac's and pins, wishful thinking, the defining feature of the position is Black's Rooks. Neither of them have access to the back rank, which would allow for some back rank tactics. But the Black rook on the 6th rank has access to the g-file. After capturing 23...Qxf3, White can't recapture due to 24.gxf3 Rg6#.

Maybe there's something better, but this is good enough for a win. White's position quickly falls apart after 24...Rg6 regardless.

Yep, easy. I wonder if this one was played out as a courtesy, as was the style at the time.

Once you see it, it is glaring. I particularly liked this puzzle because it hilights a tactic for destroying the Kingside. This is one of those "how to punish" patterns to keep in the back of one's mind.

I remember a quote someone posted last week about "Patzer's don't see the ranks" or something along those lines. Here's a good example. Good to be back on Monday Puzzles. :)

Apr-07-08  MaxxLange: <a quote someone posted last week> Probably me, since I mentioned it. But I don't know if it is a quote from anything known, or just a bit of chess folklore.

Black did him a favor, really, letting him self-mate, just to get the game over with. Look at that poor White King, buried in by his Rooks. Albin took quite a stomping indeed after playing exd5??

Apr-07-08  Rank Amateur: Maybe I took this too far. After
23 .. Qxf3
I looked for White's best move.
24 Qc2
prevents mate. White's lost a piece, and the d-pawn is next to go. The Kibitzers who called it 'black wins a piece' saw more than Albin.
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  ajk68: 13. Qa4

Is this where white goes wrong?
It seems castling would be prudent.

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  johnlspouge: <<jheiner> wrote: Good to be back on Monday Puzzles. :)>

Amen, brother!

After Sundays, I look forward to Mondays, so I can get some rest from my "hobby" ;>)

Apr-07-08  lipschutz: Albin's play was dreadful! If only my opponents would play moves like 14. exd5??
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  patzer2: For the Monday, April 7, 2008 puzzle solution, Black's 23...Qxf3! leads to mate-in-two.
Apr-08-08  TheaN: 1/1

A bit late, had the solution early yesterday.

23....Qxf3! is a quiet Queen sac (for as far it's a sac) to simply pick up this Knight as:

24.gxf3 Rg6#. After other moves (which are limited for White), moves like Re8 do induce a forced Queen sac by Black:

24.... Re8 25....Qxf2+ 26.Rxf2 Re1#. Defendable, but not as easy, being already a piece down.

Apr-08-08  TheaN: Oh, scratch that last XD, as e8 is covered by the Queen. Simple details that you only look at later, when the damage already has been done :). Black will activate his b-rook by using the d-file and win with a piece up, as White is still close to paralysed.
Jun-27-08  jmuller: >> ajk68: 13. Qa4

>> Is this where white goes wrong?

Yes. In *The Art of the Checkmate*, Renaud and Kahn write of 13.Qa4, "The player with an inferior development should never attack. Bernstein is about to remind his worthy opponent of this principle."

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  GrahamClayton: 15.de4 underestimates Black's attack. Better may have been 15.♘d4 ♗d4 16.cd4 ♕d4 17.♕c6+ ♔d8 18.♖c1 ♕b4+ 18.♔f1.
Oct-18-10  sevenseaman: 13. Qa4 is premature. One really cannot say White didn't have time to castle; and that basically led to most of his travails.
Feb-27-18  takchess: I thought 20...Bxf2+ might be interesting . But it leads nowhere per GM Stockfish 21.Kxf2 Qe2+ 22.Kg3 Rxb4 23.Qxc7 h5 24.Rhg1 Rg4+ 25.Kh3 g5 26.Rae1 Rh4+ 27.Kg3 Rg4+ 28.Kh3
Apr-09-18  Retireborn: Is anything known about the occasion of this game (tournament, date, no of players etc) or was it an offhand game?

EDO has two Vienna club tournaments in 1904 but these players weren't in them, nor can it be from the thematic Kings Gambit tournament (although Albin did play in that.)

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