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Alexander Flamberg vs Stefan Levitsky
All-Russian Masters (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 8, Jan-16
Indian Game: Capablanca Variation (A47)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Edward Winter wrote: "

It may seem paradoxical to describe as ‘little known’ a game published in a book by Reinfeld and Chernev, but the encounter between Flamberg and Levitzky, St Petersburg, 1914 is seldom seen nowadays. Yet when they published it on pages 43-44 of their book Chess Strategy and Tactics (New York, 1933), the Americans wrote by way of introduction:

< ‘The Polish master Alexander Flamberg was a highly gifted player with profound and original ideas. Chronic ill-health prevented him from ever asserting his full powers.

Concerning one of his notable games – one of the most significant in the history of chess – his countryman Przepiórka has commented as follows: “When one examines the opening moves and the subsequent course of the game, it is almost incredible that it was played in 1914 ... The double fianchetto of the bishops, the operations on both wings, and later on the manoeuvers with the black knights and the posting of the queens on the long diagonal – all these ideas are, as we know, considered the very latest achievements of the Hypermoderns.”’> "

Source: <Chessnote 3692 <Early hypermodernism>>

Jan-20-13  bengalcat47: In the book Chess Strategy and Tactics this game is given being played out to mate. After White's move 35.Kf1 the continuation is 35... Re3; 36.Ng4+(this move is given an exclamation point in the book), 36.fxg4; 37.Qg7#.
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  Phony Benoni: <bengalcat47> There's two possibilities here.

1) One is that the game was actually played out to mate.

2) The mating variation was given in a note when the game was published, and later mistakenly incorporated into the score. This happened frequently in the Bad Old Days before <>, when people couldn't ask "What's the finish?" and expect an answer.

Seriously, I believe that in general 1) is very rare and 2) is far more likely, meaning the score as given is probably correct. Of course that's not proof, but I'd want to see some more evidence before asking that the score be changed.

Jun-09-13  Karpova: The 1926 'Wiener Schachzeitung' gives the game on page 34 played out until mate (35...Re3 36.Ng4+ fxg4 37.Qg7#). Btw, this is also where the annotations of Przepiorka appeared (see <whiteshark>'s post citing Edward Winter).
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  plang: Interesting early Queens Indian game. Black's decision to avoid the queen exchange with 27..Qc8? is hard to understand. Nice concluding attack.

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