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Gerhard Bauermann vs Roland Butze
"No Butze About It" (game of the day Oct-14-2012)
Correspondence (1979) (correspondence), Germany
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Szabo Variation (D44)  ·  0-1



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  Benzol: Of all the games that I have uploaded into the database this year this is one that has really stuck in the memory. I'd love to see it as GOTD sometime.
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  sleepyirv: Great find <Benzol>! It's a pretty mating net- White can't go backwards (17.Kd1 Nxf2+ 18.c1 d2+ 19.Kb1 or Kc2 Be4+ 20.Bd3 Bxd3#) but walking right into the Lion's mouth doesn't work!
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  Phony Benoni: This may be a good day to turn off the computer and go back to bed. I was looking at Black's final move and wondering why he didn't castle queenside.
Oct-14-12  Nezhmetdinov: Crikey! Well done Benzol, this is magic.
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  Phony Benoni: "Bauermann only pawn in game of life."
Oct-14-12  Octal: Phony: Good bilingual pun.
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  Once: Very pretty finish by black. It helps that it's a correspondence game. I'm not sure I would have had the courage to sacrifice my queen like that in normal time controls.

But you've got to ask ... if it's correspondence, why did white walk into a mate in 3 with 18. Kd4? Instead, 18. Kf3 would have prolonged the agony (although Fritz still says it's mate in 11), and there's always "resigns".

The other striking thing about the game is that it is white who is playing all the aggressive moves, right up to the point where he starts losing.

Oct-14-12  Abdel Irada: <Phony Benoni>: The rule against capturing in the process of castling is among the most galling in chess, along with the one forbidding exchanging kings for a draw.

(On the other hand, I'm always glad my *opponents* can't do those things.)

<Once>: I think what we see in this game is the price of "aggression" that depends too heavily on one pin.

Oct-14-12  goodevans: <Once: ... why did white walk into a mate in 3 with 18. Kd4? Instead, 18. Kf3 would have prolonged the agony>

I imagine that white looked at <18.Kf3> first, saw that <18...Nef6+ 19.Kg3 Nh5+> wins the Q and concluded that <18.Kd4> was his only hope.

Oct-14-12  DarichTheThird: Is there no hope in 18. Qxh8 Ke7 19.Qxd8+?
Oct-14-12  Kangaroo: <<DarichTheThird>: Is there no hope in 18. Qxh8 Ke7 19.Qxd8+?>

No! 18. Qxh8+ Nf8#!

Oct-14-12  soberknight: Yes, I SAW THAT TOO.
Oct-14-12  theodor: just great game!
Oct-14-12  Moszkowski012273: No offense but I don't think it's that great a game. After black misses the stronger 12....Qa5+ (saving his piece) it just seems like white simply plays mostly poor moves.
Oct-14-12  SuperPatzer77: White resigns in lieu of 19. ♕xh8+ ♘f8#! or 19. ♕g5 ♘df6#!


Nice finish by Roland Butze


Oct-15-12  chui28: couldn't bd7 be a response to 12... qa5+
I am missing something?
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  kevin86: White can gain queen AND a rook,but strangely,he is LOST.
Oct-15-12  Moszkowski012273: Chui28 yes bd7 should be played after 12...Qa5+ but after 13...c3 followed by an immediate 14...b4 (even if Nxc3) and the piece on f6 is saved.
Oct-15-12  Moszkowski012273: Of course white does get a couple pawns for the piece, but checking with the queen is still the stronger move
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  FSR: Komodo 9.02 "thinks" that 12...Bb4+ (the move that Black has always played in ChessBase's database, scoring 4-0); 12...Nxe4 (which transposes after 13.Bxd8 14.Bb4+); and 12...Qa5+ (winning a piece, as <Moszkowski012273> said), are about equally good. It rates all of them -+, in the vicinity of -2.0. All are still somewhat messy IMO. I would probably play the last line given below:

(a) 12...Bb4+ 13.Nc3?! (going back; for 13.Ke2 and 13.Kd1 see variation b) Qa5 14.exf6 O-O-O 15.Be2 c5 16.d5 Rdg8 17.Bf4 Nb6 18.O-O Bxc3 19.Qxc3 Qxc3 20.bxc3 Nxd5 21.Bg3 Nxc3 22.Rfe1 Nxe2+ 23.Rxe2 b4 -2.68

(b1) 12...Nxe4 13.Bxd8 Bb4+ 14.Ke2 c5 15.d5 (15.Qg4? is the game continuation) Bxd5 16.Bc7 Rc8 17.Qg4 (17.a3? Nc3+ 18.bxc3 Bxf3+ 19.Kxf3 Bxc3 20.Rc1 Rxc7 21.Rxc3 Ne5+ 22.Kf4 Rh4+! 23.Kxe5?! Rd7 catches the king in a mating net) Rxc7 18.f3 Nd2 19.Rd1 Nxf1 20.Kxf1 Nf8 -2.12

(b2) 12...Nxe4 13.Bxd8 Bd4+ 14.Kd1 Nd2 15.Qf4 Rxd8 16.Kc2 c5 17.Rd1 Nxf1 18.Rhxf1 cxd4 19.Rxd4 Bc5 20.Rd2 Bxg2 19.Rfd1 Bh3 -2.21

(c) 12...Qa5+ 13.Bd2 c3! 14.Nxc3 b4 15.exf6 bxc3 16.Bxc3 Bb4 17.Rd1 O-O-O -1.98.

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