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Lajos Steiner vs Alexander Koblents
Brno (1937), Brno CSR, rd 7, Oct-??
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Panov Variation (B05)  ·  0-1



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Nov-17-17  cwcarlson: 16.♖c1? ♘c3-+; 16.♗c4 ♘c3 17.O-O ♘d5 18.♗g5 ⩱.
Nov-17-17  heuristic: stockfish:

better moves:
(see stockfish analysis)

Sep-03-19  faulty: A fairly tragicomic game.
in short, the players missed three better moves to c3
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The pgn in <chessbase> gives this pairing, but the contemporaneous Latvian journal <Saha Maksla Nr.15 (10.11.1937)> gives reversed colors:

It should be Koblents white vs Steiner black.

Jan-10-22  Retireborn: <Jess> How confident are you about this?

The crosstable here suggests that Koblents could not have won the tournament if he'd lost this game to Steiner.

Does anyone have the tournament book?

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  Stonehenge: According to Hans Ree, Steiner had the white pieces:

He's right the game is in <Schach lebenslänglich: Erinnerungen eines Erfolgstrainers>.

Apr-13-22  Retireborn: Thank you, <Stonehenge>.
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  nizmo11: Koblents discusses this game in is autobiography "Memoirs of a chess player" (in Russian 1986) pp. 52-53.
He writes that this game is memorable for several reasons: it decided the first prize of the tournament, was awarded a 'brilliancy' price, and was the first time he won against a strong grandmaster.
He also writes he decided to surprise his opponent by playing Alekhine's Defense - an opening he had never used before.

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