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Ludwig Engels vs Kurt Richter
"Pieces of the World, Unite!" (game of the day Oct-06-2021)
Bad Nauheim (1935), Bad Nauheim GER, rd 8, Aug-11
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0

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Jan-04-17  Funicular: how come noone ever kibitzed about this game? truly amazing stuff. the "real" queen sac takes place in move 18, where engels probably saw himself passively defending for the rest of the game after, say, 18. Kh1 fxe4, therefore choosing to go down a bold queen sac line with tremendous minor piece activity.
May-10-18
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  sleepyirv: Rooks of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your pawnchains!
Dec-01-18  Captain Hindsight: Better would have been < 22... Rxd5 23. Rxd5 Bb7 24. Rde5 Bxf3 25. gxf3 Qb7 >


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with equal chances.

Mar-25-21  Alan McGowan: Kurt Richter included this game in the Deutsche Schachblätter, which he edited. And when the second edition of Kurt Richters beste Partien was published it was included on Richter's instructions because he considered it "one of his most beautiful losses." Wolfgang Heidenfeld called this "one of the finest combinational games of all times." (BCM, August 1970, page 232.)
Oct-06-21  areknames: Now THIS is a great pun and a fine game! I suspect <Scazz> is just jerking us around, as it were, selecting his own worst puns and other punsters' best ones. In any event, well done <PB>.
Oct-06-21  goodevans: A great pun and a truly beautiful game.
Oct-06-21
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  FSR: I second <goodevans>' emotion. Well done.
Oct-06-21
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  OhioChessFan: Nice pun. <sleepyirv> had a nice version too.
Oct-06-21  nalinw: Yes - when I saw the pun I thought "oh if only this was actually a piece versus queen game" - and - hey presto!! One of the best puns for a long time
Oct-06-21  nalinw: Also a shout out to sleepyirv: Rooks of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your pawnchains!

Too long for a game title I suppose .....

Oct-06-21  Ironmanth: What a game! Y'all stay safe out there today.
Oct-06-21
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  Bishoprick: The pawn plus wins? Doesn't seem to ne ti be any immediate win.
Oct-06-21
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  sorso: Why not 36..Rxc5?
Oct-06-21
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  keypusher: <sorso: Why not 36..Rxc5?>

37.Rd7 threatens a back rank mate and if -Rc8 38.Bg7+ skewers the rook.

Oct-06-21  offramp: <Phoney Benoni> top marks.
Oct-06-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: Oustanding, very interesting game.
Single-name pun that is an excellent match for the game.

Very well done!

Oct-06-21
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  Phony Benoni: <bishopprick> Are you referring to the final position?


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Black's immediate problem is that he can't save the Rc6. <48...Bxb5> allows <49.Rg8#>, and <48...Rc8> runs into <49.Rd7#>. Black's checks lead nowhwere, so eventually he has to play <48...Rxd6 49.cxd6>


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So now he's three pawns down, and his problems are as bad as ever. THe b-pawn, which is still immune, threatens to simply advance and promote. If <49...Rb1 50.Ra7> threatens mate on a8, and <50...Be6 51.Ra8+ Bc8 52.d7> is no help.

If <49...Ra8 50.b6 Rb8 51.Rh7!>, and mate will be forced in a few moves.

The coordination of White's pieces, even in the simplified ending, was astounding.

Oct-06-21  ajile: <Captain Hindsight:> Better would have been < 22... Rxd5 23. Rxd5 Bb7 24. Rde5 Bxf3 25. gxf3 Qb7>

Yes this was my first thought also. Black should give back some material. The knights are very dangerous in these types of positions.

Oct-06-21
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  FSR: If there are ever Caissars again, this would be a very strong candidate for Best Pun of the Year.

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