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Gideon Stahlberg vs Henri Grob
"Grob a Falling Stahlberg" (game of the day Jun-11-2020)
Ostend (1936), Ostend BEL, rd 7, May-02
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Classical Variation (D68)  ·  0-1



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Jun-11-20  Brenin: 18 Nxe4 was tempting (immediate recaptures by Black are no problem because of the back rank weakness), but 18 ... Bf5, pinning the N and connecting the Rs, was an obvious response. 20 Rxf8+ Rxf8 21 Rd3 would have left White a pawn ahead, but after 21 ... Qg5 Black has more than enough compensation.
Jun-11-20  the dark knight 21: great finish; a queen versus a minor piece
Jun-11-20  Brenin: 32 Kh2, avoiding the mating threats, would have drawn, e.g. cxd5 33 Qxa7.

30 ... Kh7 was a mistake, allowing the above drawing line; 30 ... Qc4 or cxd5 would have retained a winning advantage.

Jun-11-20  goodevans: <14...Kh8> appears to be a novelty that bore fruit, beguiling white into the injudicious pawn grab <18.Nxe4> (see <Brenin>'s first post). We all saw how well that turned out.

SF recommends that white instead should corral the pawn with <18.Rc5> (diagram) followed by 19.Re5, giving white a nice advantage.

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Black can prevent this but both <18...Nd7 19.Rcf5> and <18...Ng4 19.Rxf8+ Qxf8 20.Nxe4 Nxe3 21.Qe2 Nd5 22.Bxd5 cxd5 23.Nd6!> hand white a strong attack. I have to admit, though, that the latter line would be a bit difficult to see over the board.

14...Kh8 has been tried a few times since but never with the success it enjoyed here.

Jun-11-20  Honey Blend: <Brenin: 32 Kh2, avoiding the mating threats, would have drawn, e.g. cxd5 33 Qxa7.>

32. ♔h2 does look like it stops ... ♕h1, but after 32. ♔h2 cxd5 I'd give 33. ♗e6+!? ♔g7 34. exd5 a try. Black now has to force a Queen trade where he can and also has to keep an eye on White's passed d-pawn, leaving some fight/excitement left here and lots of opportunities to make mistakes for either side.

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Jun-11-20  Nosnibor: I think that the pun is based on Perry Como`s 1950`s hit of "Catch a falling star". I don`t think that Stahlberg was either a falling or failing star in 1936.He was 6 years younger than Grob but certainly a better overall player.
Jun-11-20  Brenin: Thanks, <Honey Blend>, 33 Be6+ followed by 34 exd5 certainly gives better winning and losing chances for each side; my guess is that Black has the better winning chances, but he can certainly go wrong if he fails to force Qs off or to keep an eye on that d pawn. By contrast, after 33 Qxa7 the threat of White winning pawns with check more or less forces 33 ... dxe4, answered by Qb8+, Qxb7+ and Bxe4, or 33 ... Rxf5 34 exf5, both looking dead drawn.

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