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Paul List vs Jacques Mieses
"Short Listed" (game of the day Sep-16-2014)
Berlin Freie Vereinigung (1927), Berlin GER, May-??
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: And if Mieses has won the game, the pun could be 'List Shorted."
Sep-16-14  Garech: Great tactics!


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  perfidious: Fine example of the need to git thar fustest with the mostest.
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  Once: This game is mostly won and lost by open files. More specifically, the quality and the speed of the open files controlled by each side.

White had the b and f files to play with, where black was pinning all his hopes on the g file. Unfortunately for black, his g file adventure was too slow.

The other advantage that white enjoyed was a good entry point for his queen via a6.

An instructive game.

Sep-16-14  mbvklc: Black is fine after 28...Qxf7. I think.
Sep-16-14  hedgeh0g: <mbvklc> 29.Qa6+ is probably not very easy to deal with.
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  kevin86: The coy bishop retreat threatens mate AND the queen. Black is lost!
Sep-16-14  psmith: <hedgeh0g> Rybka agrees with <mbvklc>. You need to show what happens after 29. Qa6+ Kd7, if anything.
Sep-16-14  jankopod: After 28...Qxf7 white responds with 29.Qa6+ and then no matter where black king retrits the white's rook on b file checks the king. Then you have a couple other forcing moves which eventualy end with check mate with a little help of the white bishop on f8, which limits the nobility of the black king.
Sep-16-14  psmith: That is to say, Rybka thinks White can't do better than perpetual after 28... Qxf7 29. Qa6+ Kd7.
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  Once: Interesting. It turns out that 28. Rf7 wasn't the best move. It worked because black didn't think to capture the rook. But Fritz confirms that after 28. Rf7 Qxf7, white's advantage has gone and all he has is the perpetual.

Yes, white does win the black queen after 29. Qa6+ Kd7 30. Rb7+ Ke8

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But ... it has cost white two rooks to win the black queen. White will now have to spend a move to save his en prise bishop and that gives black a chance to play Bxe3+ and Rxg2. Yuck.

From the diagram above black could play either 31...Kxf7 or 31...Bxe3+. Fritzie scores both as -2.64 because they transpose.

A good spot by <mbvklc> which I had missed first time through the game.

Sep-16-14  newhampshireboy: A nice lesson on open files and staying a step ahead!
Sep-17-14  morfishine: <perfidious> I didn't know you studied the American Civil War
Sep-17-14  hedgeh0g: <psmith: <hedgeh0g> Rybka agrees with <mbvklc>. You need to show what happens after 29. Qa6+ Kd7, if anything.>

I missed the bishop retreat to d8.

Sep-17-14  BOSTER: It's not so easy to give up such beauty.
Difficult POTD .White to play 27.

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