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Jozef Bannet vs Theodore Breede
corr (1896) (correspondence), Jun-30
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Tartakower Attack (C52)  ·  1-0



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May-17-14  Karpova: Dr. Bannet had written a book of about 400 pages on the Evans Gambit (he hadn't found a publisher yet).

The game itself was played between Dr. Bannet of Cracow and T. Breede of Liepāja, by correspondence from 30 June 1896 to 27 March 1897.

He gives this game in his article because of the move 7...Qd7 <!>. He claims to have found it and had suggested all the moves up to his 8th move, i. e. 8...Bb6 seems to be the first new move. He wanted to try out 7...Qd7.

Interestingly, Dr. Bannet notes 3 answers to 7.Qb3<!>: <7...Qe7> (Morphy - Dr. Ayers), <7...exd4? 8.Bxf7+> (F. Escuté - V. Marin, Barcelona, 29 July 1896), and <7...Qd7!>. Not mentioned is 7...Nxd4, which seems to be at least worth a look.

Dr. Bannet awards 10...exd4 a <?>, which appears a bit harsh. He suggests as best <10...Ba7 11.Qd1 b5 12.Bb3 Nf6 13.a4 O-O>.

Not annotated by Dr. Bannet, 11...Ba7 was a mistake, as White threatens 12.d5. Necessary was 11...Kf8 (12.d5 Na5). However, Dr. Bannet doesn't take this chance (11...Ba7 12.d5 b5 13.dxc6 and if 13...Qxc6 14.Qc2 or 13...Qd8 14.Qc3 or 13...Qg4 14.Ng5).

Black may have had better chances to survive in case of 15...Nge7.

Dr. Bannet ends the game with <20.Db2-c3! und gewinnt>, so the game score might be incomplete. But Black is lost anyway.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', June 1909, pp. 171-172

May-24-14  Karpova: Semion Alapin makes clear that he was the first one to analyse and publish the variation

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 <d6> 7.Qb3 <Qd7>

on pp. 2-4 of the April 1898 "Schachfreund".

Georg Marco notes that the Bannet game began already on 30 June 1896 (lasting until 27 March 1897), so Dr. Bannet cannot have gotten the idea from Alapin's article. Both chess theoreticians seemed to have analysed the variation around the same time (as Alapin's analyses were probably years older than his finished article).

Alapin also doesn't doubt that Dr. Bannet found those variations on his own, but as Alapin was the first to publish it, Dr. Bannet shall relinquish copy right in favor of Alapin.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', August and Supplement 1909, pp. 263-265

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