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Ernst Gruenfeld vs Zoltan von Balla
Kassa (1918), Kassa (Kosice) AUH, rd 2, Aug-06
Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Defense (A46)  ·  1-0



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  Retireborn: Gillam attributes resignation at move 43 to Sport-Tagblatt (Vienna) and gives further moves which he sources from Magyar Sakkvilag 1918. I hope this Chessbase export is readable:-

[Event "Kassa (1918) - 1e Charousek Memorial"]
[Site "Kassa HUN"]
[Date "1918.08.06"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Gruenfeld, Ernst"]
[Black "Balla, Zoltan von"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A46"]
[PlyCount "111"]
[EventDate "1918.08.03"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d6 3. Nbd2 Nbd7 4. e4 e5 5. c3 c6 6. Bd3 g6 7. O-O Bg7 8. Re1 Qe7 9. Nf1 Nh5 10. Bd2 Ndf6 11. h3 Nd7 12. Qc1 h6 13. g4 Nhf6 14. Ng3 Nb6 15. Kg2 h5 16. g5 Nh7 17. Be3 Nf8 18. Nh4 f6 19. f4 fxg5 20. fxg5 Be6 21. Qd2 Qd7 22. Rh1 Nc4 23. Bxc4 Bxc4 24. d5 c5 25. b3 Ba6 26. a4 b6 27. b4 cxb4 28. cxb4 Rc8 29. Ne2 Rh7 30. Rhc1 Rxc1 31. Rxc1 Bh8 32. b5 Bb7 33. Qb4 Qd8 34. Rc4 Rc7 35. Qc3 Rxc4 36. Qxc4 Qc8 37. Qxc8+ Bxc8 38. Nc3 Kf7 39. Nb1 Nd7 40. Na3 Bg7 41. Nc4 Bf8 42. a5 bxa5 43. Nxa5 Nc5 44. Bxc5 dxc5 45. Nc4 Kg7 46. Nxe5 Be7 47.Nhf3 Bd8 48. h4 a5 49. bxa6 Bxa6 50. Nd2 Ba5 51. Ndc4 Be1 52. d6 Kf8 53. d7 Ke7 54. Nb6 Bb5 55. Nxg6+ Kd8 56. Ne5 1-0

Feb-02-18  zanzibar: <RB> SF8 engine gives eval after 43.Nxa5 as +1.47/29, which does suggest the game could easily have continued as Gillam has given.
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  Retireborn: <z> It seems plausible enough; 43...Nc5 is a bad mistake which creates horrible weaknesses, and after that it's a nice example of two knights mastering the two bishops.
Feb-02-18  zanzibar: Yes <RB> 43...Nb6 looks mandatory if Black even wants the slightest hope of struggling for a draw.

Interesting that 43...Nb6 means no B for N trade, according to SF8/40-ply (which likes 44.Kg3).

That might have been an endgame to study.

First though, I might have to upgrade to SF9 which has just come out.

May-23-21  Stolzenberg: <8. ... Qe7> Black prepared a King's Indian Defense but forgot to castle.

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