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Ariel Mengarini vs Milton Loeb Hanauer
Ventnor City (1941), Ventnor City, NJ USA, rd 2, Jul-06
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: After <5...Qxf6>

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White can grab a pawn with 6.cxd5. Why not?

I don't see any examples of the pawn being taken, mainly because there are almost no examples of Black offering it. And this may not even be one: <Chess review> (1941, p. 126-127) gives the move order 3.Nf3 and 6.Nc3, eliminating the "gambit".

A correction based on the <CR> order of moves seems correct, but I'm wondering if there is actually any theory here..

Is this an example o the currently popular "Overabundance of Caution", or a simple Typographical Novelty?

Mar-11-21  Jean Defuse: ...

There are only three previously played examples with <6.cxd5> (in my DB) White always won...

[Event "Match Ghent v Terneuzen"]
[Site "Ghent"]
[Date "1929.04.29"]
[Round "1.10"]
[White "Kaan, JJ"]
[Black "Neumann"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D50"]
[EventDate "1929.??.??"]
[Source "Ter Neuzensche Courant 10-05-1929"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 h6 5. Bxf6 Qxf6 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Nxd5 Qc6 8. Nc3 Bb4 9. Rc1 Ba5 10. e3 Be6 11. Qc2 Bxa2 12. Ra1 Bxc3+ 13. Qxc3 Qxc3+ 14. bxc3 Bd5 15. f3 f5 16. Bb5+ c6 17. Ba4 b5 18. Bc2 O-O 19. Ne2 Re8 20. Bxf5 Rxe3 21. Rc1 Bc4 22. Rc2 a5 23. Kf2 Re7 24. Re1 a4 25. Nf4 Rxe1 26. Kxe1 a3 27. Rc1 a2 28. Ra1 Na6 29. Kd2 Re8 30. Kc2 g5 31. Bd7 Re7 32. Bc8 gxf4 33. Bxa6 Re2+ 34. Kc1 Rxg2 35. Bb7 Bd3 36. Bxc6 Rc2+ 37. Kd1 Rxh2 38. Bd5+ Kg7 39. Rxa2 Rh3 40. Ra7+ Kg6 41. Ra6+ Kg5 42. Rb6 Rh1+ 43. Kd2 Bf1 Arbitrated as won for white. 1-0


[Event "40-board simultaneous exhibition"]
[Site "Goteborg"]
[Date "1935.04.05"]
[White "Alekhine, Alexander A"]
[Black "Lindberg, T"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D50"]
[EventDate "1935.04.05"]
[Source "S&V - Alekhine's Games 1902-46"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 h6 5. Bxf6 Qxf6 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Nxd5 Qd6 8. Nc3 c6 9. Nf3 Be6 10. e4 Nd7 11. Bd3 Nb6 12. O-O Be7 13. d5 cxd5 14. Bb5+ Kf8 15. Nd4 dxe4 16. Nxe4 Qd5 17. Nxe6+ Qxe6 18. Re1 Rd8 19. Qf3 Qd5 20. a4 a6 21. Rad1 Qe5 22. Ng5 Qxe1+ 23. Rxe1 hxg5 24. Qxb7 1-0


[Event "Nice Tournament B"]
[Site "Nice"]
[Date "1938.09.10"]
[White "Delannoy, Jules"]
[Black "Levacher, A"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D50"]
[Source "ChessBase"]

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. d4 d5 4. Bg5 h6 5. Bxf6 Qxf6 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Nxd5 Qd8 8. e4 c6 9. Nc3 Qa5 10. a3 Be7 11. Bc4 O-O 12. Nge2 Bg4 13. O-O Rd8 14. Qb3 Qh5 15. Nf4 Qg5 16. Bxf7+ Kh7 17. Nce2 Qf6 18. e5 1-0


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  OhioChessFan: Hard to believe such a natural looking move is so rare.
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  Phony Benoni: <Jean Defuse> Thanks for looking into this. It confirms the impression that White should have no worries about taking the pawn, and that this is not a real gambit but the sort of thing that happens after an opening mistake.

<OCF> if 5...h6 is so rare in this situation, it's because it's simply a bad move. Black can avoid the loss of a pawn with <5...gxf6> but after <6.cxd5 exd5> we have this situation:

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It's hard to imagine Black entering this position unless he had no choice. Yet, in the three games in our database in which it has occurred, Black has won all three!!

Have we stumbled on Carlsen's next secret weapon? Hardly. It's merely a case of a small sample size and White players who did not adjust well to an unusual situation.

But we probably don't need to worry about this n the present game after all. I happened to stumble upon the game score printed in Hermann Helms' column in the "New York Times" for July 9, 1941, and he also uses the 3.Nf3 and 6.Nc3 move order used in <Chess Review>. So what we have is probably ust a transcription error.

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