A Dadian Brilliant
Played in Kiew, Russia, during the late national tournament, Prince
Dadian of Mingrelia and Schiffers in consultation against Lebedew
Dadian & Schiffers vs. Lebedew/Jurewitsch
Notes by W. E. Napier, Pittsburg Dispatch.
1. e4 e5
2. f4 exf4
3. Nf3 g5
4. Bc4 g4
A line of play much favored by the Prince (Castles is the usual
5. ... gxf3
6. Qxf3 d5
7. Bxd5 Nf6
8. O-O c6
It is said that when the Mingrelian potentate suggested this move
Mr. Schiffers left the table, much alarmed at this weird sacrifice.
9. ... cxd5
10. exd5 Bg7
The natural move is 10. ... Bg4, and if 11. Qxf4 Bd6. Should Black
check with Rook, King might safely venture to d2. The strength of
such Chess as Prince Dadian plays is hard to define, but, for want
of a better word, we should call it fetich.
[fetich - An object that is believed to have magical
or spiritual powers; a charm; a fetish]
11. Bxf4 Bf5(?)
12. Rae1+ Kf8
Preparation should have been made to cross to the Queen's side.
13. Bxb8 Bg4
14. Qf4 ....
The termination is vigorously played.
14. ... Qxb8
15. d6 Be6
16. d5 Nxd5
17. Nxd5 Bxd5
18. Re7 h6
19. Rxf7+ Kg8
20. Rxg7+ Kxg7
21. Qf6+ Kh7
22. Qe7+ Kg8
23. Rf4 Qc8
24. d7 resigns.
Concerning White's ninth move, Isidor Gunsberg, in the London
Daily News, says:
"Nc3 is always a good move in this move in this opening: it
was played at an earlier stage by Marshall at Vienna with some
effect against Marco, but as in this particular position the move
is somewhat staggering and difficult to deal with by an analyst, we
will content ourselves by describing it as an intense effort of
Oriental imaginativeness, which may pass without further
sacrilegious, cold reasoning comment. It seems, however, that
Schiffers is not imbued with the same reverential feeling toward
imaginativeness as we are, for he would not give his consent to
this move, and actually left the board, only resuming play a few
moves later on when he discovered that there is more in such moves
than actually meets the eye for the moment."