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Dadian-Schiffers vs. Lebedev-Yurevich - 1903


The Literary Digest   Vol.XXVII.,No. 23;  December 5, 1903;  pp. 811-812
[The Literary Digest, published by Funk and Wagnalls starting in March, 1890,  will have merged with Time Magazine in 1937-8  after a 1936 presidential polling disaster that totally discredited the magazine.]

A Dadian Brilliant
Played in Kiew, Russia, during the late national tournament, Prince Dadian of Mingrelia and Schiffers in consultation against Lebedew and Jurewitsch.
Muzio Gambit.
Dadian & Schiffers vs. Lebedew/Jurewitsch

Notes by W. E. Napier,  Pittsburg Dispatch.
1. e4   e5
2. f4   exf4
3. Nf3  g5
4. Bc4  g4
5. d4  
A line of play much favored by the Prince (Castles is the usual move.) 
5. ... gxf3
6. Qxf3 d5
7. Bxd5 Nf6
8. O-O  c6
9. Nc3 
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."


[Event "consultation game"]
[Site "Kiev"]
[Date "1903.09.??"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Dadian-Schiffers"]
[Black "Lebedev-Yurevich "]
[Result "1-0"]

{ The source is Schiffers' column in Niva sometime in late 1903 }
1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. Bc4 g4 5. d4 gxf3 6. Qxf3 d5 7. Bxd5 Nf6
8. O-O c6 9. Nc3
{ Schiffers refused to accept Dadian's suggestion
of 9. Nc6, essentially sacking the Bishop on d5.
Dadian was unrelenting and Schiffers quit the game. }
9... cxd5 10. exd5 Bg7 11. Bxf4 Bf5 12. Rae1+ Kf8 13. Bxb8 Bg4 14. Qf4 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
{ Black resigns } 1-0



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