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Tschigorin Annotates Dadian


 from Tschigorin's column in Novoe Vremya May 28 (June 10), 1901

In the following game White was played in consultation by Prince A. D. Dadian of Mingrelia and G.G. Gelbak. Their opponents were Messrs. Ritzdin Von Buellov and V. K. Brjeski. Played at the Kiev Chess Society on the 16th May, 1901.

Prince Dadian of Mingrelia/G. Gelbak - Ritzdin Von-Buellov/V.K. Brjeski

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 exd4
7. O-O d6 8. cxd4 Bb6 9. Nc3 Nf6

Steinitz tried to defend himself by Knight to f6 on the 8th move {in place of ...Bb6}. My game with him {Hastings 1895} continued: 9. e5 dxe5 10. Ba3 Be6 11. Bb5 Qd5 12. Qa4 O-O-O 13. Bxc6 bxc6 14. Bc5 Bb6 15. Qa6+{?} Kb8 16. Nxe5 Nd7! And Black had a possibility of defending himself. By playing 15. Nxe5! Nd7 {15. ...Ne4 16. Bxb6 cxb6 17. Qxa7 etc.} 16. Nxc6 White, winning the exchange, would have lead the game to a winning position for him. After the move 8. ...Bb6 9. Nc3 the consequences of the defense.  9. ... Nf6 is still worse for Black.


10. e5 dxe5 11. Ba3 Bf5?

No better also is 11. ...Bg4 12. Qb3 Nxd4 13. Nxe5 Qd6 14. Qa4+ etc. The remaining, and apparently the best, defense is 11. ...Nxd4 12. Nxe5 Be6 or Ne6.

12. Qb3 Bg6

On 12. ...Qd7 would have followed 13. Nxe5 Nxe5 14. dxe5 Ng8(or g4) 15. Rad1 and White must win.

 13. dxe5 Na5 14. Qb4


Black's position is so compromised, that White by sacrificing the Queen: 14. exf6 Nxb3 15. fxg7 Rg8 16. axb3, followed by Ref1+ could, it seems, win the game. A simpler and a more certain result for White could be achieved by the move 14. Qa4+ Qd7 {14. ...Nd7 15. e6} 15. Bb5 c6 16. exf6 cxb5 17. Rfe1+ Kd8 18. Nxb5. Black has no obvious defense.



Nxc4 15. Qxc4 Bd3 16. Qb3 Bxf1

By retreating the Knight to either side the move e6 would have decided the game.

17. exf6 Qxf6 18. Re1+ Kd7 19. Nd5 Qf5 20. Ne5+ Kd8 21. Nxb6 axb6 22. Nxf7+ Kd7
23. Re7+ Kc8 24. Nd6+




If 24. ...cxd6, then 25. Qc3+ Qc5 26. Bxc5 dxc5 27. Qxg7.




black resigns



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