[Event "?"] [Site "Carlsbad"] [Date "1907.??.??"] [Round "17"] [White "Spielmann, Rudolf"] [Black "Janowski, David Markyelovitch"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C53"] [Annotator "C.D. Meyer"] [PlyCount "77"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "20"] [EventCountry "CZE"] {TURBULENCE ON THE E-FILE Italian Game (4...d6-variation)} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 d6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb6 7. h3 Nf6 8. O-O Nxe4 9. Re1 O-O 10. Rxe4 d5 11. Bg5 ({This intermediate move doesn't necessarily gain a tempo, therefore} 11. Bxd5 Qxd5 12. Nc3 $13 {/= also comes into consideration.}) 11... Qd6 $6 ({By means of} 11... f6 {Black equalizes without difficulty, e.g.} 12. Bb3 (12. Bxd5+ $6 Qxd5 13. Nc3 Qf7) 12... Kh8 (12... fxg5 13. Nc3 Bf5 14. Re3 Kh8 15. Nxd5 g4 16. Nxb6 axb6 17. d5 gxf3 18. dxc6 bxc6 19. Rxf3 Qh4 $14 {/=}) 13. Rf4 fxg5 14. Rxf8+ Qxf8 15. Bxd5 Qf4 $5 16. Bxc6 bxc6 17. Qd2 Bf5 $11) 12. Bxd5 Qxd5 13. Nc3 Qd7 $6 ({Now} 13... Qd6 {was the lesser evil, e.g.} 14. d5 f6 15. Be3 (15. Bf4 Ne5) 15... Ne5 16. Nxe5 fxe5 (16... Bxe3 $4 17. Nc4) 17. Bxb6 axb6 18. Qe2 Bd7 19. Rxe5 (19. Re1 Rf5) 19... b5 $1 $14) 14. d5 $1 $16 f6 15. Be3 Nd8 ({Also after} 15... Bxe3 16. Rxe3 Ne7 17. Qb3 Nf5 18. Re2 {White is much better.}) 16. Bxb6 axb6 17. Qe2 Nf7 18. Re7 (18. Nd4 {, e.g.} Nd6 19. Re7 Qd8 20. Re1 Bd7 21. Qf3 Re8 22. Rxe8+ Bxe8 23. Ne6 {and with a strong isolated pawn and the control of the e-file White could establish his superiority in position without any risk.}) 18... Qd8 19. d6 $6 ({A rather optimistic, daring pawn sacrifice in order to keep the rook on e7 (by preventing Ne5) and clearing the square d5 for the knight. Striving for activity Spielmann thought that this clearance sacrifice improves his position considerably. Instead the solid retreat} 19. Re3 $142 {was good enough to retain an advantage.}) 19... Nxd6 20. Nd5 Rf7 $6 ({I} 20... Nf5 $2 21. Rd1) ({II Driving away the annoying outpost on d5 was best, e.g.} 20... c6 $1 21. Nc3 (21. Nf4 $2 Ra4 $1 {This cunning reply was overseen by Spielmann} (21... Nf5 22. Qc4+ Kh8 23. Re4 { , Spielmann}) 22. Nh5 (22. g3 Nf5) 22... Nf5 $17) 21... b5 $5 22. Rd1 $5 (22. b3 $6 Re8 23. Rxe8+ Qxe8 24. Qd2 Nf7 25. Re1 Qf8 $17) 22... b4 23. Nb1 Rxa2 24. Re6 Rxb2 25. Qxb2 Bxe6 26. Qxb4 Bd5 27. Nc3 Qc7 28. Nxd5 cxd5 29. Rxd5 Rd8 $15 {and after the exchanging to an endgame White is still a pawn down.}) 21. Re1 Bd7 ({I The a-pawn is poisoned:} 21... Rxa2 $2 22. Rxf7 Kxf7 23. Nd4 $1 (23. Qd3 Rxb2 24. Re7+ (24. Qxh7 $2 Bf5 25. Qh5+ Bg6 26. Qg4 Rb1) 24... Qxe7 25. Nxe7 Kxe7 26. Qxh7 $13 {/=}) (23. Nh4 $5 Ra5 24. Qh5+ Kg8 25. Ne7+ Qxe7 26. Qxa5 $14) 23... Kg8 24. Qh5 h6 (24... Ra5 $2 25. b4) 25. Nb5 $1 (25. Nxb6 Rxb2 26. Nxc8 Qxc8 27. Re7 Kf8 28. Rxc7 Qe8 29. Qd5 Qe5 30. Ne6+ Ke8 31. Nxg7+ Kf8 32. Ne6+ Ke8 33. Qxe5 fxe5 $13 {/=}) 25... Ra5 26. Nxd6 Qxd6 27. Ne7+ Qxe7 28. Qxa5 $16) ({II} 21... Rxe7 {seems playable:} 22. Nxe7+ Kh8 (22... Kf8 $2 23. Qd3 $1 g6 24. Qc3 Kf7 25. Nd4 $1) 23. Nh4 (23. Nd5 Bd7 24. Qe7 Qxe7 25. Rxe7 Bc6 $15 {/=}) 23... Ra5 (23... Rxa2 $2 24. Qh5 h6 25. Nhg6+ Kh7 26. Nf4 Ra5 27. Qg6+ Kh8 28. Qd3 Rg5 (28... f5 29. Neg6+ Kh7 30. Re7 $18) 29. f3 $1 Bd7 30. h4 Rg3 (30... Bb5 31. Qc2) 31. Kh2 $18) 24. f4 (24. b4 Re5 25. Nhg6+ hxg6 26. Nxg6+ Kg8 27. Nxe5 fxe5 28. Qxe5 Bf5 $15 {/=}) (24. Qd1 Bd7 25. b4 Re5 26. Rxe5 fxe5 27. Qh5 Be8 28. Qxe5 $11) 24... Bd7 (24... Rxa2 $2 25. Qh5 h6 26. Nd5 ({or } 26. Qg6 Rxb2 27. Qd3 f5 28. g4 $1) 26... Ra5 27. Re7 Rxd5 28. Qxd5 $18) 25. b4 Ra3 $13 {/=} (25... Rb5 $2 26. a3 $16) (25... Ra8 $13 {/=})) 22. Nh4 (22. Rxf7 $142 Nxf7 23. Qc4 $44) 22... Ra5 ({I} 22... Rxa2 23. Rxf7 Nxf7 24. Ne7+ ( 24. Nf5 $6 Ne5 25. Nfe7+ Kh8 26. f4 Nc6 27. Nxc6 bxc6 28. Nxc7 h6) 24... Kf8 ( 24... Kh8 $4 25. Qc4 $18) 25. Qh5 Ne5 (25... Nh6 $2 26. Neg6+ $1 (26. Qd5 Qxe7 27. Rxe7 Ra1+ 28. Kh2 Kxe7) 26... hxg6 27. Qd5 Nf7 28. Nxg6+ Kg8 29. Qxa2 $18) 26. Rxe5 (26. Neg6+ Kg8 27. Qd1 $1 hxg6 28. Qb3+ Kh7 29. Qxa2 Bc6 $13 {/=}) 26... Ra1+ 27. Kh2 fxe5 28. Nhg6+ hxg6 29. Qh8+ Kxe7 30. Qh4+ g5 31. Qxg5+ Ke8 32. Qh5+ g6 33. Qh8+ Ke7 34. Qh4+ $11 {perpetual check}) ({II Instead of the above rook sorties, which weaken the back rank,} 22... c6 $5 {seems stronger, e.g.} 23. Rxf7 Nxf7 24. Ne7+ Kh8 25. Qc4 Nh6 $15) 23. Rxf7 Nxf7 24. Nf5 $2 { Admittedly this move looks tempting because in this peculiar position both knights are taboo, but Black has good replies at his disposal.} ({Preferable was} 24. Rd1 $5 {, e.g.} Qe8 (24... Rxa2 25. Qe7 $1) (24... Kf8 25. b4 Bg4 26. Qxg4 Rxd5 27. Rxd5 Qxd5 28. Qc8+ Qd8 29. Qxb7) 25. Qxe8+ Bxe8 26. Nxc7 Bc6 27. a3 {with an approximately even ending.}) 24... Ne5 $2 ({The defender misses the last opportunity: I} 24... Kf8 $5 25. Nfe3 Bc6) ({II} 24... c6 $1 { Threatening the knight was again a good option.} 25. Qg4 (25. Nde3 g6) 25... Bxf5 (25... g6 26. Nh6+ Nxh6 27. Qxd7 Qxd7 28. Nxf6+ Kf7 29. Nxd7 Rxa2 30. Re2 b5 31. g4 $15) 26. Ne7+ Kf8 27. Nxf5 g6 28. Nd4 Kg8 $17) 25. Nfe7+ Kh8 (25... Kf8 $6 {is more risky on account of} 26. f4 (26. b4 Ra3 27. f4 Nd3 28. Qh5 $1 Nxe1 29. Qxh7 Kf7 30. Qg6+ Kf8 31. Qh7 $11) 26... Ng6 (26... Nc6 $2 27. b4 Ra8 (27... Rxd5 28. Nxd5 Nd4 29. Qd3 Nf5 30. Nc3 h6 31. Rd1 Nd6 32. Nd5 {/\Nxc7+-}) 28. Qc2 f5 (28... Nxe7 29. Rxe7 $18) 29. Qb2 $18 {threatening 30.b5 Na5 (30... Nxe7 31.Rxe7) 31.Nf6}) (26... Nf7 $2 27. b4 Ra8 (27... Ra3 28. Qh5 $18 Nh6 29. Nxf6 Bf5 30. Nc6) 28. Qc2 f5 29. Nxc7 $18) 27. b4 Rxd5 28. Nxd5 Bc6 29. f5 Bxd5 30. fxg6 hxg6 $14) 26. b4 {In this middlegame position, which is rich in content, Spielmann is in his element and creates dangerous attacking ideas.} Ra8 27. f4 $1 {Now Black must choose between three knight retreats of different quality:} Ng6 $4 {Losing by force. Alternatives:} ({I} 27... Nf7 $2 28. Qc4 $1 {- /\Nxf6 -} (28. Qh5 $6 Nh6 29. Nxf6 Bxh3 30. Ned5 gxf6 (30... Qf8 $2 31. Qxh3 gxf6 32. Re7 Rd8 33. Qe6) 31. Qxh6 Qxd5 32. Qxf6+ Kg8 33. gxh3 c5 $13 {/=}) 28... c5 (28... b5 29. Qc3 Ra6 30. Nxc7 $16) 29. Nxf6 gxf6 30. Qxf7 Qf8 31. Qd5 $1 (31. Ng6+ $6 hxg6 32. Qxd7 Qd8 33. Qxb7 Rxa2 $1 34. Kh2 (34. Re7 $4 Qd4+) 34... Qa8 35. Qxa8+ Rxa8 36. Re6 c4 37. b5 c3 38. Rc6 Ra4 39. Rxc3 Rxf4 40. Rc6 Kg7 41. Rxb6 Rb4 $14) 31... Bc6 32. Nxc6 bxc6 33. Qxc6 $16) ({II} 27... Nc6 28. b5 (28. Qh5 $2 Be8 29. Qg4 Bf7) 28... Nd4 29. Qb2 {with about equal chances, e.g.} Nf5 (29... Nxb5 30. Nxf6 c5 31. Nxh7 (31. Nfd5 Bc6 32. Re5 Nd4 $13 {/=}) 31... Be8 (31... Kxh7 $2 32. Qb1+ Kh8 33. Re5 $18 Qe8 (33... Be8 34. Qf5) 34. Qe1 g6 35. Qh4+ Kg7 36. Nd5) 32. Ng5 Qd4+ 33. Qxd4 Nxd4 $11) 30. Qb4 c5 31. bxc6 Bxc6 32. Qxb6 (32. Nxb6 $2 Nxe7 33. Nxa8 Nd5 34. Qa3 h6) 32... Qd6 33. Qb4 $5 {(=)}) 28. Nxg6+ hxg6 29. Ne7 $18 {With an irresistible king raid. While the knight blocks the flight squares for Black's king the white queen is going to threaten a decisive check on the h-file.} Qe8 {"Rien ne va plus!"} ({I} 29... Bf5 30. Qf2 $18) ({II} 29... Be8 30. Qf2 g5 31. fxg5 Qd3 32. gxf6 $18) ({III} 29... Kh7 30. f5 $1 Be8 (30... Bxf5 31. Qf2) 31. Qc4 Qd2 32. Re2 $18) 30. Qf2 g5 31. fxg5 fxg5 32. Qd2 $1 b5 33. Qxg5 Ra6 34. Re4 Rh6 35. Nf5 $1 Qg6 36. Qd8+ Kh7 37. Qxd7 Rh5 38. Rg4 Rg5 39. Rh4+ 1-0
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