Sclechter vs Suchting
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[Event "Karlsbad"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Sclechter"] [Black "Suchting"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D15"] [Opening "Slav: Suechting Variation"] {30. SCHLECHTER (1874-1918) The Austrian grandmaster Schlechter, though neither very deep nor particularly brilliant, was nevertheless an extremely strong player; his assets were his complete imperturbality, his skill in maintaining the equilibrium, and his mastery of the art of creating chances in critical situations Schlecter was extremely difficult to beat, as Lasker found out in 1910. Their ten game match ended with an even point total, but in the ninth game the score was 5-4 in favour of the Austrian. In the tenth game Schlecter, who was usually pacifism personified, spurned an easy draw - and with it the World Championship - in a determined bid to win} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Qb6 5. Qc2 (5. c5 Qc7 6. g3 {more incisive}) 5... Bg4 6. c5 Qc7 7. Ne5 Nbd7 8. Nxg4 { Now White can achieve ... Pe5 under favourable conditions} (8. Bf4) 8... Nxg4 9. Qf5 h5 $1 10. e4 g6 11. Qf4 e5 12. dxe5 Bxc5 {Now it is clear that Black has the better of it; but in this type of play Schlecther usually rose to the challenge with resourceful counterplay} 13. e6 $1 Nde5 14. exf7+ Kd7 $2 { A poor idea} (14... Kf8) 15. exd5 Nxf2 16. dxc6+ bxc6 17. Qa4 Nxf7 $2 (17... Nxh1 18. -- Nf2 {Which stops Rd1 later - Lasker}) 18. Be2 Nxh1 19. Bf4 Bd6 20. Rd1 Ke7 21. Rxd6 Nxd6 22. Ne4 Rad8 23. Qd4 Qa5+ { Black only chance is to counterattack and hope} 24. b4 Qf5 25. Bxd6+ (25. Nxd6 Qb1+) 25... Rxd6 26. Qxd6+ Kf7 27. Bc4+ Kg7 28. Qd4+ Kh7 29. Qxa7+ $1 (29. Nf6+ Kh6 30. Ng4+ hxg4 $1 31. Qxh8+ Kg5 {lets Black back into the game}) 29... Kh6 30. Qe3+ g5 31. h4 Re8 32. Bd3 Kg7 33. Kd2 Qf4 34. hxg5 { White liquidates into a winning endgame} 34... Qxe3+ 35. Kxe3 Ng3 36. Kd4 Nxe4 37. Bxe4 Ra8 38. Bxc6 $2 (38. Bb1 -- 39. Kc5) 38... Rxa2 39. b5 Kg6 40. b6 Kxg5 $2 {Missing his chance} (40... h4 41. b7 Rb2 42. Kc5 Rxb7 $1 43. Bxb7 h3 $1 44. gxh3 Kxg5 {Black's King can run to h8 with a well-known theoretical draw, because White's Bishop is the "wrong colour" to help the h-pawn promote}) 41. b7 Rb2 42. Kc5 Rc2+ 43. Kb6 Rb2+ 44. Bb5 1-0
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WhiteSclechter
BlackSuchting
Game
Moves44
OpeningD15 — Slav: Suechting Variation
Result1-0
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TournamentKarlsbad
Location?
Round0