GAME 36

Burn - Schlechter

St Petersburg 1909


Ruy Lopez

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.d4 exd4

Here Black can play very well 6...b5 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Qxd8 Nxd8 9.Bb3 Bd6


White: Burn; Black: Schlechter

7.Nxd4 Bd7 8.Nxc6 Bxc6 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.O-O Be7 11.Qe2 O-O 12.b3 Re8 13.Bb2 Qc8

The natural move is 13...Bf8 in order to give free play to the Rook.

14.Rad1 Nd7 15.Qg4 Bf6 16.Rfe1 Re6 17.Na4 Qe8 18.f3 Be5

And here 18...c5 19.c4 would be answered by 19...Ne5 and ...Nc6-d4.

19.Bxe5 Nxe5 20.Qg3 Qe7


White: Burn; Black: Schlechter

20...c5 was still indicated. After Black has missed this opportunity, all the life is taken out of the game.

21.Nb2 Re8 22.Nd3 Nxd3 23.cxd3 c5 24.Rf1 Qf6 25.Qf2 Qc3 26.d4 cxd4 27.Qxd4 Qa5 28.Qd2 Qb5 29.Qc2 c6 30.Qc4 Qb6 31.Qd4

1/2 - 1/2

1h. 50 - 1h. 43

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