Spielmann - Salwe

St Petersburg 1909

Ruy Lopez

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O d6 5.d4 Bd7 6.Nc3 Be7 7.Re1 exd4 8.Nxd4 O-O 9.Bxc6

This exchange leads to nothing, except, perhaps, that it prevents Black from exchanging both Knight and Bishop. This, however, need not be feared.

9...bxc6 10.b3 Re8 11.Bb2 Bf8 12.Qd3 g6 13.Nde2 This strategical manoeuvre is altogether wrong. White might, at this juncture, play 13.Rad1 and answer 13...Bg7 with 14.f4

13...Bg7 14.Ng3

Since Black already has moved the pawn to g6, the Knight is not favourably posted on this square.


A splendid strategical idea. From this insignificant beginning Black obtains a strong pressure on the Kingside.

15.Rad1 h4 16.Nf1 Nh5 17.Bc1 Be5 18.Ne2 g5 19.g3 Qf6 20.Qe3 g4 21.Nd2 d5


 If Black had played 21...Be6 here, White would have been at a loss what to do. If, perchance, 22.Rf1 to prepare f2-f4, Black replies ( i f22.Qd3 then 22...d5 23.Qa6 Bc8)22...Kh8 and the advance of the f-pawn would then only open the lines for Black's Rooks and Bishops. In any case, White would have been in a precarious position.


By exchanging one of the two Bishops, White frees his game, and now forces the draw, with correct judgment of the situation.

22...hxg3 23.fxg3 Qg6 24.Nxe5 Rxe5 25.Nf4 Nxf4 26.Qxf4 Rae8 27.Bb2 Rxe4 28.Rxe4 Qxe4 29.Qg5 Qg6 30.Qh4 Qh7 31.Qg5

1/2 - 1/2

1h. 37 - 1h. 10

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