GAME 20

Bernstein - Salwe

St Petersburg 1909


Ruy Lopez

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.exf5 e4 6.Nh4 d5 7.d3 Be7 8.dxe4 dxe4 9.Qxd8 Bxd8 10.Bg5

Thus White has refuted Black's foolhardy third move

.10...O-O 11.O-O-O Ne5 12.h3 a6 13.Ba4 c5 14.Bf4


White:Bernstein;Black:Salwe

The only move to save the Bishop, which was threatened by ...b7-b5 and ...c5-c4.

14...Nfd7 15.Bxd7 Nxd7 16.Bg3 Bg5 17.Kb1 Nf6 18.f4 exf3 19.Nxf3 Bh6 20.Bd6 Re8 21.g4 b6 22.Rhe1 Bb7 23.Ne5 Bg5 24.a4

 Better24.Na4

24...Bg2 25.Rg1 Bb7


White:Bernstein; Black:Salwe

Black should have captured the h3-pawn with 25...Bxh3 as White would then have had all his work cut out to maintain his advantage. If 26.Rg3? Black would play (or if 26.Rd3 Rad8) 26...Bf4 27.Rxh3 Bxe5 28.Bxe5 Rxe5 29.g5 Ne4 30.Nxe4 Rxe4 31.Rdh1 Rf8 32.Rxh7 Rxf5 33.g6 Kf8 34.Rh8 Ke7 35.Rb8 Re6 36.Rg1 with advantage.

26.Nc4 Rad8 27.Bg3 Ne4 28.Nxe4 Bxe4 29.Nxb6 Bf3 30.Rxd8 Rxd8 31.Nc4 Rd4 32.b3 Rd5 33.h4 Bf6 34.Bf2 h5 35.g5 Bd8 36.Re1 Rxf5 37.Re8 Rf8 38.Rxf8 Kxf8 39.Bxc5 Ke8 40.Kb2 Bc7 41.Bd6 Bxd6 42.Nxd6 Kd7 43.Nf5 g6 44.Nd4

1 - 0

2h. 45 - 3h. 00

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