63 ( +1 | -1 ) Guess the Game !Introducing a new quiz: Guess the Game !
Each week, I will post a game, which has a certain significance in the history of chess. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to answer the question:
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS GAME ?
Please note that I am not asking "who played this game" or "when was it played" (in the ChessBase era a trained monkey could answer those questions!). What I want to know - in one sentence, why is this game significant, what makes it special.
4 ( +1 | -1 ) Ah, sorry,it was the answer to 12 moves of Karpov :)
58 ( +1 | -1 ) Btw, while we're at it, I heard an amusing story about Steinitz: He was playing a skittles game against an amature, and the game began 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5. As Steinitz (black) leaned over the chessboard and contemplated his move, his beard accidentally touched the king. The amature player insisted that the touch-move rule should be observed, thus forcing Steinitz to resign at once (2...Ke7 3.Qxe5#), and making THIS GAME the shortest loss by a champion (just 1.5 moves!)
Of course nobody vouches for the credibility of this story (including myself), but a nice story nevertheless...
I can think of several reasons for this game to stand out. The tournament was the first great tournament after the war. It was a qualifying tournament for the forthcoming world championship match.
In his book "15 games and their stories" Botvinnik says he considered the position above lost , knowing that Rubinstein had lost an analogous position to Lasker at St. Petersburg 1914. During the adjournment Botvinnik managed to find a hidden draw possibility. This half point was the difference between 1st (Botvinnik) and 2nd (Euwe).
42 ( +1 | -1 ) Well, tonlesu pretty much nailed it.
I would like to add that according to chess historian M. Lindner, had Euwe won this game (and consecuently the tournament), there was a good chance he would be proclaimed by FIDE as World Champion.
Botvinnik himself concluded the notes to the game with the words: "A draw, without which the 1948 match-tournament would not have been held"
Yes, it's Panov - Mudrov (not Midrov, your database has a spelling error ;-), and indeed it's the first time the Panov Attack was played by its creator.
This is NOT the first game where the moves 3.cxd5 and 4.c4 were played, but in the previous games those have been sporadic and unplanned attempts to confuse the opponent by "playing out of book" - while this game actually became the first chapter of a new book!
11 ( +1 | -1 ) MudrovYes, quite active in 1929, playing in the Russian championship at Odessa, he lost to Botvinnik among others.