1906: Two forks

Two forks

The sporting significance of this unbalanced game is reported in the newspaper account of the match, reproduced above — DR

Max Lange Attack

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. e5 d5 7. exf6 dxc4 8. Re1+ Be6 9. Ng5

+-----------------+
|r+.1k+.4|
|0p0.+p0p|
|.+n+b).+|
|+.g.+.H.|
|.+p0.+.+|
|+.+.+.+.|
|P)P+.)P)|
|$NGQ$.I.|
+-----------------+

9... Qxf6? 10. Nxe6 fxe6 11. Qh5+ Kd7 12. Qxc5 e5 13. Qxc4 Raf8 14. f3 Kc8 15. Nd2 Qg6 16. Qe2 Qxc2 17. Ne4 Nb4 18. Bg5

+-----------------+
|.+k+.4.4|
|0p0.+.0p|
|.+.+.+.+|
|+.+.0.G.|
|.h.0N+.+|
|+.+.+P+.|
|P)q+Q+P)|
|$.+.$.I.|
+-----------------+

18... h6? 19. Be7 Qxe2 20. Rxe2 Nd3 21. Bxf8 Rxf8 22. Rd1 Nf4 23. Rc2 Rd8 24. Rc5 Nd5 25. Nf2 c6 26. Re1 Re8 27. Nd3 Kd7 28. Rxe5 Rxe5 29. Nxe5+ Kd6 30. Nd3 and wins 1-0

[Score from Western Morning News, 24 th May 1906]

Chess Quotes

Chess and life
"Luzhin, preparing an attack for which it was first necessary to explore a maze of variations, where his every step aroused a perilous echo, begain a long meditation: he needed, it seemed, to make one last prodigious effort and whe would find the secret move leading to victory. Suddenly, something occurred outside his being, a scorching pain - and he let out a loud cry, shaking his hand stung by the flame of a match, which he had lit and forgotten to apply to his cigarette.
— Vladimir NABOKOV, The Defence.