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A Fantastic Correspondence King Hunt! - Best of the 20s - Imbaud vs. Strumilo, 1922

A Fantastic Correspondence King Hunt! - Best of the 20s - Imbaud vs. Strumilo, 1922

SamCopeland
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There aren't very many chess masterpieces played bu unknown players, but today's game is such an example. Imbad, possessor of just two recorded games, unleashes a high-level opening trap against his opponent Strumilo in a correspondence game played in 1922.

9.Nxe5!! may look like a truly ancient and simply opening trap - a slight refinement on Legal's mate, but the mating patterns here are quite subtle. It's not easy to get at Black's king in the center, and despite being down a queen, White patiently develops his rooks and cuts off the king's escape squares, forcing checkmate 13 moves after sacrificing the queen.

One wonders how long Imbaud spent calculating all the lines and what his notes looked like.

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My annotations are below. Enjoy the game!

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