Blogs
You've Never Seen This Brilliant Chess Game - Best of the 1900s - Toupalik vs. Ort, 1907

You've Never Seen This Brilliant Chess Game - Best of the 1900s - Toupalik vs. Ort, 1907

SamCopeland
| 12

My favorite thing in chess is discovering a new brilliant game or combination that I've never seen before. Chess is infinite, and there are ALWAYS fresh patterns and majestic ideas being discovered.

Today's blog features an utterly brilliant game that is not at all new. In fact, it is over 100 years old - a correspondence game between two players with almost no recorded games to their name. One of the victor's (Toupalik) other recorded games is a victory against the master Rudolf Spielmann, so he was clearly no slouch.

The game opens with a Petroff Defense and follows fairly modern theory until Toupalik gambles and tries to catch Ort's king in the center. Castling at the first opportunity would have leveled the game, but Ort delayed and gets greedy, targeting a proffered rook on a1. Toupalik's incredible rejoinder with 17.Bg5!! and 19.Rxc7!! proves a winning and instructive attack, but the most complicated winning line after 20...Qc6 with 23.b4!! and 24.b5!! has to be seen to be believed.

Top 10 Games of the 1900s

If you like the content and want to support it, subscribe and follow on YouTube and Twitch!