We are told with equal enthusiasm that man learns from experiance, and also that he is a creature of habit. To reconcile these mutually contradictory claims, we must conclude that exceptional men learn from experiance, while the rest remain creatures of habit.
A case in point: the great Steinitz quickly saw the fallacy of attack for attack's sake; the mediocre Dufresne contributed over and over again
to the making of an immortal game.
King Gambit Declined
White, G.R. Neumann Black, J. Dufresne
1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5 Very prudent-so far. 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.d3 Ng4 ? Serious neglect of his development. By simply playing 6...Nc6 he would have had a good game. 7.Rf1 Nxh2 ? Worse yet;he sees "combination": if 8.Nxh2 Qh4+ etc. 8.Rh1 ! Naturally: having the permanent address of Black's King, Neumann is delighted with the gift of the open King's Rook file. Ng4 9.Qe2 Bf2+ ? 10.Kf1 Nc6 11.f5 ! Bc5 12.Ng5 ! Nh6 Black is defenseless (a state to which his futile check for "attack" on move 9 has contributed) If...Nf6 13.Nxh7 Nxh7 14.Qh5 etc. 13.Qh5 Qe8
Or 13...Qf6 14Nxh7! Kxh7 15.Bg5 winning the Queen ! 14.Nxh7 He plan a superb finish. Kxh7 15.Bxh6 g6 Amusing would be 15...f6 16.Bc1 Qxh6 17.Rxh6 mate White's attack is so brutal that even exchanging Queens leads to mate on the move! 16.Qxg6+ fxg6 17.Bxf8 mate
Thus ends the melodrama of The Open File's Revenge !This game must have taught a great deal to...Steinitz.
Hope you enjoy reading this. This was taken from Fred Rienfeld
"Relax with Chess and win in 20 moves"
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