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Monday, July 25, 2011

Chess Annecdotes 10

Pin It Rudolf Spielmann ( 1883 - 1942 )

Rudolf Soeilmann was a short, mild-mannered, and friendly man. Like Adolf Anderssen, Spielmann's personality had little to do with his chess style,

which was recklessly aggressive. Unlike Anderssen, however, Spielmann did not play chess in the Romantic
era, and defensive technique had become more important. Positional concepts, rather than exclusively combinational ideas, were the stock-in-trade of the masters of Spielmann's day. Crazed, attacking players were looked upon as relics from an earlier, more primitive time.

A lover of gambit openings, Spielmann played many swashbuckling games but never felt that he had reached his full potential. Finally, in the late 1920, Spielmann undertook a thorough study of positional concepts and endgames. The resulting change of style propelled him into the ranks of the world's top ten players. Reuben Fine once wrote that Spielmann's main concern in life, apart from chess, was to accumulate enough money to buy limitless quantities of beer!
Always proud of his attacking prowess, Spielmann once lamented, "I can see combinations as well as Alekhine, but I cannot get to the positions where they are possible!" This innocent litle statement is actually quite revealing and illustrates the changes the game was undergoing at the time. Of course, you could still sacrifice pieces and atac, but to successful against the strongest players, you had to master all phases of the game. The time of the one-punch knock-out artist was quickly coming to an end. However, we can still enjoy replaying some haymaker chess games. Let's look at a beautiful example from the young Spielmann. His beloved beer must have tasted good after this one.

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