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But in the game White plays …h4 anyway! 28 †f2! gxf4? …ad8 is too slow and would also be met by 29 …h4. Black takes steps to defend his loosened ‡ position, but White has another … offer to break down resistance. Black never does make use 35 of the queen’s …, a consequence of the time wasted with the minor pieces in the early stages. 29 …h4! gxh4 Acceptance is forced. …g6 30 ƒxg5! e3 31 ƒxe3 and Black has lost two pawns for nothing) 31 …xh6+ ‡g8 32 †h4ˆ. 30 †xh4 …g6? Black should return the spare … for a little counterplay, even if it is insufficient.
H5+ 34 ‡f4 …f8+ 35 ‡e4 †e5#. …f8+ 34 ƒf4 The ƒ gets moving too late. This would have been a good time to resign. g5. †xb2+ 36 ‡h3 …xf4 0–1 The last finesse: Black wins easily after 37 gxf4 †c3. Game 12 White: Dr Ramon Rey Ardid (Spain) Black: Dr Hans Geiger (Austria) IFSB Championship, 1932 Queen’s Gambit, Slav Defence (D18) The Players: Dr Ramon Rey Ardid (1904-88), a medical doctor from Zaragoza, was one of Spain’s strongest players for three decades. He represented his country at the 1924 Paris Olympiad, won the Spanish Championship four times and in 1944 he played a short match with world champion Alekhine, losing only one game.
About this game: I found this game in the excellent book ‘Historie Korespondencniho Sachu 1870–1999’ edited by Jan Kalendovsky and Rudolf Sevecek, dealing with the history of CC in Czechoslovakia. The game is representative of CC in the last decade before World War I, when most European postal events were organized by periodicals and genuine masters were rarely involved. The opening play is not of a high standard but an interesting middlegame develops. ) and Mikulka scored 16½ points, finishing 15th.
64 Great Chess Games: Instructive Classics from the World of Correspondence Chess by Tim Harding