Friday, December 31, 2010

Any move is at least as good as resigning!

This is of course old stuff but it is new to me. I still think Chernev's "Logical Chess Move by Move" is a great book. I am not trying to make fun of a truly classic book. Anyhow, something odd seems to be going on in the very first game in the book. Black builds up a scary looking attack and white approves of the attack by resigning.

I should be a well known fact that any move is at least as strong as resigning. In this game white appears to have a move that is even better than resigning:


  1. Nowadays, play on, but perhaps in those days they knew their opponent could spend an hour or so to find the winning move. Probably 18..Kf8 gets played, and nothing has changed toward stopping 19..Qh3+, 20.Nh2 QxNh2 mate

  2. [Event "Berlin Jubilee"]
    [Site "Berlin"]
    [Date "1907.??.??"]
    [Round "9"]
    [White "Von Scheve, Theodor"]
    [Black "Teichmann, Richard"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [ECO "C53"]
    [SetUp "1"]
    [FEN "r3k2r/bpp2ppp/p2p4/P7/2B1P1n1/2P2Nq1/1P3P2/R1BQ1R1K b kq - 0 17"]
    [PlyCount "6"]
    [EventDate "1907.??.??"]
    [Source "ChessBase"]
    [SourceDate "1998.11.10"]

    17... Bxf2 18. Bxf7+ Kf8 19. Bf4 Qxf4 20. Bh5 $15 {But still hard work to win!}