Thursday, March 31, 2011

Random Game # 19 - Asztalos vs. Breyer 1918

The Random Game feature at is a handy way to broaden your chess education. You never know what's going to pop up. You may see a famous classic, or maybe a subtle modernity, or maybe a true obscurity. You might even find a diamond in the rough that nobody else has spotted.

Revolution in Budapest in October 1918
Today's game introduces us to Lajos Asztalos with the white pieces against Gyula Breyer. The Vienna Game was originally called Hamppe's Game after Carl Hamppe. In the line known as the Vienna Gambit, White plays 3. f4 in order to reach a prefered line in the King's Gambit Declined. Though this line with Be7 by Black is called the Breyer variation it was certainly played long before Gyula tried it against Bernat Steiner in 1912, perhaps first by Wilfried Paulsen in 1888. A believer in the hypermodern theory of openings, Breyer also loaned his name to a variation in the Closed Ruy Lopez.

Though chess is a game of war, certainly 1918 was a tumultuous time to be playing chess in Budapest!

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