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Rudolf Rezso Charousek vs Moritz Porges
Nuremberg (1896), Nuremberg GER, rd 14, Aug-04
Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit. London Defense (C44)  ·  1-0


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Apr-16-06  notyetagm: What a chess genius Charousek was. Here Charousek announced a mate in 5 beginning with 37 ♕c6+.

It seems strange to swap queens when playing a mating attack but here the remaining White bishops and rooks coordinate to trap the Black a8-king in a corridor on the a-file (<Greco mate>): 37 ♕c6+! ♕xc6 38 ♗xc6+ ♖b7 39 ♖xa7+! ♔xa7 40 ♖a1+ ♘a4 41 ♖xa4#.

A lovely <Greco mate> on the a-file, with the White c7- and c6-bishops covering the critical flight squares b8, b7, and b6 of the Black a7-king. I have never seen this particular pattern with the Greco mate before, the flight squares off of the rook file all covered by adjacent bishops. Have a look at the final mating pattern for yourself:

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Apr-23-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Very nice analysis, <notyetagm>, to a brillant endgame technique of Charousek's.
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  Phony Benoni: <notyetagm> For a similar example of this type of mate, see Showalter vs Gossip, 1889
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