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Mikhail Chigorin vs Davydow
Petersburg (1874)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Double Muzio Gambit Paulsen Defense (C37)  ·  1-0
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May-13-13  1.e4effort: i have to throw in with those who admit to looking at 26.Nd7 and other ideas before hitting on the right move. i saw the mate straightaway, it was just a question of how to get there. sometimes i overlook the obvious in my search for something complex. i kept saying to myself "this is Monday, this has got to be easy". Lo and behold, it was.
May-13-13  CaringLuv: After 7.Qxf3, Qxf3 will help to slow down White's attack. 8.gxf3 d5! 9.f4 Bf5(9.exd6 e.p. Bxd6 10.Re1+ Ne7 11.d4 0-0 and White's attack is resisted firmly. Black can hold the material advantage to the end game).White's Night sacrifice can be refuted
May-13-13
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  chrisowen: I huff and puff in king bargains for a day to break free bishope6 his shackles it down to fanfare in chaste 26.na6+ first at i clop banded in feinted delight clink see afraid in tour bxa6 etymology! Tomb bind queen each heed in far and wide cough arriver coin a term affirm deba - table fedral cinch knight band queen in ruffled feather 27.Qb4 ar bit now in badger be a 21...Bxg4 hoof in sate d7 it a docked pay slip in the sho ten years ago at feat he do it or in 25.nc5+ ar good safety in mind catch 8b all time for on eminate it dog in dreaming blow of finger d7 in eg it is abort in seek e5 so neemind 27.Qb4#!
May-13-13
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  Abdel Irada: <Pedro Fernandez: I can not understand why it took me about 4 min. to find Na6+, I'm sorry to confess it.>

It's a Monday puzzle and you were looking for a queen sac?

May-13-13
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  playground player: I looked so hard for a smothered mate, I almost missed Na6+.
May-13-13
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  kevin86: An inverse smothered mate! Instead of giving up a queen and mating with a knight in a closed position-this game sacrifices a knight and mate with the queen in an open position!

Unlike the usual queen-sac Monday!

May-13-13  sfm: Ah, they don't play chess like that any more!
A brilliant game, White Muzio-saccing and black trying to get foothold. I don't think 6.-,Qf6 is the best, maybe 6.-,d5. White so cleaverly keeps the attack alive with 15.g4! and 17.h4! and Black does not seem to have any choice but to play along.

20.Rxe5!,dxe 21.Qe5 and Black comes a rook ahead, but still without a likable move.

How many of us would have played 22.Nxe8 ?

23.Be6+! is a real cutie, a simple-move-easy-to-miss, and it must be seen before playing 22.Qd4+!

What a murder! Total energy, and to me it looks like Black is lost all the way from 6.-,Qf6

May-13-13  MostlyWatch: Is it really possible to see stuff on Monday that we can't see on Sunday?

I was called in to help debug a device I'd designed. It looked to me like software was sending a spurious code. The SW guy insisted it wasn't. He'd been over his program 3 times and it simply did not do that. I dragged a logic analyzer over, hooked it up between the CPU and the device, and was able to show him the flow of codes with the spurious item right in there. Then he went over his program a 4th time and exclaimed "Oh! It does do that. Sorry." When he knew his program was sending that code, he could then see where it did it. Isn't this an odd quirk of human nature?

May-13-13
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  YouRang: You gotta like 23.Be6+!
May-13-13  psmith: <FSR>: I had exactly the same pattern. It took me at least a minute to break the spell of 26. Nd7+.
May-13-13  Nullifidian: 26. ♘a6+ ♙bxa6 27. ♕b4#

Like most other people, I began by looking for the smothered mate, but gave up when I couldn't see it and found the right solution by moving the knight in the other direction.

May-13-13  BOSTER: <sfm> <I don't think 6...Qf6 is the best., it looks like black is lost all the way from 6...Qf6>.

Both Capablanca and Tarrasch criticised move 4..g4.
After 5.0-0 best defense was move 5...d7-d5, but after 5...gxf3 6.Qxf3 Qf6-is the best. Here is the lasker's opinion.
When black king has too many threats, it is necessary to move into defense the most powerful piece-the queen. Lasker believed if black played correctly , he would win , but Tarrasch, who called Muzio gambit is devil's gambit, claimed that white should win.

This is the pos. black to play move 14...


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I'd play here...d6,protecting the queen, closing the g4 attack.

May-13-13
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  FSR: <psmith: <FSR>: I had exactly the same pattern. It took me at least a minute to break the spell of 26. Nd7+.>

Most people seem to have had the same experience. A little tricky for a Monday.

May-13-13  Gallario9512: Any reason why Chigorin played Be6?
May-13-13
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  perfidious: <FSR>: In all likelihood, that is because we typically analyse on the lines of (from the position in question): 'There's no time for quiet moves-Black threatens ....Qg3+ and I'm a rook down, but can always fall back on the perpetual'.

Of course, the tricky part is foreseeing all this before one has reached the culminating combination, which begins at 22.Qd4+ and needs the elegant interference manoeuvre 23.Be6+ for ultimate success.

May-13-13  Patriot: This "very easy" puzzle took several minutes--mostly to get past the 26.Nd7+ idea.

26.Na6+ bxa6 27.Qb4#

May-13-13
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  gawain: The first move I tried did not work, but the second one did. Nifty puzzle.
May-13-13  waustad: The usual see saw smothered mate didn't work so I looked at the other check. It did the job.
May-13-13  stst: Monday N-sac (laugh?)
26.Na6+ bxa6 (no other D?)
27.Qb4# (what to stop it?)
May-13-13  tcoxon39: I would have played 24. Qd7 and been devastated when black played 24...Qg3+ and forced a draw.
Jan-26-14  GREYSTRIPE: This excellent chess-game-of-note~ played by Mikail Chigorin, salient and cumbrous, makes an introduction for a novice at chess or the smile of an experienced chess-player who knows that one difference between a novice and experience is when to move a weighted piece and when to castle. Grandmaster of Chess Tournaments Play Chigorin is respectable and the definition of experience at the chess-board Tournament j'ai alaine~
Jan-26-14  GREYSTRIPE: J'ai Neame eliana la'furche~

Rue La'Rochelle...

Jul-24-14  jdc2: The position after black's 22...Kc8 is problem #585 in Reinfeld's "1001 Winning Chess Combinations". Black can survive for awhile if he's willing to give up his queen after 23.Be6 by playing Bxe6, or again after 25.Nc5+.
Jan-29-16  Chess Is More: Good little puzzle, a brazen choice.
Dec-16-16  The Kings Domain: Brilliant game by Chigorin. One wonders whether this was preparation or instinct.
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