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Benjamin Leussen vs Oldrich Duras
Scheveningen (1905), Scheveningen NED, rd 6, Aug-04
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Symmetrical Variation (C49)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: Pretty miniature. If 13...gxf6, then 14.Qd2 (threatening Qh6) 14...Kh8 15.Qh6 Nf5 (what else?) 16.exf5 Rg8 17.Nxf6 Rg7 18.Ng5 and white wins.
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  Calli: Also if tries to take on move 12

12...gxf6 13.Nh5 Kh8 (hoping for Ng8) 14.Bxd7 Qxd7 15.Nxf6 Qe6 (only a pawn down and planning 16. Ng4 f4, but..) 16.Nxh7!

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  tamar: 11...Ne7? is Duras' big mistake.

Besides the brilliancy, Leussen could win a piece by 12 Bxf6 Bxb5 13 Bxe7 Qxe7 14 a4 Bd7 15 a5 Bc5 16 b4

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Mar-17-10  Twocolors: The two players can be seen on this picture, taken during the tournament.
Mar-17-10  sneaky pete: White actually played 18.Nh7+ ..

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and black resigned because of 18... Kh8 19.Nf5 .. and Qg7#. Kibitzers pointed out 18.N7e6+ .. to Leussen immediately after the game. The tournament book, edited by Meijer, has the 18.Nh7+ .. version, so the cosmetic operation on this game is from a later date.

Aug-28-12  thomastonk: Hello <sneaky pete>! I just found this game in a newspaper published during the tournament, and - what a surprise - already there the game is published with 18.N7e6+ and on. Why do people exchange one mate in three by another one?!
Aug-28-12  sneaky pete: <thomastonk> Maybe because the one # in 3 is actually # in 4: 18.Nh7+ Kg8 19.Nf5 Bxf2+ 20.Kh1 Qxf5 21.Qg7#
Aug-28-12  thomastonk: <sneaky pete> Oh! There are three kinds of mathematicians: those who can count, and those who can't. And now guess my profession!
Aug-28-12  DanielBryant: I would prefer 8...Bxf3, which Frank Marshall played twice.
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  whiteshark: The last move should indicate mate (#)
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  Phony Benoni: "American Chess Bulletin", September 1905, p. 290 also has the mate-in-three version beginning 18.Nge6+. But I would have to agree that Metger's tournament book is more likely correct. A made up finish would more likely use the flashing 18.N7e6+, not the prosaic 18.Nh7+.
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