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Milan Vidmar vs Max Euwe
"It's Not Euwe 'til It's Over" (game of the day Jun-19-2009)
Karlsbad (1929), Karlsbad CSR, rd 16, Aug-19
Torre Attack: Fianchetto Defense. Euwe Variation (A48)  ·  1-0


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  lost in space: Itís only Rock ní Roll but I like it.

37. Qf8+ Kxf8

(37...Kh7 Qg7#)

38. Rd8#

I love Mondays!

Feb-05-18  zb2cr: Straightforward. 37. Qf8+, Kxf8 (forced); 38. Rd8#.
Feb-05-18  jffun1958: that's a famous game. I knew it from before:
37. Qf8+
... KxQ Rd8#

... Kh7 Qg7#

Feb-05-18  jffun1958: Starting from move #34 this one has already been a Friday puzzle on Dec-10-04.
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  patzer2: It's Monday and our puzzle solution is an easy mate-in-two starting with 37. Qf8+!

Black's decisive mistake was the pawn grab 28...Qxd5? allowing 29. Be4! +- (+2.14 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 8).

Instead, 28...Rc1 ⩱ (-0.48 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 8) would have maintained the advantage for Black.

Earlier, Stockfish 8 prefers 24...Re7 25. Rxe7 Qxe7 ∓ (-1.17 @ 32 ply) over the game move 24...Rac8 ∓ (-0.98 @ 28 ply).

Feb-05-18  stst: Black to mate by Qh2, but it's White's move. Both e7 & g7 are under the horse-shoe, so Mondy Q-sac again: 37.Qf8+ KxQ (else if Kh7, 38.Qg7#)
38.Rd8# K stuck by its own P@f7.
Feb-05-18  stacase: A little bit more difficult than usual as the Rook Check 37. Rd8+ looks obvious but doesn't work. But since it's Monday the Queen sac does the trick. It's Blacks choice to accept it or not, but it doesn't matter.
Feb-05-18  stst: <..Euwe a genius, and anointing him the next World Champion.>

Well, every champion is something... but, as a few very top masters proclaimed: "I see only one genius.... Capa...."

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  agb2002: Most overworked.
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  gofer: I know this very famous sequence from <34 ... Qf4>. The combination is beautiful and the queen sacrifice is a bolt from the blue.

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Feb-05-18  AlicesKnight: A pretty finish that has been published elsewhere quite a bit. Qf8+ leads either to mate on g7 or by the R if the K captures. <gofer> is right; it starts earlier.
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  cocker: According to the Fritz database, the games ended after 36Nf5+.
Feb-05-18  Mayankk: Pretty mate. Saw it instantly knowing itís a Monday puzzle, and is still something which I may easily miss in my online blitz games.

Such cute tactics which draw king to its den of death elevate chess to an art form, in my opinion.

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  malt: Queen sac Monday
37.Qf8+ Kh7 (37...K:f8 38.Rd8# )38.Qg7#
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  Once: One of chess's little secrets is that a knight on the fifth rank can reach the opponent's seventh rank. And that's where he keeps his pawns.

A well placed knight on the fifth rank can turn a holey back rank back which seems immune to back rank tricks into a sealed and therefore vulnerable back rank.

In today's puzzle the Ng5 is doing a similar job to a row of black pawns on f7, g7 and h7. Plus the knight assists in a mate threat against g7

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  chrisowen: Crabmeat qf8us flushoust vowus vimus flavs cinch its finishy 37.Qf8+ noushood vimus fluffhung budus mates 1 haves crabmeat qf8us foodhunts vimus flavs aceus maces brought v bamus visages mrsus ditto vints tidys fiton frequent quagmire vowus vimus vents gasus divot v hopon vowus now won wusus lyeth yules it's vasts heights awnus fasey it's vasts fresh tawny vivas vetus fanwise thyus feast whiny faith newsy hints vivas vamus faint wheys wains hefty yawns thief yawus flavs netfish qf8us flushoust vowus vimus crabmeat qf8us foodhunts vimus flavs aceus cabus bamus maces brought camel mrsus ditto vints tidys fiton frequent quagmire vowus vimus vents gasus divot kevlar hopon vowus now won wusus lyeth yules it's vasts heights awnus fasey vivas flavs its finishy 37.Qf8+ noushood vimus flushoust budus mates 1 haves hoods hudus howdy hunts hunks crabmeat qf8us flubboust flockoust fluffhung foothunts flogshunt floodoust flushoust flowsoust fluff hungs vowus vimus vivas flush hoofs huffs gulch guffs flush blush botch hoofs huffs hubus momus moves vehement vints intricate vowus vimus dates banes ables vints would duddy visages bossy bouts vowus vimus bunts boost keysums vimus hoods flock frock vowus ghost ghoul pogos flogs flush hoofs huffs block clubs cobus bucks vimus umsus dives flung chump its eddys vowus vimus haves crabmeat qf8us foodhunts;
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  takchess: I like to think of these as slapchecks Qf8+ slaps the square next to the king. This leads to an Anastasia mate or to a quick death if the king runs.
Feb-05-18  AlicesKnight: <cocker: According to the Fritz database, the games ended after 36Nf5+>. The book I know this one from also says Black resigned after Ng5+ (a Mieses collection of games).
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  Once: <AlicesKnight, cocker>

We have seen that before with other "olde tyme" games when the world was in black and white.

One theory is that olde games sometimes ended with one player declaring mate in so many moves. Sometimes these declared moves got written down as if they had been played.

It's only a theory, but it might account for why some old game scores aren't always consistent in the last few moves.

Feb-05-18  lzromeu: Miss it!!!
Forget the first law of mondays
Look at Qsacs
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  FSR: <Phony Benoni> Why would kibitzers proclaim Euwe a genius or anoint him the next World Champion for losing a game?
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  MissScarlett: Leave it, <PB>, just leave it...
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  morfishine: <37.Qf8+> and White wins


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  hoodrobin: Well, just the usual Queen sacrifice...
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  ChemMac: Also: I'd have played 25...BXf3 26.QXf3 Rc4 Stock the Fish agrees; with -0.49.
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