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John William Schulten vs Bernhard Horwitz
"Simply Inschulten" (game of the day Jul-20-2016)
London (England) (1846), London ENG
Bishop's Opening: Horwitz Gambit (C26)  ·  0-1
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Dec-06-11  psmith: Puzzle solved quickly. What about the game? 9. Ne4? looks like a lemon. After 9. Nf3 Black has little to show for his pawn(s).
Dec-06-11  TheTamale: Wow, a three move combo, and I got it in my head.

Of course, I was familiar with the Reti-Tartakower game, without which I would have failed.

Dec-06-11  monopole2313: From Reinfeld I learned that a king in double check is forced to move. So simple and yet so useful.
Dec-06-11
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  kevin86: I guess Mr.Horwitz was "Reti"-for the winning combination-even though the signature theme game for this checkmate came 64 years later!
Dec-06-11
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  YouRang: Double-check is often the key to resourceful combinations.

It doesn't matter if one or both of the attackers can be captured or blocked -- the king has no choice but to move, and it's frequently an unpleasant choice.

Dec-06-11  pericles of athens: so cool! I'm 2 for 2 this week. Saw the sac and combo to the end immediately. I'm getting better!
Dec-06-11
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  chrisowen: Sir I out duke thee bravo Horwitz I commend you on a finely played game nc3 my repechage and rosy it was till alas poor knight gallop unto it edict! Nf3 look to equalise it queen misplacing in b6 whilst minstrel c5 get hamped by white knight very active and imaginative conclusion reminds me a golly thumpin I gave Paul at - silv coins are hot;
Dec-06-11  CHESSTTCAMPS: Black forces mate in 3 with 15... Qf1+. The double check combination initiated by a queen sac on the back rank is more commonly executed on d1/d8 against uncastled kings. I've also seen the opportunity appear on f1/f8 or h1/h8 against castled kings, with Chess Tactics Server providing a number of good examples.
Dec-06-11  CHESSTTCAMPS: ... an unintentional duplication of <Patriot>'s point.
Dec-06-11
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  Penguincw: Darn. How can I miss that?
Dec-06-11  1stboard: Found that solution easy. White's mistake was not playing Nf3 on move # 2. However from the date of the game ( 1846 ), Nf3 did not become the standard till around 1870 or so.
Dec-06-11  sevenseaman: <moronovich: Always be aware of undefended squares around the king.>

Squares, anywhere, always a dicey affair,
Drop the guard and have a nightmare,
I met a bored pretty on a long-distance train,
She snatched my 'Guardian' puzzle with some disdain,
Aah chess! Don't you ever think of getting somewhere?

- Of hare-brained encounters.

Dec-06-11  stst: yes sir, Q-sac again!
...Qf1+
KxQ Bd3 dis+ followed by Rf1#
Dec-07-11  TheaN: Tuesday 7 December 2011 (a day late however)

<15....?>

Material: White up, ♙

Candidates: <[Qf1]>

-ML-
This is a nifty variation on a doublecheck trap that has been done countless of times, as such spotting Qf1 was actually the only real spotting to do here. After:

<15....Qf1 16.Kxf1 Bd3> the power of a doublecheck becomes very clear. The Bishop is under attack, the file of the Rook can be interposed by two pieces, yet due to them both delivering check interposing and capturing can be scratched of the list on how to solve check. Which means:

<17.Ke1 Rf1 0-1> is completely forced, and very nice.

Dec-07-11  LIFE Master AJ: 15...Qf1+! (The double-check means you don't have to look for side variants. Only one defense to that - move the King!)

Used to be, I would have given myself two exclams, just for finding this.

However, after years of being a CG regular, I find myself saying, "Oh. That again?"

Dec-07-11  LIFE Master AJ: Still a pleasing key move, I have only managed this type of Q-sack once or twice in my tournament career.
Apr-17-12  Llawdogg: Spectacular finish! Queen sacrifice, double check, checkmate.
Apr-26-12  Llawdogg: I thought this game looked familiar.
May-10-13
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  docbenway: Shades of Morphy.
Dec-04-14  MarkFinan: This is what the Carlsen app keeps doing to me on the age 12 setting!
Jul-20-16  catlover: 9.Ne4 was a stinker of a move.

Is it my imagination, or did GOTD get posted late?

Jul-20-16
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  morfishine: <catlover> No imagination, and I wish for more napalm!

*****

Jul-20-16  j4jishnu: Simply Inschulten! Haha. Such a poor middle game by John W. Schulten. Endgame was disastrous, undoubtedly.
Jul-21-16
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  kevin86: white dodged his queen away, but put the king into fire via a three move mate!
Oct-21-16  Aunt Jemima: Horwitz uncorked a sparkling finish on this one. It's good to see him have a chance to play a good move once in a while.
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