|Nov-07-05|| ||Halldor: The position before White's 33d move could be a nice puzzle, which ends with a smothered mate.|
|Nov-07-05|| ||TopaLove: I saw 33)Qf6 with mate in 2. Itīs better then what was played here.|
|Nov-08-05|| ||Halldor: <TopaLove> You are right (but Black can postpone the mate by sacrificing his Queen). It's better to have the puzzle one move later, after 33.Qd6+ Kg8: White to move - mate in 4.
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|Nov-08-05|| ||Halldor: 21...Nxe5 would have been a better move.|
|Nov-08-05|| ||Happypuppet: <TopaLove> In The Inner Game of Chess, Soltis gives the diagram after Black's 32nd and this explanation.|
"White found the most obvious idea of the position, the checks beginning with Qd6+. After he realized that 1... Kg8 2 Ne7+ Kf8 sets up the opportunity for discovered checks and doubled checks, it wasn't hard to spot the second idea in the position, the smothered mate: 3. Nxg6+ Kg8 4. Qf8+ Rxf8 5. Ne7#.
"This is the easiest method for most humans to calculate because it is the most forceful. But if you give the diagrammed position to a competent chess computer, it will find 1. Qf6 after which mate on g7, e7, or h8 can be delayed only for one move by a spite check. Thus, the "quiet" 1. Qf6 is two moves faster than the check on d6. Yet nine out of ten human players will tell you 1. Qd6+ is the easier to calculate."
|Nov-08-05|| ||TopaLove: <Happypuppet> Thatīs really interesting. However, Fritz moved Qd6+, at least when whe moves instantly.|
|Aug-19-06|| ||tpstar: Great pickup about 33. Qf6 but the final sequence is striking.|
White set the whole thing up with 25. Bd4 preparing a Discovery on the Qb2 while avoiding capture on e5. Then 26. h3 hit the Ng4 and also prevented any back rank problems. Finally 32. Bd4 (again) left a key diagonal open for White's Queen. Brilliant game.
|Nov-23-07|| ||computer chess guy: Black went wrong with 30. .. g6. The best defense is 30. .. ♗g4. Fritz still gives some advantage to White, though.|
|Nov-24-07|| ||Red October: nice mate|
|Nov-05-13|| ||mathlover: The finish is special .|
|Nov-23-18|| ||Christoforus Polacco: In Poland ''smothered mate' is called ''Bieniowski Mate''. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauri...|