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J Lansing vs Ralph Hart
"Lansing the Knight Away" (game of the day Mar-14-2005)
Corres (1907), corres
King's Gambit: Accepted. Middleton Countergambit (C37)  ·  1-0


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Mar-14-05  Zaius: Exceptional pun.
Mar-14-05  dbulger: what the poop was 9.Rf3 for? i thought that was a dogwater move. but the finish was superb!
Mar-14-05  JohnTal: I would have liked Black's game better if he had returned the pawn with 10 ...g4, 11 Rf4 ... Qh4, 12 Qg4 ... Qh7+, 13 Kf1 ... Ngf6 to be followed with ...O-O-O and ... Be7 leaves Black with a very playable position.

What does Fritz or other computer programs recommend or think about my line?

Mar-14-05  minimaxing: <JohnTal> In your line, you miss 12... Qh1#.

Obviously, 12... Nf2 was the decisive blunder in this game. Much better was 12... gxf4. Prior to this, black could have improved with 6... Bh5 (the bishop sac played seems unsound).

Mar-14-05  necrosis: I think 10...g4 would be bad for black. 11.Bxf7+ Kxf7 12.Rxf7+ Ke8 13.Qxg4 protects h4, and if instead 11...Ke7 or Nf6 then the d8-h4 diaganol is blocked.
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  patzer2: Having accepted Black's Bishop sacrifice with 7. hxg4, White gives back the extra Bishop with advantage via 12. Bxf4! -- initiating an instructive defensive combination.

After 12...Nf2?? 13. Bxg3!, White has a winning double attack -- threatening to win the hapless knight (e.g. 13...f6 14. Kxf2 or 13...Rh1+ 14. Kxf2 ) or mate as in the game continuation.

Mar-14-05  EinZweiDrei: This really is one of the better puns.
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  Annie K.: This has a flavor reminiscent of Legal's Mate. Brilliant! =)
Mar-14-05  soberknight: Why wait until 10...g4? Try 9...g4 10 Rxf4 Qh4 11 Bxf7+ Kd8 12 Kf1 Nc6.
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  kevin86: Here is a rarity-both players attack in the first fifteen moves! Boy,it looked like black was a winner,with the open h-file.Too bad,he got greedy by going after the queen instead of the king. White's counter-attack was so strong that the queen was expendable-and a Legal variation was executed.
Mar-14-05  hintza: <Annie K.> Yes, I see what you mean, Nd5#! I have always loved the real Legal's mate because I actually did it once against my father in one of our games!
Mar-14-05  Runemaster: "Lansing With Tears in my Eyes" (Ultravox, c. 1983, I think).
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  YouRang: I always love it when the minor pieces collaborate like that.

Lesson: When you're opponent is offering a queen sacrifice, look twice!

Mar-14-05  EinZweiDrei: Also remarkable is that this occurred in a correspondence match.
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  Annie K.: <hintza> not just Nd5#, but also Queen sac followed by Bxf7+ Ke7 (forced) and then Nd5#. :)

Since the Rook is filling in for the other Knight, the obstructing presence of Black's own Knight on d7 is essential to the combination. Nd7 is relatively rare, so this probably won't come up as often as the real Legal's Mate, but it's still a neat combination to remember.

BTW, I get to play Legal's Mate and some of its variations pretty often in blitz, and it's always fun. LOL!

Mar-14-05  hintza: <Annie K.> Yes, of course the preceding part to Nd5# as well! :-) Always fun, of course!
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  Calli: Re: <correspondence match>

In fact, the game is neither correspondence or from 1985. It was published in November 1907 issue of Laskerís Chess Magazine. See CN 4792:

Jun-22-14  GumboGambit: The <R A Hart> listed in <Calli> link from 1907 is obviously not the Ralph Hart who is active from NZ. Over the decades, there seem to be multiple Harts who preferred to play the KG - Middleton Countergambit:

R A Hart

B Hart

So it must be some sort of family affair?

May-02-16  esteger: I thought Hart took a break of 76 years before returning to the rigors of tournament chess.
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  Benzol: The Ralph Hart who played this game is not the same one that Richard Taylor and I know.


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  perfidious: <Paul> You sure about that?
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  Benzol: <Alan> I'm pretty sure about it. Ralph is younger than both Richard and myself. He was playing in NZ junior events in the early 1980's. The above game according to the info supplied took place in 1907 so it must be someone else.
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  Richard Taylor: Benzol - no it is Ralph - from Scotland originally. I played him a few times. Some fascinating struggles from memory. He is one of NZ's best but doesn't play so much these days...


I thought you were commenting on the combination of the day, didn't even look up at the game....

Well this game here wasn't by Ralph Hart who we know, yes that is right. But he does feature in today or yesterdays nice combo against Wayne Power both of those we know...

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  perfidious: <Paul> I detest emoticons, so usually make a small note afterwards to denote my weak attempts at humour.

Bad omission this time round.

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