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Georges Koltanowski vs J Salazar
"Kolt from the Blue" (game of the day Jun-04-2017)
Simul (1940) (exhibition), Ciudad Guatamala
Colle System (D05)  ·  1-0


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Jan-10-11  1.e4effort: I think we've seen this many times before - not that that's a bad thing!

19. Qg8+...R or N xg8

20. Nf7#

Ah, Mondays.....

Jan-10-11  VincentL: "Very Easy".

Philidorīs mate here:

19. Qg8+ Nxg8/Rxg8 20. Nf7 mate.

Letīs see if I can find time to look at the more challenging puzzles from Thursday onwards this week.

Jan-10-11  Ghuzultyy: Monday puzzle,very easy.
19.Qg8+ followed by 20.Nf7 wins.
But lets see where black lost the game.

This is the position after 15.Qxe4

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In this position Black can easily play 15...Bxg5. Getting rid of the active knight but instead,Black chose to play 15...Nf6??

White has mate in 5 here. A well-known mate. Huge blunder from J.Salazar.

Jan-10-11  snarky: A few weeks back, I won my first game with this motif. Very satisfying.
Jan-10-11  Fuegoverde: Monday, so CG shows us a beautifull Q sacrice that Salazar like many others before him, failed to see
19 Qg8+ R o N xQ, 20 Nf7++
he will not be the last to fall in this trap.
I allways love the games where mate is delivered by a N, like Tal-Portish or Niemela vs Tal
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  kevin86: Smothered mate:black can take the queen in two ways and still be mated by the knight.

You can back up the problem a few moves and force a mate in four-but that would make it a Tuesday or Wednesday puzzle.

Jan-10-11  cocker: It would be interesting to know how many other games Koltanowski was conducting at the same time!
Jan-10-11  muralman: Why do I always have trouble with the easiest puzzles?

I did find the line..... After some 15 minutes of looking.

Jan-10-11  CHESSTTCAMPS: White is down a piece for pawn and is less developed than black - the queenside rook and bishop are still on their original squares. These considerations are of no consequence because white can force mate in 2, as I'm sure most of the regulars have noted. Almost certainly, the puzzle position was preceded by a position two moves earlier where white's knight stood on g5 instead of h6, the normal setup for the prolific Philidor's Legacy combination. Time to see if Kolty pulled this off in a regular tournament game or in one of his blindfold exhibitions.
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  PhilFeeley: Gotta love those queen sacs and smothered mates. If only we could all get one of these in our tournament play!
Jan-10-11  arnaud1959: Hmmm, the solution must be:

19.h3!! preventing Ng4 followed by mate.

No, it doesn't work.

19.Bf4!! deflecting the Queen.

No, it doesn't work either

Wait, Nh6 is en prise. Let's play:

19.Qxf6!! pinning the pawn.

No, no, it's too difficult. I give up!

I hope there will be a smothered mate puzzle tomorrow. I know well that one!

Jan-10-11  rapidcitychess: Smothered mate. Oh yeah and one more thing:


Jan-10-11  backrank: Koltanowski was great. Salazar wasn't quite so.
Jan-10-11  wals: Black smothered out of existence.

Rybka 4 x 64

Black error. ply 20 : 9 min :
(+1.14):11...Bb7. Best, Nd5, 0.63.

1. (0.63): 11...Nd5 12.Qh5 g6 13.Qh6 Bf8 14.Qh3 Nxe5 15.dxe5[] Be7 16.Re1 Bd7 17.Nd6 Bxd6 18.exd6 Qf6 19.Re4 Rad8 20.Qh6 Qh8 21.Bg5 f6

2. (0.99): 11...h6 12.Nxf6+ Nxf6 13.Bb5 Rf8 14.Qf3 Qd5 15.Bc6 Qxf3 16.Bxf3 Rb8 17.Nc6 Rb7[] 18.Bf4 Re8 19.Nxe7+ Rbxe7 20.dxc5 bxc5 21.Bd6 Rd7 22.Bxc5 Bb7 23.Bd1 Bc6 24.Re1 Rb8 25.b3 Rbd8 26.Be2 Nd5

Black Blunder. ply 19 :
(+#5):15...Nf6. Best, Bxg5, +1.30.

1. (1.30): 15...Bxg5 16.Bxg5 Qd6 17.Rad1 c4 18.Rfe1 a5 19.f3 Qd5 20.Qe3 a4 21.a3 Qb5 22.Re2 Qf5 23.Rde1 Ra5 24.Bf4 Nf6 25.Bd6 Nd5

2. (1.45): 15...Nf8 16.Bf4 Bd6 17.Bxd6 Qxd6 18.Rad1 Rad8 19.Rfe1 e5 20.d5 h6 21.Nf3 Nd7 22.Nh4 Rf8 23.Ng6 Rfe8 24.Qf5 b5 25.b3 Qf6 26.Qe4 Kf7 27.Nh4 Qa6

Jan-10-11  WhiteRook48: the queen sacrifice so the king is smashed by his own pieces
Jan-10-11  psmith: I admit, my first thought was 19. Nf7+ to play for the smothered mate! Then I saw that we were already part of the way along that road...
Jan-10-11  estrick: <cocker: It would be interesting to know how many other games Koltanowski was conducting at the same time!>

It's reasonable to assume he was playing at least 30 people. In 1937 he set the Guinness World Record for the most games played simultaneously while 'blindfolded' at 34.

Given that this game was played in a simultaneous exhibition and the evidence of how he played, Salazar was probably no better than a Class D player, if that.

Jan-10-11  lionel15: Not to difficult. Ive seen one of these recently.
Jun-04-17  Strelets: 12.Nxf7! is a cool move. On 12...Kxf7, Black has the unenviable prospect of 13.Ng5+ and either 13...Kf8 14. Nxe6+, which loses the queen, or 13...Kg8 14.Qxe6+ Kh8 (14...Kf8 15.Qf7#) 15.Qg8+ R(or N)xg8 16.Nf7, which loses the game.
Jun-04-17  kungfufighter888: this is a very smooth mate by white
Jun-04-17  morfishine: Back to Lame-ocrity for game quality :(


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  thegoodanarchist: 7...Re8 turned out to be the losing move.
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  catlover: I suppose the "bolt from the blue" was 12 Nxf7.

Salazar must be a close relative of NN.

Jun-04-17  AlicesKnight: I'm puzzled that at move 12 Black seems to have seen the trap (if 12...Kxf7; 13.Ng5+ followed by either Nxe6+ winning the Q or Qxe6+ followed by smothering), but then falls for it at move 15.
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  ChessHigherCat: <AlicesKnight> That's true, especially since he had 15...Bxg5, which would have left white with only a minimal advantage.
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