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Georges Koltanowski vs Brett Thompson
Simul (1948) (exhibition), Vancouver CAN
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense (C55)  ·  1-0
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Jul-12-17
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  fredthebear: What next? White is threatening 16.Qxh7# in the final position.

There's no point in Black playing 15...QxNf6 16.exQf6 g6, which actually looks like Black's best try to slow down the mating attack. Losing a queen for knight isn't worth playing on, especially given White's development.

If Black tries to remove the White knight support with 15...gxNf6 then 16.Bd3 renews the mate threat. 16...Ng5 is met by 17.BxNg5 (the same goes for 15...Ng5) and White still threatens mate. Otherwise, f6-f5 won't stop mate after Bxf5.

Therefore, Black could play 15...h6 to prolong his misery. One sequence might go 16.Bxh6 g6 hitting the White queen, but it's mate in two after 17.Bg7++ KxBg7 18.Qh7#. If 16...gxNf6, simple is the one-square retreat for discovered check 17.Bg5+ Kg8/Kg7 and 18.Bxf6 threatening a support mate and capture of the Black queen.

Thus, Black was wise to resign in this simultaneous exhibition.

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