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George Henry Mackenzie vs James Mason
Paris (1878)  ·  French Defense: Classical. Delayed Exchange Variation (C11)  ·  1-0
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  patzer2: The queen psuedo sacrifice 17. Qf6 illustrates the importance of looking at every check and capture, and following it through to the end of every forced variation.

While 20. g4+ leads to a very pretty three move mate, 20. Rh3+ also leads to a quick mate.

Aug-22-03  Shadout Mapes: I only saw the combination up to move 19, but it was already obviously sound due to the number of resources at white's disposal.
Aug-22-03  Larsker: In chess puzzles, always take the queen sac into account. There's one big book of chess puzzles at Amazon where the users complain that 80% of the solutions are in fact queen sacs!
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  Honza Cervenka: I saw 20.Rh3+ Nh4 (20...Kg4 21.Ne3#) 21.Rxh4+ Kg6 22.Rh6#
Aug-22-03  ramdaz: Does moving pawn h3 + in 20th move help a quicker mate
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  Honza Cervenka: <ramdaz> If 20.h3, then what about 20...Bxf4 or 20...Nxf4?
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  ChessPraxis: <to Shadout Mapes> To think that a line is "obviously sound" may be good enough for a blitz game, but when you're sacrificing your Queen you'd better KNOW that you're going to come out on top in every continuation.
Aug-22-03  The Backward Pawn: Random question: any suggestions for descent chess programs for my computer, where i can analyze my games move by move and evaluate my positions, without spends hundreds??
Aug-22-03  rollerblader1324: <the backward pawn> try fritz 8 or shredder 7...they r both wicked good programs made by chessbase. dont get chessmaster...i have it nd its horrible
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  patzer2: According to this site, shredder 7.04 may be a bit stronger than fritz 8:
Aug-22-03  rollerblader1324: shredder 7.04 is stronger...its #1 worldwide while fritz 8 is #3...but it doesnt make 2 much of a difference
Aug-22-03  Marnoff Mirlony: Shredder is not stronger than Fritz.
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  patzer2: <Marnoff Mirlony> At the German web site above, a test of numerous games showed Shredder 7.04 beating Fritz 8 about 60% of the time. John Watson makes the following interesting commentary in one of his recent reviews at

"I looked at the latest SSDF Computer Rating List that I could find online and discovered these figures: with the same amount of memory and processor, Shredder 7.04 is rated at 2810, Shredder 7 at 2770, Fritz 8 at 2762, Chess Tiger 15.0 at 2720, Junior 7.0 at 2697 (note that Junior 8.0 is out), and Hiarcs 8 at 'only' 2682. For the average player, I doubt that any of this makes much difference. Of the two engines that I use most, I think of Fritz as being tactically sharper and HiArcs as having some interesting assessments that strike me as 'positional'; but the difference isn't very significant. One can spend a lot of time playing around with (and against) these programs. I view them mainly as an assistant to my analysis."

Aug-23-03  Marnoff Mirlony: Fritz is a Champion. He would drop Shredder almost as fast as Fischer cleaned out Larsen and Taimanov.
Apr-25-05  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Mackenzie's 17.Qh6+ is just soooo cool!
May-04-05  schnarre: Still viable the Exchange Frnch!
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  patzer2: Mackenzie's 17. Qh6+!! is a decoy which initiates a forced mate, using a second key decoy in 20. g4+! to complete the combination.

The move 17. Qh6+!! is listed as the solution to number 1184 in Chess Informant's 1980 "Encyclopedia of Chess Middle Games," where it is classified as a decoy (spelled "dicoying" in this multi-language reference).

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  Knight13: More like Waitzkin vs E Frumkin, 1987.
Mar-01-09  WhiteRook48: whoa! Great game!
May-15-09  Trigonometrist: Very beautiful
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  lost in space: wooow!
Mar-31-10  Jim Bartle: Looks like Smyslov was feeling especially merciful that day.
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  juan31: Este juego esta más allá de cualquier comentario................
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"It is a guess, of course, what share of on's chess is original. I am persuaded, however, that 10 per cent is an extravagant guess, and there therefore more than nine tenths of one's play may be credited to analogy--or, if you like, to background. Cyncial philosophy might allow much less, but I prefer the easy theory that the best kind of originality is that which nourishes on a fit apprenticeship.

"Let me illustrate simply:

"My first preceptor was Hermann Helms, the companionable and erudite editor of the American Chess Bulletin. He showed me mnay witty games and among them the pleasant scuffle that follows.

"That shallow but shiny game, of course, etched a deep impression...."> -- William Ewart Napier, "Amenities and Background of Chess-play."

Mar-23-16  zanzibar: Steinitz may tend a little towards hyperbole, but it seems he truly thought highly of this game:


Mr. Steinitz, who annotates this game, introduces it with the following comments :

<Not less attention was paid to the struggle between the two American representatives, Messrs. Mackenzie and Mason. The winner of the Philadelphia tournament had made a sad failure in this competition. It never could have been anticipated that he would remain among the last three throughout the contest in a tournament of twelve players, and this was his only chance of recovering prestige with his compatriots. There was still some hope for him of gaining, perhaps a prize if he could beat Mackenzie both games; but he dropped into the identical variation which in the notes to the game between Zukertort and Blackburne, we described as faulty, while Mackenzie adopted the attack we pointed as the strongest.

<The termination was so brilliant that it marks the game as one of the finest that ever occurred in any great contest.>

Duration, one hour and three quarters.>


--ACJ v3-4 (1878-79) v3p126/143 (slightly edited)

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