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Comins Mansfield vs Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky
"Comins Get It!" (game of the day Jun-16-2006)
WECU 4th Premier (1928), Cheltenham ENG, rd 6, Apr-12
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Neo-Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  0-1


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Jun-16-06  chessmoron: I think 11. Nxf7 gives black the automatic win. Maybe 11. Bxe4 might be better for white.
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  xenophon: it amazes me that Tenby ever had a tournament that could attract someone like Znosko-Borovsky!Perhaps prize money was better than today and his circumstances a little tight.
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  EmperorAtahualpa: 11...Nxf2!! Znosko-Borovsky kept his cool even though he was under attack. Impressive!
Jun-16-06  itz2000: brilliant!
The score is okay!

if NxQ, Nh3++!!
Kh1, Rxf1#

Jun-16-06  Marcelo Adaes: isnt ++ still a symbol for mate, not for "double check", or I am wrong?
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  acirce: I don't know if that particular symbol is standardized, but it's more often used for double check, isn't it? I just use + for check even if it's double check.
Jun-16-06  chessfreako: seems to be reminding us about being smart alecks today Lol. First Bxh7 in the puzzle and now this Nxf7 in the game of the day.


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  EmperorAtahualpa: White cannot even get a perpetual because after 14.Qh8+ Kxf7 15.Qh5+ follows 15...Kg8.
Jun-16-06  itz2000: <aricle> <marcos>

I've just rechecked Alex Yermolinsky "The Road To Chess Improvement" book, there's a symbol page on the first 5 pages of the book.

++ is double check by this page.

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  kevin86: What a brilliant finish!! It looks like white is about to gain a queen-but in reality,he is lost! The capture at d8 allows a very long double check followed by the rook whizzing down to capture white's poor,unprotected rook to declare MATE! A queen falls,but is avenged by knight,bishop,and rook-the three lesser pieces to her.
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  CapablancaFan: Let this game be a lesson: Before you launch a sacraficial attack on one's castled king, you better check the lines and all variations to insure that it is sound. What makes this game so funny is that white's attack at first seemed so promising and then on move 14 the game comes to a sudden and abrupt end...white realized he had nothing!
Jun-16-06  dakgootje: funny how many people thought it the score was wrong, though if i would have been in the place of one of the first posters probably i would've thought about the same
Jun-16-06  tacite: I am maybe dead wrong, but I think the position is not so desperate for white. If 14.Nh6+ g7x6 15.Qe2 Nh3+ 16.Kh1 white can hold on and maybe counter-attack.
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  CapablancaFan: <tacite> Dosen't white go down a piece in the line you just gave?
Jun-16-06  tacite: <CapablancaFan:> Yes, you are right. I took for granted that after 16. Kh1 the continuation would be 16...Rxf1+ 17.Qxf1, giving a chance for white to play something "decent" even with a piece down.
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  CapablancaFan: <tacite> Ok, let's see, according to your line in order for white to maybe even have a chance for survival he has to throw away his knight, allow a deadly diagnol be opened against his king,allow the f-file highway to be opened up, and maybe then, just maybe the great GM Znosko-Borovsky will somehow make an ill-timed move that will allow white to equalize. Uh-hm...oookkkk.
Jun-16-06  tacite: <CapablancaFan: Ok, let's see, according to your line in order for white to maybe even have a chance for survival...> The weekend has almost started and the sun is shining here in Montreal so I guess I was too much optimistic about that line...
Jun-16-06  dakgootje: Crappy weather, spyware-infection trouble and german teacher at school died few days ago (aged 61), so i had no difficulties being pessimistic about some various variations ;-)
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  Phony Benoni: The irony is that Mansfield was more famous as a problem composer who specialized in cross checks.
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  Boomie: 8. d5 is the source of white's troubles. White is doing well after 8. ♖e1 f5 9. ♘bd2 O-O 10. ♘xe4 fxe4 11. ♗g5 ♕e8 12. ♖xe4
Jun-16-06  Knight13: Jeez... What goes dead comes dead.
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  backyard pawn: Confession: I too did a double-take at the score of this game when I saw the final position. Really entertaining finish.
Aug-16-06  syracrophy: <Phony Benoni: The irony is that Mansfield was more famous as a problem composer who specialized in cross checks.> LOL! Check out this problem of him.

C. Mansfield, 1917.

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White to play and mate in two

Oct-06-06  tacite: <dakgootje : Crappy weather, spyware-infection trouble and german teacher at school died few days ago (aged 61), so i had no difficulties being pessimistic about some various variations ;-)> LOL!!!
May-13-08  gauer: <syracrophy> 1 Be4! & after 1 ... Ke5, white has a Dual with 2 Nf7# or 2 N ( -> | x ) c4#, the latter being the Primary threat to most Defensive attempts at cross-checks.

1 ... Nxd6+ is answered by 2 Bd3, 1 ... Nxe3+ by 2 Nb5#, & 1 ... Ne5 by 2 ... Rd3#.

The four other non-cross-checking Defences are all also answered by 2 Kt x Kt#.

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