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Gustav Richard Neumann vs Johannes Zukertort
Breslau (1864)
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Morphy Attack (C51)  ·  1-0


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Feb-01-05  azaris: Zukertort crumbles under pressure. 18...hxg5 19. Qh5 with a mating attack. If 18...Ncxe5 then 19. Qh5 with similar results.
Oct-07-13  john barleycorn: 14.h3 is essential to prepare the knight sacrfice and keep the black queen out (Zukertort)
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  zanzibar: <jbc> that may be what Zukertort puts in the notes (well, we can reasonably assume their Z's notes, but we can't say with 100% certainty can we?) - but engines give this as a weakening move which actually dissipates a small White advantage:

(White to move after 13...Ne7-g6)

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SF8 recommends 14.Qd2 (+1.43/24) vs. 14.h3 (-1.48/24) .

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  fredthebear: <azaris> Agreed.

Qh5-Qh6 may be necessary.

FTB paused after 19...QxBd3 (since BxN to eliminate the defender was no longer possible), but the solution was simple. So, one line goes 18...hxNg5 19.Qh5 QxBd3 20.Qh6 and Black is unable to defend the g7 mating square. A different Black capture is 19...Nxe5 20.BxNg6 threatening support mate on h7, and if 20...NxBg6 21.Qh6 works again.

The advantage of attacking with a queen is that there is often more than one mating square available, depending upon the chosen defensive response. (And if the mating net should fizzle out, there may be a lingering Q+ and fork to win back material.) A common, useful tactic is to aim the queen at a square that is already under attack (she becomes the second or third attacker = outnumbering the opponent), especially if the burning square is defended by the opposing king.

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