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Ignatz von Kolisch vs Sam Loyd
Paris (1867), Paris FRA, Jul-01
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Lasker Defense (C52)  ·  1-0


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  Patriot: <fyad reject: i dont know how the solution to this puzzle would ever have occurred to me the rook just seems impossibly far away>

There were several things that lead me to the solution quickly: 1) The "Greco's mate" pattern is something I "know"; 2) I tend to look at forcing moves (i.e. checks, captures, and threats); 3)The black king cannot move.

There are no "checks", so I entertained the idea of "capturing" the knight on g6 with the queen. After hxg6, Rf3 becomes a serious "threat". In this case I used #2 above to calculate to see what happens. The only thing to make sure of is that Rh3# cannot be refuted since white has already invested a queen for knight.

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  YouRang: As soon as I saw that my bishop sealed off g8 for black's king, I considered 26.Qxg6 with black unable to recapture due to 27.Rf3 & 28.Rh3#.

I think black must play 26...h6, and he's down a knight with white retaining the initiative.

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  kevin86: I saw the key move in a part of a second. The queen sac is so lethal that the mate can actually come a move later than expected. With the rook at f3-you have a Monday puzzle.

After 27 ♕xg6!! hxg6 28 ♖f3 and the mate is inescapable. The queen or rook can kamikaze itself to delay the mate,but cannot stop it.

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  ZUGZWANG67: Hi <fyad reject>

Just keep trying!

QUIET MOVES (as one calls 27.Rf3 here) are among the most difficult to find. That is because such a move does not attack anything immediatly but instead introduces a delayed threat, here 28.Rh3. The main difficulty related with a QUIET MOVE is that although it seems to be a kind of 'hoping-the-opponent-don' t-see-the-trick' move, it is in fact flawless, as Black does not have any way of defending against the delayed threat, nor has he any sort of counter-attack to disturb.

By the way, here is an interesting link for practicing. You will find there hundreds of easy-to-solve puzzles, classified from 1 to 4 move solution.

This also apply to <nanok> as well.


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  DarthStapler: I got it easily
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  gawain: Yes, Q sac and rook lift. There is nothing Black can do about it. His heavy pieces are helpless. Very pleasing.
Mar-03-09  TheChessGuy: Black is so tied up that White can sac the queen and play Rf3, and the mate is still forced.
Mar-03-09  Operation Mindcrime: Easy and nice theme here. ♕xg6!! opens the h-file, after which the quiet ♖f3! leaves Black helpless against ♖h3#. All he can do to postpone mate is a few spite moves...
Mar-03-09  laskereshevsky: A classical tema.... very easy if you already know this schematic mate,..

but enough easy to catch even if you dont know it....

Mar-03-09  Riverbeast: Qxg6 MUNCH!!
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  YoungEd: The YoungEd juggernaut cannot be stopped! Got this one in a flash! :)
Mar-03-09  SamAtoms1980: Monday/Tuesday Modus Operandi.

1) First choice, look at the most violent (usually Queen) sac available on the board.

2) Dismiss the enemy position as hopeless if the sacrifice is rejected, if it can be.

3) After sacrifice is accepted, continue with obvious follow-up.

4) Check to verify that the enemy cannot stop the mate threat, or only by giving up their own Queen and more.

5) Score one point.

Mar-03-09  WhiteRook48: I usually look at the sac of the most valuable piece currently on the board
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  Raf: Bishop controlling g8 is what helped me to solve this puzzle. What left to find was a simple check.
Mar-03-09  xrt999: I didn't not get it, not unlike yesterday.
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  TheaN: Tuesday 3 March 2009


Material: /+\ ♗/♘

Candidates: <[Qxg6]>

The 'puzzle' is relatively easy because the position presented only has one 'puzzle move'. However, finding such a move in a game is something completely different, as compared to the Monday puzzle.

<26.Qxg6!!> is a relatively passive Queen sacrifice that leads to a completely won game for White. Accepting, although the continuation is a passive move from White, leads to mate.

<26....hxg6 27.Rf3> and Black has no defense to mate along the h-file.

<27....Re6 28.Bxe6 Qf7 <(28....Qe7 29.Rh3 Qh4 30.Rxh4 1-0)> 29.Bxf7 Rg8 30.Rh3 1-0>

However, Black doesn't have that many good moves to counter. Black has lost a piece and the threat is still there. After Qe7 or h6:

<26....Qe7 27.Qxf5 > and Black is lost.

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  Penguincw: Nice final move!
Dec-15-11  moppa: Got the price by googling "chess qxg6". :)
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  Domdaniel: <moppa> That simple, huh? Congrats.

I knew Krazy Kat and thought it might be a K-vs-K game with Qxg6...

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  Domdaniel: Yep, a previous kibitz here comes up as the 3rd hit on google. At which point the name Ignatz jumps out, and even if it doesn't ... well.


Dec-15-11  moppa: I quess I simply got lucky. Had it been a more common sacrife, it wouldn't have popped out so easy (I bet there's not that many Qxg6! moves than, say Qxg7!)

The other I tried to solve was the "Queens tomb, hint: Shakmaty Riga" and I was almost sure it was this famous game: Geller vs Euwe, 1953

because I remembered it had been played by Keres, one of the founders of Shakmaty Riga. I was wrong though...

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  Domdaniel: <moppa> Well done ... you picked the right move, and nobody else did. Have fun picking out an avatar. I wonder if they have a pic of Krazy Kat, or would let you use the pic in the clue as an avatar...?
Dec-15-11  sfm: Cute. Black's 21.-,b5? loses, but the position is probably gone. Bet that black thought that White would continue 24.Nxf8, grabbing the exchange. Oh, no, White saw further and played 24.Bb3!, tricking Black into trying to save the rook with the natural 24.-,Re8. And then SLAM. But it was over anyway.
Dec-15-11  waustad: moppa - welcome back.
Dec-10-14  Knight13: On <13... Nf6>: A) 14. Bf4 Nxe4 15. Qxg7 loses; 14. Bf4 Bc7 15. Nd2 Qe7 16. Nc4 gives White a slight advantage; 14. Bf4 Bc7 15. Nd2 Nf3+ 16. Nxf3 Qxf4 17. Qxf4 Bxf4 18. e5 Nd7 gives White a slight advantage; 14. Kh1 Qe7 15. Ba3 Bc5 seems about equal.
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