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Gunnar Gundersen vs A H Faul
"Faul Play" (game of the day Feb-04-2005)
Pietzcker Christmas Tournament (1928), Melbourne AUS
French Defense: Advance Variation (C02)  ·  1-0


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Nov-18-07  Cibator: Well Soberknight, I once got to offer this sac on move 8 (one later than Greco, admittedly - but then a lot of his so-called "games" were spurious, concocted by him to boost his reputation). Casual game played at Sussex University, 1971: (1)d4,Nf6;(2)Nc3,e6;(3)e4,Bb4;(4)Bd3,O-O?:(5)Nf3,c5?(6)- dxc,Bxc5;(7)e5,Ne8;(8)Bxh7+
If now (8)...Kxh7, White wins in the usual style with (9)Ng5+, etc. In the game Black declined the sac with ...Kh8, but still lost in fairly short order.
Mar-12-08  Tactic101: Nice instructive example of the classic bishop sac! Such a move, IMO, comes a lot more from intuition rather than calculation. Just take a look at it. Everything is ready for a killer on the kingside:

A bishop on d3
A knight on f3, ready to check the king on g5 after accepting the sac The rook on h1 (this is important, the rook often plays a big role in such a sac. The sac is much less effective if white has already castled). Absolutely no defenders of the kingside! The e5 pawn is important. It prevented the knight to come to f6 and literally cuts the board in half.

That is, of course, the mere basics, but I've gotten the chance to pull this one off before. These pre-conditions are much more important than the actual calculation. Working it out is, of course, essential, but these basics make it much easier.

Sorry for the meaningless rant. :) It's nothing new or groundbreaking, like the work other people do around here.

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  Domdaniel: "Timeo danaos et dona ferentes."

According to Sir Myles Na Gopaleen, these were "two Greek gentlemen, Timofy Danaos and Dona Ferentes" who cooked up the original Bxh7 sac.

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  GrahamClayton: The formal title for the Melbourne Christmas tournaments was the "Pietzcker Christmas Tournament".

In February 1925, Mr JA Pietzcker made a proposal to finance an annual Christmas tournament along the lines of the Hastings Chess Congress, which would raise the standard of Australian chess, as well as bringing players from all around Australia to Melbourne.

Pietzcker had represented New South Wales against Victoria in the annual telegraph match in 1897, and played in the inaugral New South Wales championship tournament in 1900, finishing 8th with a score of 3/9.

Here are the winners of the Pietzcker Christmas tournaments:

1925/26 G Gundersen (5.5/6)
1926/27 G Gundersen (4/4)
1927/28 SH Woinarski (4.5/5)
1928/29 FM Crowl & CG Watson (4/5)
1929/30 BW Stenhouse (6/8)
1931 (April) FA Crowl (4/5)
1931/32 FA Crowl (4.5/5)
1932 (Oct/Nov) CJS Purdy (6/7)
1933/34 CG Watson (6/7)
1935/36 FA Crowl (7.5/10)
1936/37 L Steiner (5.5/6)
1937/38 M Green & CG Watson (5.5/6)
1940 (Mar/Apr) S Lazare (4/6)
1940 (Dec) S Lazare (5/5)

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  GrahamClayton: Source: John van Manen "The Records of Australian Chess - Tournament and Match Tables - Volume II". Modbury Heights, 1987
Dec-07-08  WhiteRook48: And White's Queen is en prise!!
Jan-27-09  WhiteRook48: en passant and double check and mate all in one move is just great!
Jan-31-09  WhiteRook48: I agree with the pun, this is really Faul Play.
Aug-21-10  sfm: The final position looks like one of those "how did this position arise?"-puzzles.
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  whiteshark: There's some hanky-panky going on.
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  kevin86: Unique finish! The double discovered check was just that-the piece that moved does NOT deliver check!
Aug-21-11  LIFE Master AJ: I have mated a few times with discovered check, never (before) had I seen that ended with "Pawn-Takes-Pawn (en passant) Mate."


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  OhioChessFan: Chernev lists this game as "Gaudersen- Paul" in The Chess Companion.
Nov-14-11  Rosbach: Just passing by, mate.
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  Penguincw: Very rare to play en passant and mate. It's already fairly uncommon to see en passant or checkmate in a game but not both?!
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  FSR: <kevin86: Unique finish! The double discovered check was just that-the piece that moved does NOT deliver check!>

Yes. This is an extremely rare form of double check - one that very few players think of when asked to describe double check.

For more on mate by en passant (including a game I won that way), see and the comments thereto.

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  offramp: <FSR: ...Yes. This is an extremely rare form of double check - one that very few players think of when asked to describe double check.>

A better challenge is to ask someone to describe double check without using his mouth.

Nov-15-14  yurikvelo:
this game shallow analysis
Jan-01-15  sammysammy: I personally think 11... Nxd4 was bad. Better would be 11... Qa5, moves to follow would be 12. Qd3+ Nf5 13. g4 Re8 14. gxf5+ exf5 15. h5+ Kh6 16. Nxf7+ Kh7 17. h6 Bxc3+ 18. Qxc3 Qxc3+ 19. bxc3.

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Feb-17-15  HermitofSevan: <soberknight>: The Greek Gift Sacrifice in the purest form includes the moves Bh7+ Kh7 Ng5.
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  Alex Schindler: That is a gorgeous final move. I can't say I've ever seen a double discovered checkmate en passant as the conclusion to a Greek gift bishop sac... Or even some smaller subsets of that description.
Jan-13-16  yurikvelo: <sammysammy> Qa5 is not better than Nxd4 Qa5 is mate on 36, Nxd4 is mate on 38.
Nxd4 is 2 moves longer to be mated.

13. .. Re8?? is blunder
because 16. Qg3! and black mated in 12 moves.

If you play 16. Nxf7? than you should play 17. Qg3! and not 17. h6??

17. h6 Bxc3?? is again black blunder
17. h6 g6!

17. h6 Bxc3? 18. Qxc3??
17. h6 Bxc3? 18. bxc3! and black mated in 33 moves.

Optimal black play after 11. .. Qa5 lead to mate on 36th 12. Qd3+ Nf5 13. g4 Kh6 14. gxf5 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Bxc3+ 16. bxc3 d4 17. Nxf7+ Kh7 18. f6+ Kg8 19. Nh6+ Kh8 20. fxg7+ Kxg7 21. Rg1+ Kh8 22. Qxd4 Qd5 23. Qe3 and M12 (on 36)

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  jith1207: This one is peculiar: it's a royal fork by knight on black queen and rook, but not on black king. However, there was a check on king due to that knight move by white bishop. A move later, situation remains the same but now there is a royal fork for knight and a double-check mate by white bishop and rook.
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  jith1207: <Rosbach: Just passing by, mate.>

This would have been a better pun for this game. Kudos!

Oct-26-18  Granny O Doul: Yes, Rosbach's proposed title is brilliant.
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