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Ernst Falkbeer vs NN
"Scotch and Falkbeer Chaser" (game of the day Mar-20-2017)
Casual game (1847), ?
Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit (C44)  ·  1-0


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Jan-05-10  jsheedy: I already know this position, so I can't take credit for knowing 8. Nxe5!, winning a piece. If 8...Bxd1, 9. Bxf7+, Ke7, 10. Nd5#. Black's best shot is 8...Be6, or, better yet, 8...Resigns.
Jan-05-10  karnak64: <once you too saw it for the very first time>

And tonight, somewhere around the world, someone is seeing "La Boheme" for the very first time.

Beautiful thoughts both, yes?

Jan-05-10  md65000: I understand NN was actually Paul Morphy. This humiliating loss at the age of 10 was what inspired him to take up the game seriously...and the rest is history.
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  playground player: Sure, I've seen Legal's Mate many times--but never on a chessboard, with me doing it to somebody.
Jan-05-10  randomsac: Classic.
Jan-05-10  estrick: @<sneaky, . . . remember: once you too saw it for the very first time. That's an exciting day in every chess player's education.>

I remember well the day I saw it for the first time! I was a freshman in HS with a playing strength of about 700-800. I was enthralled, and put all of my mental effort into memorizing it.

Three and-a-half years and several thousand games later, in what was one of the last scholastic team matches I would ever play, the opportunity finally came up in a King's Gambit Declined. Having my team mates present to share in the fun, I milked the moment for all it was worth. After feigning surprise, I sat back trying to look puzzled or distraught while team mates came over and laughed at the position. Naturally, my opponent thought they were laughing at me. Finally, before playing Nxf7, I dumb-founded him by asking if he'd like to resign. He must have thought I was crazy. (I've always wondered if I could have gotten away with offering him a draw instead, which he hopefully would have declined.)

Based on that incident, the other team's coach thought I was a master of traps, and warned his players to be on the look-out for them, as our teams were sitting down to face each other again at the State Team Tournament a few weeks later.

Jan-05-10  TheaN: Tuesday 5 January 2010


Target: 1:25;000
Taken: 0:13;447
I guess the puzzle is a making up gesture from CG :).

Material: Black up, ♙

Candidates: Bxf7, <[Nxe5]>

In a flash I remembered yesterday's puzzle and played Bxf7, until the infamous pattern came around:

<8.Nxe5!> netting White AT LEAT a piece. However, I think Black is completely lost here. He might try 8....Be6 (or lose Bg4 also), but this fails due to the simple 9.Bxe6, with 9....fxe6 10.Qh5 g6 (10....Ke7 11.Qf7 1-0) 11.Nxg6 and Black is down and out. Obviously, the main variation should be known to anyone whom plays this game a bit seriously:

<8....Bxd1 9.Bxf7 Ke7 10.Nd5 1-0> and that says it all. Time to check the exact play in this Scotch gambit.

Jan-05-10  old coot: We can have lots of laughs at poor NN, but as Al Wazir pointed out, he got to play all the great players, and he also has had the chance to attend all of their funerals. How many of us will still be going strong four or five hundred years from now?
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  Once: <old coot> I reckon NN was one of those Highlander blokes - either a Belgian pretending to be Scottish or a scot pretending to be Italian...
Jan-05-10  WhiteRook48: NxN, BxQ, BxP+, Ke7, Nd5 you're dead
Jan-05-10  turbo231: This puzzle doesn't work on Rybka. It's rare that these puzzles work on Rybka.
Jan-05-10  muralman: Did I do this one already? Looks familiar.
Jan-05-10  GaeBulg: This is a very well known trap, not much of a puzzle for people who already know about it. Nxe5 wins a piece, unless the opponent falls for it and gets checkmated instead.
Aug-31-10  Lil Swine: this is a version of legals mate, if NN had just taken the knight he would've had a bigger chance to win
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  andrewjsacks: Good pun idea. Well done.
Mar-20-17  Steve.Patzer: That guy NN sure has lost a lot of games over several decades.
Mar-20-17  kungfufighter888: at least this guy lasted 10 moves!!!!
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  perfidious: <pgp: Sure, I've seen Legal's Mate many times--but never on a chessboard, with me doing it to somebody.>

Same here; of course, I seldom played the Italian Game as an e4 player, and never at master level. (laughs)

Mar-20-17  JimmyRockHound: Absolute shocker of a pun! One of the best!
Mar-20-17  JimmyRockHound: I love the Bishop on D1 standing there and thinking "What the heck just happened?"
Mar-20-17  LivBlockade: We had "Beer Chaser" a few years ago:
Anderssen vs Falkbeer, 1851
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  Lighthorse: Last week on cable I caught a chess movie I'd not heard of called "Endgame"

This mate was used on it!

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  AylerKupp: I had not seen this game before, but I knew it was going to be a Legal mate as soon as NN played 6...Bg4.
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  sleepyirv: We call that a boilermaker.

Here's another Scotch with a Beer chaser: Beer vs G Neumann, 1866.

Mar-20-17  The Kings Domain: It's nice that the Game of the Day recently have been these vintage charmers. Makes one appreciate the age and the depth of the game.
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