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NN vs Georgy Geshev
Bulgarije (1935)
Alekhine Defense: Scandinavian Variation. Geschev Gambit (B02)  ·  0-1
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Jul-23-03  osmankh: This is one of the classic double knights attack which renders the opponent helpless.
Jul-23-03  ksadler: So here's a question (for someone that hates the 2. Nc3 d5 3. exd5 lines as much as I do)...is 3. .. c6 playable?
Aug-26-03
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  jaime gallegos: Legal Mate with changed colours
Sep-10-03  unclewalter: hmm...yesterday's puzzle was from a game with another "legal"...either someone at chessgames.com is a clever little devil, or irony knows know end
Sep-10-03  D.A. KALIM: the first trap i learned from the book chess combination (znosko-borovsky). legal legacy lives on!
Sep-10-03  Giuoco Piano Man: OK I will ask- what is legal mate?
Have to admit I have never heard of it.
Sep-10-03  TheMightyPawn: Legal's mate was invented by Sir Legal and is taught to beginners as a lesson not to develop the bishops prematurely. It generally goes like this -
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Bg4 4.Nc3 g6 (or some other waste move) 5.Nxe5!! Bxd1 6.Bxf7+ Ke7 7.Nd5#
Sep-10-03  Cerebrate2006: Thats cool to know, never heard this mate called anything before
Sep-10-03  MoonlitKnight: 9. ...Nd4#
Sep-10-03
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  kevin86: The name is pronounced "LEE-gal".This is one of the few instances where black is the winner.The games are usually 7-10 moves with a queen sacrifice and two or three minor pieces performing the honors.
Sep-10-03
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  Sneaky: The original Legal's mate:
De Legal vs Saint Brie, 1750
Sep-10-03
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  patzer2: <ksadler> I've never seen this gambit in the Alekhine Defense, but it looks like it might be worth a try. After 5...e5 it starts to look a little like a Goring Gambit with colors reversed.

Normally, it is not a good idea to play a gambit with the black pieces (with perhaps the exception of the Benko Gambit), since you don't have the extra tempo white enjoys in such gambits as the Scotch Goring or Sicilian Mora gambits. Additionally, black gets easy equality in this line with 3...Nxd5, so going for a gambit to force the initiative may be a bit too risky -- of course that is the nature of gambits by definition. However, against club level players, you probably will get a few scalps with it. Study of Goring gambit games for ideas should help in understanding the tactical possibilities.

Mar-12-05  aw1988: A Legall mate in the Alekhine.
Mar-27-05  peanut: <aw1988: A Legall mate in the Alekhine> Ill just paraphrase what you said. :)
May-24-05  Bobak Zahmat: A well known queen sac, but still beautifull.
Jul-22-05  DanRoss53: Reminds me of a Blitz game I played at US Chess Live:

1. e4 d5 2. d4!? < The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, see Emil Joseph Diemer > 2... dxe4 3. f3 exf3 4. ♘xf3 ♘f6 5. ♗c4 ♗g4? 6. ♘e5! < The position now looks drawish... unless of course... > 6... ♗xd1?? 7. ♗xf7#

Unlike the Legal Mate, however, the second kNight is unnecessary because the King's Pawn had yet to move.

Aug-21-05  turkishgrandmaster: Hey wait a sec! Isn' t this that Legal mate? 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bc4 Bg4?? 5.Ne5!! Bd1 6.Bf7 Ke7 7.Nd5 checkmate
Aug-21-05  turkishgrandmaster: 7.Ne4??
Dec-11-08
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  hedgeh0g: The ol' one-two-you're-screwed Légal switcheroo!
Aug-14-09  YoungEd: Geschew gshould geschew gthe gqueen gsac.
Aug-07-12
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  OBIT: This game is an Alekhine's, but 3...c6 reminds me of a line in the Center Counter that begins 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. c4 c6. The only real difference is that White has played the time-wasting c4, which I suppose makes the Center Counter line more effective. The similarity, though, had me wondering if this variation on the Legalle's mate has ever occurred in the Center Counter, and, sure enough, it has:

NN vs P Krueger, 1920

Aug-08-12
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  perfidious: I've heard of a reverse cowgirl, but never a reverse Legal's mate till now.
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