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Messinger vs Matthias Rack
Berlin (1989), Berlin (Germany)
Russian Game: Cochrane Gambit. Center Variation (C42)  ·  1-0
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Aug-29-06  steamroller: <zb2cr> 10.Nc3 is a mistake indeed. 10.Qxg4 wins quicker. In your line, after 11...Bxg4, white shouldn't play 12.Bxa5, but simply 12.Bc4+ and mates. The mating theme is still in place even after the moves Qa5 Bd2 are inserted.
Aug-29-06
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  beenthere240: Is it a mistake if you don't see a good move? Or a mistake if you miscalculate a sequence? I'm with <mshah28> I think White just missed the move on 10 and then "saw" Qxg4 after Rc8 (or while waiting for Black to play his 10th move.) If the latter, can you imagine the torture of waiting to see how Black played?
Aug-29-06  zb2cr: <steamroller>,

Okay, thanks. My board vision gave out, I guess.

Aug-29-06  MikeChesss: I thought it was Qf5. This doesn't get the knight, but still does the job, no?
Aug-29-06
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  Sneaky: This puzzle was so easy, I couldn't see it!!!
Aug-29-06
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  YouRang: Both easy and amusing. :-)

Black unwittingly traps his king at the end of a dark alley, where a long range check from a lone bishop is mate.

Aug-29-06
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  kevin86: Black's bishop was pinned to the a2-g8 diagonal on penalty of mate-white merely stole the black calvalry at g4.
Aug-29-06  Trouble: easy one
Aug-29-06  sfm: <MikeChesss: ..Qf5.. .still does the job, no?> Black can answer Qe8, then the get-point-quick opportunity is over.
Aug-29-06  Sami Jr: Yes, yes; white could have played Qxg4 one move earlier in 9. As he waited for 10., black had two chances to prevent his N from being taken for free and suffer the consequences. He missed them both...
Aug-29-06  arctic tern: What a simple but insanely clever puzzle. Black must have been banging his head on the table after Qxg4.
Aug-29-06  ChessGeezer: <SamiJR>, does it work on move 9? Isn't 9.Qxg4 Bxg4 10.Bc4+ d5 winning for black?
Aug-29-06  Billosky: Here I am feeling pretty darn clever to have solved a Tuesday puzzle so quickly and then all of these comments about how it's so simple it doesn't really even deserve to be a MONDAY puzzle. You sure know how to hurt a guy!!
Aug-29-06  Sami Jr: <ChessGeezer>, sorry, I had a typo: by "9" and "10", I meant "10" and "11" One move before "11" is "10" not "9"!
Aug-29-06  handro1104: Why did Black resign? Material is equal and Black is a little better developed. The pawns would win for a grand master, but there is fight yet.
Aug-29-06  pggarner: If white were to take the knight on move 10, without playing 10.Nc3, after 10...Qa5+,11.Bd2 black has time to get in 11...Re8. And now after 12.Bxa5 black has discovered check with 12...Bxg4+, and he gets his piece back with 13...Nxa5.
Aug-29-06  scorpius: This one took me a while, because I thought that it said black to move and win, lol. Once I saw that it was white to move, I got it easily
Aug-29-06  mshah28: <pggarner:> Perfect analysis! I agree with you. Playing 10. Nc3 was not just a mistake but a clever foresight... My hats off to white... and to your clever analysis!
Aug-29-06
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  Willem Wallekers: <<pggarner:> Perfect analysis! > Wrong! 10 ... Qa5+ 11. b4!
Black could have saved himself with 9 ... Qa5+.
To be honest, it wasn't me who found this, it was Fritz.
Aug-29-06  unferth: <handro1104: Why did Black resign? Material is equal and Black is a little better developed. The pawns would win for a grand master, but there is fight yet.>

four pawns down, with his king in a shooting gallery, a rook out of play that can't come into the game without disrupting what little cover the king has, and a protected passer coming down his throat ... once white gets his king off the e-file, black won't even have any fantasy couterplay. it doesn't take master technique to clean this up.

Aug-30-06
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  Willem Wallekers: Let's see if i can copy the position from Fritz:


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Sep-03-06
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  patzer2: Black's 9...Nc6?? loses after 10. Qxg4! Qa5+ 11. b4 (see diagram position above in <Willem Wallekers> post) 11...Qxb4+ 12. Qxb4 Nxb4 13. Na3 (+2.94 @ 12 depth per fritz 8).

In the position below after the above analysis,


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what <unferth> related about the game continuation pretty much applies to this position. (With three) <pawns down, with his king in a shooting gallery, a rook out of play that can't come into the game without disrupting what little cover the king has, and a protected passer coming down his throat ... once white gets his king off the e-file, black won't even have any fantasy couterplay. it doesn't take master technique to clean this up.>

Of course Black returns the favor with his own blunder 10...Rc8?? (10...Qd7 puts up reasonable resistance and avoids an immediate tactical loss), allowing the winning deflection (removing the guard) 11. Qxg4! (better late than never).

Dec-07-08
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  whiteshark: Thus the saying: <He has gone to rack and ruin.>
May-06-17
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  perfidious: Black certainly put himself on the rack in this miniature.
May-06-17
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  ChessHigherCat: The Messinger of Bad Tidings. As remarked somewhere above, the "faster mate" 9. Qxg4 Bxg4 10. Bc4+ turns out to be an expensive Q sac after d5!
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