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Kermur Sire De Legal vs Saint Brie
"Legal's Mate" (game of the day Sep-19-2018)
Paris (1750), Paris FRA
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1-0
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Dec-27-13
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  offramp: <LIFE Master AJ: My pun for this game is a line from one of the Star Wars movies.>

"I will make it, Legal"?

Dec-27-13  john barleycorn: I think it was Blackburne who said he caught a hundred of players in simuls with it. Here is an example

Blackburne vs NN, 1885

May-12-14
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  Nightsurfer: It is a never ending story, that story of that funny mate that Kermur Sire De Legal has first put on the board way back in the 18th century, just have a look at one more recent example round about 240 years later: F Knauer vs H Boehm, 1995 ;-) !
Mar-25-15  Raisin Death Ray: This game is so short, it should be ILLEGAL!!
Apr-30-15  A.T PhoneHome: Legal's mate - now is that even legal?
Aug-16-15
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  morfishine: Legal Brief

Cheesy play by Brie

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Oct-04-15  The Kings Domain: One for the record.
Jan-05-16
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  Nightsurfer: On more case of <LEGAL's MATE> - well, it is a variation of the basic constellation - has stunned the spectators during the Turkish Championship of 2004, please see the game as follows: S M Topuz vs U Hopcin, 2004 ... ... since 254 years after the premiere of <LEGAL's MATE> the cool move <8.Ne5!! ...>, please see the diagram as follows ...


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... , wins an important pawn and ruins Black's eventual plans of castling. For even the most foolish player of all the goofy players on this planet would not even consider the foolish grab <8. ... Bxd1???> - since it is virtually impossible to overlook the obvious consequence <9.Bxf7#>, for sure!

Apr-11-16
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  tpstar: My student was excited to pull off Legal's Mate in a junior tournament:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 d6 4. d3 Bg4 5. Nc3 Nd4


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6. Nxe5 Bxd1 7. Bxf7+ Ke7 8. Nd5# 1-0.

Except 6 ... dxe5 7. Qxg4 Nxc2+ wins the exchange for Black. Live and learn. =)

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<Amarande> Your example is a Blackburne Mate.

Apr-25-16
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  tpstar: The same student (age 8) did it again in an online game:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bc4 h6 4. Nc3 a6 5. d3 Bg4 6. Nxe5! Bxd1 7. Bxf7+ Ke7 8. Nd5# 1-0.


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Can't argue with success. =)

Jun-05-16
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  offramp: One of my puns got accepted!
Jun-05-16  AlicesKnight: <STST> <Raisin Death Ray> I think (apart from daft off-hand games) the 'official' record is Zoran Djordjevic vs Milorad Kovacevic 1984 (CG database), supplanting the Gibaud-Lazard game which is now thought inauthentic.
Jun-05-16
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  morfishine: <offramp> Congratulations, but cheesy play by Brie
Jun-05-16  castleguy12: After 3... Nc6 and white plays 4.Nc3, black can play Bg4.
Jun-05-16
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  maxi: Home preparation pays off for Legal.
Jun-06-16
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  kevin86: Seven moves; can this be qualified as sudden death?
Jun-06-16
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  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: One of my puns got accepted!>

Congrats! This is a very short yet historically relevant game.

Nov-21-16  The Kings Domain: A pretty little gem. Fun to use on newbies.
Feb-08-17
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  tpstar: I had a Legal's Mate situation in an online game:

NN-tpstar (FICS 2/7/17): 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Nc6 4. b3 Bc5 5. d3 d5 6. Bg5 dxe4 7. Nxe4?! Nxe4!


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The game continued 8. dxe4 Qxg5 and Black won quickly, but on 8. Bxd8 Bxf2+ 9. Ke2 Nd4# 0-1.

Juniors and students should look for this pattern when both Knights are out, your Bishop points to f7/f2, and your opponent is guilty of pokey opening play. :P

Oct-28-17  jlconn: Regarding the authenticity of this game, In the book Chess Sparks, J.H. Ellis, ed., 1895, the first game is M. de Kermur, Sire de Legal playing White at odds of a rook against an unnamed opponent: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 d6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Nc3 Bg4 5.Nxe5 Bxd1 6.Bxf7+ Ke7 7.Nd5#. I believe that this also answers the question of how the supposed greatest player in the world before (and after) Philidor could play such a blunder.... 5.Nxe5 can hardly be considered a blunder when you consider that White was already down a whole rook; after all, risks must be taken to win at such odds.
Feb-26-18  dumbgai: I canít believe how many times Iíve played this exact same game online. Sometimes the player with the black pieces (who is obviously unfamiliar with this trap) accuses me of cheating.
Feb-26-18  dumbgai: Although more often black will play ...Nc6 instead of ...g6, requiring h3 to be played before Nxe5.
Sep-19-18
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  offramp: <offramp: One of my puns got accepted!>

And it has been reused today! What an honour!

Sep-19-18
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