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Nicolas Rossolimo vs Paul Reissmann
"La Regina Della Notte" (game of the day Aug-16-12)
Puerto Rico (1967)  ·  Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54)  ·  1-0
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  sevenseaman: 23. Qg6 is definitely redolent of the famous Marshall Q move. Here Rh3 threat stops both the White Q or N being taken any which way. There is no defense indeed.
Aug-16-12  HeMateMe: the pun, in spanish or latin means....?
Aug-16-12  think: <HeMateMe> It means "Queen of the Night" in Italian.
Aug-16-12  newzild: My first thought when clicking through the game was "Aha! He's going to play 23. Qxe6 fxe6 24. Ng6+ hxg6 25. Rh3#!" But of course 23. Qg6 is more spectacular.
Aug-16-12  HeMateMe: Pretty classy pun! I would have come up with something like "Sacked Broad Breaches Barricades".
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  King Sacrificer: I enjoyed reading your chess stories. It's nice to have some oldies in here.
Aug-16-12  sneaky pete: Every parrot loves to do the Queen of the Night:
Aug-16-12  JonathanJ: 23. Qxe6 Qxe5

and then?

Aug-16-12  shivasuri4: <JonathonJ>, that would be followed by 24. Qxe5.
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  Abdel Irada: <HeMateMe>:

I presume that the pun is in Italian in honor of the victor, Rossolimo, who in spite of his Ukrainian citizenship would appear to have been of Italian descent.

(In Latin, it would be "regina noctis"; in Spanish, I believe it would be "la reina de la noche," although I'd have to check.

It would be interesting to learn how to say it in Ukrainian.)

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  kevin86: The ending gives black the choice of being mated with two knights or the Arabian Mate with knight and rook.
Aug-16-12  KingV93: The pressure White brings to the kingside is incredible. I don't play the Italian game but the tactics in this game make me wanna give it a try!
Aug-16-12  Organizer: I knew Rossolimo. He ran a chess studio in Greenwich Village, NY in the 1960s. He was a wonderful guy, and had many grandmasters visit the studio, including Bobby Fischer. Rossolimo died way before his time in a tragic fall on a stairway.
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  perfidious: <Organizer> 'Way before his time'? He was sixty-five then. Just weeks before his death I visited his studio for the first time and got demolished by the old maestro in a simul.

Look at that impotent lump of a bishop, bereft at a8. Is that a fate which should be suffered by any self-respecting queen's bishop in an open game?

Aug-16-12  ferrabraz: In the final position black has 24...Ng5, but after 25. Nf7! Rf7 26. Qc2! looses his queen because of a back rank mate.
Aug-16-12  backrank: Compare also to 26 Qg6!! in K Darga vs A Dueckstein, 1963
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  waustad: When I saw her do this a couple of times in Wien she was several years younger and a bit trimmer.

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  waustad: So was I.
Sep-06-12  JonathanJ: <shivasuri4> stupid me...
Oct-05-13  Oprichniki: Black's mistake came at 12. ...O-O. I've always been against castling kingside just for the sake of castling. "Castle when you must; not when you can." Black doesn't appear to have any useful ideas, so he chooses to castle.
Feb-28-14  kereru: Qg6 is a cool move and good on him for playing it, but just about anything wins at that point, e.g. Qxe6, Rh3, Nxh7, Qf5

As for black he doesn't seem to be a very strong player. 13...b6 is bad, and I have no idea what he was thinking when he played 20...Ne6?? (20...c5 looks like the only move).

Aug-28-14  john barleycorn: < thom0909: Not sure if I agree that 12...0-0 was the problem. I don't think you want to leave your King in the center with a Knight pinned to it.>

13...b6 is the bad move.

Aug-28-14  thom0909: I love 23...Qc2. Yeah, I know it is futile here, but it's exactly the sort of defense I wouldn't find (not because it's futile, but b/c I wouldn't think of defending h7 *through* the White Q).
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  Abdel Irada: <thom0909: I love 23...Qc2. Yeah, I know it is futile here, but it's exactly the sort of defense I wouldn't find (not because it's futile, but b/c I wouldn't think of defending h7 *through* the White Q).>

That actually came up in one of my blitz games, maybe 18 years ago.

My opponent was a tough 2200 named Farouq, a carpenter from Afghanistan. I say "tough" because, apart from this game and a few like it, he seemed to have my number: He was very good at shuffling pieces while I looked for a way to break through; to give him due credit, he did so pretty successfully, and his results against me were better than, statistically, they should have been.

Anyway, in this particular game, I had a slight advantage, and I wasn't letting go of it. With the black pieces in a French Defense, I had built up irresistible pressure on the c-file, while Farouq tried to gin up counterplay against my king.

Reaching the critical move, I grabbed his pawn on c2 with my queen, supported by a rook. Now, on his last move, Farouq had played Ng5, threatening mate on h7, and as soon as I let go of my queen, he smiled, picked up his queen, and started moving her toward h7.

But halfway through the move, his expression changed, along with the direction of his move. He'd suddenly realized that from c2, my queen defended h7, and there was nothing better for him than to exchange queens on c2, leaving me a pawn ahead and with a porcine on the penultimate.

Of course, this was Farouq the Lion, and it took me another 30 moves to bring home the full point, but it was the only time I'd captured a pawn on the c-file to stop a mate on h7.

Oct-07-15  SimplicityRichard: <Abdel Irada> "...with a porcine on the penultimate".

He..he..he... Beautifully put! Please consider writing a book. I'll be it's first buyer.#

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