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Alexander Grischuk vs Ruslan Ponomariov
"Gris is the Word" (game of the day Oct-10-2009)
3rd Int (2000), Torshavn FAI, rd 5
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Keres Variation (B04)  ·  1-0


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Mar-19-18  saturn2: Mate in 2 executed by queen and knight.
Mar-19-18  stacase: <tjshann: A smothered mate is like a hole in one. Every player would like to have one, but they just don't happen that often.>

Ha ha ha ha - Good one.

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  ChessHigherCat: Brought to you by the Smothers Brothers
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  lost in space: No Luft!

26. Qg8+ Rxg8 27. Nf7#

I love Mondays!

Mar-19-18  FSR: They don't get easier than this.
Mar-19-18  NBZ: 21. Bd8 was really nice, as many posters have pointed out. Still 21. ... Qc5 was rather bad, allowing Ne4 with tempo, and now Black really is totally lost. 21. ...Ra6 was the only move, but tough to find!
Mar-19-18  Walter Glattke: Smothered mate
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  sjunto: Is this a version or a relative of Philador's Mate?
Mar-19-18  AlicesKnight: Close relative - 26.Qg8+ etc. The old ones can still be the best. Good to see it played out.
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  agb2002: White is one bishop down.

White wins immediately with 26.Qg8+ Rxg8 27.Nf7#.

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  morfishine: <26.Qg8+> Chicken fried steak smothered in gravy

UH UMM good!


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  Richard Taylor: <perfidious: This is the first time I have seen this game, and 21.Bd8 is a pleasing quietus to Black's hopes of ever getting his pieces out of the box as he finds himself bound hand and foot.>

A friend of mine showed me this game, I was thinking about it the other day. The finish is like Bogojubov-Sarapu. And it has happened in other games. To be fair to Sarapu he also drew with Bogoljubov when he was young, in Europe.

But the strategy of White is good against this line of the Alekhines I was looking at it preparing for a tournament but I don't think anyone played an Alekhines. I played a few over the years though.

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  Richard Taylor: <sjunto: Is this a version or a relative of Philador's Mate?> Yes, related to it. Here is a video on it. This bloke describes these mates well.

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  Richard Taylor: I've played a lot of smothered mates in blitz over the years and one more complex version where I sacrificed a Q, my opponent had to take it, and then I had a double check with N and B, and then mate on a3...

But if you learn these tactics it is surprising how often they start to work in your own games: I just used Fischer's trap again to beat someone (as White against the Accelerated Dragon).

But of course I knew it which makes it easy. Usually in standard games the smothered mate doesn't happen but this one is hard to see, it is deceptive for the defender...hard for the defender to find...

Revel in these "easy" ones!

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  Richard Taylor: The Fischer Trap (not actually Fischer's as he learned it from the Soviet Chess magazine Shakmaty and played it firs against Reshevsky...

I am ChessBook

[Event "FICS rated blitz game"]
[Site "FICS, San Jose, California USA"]
[Date "2018.03.19"]
[Time "04:33:20"]
[Round "-"]
[White "ChessBook"]
[Black "balthom"]
[WhiteElo "1586"]
[BlackElo "1527"]
[TimeControl "180+0"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Be3 Bg7 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8. Bb3 Na5 9. e5 Ne8 10. Bxf7+ Rxf7 11. Ne6 dxe6 12. Qxd8 Kf8 13. Qxa5 b6 14. Qb4 Bxe5 15. Qe4 Bxc3+ 16. bxc3 Rb8 17. O-O Nd6 18. Qe5 Kg8 19. Bd4 Rf6 20. g4 Nf7 21. Qxb8

black resigns 1-0

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  malt: <Richard Taylor> I've never had a smothered mate.

26.Qg8+ R:g8 27.Nf7#

Mar-19-18  leRevenant: <FSR> I usually agree with your comments but here I beg to differ, if one is not an old hand with smothered mates. I spent 3 or 4 minutes on this one.
Mar-19-18  sfm: A school example of what may go wrong if you ignore basic principles of how to play the opening.

We have:
* moving many pawns, costing time and creating holes

* weakening your king's position

* allowing your queen to be hunted by your opponents pieces

* ignoring your backrank

* pawn grabs at the expense of development

After 21.Bd8! Black has to decide on what to do with Nb6. 21.-,Sd5 22.NxN,exN 23.Re1 is over, and 21.-,Sd7 22.Re1 is clearly not playable either. Maybe 21.-,Ra6, but 22.Rd1 with threats looks very nasty.

So, the principles won this time.
Of course they have a positive score anyway, this is why they are 'principles'.

Mar-19-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: You know who had the most famous of all smothered mates?


Mar-19-18  alphee: An easy one for a cold monday.
Mar-19-18  FSR: <leRevenant> You obviously need practice. Unzicker vs O Sarapu, 1970
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  morfishine: <sfm> Principal of the School ?
Mar-19-18  lzromeu: Shame!
Easy of course, but if you forgot this resource, thatīs normal for beginners. I do forgot.
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  mreppert: What is the name of the movie where the African girl shocks the snotty kid with a smothered mate? He chortles at her then gapes at the resulting mate. It was the best part of the movie!
Aug-21-18  residentlegal: Queen of Katwe
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