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Kurt Emmrich vs Bruno Moritz
22nd DSB Kongress play-off (1922), Bad Oeynhausen GER, Aug-21
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit. Alapin Variation (D08)  ·  1-0


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Feb-26-04  suenteus po 147: A famous game for its missed win. It appears in the movie "Night Moves," starring Gene Hackman. Black could have won with a careful series of knight moves. Observe: 26...Qxh2+ 27.Kxh2 Ng4+ 28.Kg1 Nh3+ 29.Kf1 Nh2#!
Jul-29-04  rochade18: What a wonderful mate indeed!
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  michael104: The book "Night Moves", on which the movie was based, was written by Alan Sharp. It would be interesting to know more about this game, such as who first spotted the win that Moritz missed. I wonder when the missed win was brought to Moritz's attention and what his reaction was. In the book, the central character shows the missed win to a woman:

"He didn't see it. Name was Mortiz. He played something else and lost." The sadness of it touched him again, faint, like a twinge of pain remembered. "He must have regretted it every day of his life -- well, I know I would . . ." then, lest that sound unduly portentous, he smiled, ". . . fact is I do, and I wasn't even born." Paula stood up, gave him back the set.
"That's no excuse."
"No, I guess not," and she went, almost abruptly, without further word, leaving Moseby with the chess board like a little graveyard in his hand and his mind full of lost opportunities and frail fragrances.

Nov-27-12  Morphischer: I thought there would be more comments on this game. I first saw this game in Chessmaster's famous games database.
May-03-13  Jadoubious: The final position appears as #204 in Fred Reinfeld's "1001 Brilliant Ways to Checkmate". That and a mention by name in the novel and movie "Night Moves" posted above. Three bits of immortality for missing a win, compromised somewhat by the lack of a game index in the Reinfeld book, but three more than most.
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  GrahamClayton: <suenteus po 147>Black could have won with a careful series of knight moves. Observe: 26...♕xh2+ 27.♔xh2 ♘g4+ 28.♔g1 ♘h3+ 29.♔f1 ♘h2#

<suenteus po 147>,
The picturesque final position deserves a diagram:

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Feb-14-15  DanielHoseano: Three deadly knight moves
Sep-08-16  ughaibu: Here are two examples of the same mate: V Malinin vs A Andreev, 1989 and Maczynski vs W Pratten, 1948
May-22-18  Jean Defuse: ...

Played on 21.08.1922 at 22nd DSB-Kongress (Bad Oeynhausen) - Hauptturnier Sieger - 3rd play-off game.

Source: DSZ Dec. 1922 p. 280.


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