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Sari Esther Duron Godoy vs Veronica Garcia Castro
36th Olympiad, Women (2004), Calvia ESP, rd 14, Oct-29
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations (B50)  ·  0-1
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Mar-19-07
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  YouRang: Every so ofter, it's appropriate to trot out the classics. :-)
Mar-19-07  Dres1: My impression of the Lucena position is in a rook and pawn vs rook endgame where the attacking king has reached the queening square with the pawn right behind him on the 7th rank. The attacker will win by "building a bridge" with his rook on the 4th rank. If you dont know what im talking about, i think you should study the rook endgames as this is one of the most important positions in chess from a practical standpoint.
Mar-19-07
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  YouRang: It looks like white's first serious bad move was 14. Qe2. Much better was 14. Bb3 or 14. Bd2. When a piece is under attack, moving it is usually better than guarding it, and subjecting yourself to 'removal of guard' tactics. Also, by leaving the queen where it was at d2, it provided indirect defense of the h6 bishop.

After 14. Qe2? Nfg4, it looks like the h6 bishop is a goner. White could leave it at that with 15. Nxf7, getting at least a pawn for the bishop.

But white went with 16. f4?, inviting attack on the a7-g1 diagonal. Now the 'removal of guard' tactic comes into play, and BOTH bishops are goners: 16...Nxc4.

By now the game is lost, but white put it on ice by swallowing the poison: 17. Qxc4? and now it's mate-in-3.

Mar-19-07
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  kevin86: Put a knight in white's camp and a queen along the a7-g1 diagonal and I would say it is smothered mate time. Call it a Monday puzzle,and I would virtually guarentee it. If I saw it a million times,I would still be struck by the wonder of a lone knight checkmating a well protected king.

To clarify,the "smothered mate"-especially when accompanied by a queen sacrifice-is called Philidor's Legacy. The Lucena position is a method for winning a rook and pawn vs rook ending.


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like this.

Mar-19-07  nimzo knight: :)

Mar-19-07  realbrob: Well, it seems like after 15.f4? White doesn't have many alternatives, apart from losing a piece, which isn't good either. Anyway, everybody knows about this smothered mate trick, it's often used even in the Under 12 championships..
Mar-19-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <realbrob: everybody knows about this smothered mate trick, it's often used even in the Under 12 championships>

Today while waiting for school bus, my 6-year old solved, with no help, a more difficult variant of this puzzle, starting from the position after 17. Kh1. It took him about a minute, though.

Mar-19-07  Duque Roquero: How about the scholars mate for next Monday?
Mar-19-07  Rubenus: <consul> They mean the smothered mate.
Mar-19-07  mravikiran: whoever plays, wins!
Mar-19-07  Themofro: <gambitfan: what is the name of this mate ???>

Smothered mate, it is also referred to some times as Phildor's Legacy, it's one of the most important mates to know.

Mar-19-07  mattmueck: My favorite mate!
Mar-19-07
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  fm avari viraf: It is very surprising to see such weak moves by White in Olympiad & getting smothered mate. I still remember, how my opponent resigned before I could delivery a smothered mate in the Commomwealth, 2000.
Mar-19-07
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  YouRang: <fm avari viraf><...I still remember, how my opponent resigned before I could delivery a smothered mate in the Commomwealth, 2000.> Or maybe in 1999? :-)

This looks like the game: V Avari vs P Brown, 1999

Mar-19-07  MasterSavely: sorry, what is the smothered mate?
also... this puzzle was very easy.
Mar-19-07  laskereshevsky: HEAR ME! HEAR ME!

even my partner... an absolute beginners... who dont like to much chess... who played no more then 15/20 games in her whole life....GOT IT!!!

I challenged her to find it...she said <"OK...."

"well...i can play..♗b5..and after ♘xb5 ♕xb5 ♕xb5 and...ops!..doesn't work!...i lost the ♕"> ( she didn't saw axb!!...)

<"...lets see.....♕c5 ♕x♕ dxc...and nothing!...

SO!, where is the white ♔> (!)<...?!...ah! in the corner....

maybe is...mmmhh....♕g1+ ♖xg1 ♘xg1>(!)<♖xg1..and...ho no!...if i have another ♘ i could give mate>(!!!)<.....what a pitty....">

after about half minute of "silence"
( <... mmhhh!.... ach!.....bofff!....heee.... tch! tch!....>ETC. ETC.)

finally she said:...<" wait!! maybe I finded !?....♕g1+...♖xg1........♘f2 its mate!...or not?!...is it?! isnt it?!..?!> (perplesed glanch)<....!?.......?!?!......YES!! its mate! HA!HA!...I FIND... i won...YOU LOST THE STAKE...BABY!!.....>

YES... i lost....
im moving to to "settle" my debt.......
.......:-):-):-)

Mar-19-07  kiadd: Nice mating sequence

Very important to know if you play bughouse

Mar-19-07  MaxxLange: always pleasant.

"too easy" people: once again, please remember that the Chessgames site only runs easy puzzles on Monday. This is for good reasons!

My best tournament mating experience was Anastasia's Mate, though...a distant cousin of this Philidor's Legacy. I had played Albin's Countergambit against a young man of high school age, and when I sacked that Queen for mate, he almost fainted. The mate pattern was news to him, I could see!

Mar-19-07  aazqua: An embarassing performance by white. Smother mate is so well known that you have to see this pattern shaping up as soon as the knight comes to g4 and the queen has the check.
Mar-29-07
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  gambitfan: <Smothered mate>

Black to play and mate in 5 moves!


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Aug-26-10
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  Nightsurfer: Hey Mr. AAZQUA, do not be too harsh with the girls and Ms Sari DURON, MURPHY's LAW RULES, there are many examples throughout the whole history of chess when people blunder and fall prey to the GREAT SMOTHERED MATE, please enjoy NN vs Greco, 1625 or Morphy vs Schrufer, 1859 or B Koester vs R Gralla, 1971 !
Sep-06-11
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  Nightsurfer: This game here < S E Duron Godoy vs V Garcia Castro, Calvia 2004 > is a neo-classic replay of VERSION NO. 1 of the GREAT SMOTHERED MATE, namely the execution by the task-force of Queen and Knight. One more modern sample game: B Koester vs R Gralla, 1971 , 33 years before this game here < S E Duron Godoy vs V Garcia Castro, Calvia 2004 > .

A modern replay of VERSION No. 2 of the GREAT SMOTHERED MATE - the deadly strike by task-force of Queen and Knight plus Back-up Bishop - has been demonstrated in T Peine vs V Budde, 1970 - 34 years before this game here < S E Duron Godoy vs V Garcia Castro, Calvia 2004 > !

Sep-07-11
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  Nightsurfer: "Philidor's Legacy" - that is the common label for the way Black has given hell to White in this game here <S E Duron Godoy vs V Garcia Castro, Calvia 2004>.

And 2004 seems to have been the perfect year for "Philidor's Legacy", just replay K Bischoff vs K Mueller, 2004 !

Sep-15-11
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  Nightsurfer: With regard to "Philidor's Legacy" that is supposed to be the terminus technicus when we talk of the technique of checkmating in this game here <S E Duron Godoy vs Veronica Garcia Castro, Calvia 2004> one has to know that the MATRIX of THE GREAT SMOTHERED CHECKMATE - BASIC VERSION NO. 1 has first been published by LUCENA in 1497, that is to say: more than 200 years before Philidor.

Herewith the matrix of that situation - I have found that position in the great book "The Art Of The Checkmate" by Georges Renaud and Victor Kahn ... and I have been too lazy to try to find that very position in the online edition of LUCENA's book.

I am talking of the basic position of THE GREAT SMOTHERED CHECKMATE - VERSION NO. 1

Herewith the starting-out position that has been composed by LUCENA in 1497, please check out Luis Ramirez de Lucena:


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The final moves will be as follows:

1.Qe6+ Kh8 2.Nf7+ Kg8 3.Nh6++ Kh8 4.Qg8+!! Rxg8 5.Nf7# 1-0

Now we see: That very GREAT SMOTHERED CHECKMATE - BASIC VERSION NO. 1 has to be called "LUCENA's Legacy", in case that we are talking of the notorious "legacy" with regard to THE GREAT SMOTHERED CHECKMATE - BASIC VERSION NO. 1 ... whereas Old Philidor has done a lot for teaching chess tactics and chess strategies, for sure, but there is no justification to link Philidor's name to THE GREAT SMOTHERED CHECKMATE - BASIC VERSION NO. 1 since it has been LUCENA who has first composed that nice teamwork by Queen and Knight in order to hunt down the King on the opposite side of the board.

Since 1497, LUCENA's Matrix of THE GREAT SMOTHERED CHECKMATE - BASIC VERSION NO. 1 has been put on the board over and over again. In the following three parallel cases - out of a million (or so ...) of parallel cases.

First of all - the original after the decisive 1.Qe6+ Kh8 2.Nf7+ ...


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Now a famous parallel case that has been put on the board 362 years after LUCENA having composed THE GREAT SMOTHERED CHECKMATE - BASIC VERSION NO. 1: That is Morphy vs Schrufer, 1859 after 21.Nd7+ ...


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... with the only difference that the sides have been reversed and Black King gets cornered on the right Black wing this time.

There is one more similar case, namely the game B Koester vs R Gralla, 1971 , no more and no less than 474 years after LUCENA having composed THE GREAT SMOTHERED CHECKMATE - BASIC VERSION NO. 1: In the following the diagram after 22. ... Nf2+ ...


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... with the only difference that the colours have been reversed (in comparison to LUCENA's original composition).

And last not least the game K Bischoff vs K Mueller, 2004, therefore it is a good idea to be alert and to watch out for LUCENA's legacy of THE GREAT SMOTHERED CHECKMATE - BASIC VERSION NO. 1!

Oct-28-11  JoergWalter: <nightsurfer:
Herewith the starting-out position that has been composed by LUCENA in 1497, please check out Luis Ramirez de Lucena: The final moves will be as follows:

1.Qe6+ Kh8 2.Nf7+ Kg8 3.Nh6++ Kh8 4.Qg8+!! Rxg8 5.Nf7# 1-0>

The final moves could also be as follows:

1.Qe6+ Kh8 2.Nf7+ Kg8 3.Nd8+ Kh8 4.Qe8+ Qf8 5.Qxf8# 1-0

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