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Boquay vs NN
Gedult,D-Sauzedde (1864)
Uncommon Opening (A00)  ·  1-0


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Mar-13-14  Overgod: I found a superior move myself (without using Houdini, although I later checked it with Houdini, and mated him about 20 moves later -- he did resign about 5 moves later though, but I forced him to continue playing!)

The superior move is 16.Bg6+, and if queen takes (forced), 17. Ng5+ wins the queen.

Now, in the initial analysis, it doesn't look that great, because black has three minor pieces for white's queen and pawn. The problem, however, is that black's position is so bad, that in order to avoid mate threats, it has to give up another 2 (two!) minor pieces! So, first we sac the exchange on 19. Rxf6! and because of the pin on f6, black loses that rook on the next move. After this, he has to give up the poorly placed knight on c6, to avoid being mated. So, white has already won 2 minor pieces AND a queen + pawn, for three of his own minor pieces. Black will also collapse on the back rank soon afterward, because white just doubles with rook and queen on the back rank, and black is completely lost.

If he tries to defend with king (which is what Houdini did), you simply push the h-pawn, and black has no way of preventing it from queening, unless he further wants to lose both bishop and rook immediately.

Anyway, I claim that my move is superior, simply because of Houdini's evaluation: he gives my move a +16, and he gives Boquay's move a +8. Yes, Boquay has still completely won, but he has still some work to do in order to win, and crucially, black still has his queen.

With my variation, black has no queen left, and all his minor pieces are being gobbled up.

Nice little puzzle, with a superior alternative solution. Perhaps should consider superior alternatives?

Mar-13-14  paavoh: @FSR: Perhaps the game score came from Gedult or from his files/notes, and his name was retained in the header by oversight.
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  agb2002: White has a pawn for a knight.

Black threatens 15... Qxh6.

The knight on f6 protects the black queen and the black king protects the rook on f8. These details suggest 15.Bh7+, trying to divert that knight or the black king:

A) 15... Kf7 16.Bg6+ Qxg6 17.Ng5+ Qxg5 (else 18.Qxg6 + - [Q+P vs B+N]) 18.Qxg5 Ke7 19.Rxf6 Rxf6 20.Rf1 followed by 21.Rxf6 + - [Q+P vs B+N].

B) 15... Kh8 16.Qxf8+ Kxh7 17.Qxf6 + - [R+P vs B] and attack.

C) 15... Nxh7 16.Qxh5 + - [Q+P vs B+N] and attack.

Mar-13-14  PJs Studio: 16.Ne5! Bring it!!
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  agb2002: StockFish evaluates 16.Bg6+ at about +12 and 16.Ne5+ at about +11, so they are more or less equally crushing.
Mar-13-14  ASchultz: Hm, computer analysis of the game shows white could also have won with 12 Bxf6 Rxf6 13 Ng5 or 13 Bxf6 Rxf6 14 Qe4.

It looks like the computer thinks Black can maybe survive with Qe7-g7-h8--I played this against a Stonewall once back in high school after a sac against my kingside where I'd played g6 and got away with it. But it was long and drawn out & my opponent made a few endgame mistakes.

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  offramp: I saw the main moves clearly but the background was fuzzy and out-of-focus.
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  gofer: <15 Bh7+ ...>

15 ... Nxh7
16 Qxh5

15 ... Kh8
16 Qxf8+ Kxh7
17 Qxf6

<15 ... Kf7>
<16 Ne5+! ...>

16 ... Nxe5
17 Rxf6+ Ke8/Ke7
18 Qxf8+ Kd7
19 Qg7+

16 ... dxe5
17 Rxf6+ Ke8/Ke7
18 Qxf8+ Kd7
19 Rf7+

16 ... Qxe5?
17 dxe5

16 ... Ke7
17 Ng6+

16 ... Ke8
17 Bg6+

I see nothing but pain...



Mar-13-14  lentil: I'm willing to bet that the players were David Gedult and some person named Sauzedde, in a place called "Boquay" = "Bouquet, France"? The only problem is that Gedult was born in 1897. But he did play games until 1989, although he died in 1981, so I think all dates are suspect (the 1989 game went 41!! moves). Perhaps this game was played in 1964? (Or maybe this was Gedult's father (uncle) who taught the famous Gedult "how to play"?)
Mar-13-14  dufferps: It may be a long battle, but NN had no way out that I could find -

1. Ng6+ Kd7 2. Nxf8+ Kd8 ( 2... Ke8 3. Bg6+ Ke7 ( 3... Qxg6 4. Nxg6 Ne7 5. Qf8+ Kd7 6. Qxf6 Ng8 7. Nf8+ Kc6 8. Qf3+ ( 8. Qf3+ d5 9. Rab1 b5 10. Ng6 a6 11. Ne5+ Kb7 12. c4 Ka7 13. cxb5 Bb7 14. Qa3 Kb8 15. Nd7+ Kc8 16. Nc5 axb5 17. Qxa8+ Bxa8 18. Rxb5 Bc6 19. Ra5 Ne7 20. Nxe6 Kd7 21. Nc5+ Kd8 22. Rf8+ Be8 23. Ra8+ Nc8 24. Rh8 c6 25. Rb8 Kc7 26. Rb7+ Kd8 27. Ne6# ) ) 4. Bxh5 Ne5 5. Qxf6# ) 3. Qxf6+ Ke8 4. Bg6+ Qxg6 5. Qxg6+ Ke7 6. Qf7+ Kd8 7. Nxe6+ Bxe6 8. Qxe6 Ne7 9. Rf8#

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  offramp: '< offramp: I saw the main moves clearly but the background was fuzzy and out-of-focus.> This was a photography joke.
Mar-13-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Ohh. Now I get it.

15 Bh7+ Kf7 (forced as per my lines above)
16 Ne5+ Ke7 (else the queen is immediately lost)
17 Ng6+

and now

17 ... Ke8/Ke7
18 Qxf8#


17 ... Kd8/d7
18 Qxh5 Nxh5
19 Rxf8

winning easily (so I won't check whether there's something better yet).

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  Penguincw: Hmm. Should've thought of 15...Kf7 (15...Nxh7 loses the queen, and 15...Kh8 loses the queen as well to 16.Bg6+), but looks like this line leads to the win of a rook.
Mar-13-14  Patriot: White is down a piece for a pawn. Black threatens 15...Qxh6.

This looks like a removal of the guard theme.


15...Nxh7 16.Qxh5

15...Kf7 16.Ng5+ Ke8 17.Bg6+

15...Kf7 16.Ng5+ Ke7 17.Rxf6 Qxh6 18.Rxh6 leaves white slightly ahead. Not sure there is anything better here.

One possibility is...

15...Kf7 16.Bg6+ Qxg6 17.Ng5+ Qxg5 18.Qxg5 - I like this! At first I dismissed it but this is looking really good for white after taking a more serious look (I'm trying to be careful about "hand waiving"). 18...Ke7 19.Rxf6 Rxf6 20.Rf1 looks very strong.

Mar-13-14  Patriot: I forgot to mention 15...Kh8 16.Qxf8+, etc.

So white played 16.Ne5+. I think 16.Bg6+ is also very good.

Mar-13-14  Castleinthesky: "Roses for Boquay"
Mar-13-14  mathlover: where did black go wrong?
Mar-13-14  BOSTER: < FSR I'm first ?! How can that be ?! >. Most chess players prefer to watch events from Khanty -Mansiysk, not to spend time here.
Mar-13-14  Whitehat1963: Totally clueless in this one. Not sure why.
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  perfidious: <Whitehat1963: Totally clueless in this one.>

My reaction to more than one forcing process, come Sunday puzzles.

Mar-13-14  haydn20: <mathlover: where did black go wrong?> 1...e5 pretty much squashes White's plans. So: 1. f3? f5? and we're off to the races. Ah, the "Romantic" era!
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  FSR: <haydn20: <mathlover: where did black go wrong?> 1...e5 pretty much squashes White's plans. So: 1. f3? f5? and we're off to the races. Ah, the "Romantic" era!>

Yes, one-square pawn moves by White are well met by central two-square pawn moves by Black a knight's move away, avoiding the lever (in this case 2.e4) that White's first move set up. So respond to 1.f3 with 1...e5 rather than 1...d5 or 1...f5? Respond to 1.c3 and 1.e3 with 1...d5 (rather than 1...c5 or 1...e5, when 2.d4 is likely to give White a Slav or Caro-Kann with an extra tempo).

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  morfishine: 15.Bh7+ Kf7 16.Bg6+ Qxg6 17.Ng5+ and White wins

PM: I didn't consder 16.Ne5; very nice


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  kevin86: White,with queen under fire, throws another piece to the wolves.
Sep-08-14  Ke2: well this is a fun opening :)
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