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Carl Wemmers vs Johannes Metger
WSB-11.Kongress (1877), Cologne, Aug-18
French Defense: Advance Variation (C02)  ·  0-1
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Apr-23-12  newzild: Monday: 3.58pm - 3.58pm

23....Rh1+
24. Kxh1 Qh6+
25. Kg1 Qh2#

Elementary stuff. Time to check.

Apr-23-12
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  morfishine: The ole one-two: <23...Rh1+> forces mate
Apr-23-12
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  gofer: Nice R + Q reloader.

White was too interested in saving Pb2 and forgot about his king! After <21 b3> white doesn't seem to be in that much trouble, but <21 ... Qf5> is a really nice move, preparing <22 ... g5> and stopping <22 f3> or any conunter attack on the dark squares...

Apr-23-12
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  CHESSTTCAMPS: White is up B+P for a knight and is prepared to meet 23... gxf4(??) with 24.Qxh5. However, the centralized queen does not stop black's forced mate: 23... Rh1+ 24.Kxh1 Qh6+ 25.Kg1 Qh2#.

This raises the interesting question, what should white do on the move in this position? I have an answer, but will post later in case others in the forum want to try this as a problem.

Apr-23-12  psmith: <sevenseaman> ...Qxf4 wins a piece.
Apr-23-12
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  TheTamale: Ah, poor White. One can't understand his inattentiveness to his king's safety, but he's looking only at skewering the queen with his bishop on the next move.
Apr-23-12  cyclon: 23. -Rh1+ 24. Kxh1 Qh6+ 25. Kg1 Qh2X.
Apr-23-12  LoveThatJoker: 23...Rh1+ 24. Kxh1 Qh6+ 25. Kg1 Qh2#

LTJ

Apr-23-12  sevenseaman: <psmith> Qxf4 is right. Its immune to capture as B then wins the game. Good thinking.
Apr-23-12  sevenseaman: #40624

Conceptual difficulty, otherwise quite easy.


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b.

Apr-23-12  bigchris: <sevenseaman> #40624 1...Qxh2+ 2.Kxh2 Rh6#
Apr-23-12
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  kevin86: Death on the coridor:23...♖h1+ 24 ♔xh1 ♕h6+ 25 ♔g1 ♕h2#or Qh2o-drowning...lol
Apr-23-12  dragon player: This week I'm starting again with the POTD's. Last week I missed Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday because of my pc. I also skipped the weekend after that. But lets get back to the puzzle. There is a forced mate:

23...Rh1+
24.Kxh1 Qh6+
25.Kg1 Qh2#

Time to check.

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Indeed, and white instantly resigned.

1/1

Apr-23-12  sevenseaman: <bigchris> Thats it.
Apr-23-12
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  dzechiel: Black to move (23...?). White is up a pawn. "Very Easy."

This is a standard tactic that all beginners should pay attention to. Black gives up material for tempi.

23...Rh1+ 24 Kxh1

Black gives up his rook for two purposes. 1), it clears the h-file for the queen, and, 2) it allows black to make his next move with check, limiting white's legal responses.

24...Qh6+ 25 Kg1

White's only legal move.

25...Qh2#

My guess is that white resigned after the key move. Time to check.

Apr-23-12  stst: miss yesterday's beautiful B-move!!
Now Monday, R-sac this time:
(must keep the gh corner air-tight!! to prison the K):

23........Rh1+
24.KxR Qh6+
25.Kg1 Qh2# supported by N

Apr-23-12
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  Once: Sometimes it seems that chess pieces are connected to each other by invisible ropes. You pull one piece and the one behind it follows.

In today's puzzle, the black rook and queen are conjoined by a miasmic spectral chain. The rook trundles down the h file, then through the magic of check it drags the black queen first to h6 and then to h2.

Meanwhile the white king pops in and out of g1 and h1 like a demented cuckoo in an eponymous clock.

Apr-23-12  BOSTER: The idea of this combo was discovered exactly 500 years ago.

This is the position from the book 1512y. by Damiano with white to play, where pawn g6 blocks f7 and h7 squares from king to escape.


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In <POTD> knight on g4 covers f2 and h2 squares. So, there is not very strange that some masters know it.

Apr-23-12  Schach and Awe: <CHESSTTCAMPS: White is up B+P for a knight and is prepared to meet 23... gxf4(??) with 24.Qxh5....

This raises the interesting question, what should white do on the move in this position? I have an answer, but will post later in case others in the forum want to try this as a problem.>

Well, I'd say his K needs a flight square, and since f3 only attacks the N, leaving f2 still covered, I'd say he has to move his KR to e1, and the clever Rh1+ sac would fail.

Apr-23-12
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  agb2002: Black has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair and a pawn.

White threatens Qxd7.

The black queen, the rook on h5 and the knight are ready to attack the white king: 23... Rh1+ 24.Kxh1 Qh3+ 25.Kg1 Qh2#.

Apr-23-12
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  whiteshark: <23...Rh1+!> and that's it.
Apr-23-12
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  CHESSTTCAMPS: < Schach and Awe: <CHESSTTCAMPS: White is up B+P for a knight and is prepared to meet 23... gxf4(??) with 24.Qxh5.... This raises the interesting question, what should white do on the move in this position? I have an answer, but will post later in case others in the forum want to try this as a problem.>

Well, I'd say his K needs a flight square, and since f3 only attacks the N, leaving f2 still covered, I'd say he has to move his KR to e1, and the clever Rh1+ sac would fail.>

A try I hadn't considered, but after (23... Pass) 24.Rfe1 Bc6! 25.Qc5/a5 b6 26.Q (moves from 5th rank) gxf4 and black is a piece up. I believe the strongest move is 24.Bxg5!.

Someone should test it in an engine.

Apr-23-12  Patriot: This one came to me instantly. 23...Rh1+ 24.Kxh1 Qh6+ 25.Kg1 Qh2#
Apr-23-12
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  chrisowen: Heaves ho it seem like 23...rh1+ descend in hatchet king open blam along queen hcolumn.
Apr-23-12
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  gawain: 23...Rh1+ is indicated. The queen follows it in by Qh6+ then Qh2#
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