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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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  Honza Cervenka: If 20.Bxe5, then 20...Qh6 looks crushing at first glance. It seems to be that white has to sac the Queen for the Knight to stop the mate on h2. Of course, 20.Bxe5 Qh6 21.Re1 doesn't help for 21...Qh2+ 22.Kf1 Rxf2#. But 20.Bxe5 Qh6 21.Bxg7+ Kxg7 22.Qd4+ Kg8 23.Rfd1 (23.Qxd5+ Be6 ) is not so clear. The best continuation I could have found for black till now is 23...Nxf2 24.Qxf2 (24.Qxd5+ Be6 25.Bxh7+ Kxh7 26.Qxb7+ Rf7 27.Qxf7+ Bxf7 28.Kxf2 Qb6+ is not better.) 24...Rxf2 25.Kxf2 Qb6+ 26.Kf1 Qxb2 27.Bd3 which can be better for black with active Queen and Bishop and extra Pawn against 2R+B, but the outcome of the game is still far from clear, I think, especially if white manages to activate his pair of Rooks.
Jul-12-06  Fischeristhebest: <HC> what if 24.Qh4 in your line:

24...Qxh4 25.gxh4 Nxd1 26.Rxd1=

Jul-12-06  Fischeristhebest: Perhaps 23..Rxf2 is better

24.Qxf2(24.Qxd5+ Kh8 25.Qd4+ Rf6 )Nxf2 25.Kxf2 Qb6+ 27.Kf1 Qxb2

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I think black should win this.

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  Honza Cervenka: <Fischeristhebest: Perhaps 23..Rxf2 is better> Yes, I agree. 23...Rxf2 is more accurate than 23...Nxf2. I missed that possible defense 24.Qh4. Of course, your line (except of transposition of Rxf2 and Nxf2 in moves 23 and 24) is the same as my line.
Jan-26-12  mrsaturdaypants: Monday puzzle, yes?
Apr-23-12  VincentL: "Very Easy".

Just posted my piece for the Sunday puzzle, and now the Monday one is here.

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

Apr-23-12  Nullifidian: 23... ♖h1+ to draw out the king, then 24. ♔xh1 ♕h6+ 25. ♔g1 ♕h2# to finish it up.
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  FSR: Gotta get the queen to the h-file, so 23...Rh1+!, 24...Qh6+, 25...Qh2#.
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  Phony Benoni: Had to give this one a few seconds more thought than most Mondays. The basic idea is old hat, but having the queen come in on a rank rather than a diagonal is unusual.
Apr-23-12  SamAtoms1980: 23....Rh1+ 24.Kxh1 Qh6+ 25.Kg1 Qh2# garners the game without a fuss.

Uncommonly, they have the exact date in 1877 when this game was played, too.

Apr-23-12  M.Hassan: "Very Easy" Black to play 23...?
Black is a pawn down

24.Kxh1 Qh6+
25.Kg1 Qh2#

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  lost in space: I love Mondays!

23...Rh1+ 24. Kxh1 (forced)

24...Qh6+ 25. Kg1 (forced)


Apr-23-12  sevenseaman: This again is a theme CT drill so much into the solvers' head that no sooner I set eyes on the diagram I saw the mate.

A checking R sac and 2 checking moves by the Q end up in mate.

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

From a gambler's angle, the only question I may not answer correctly is 'at what stage will White resign or will he resign at all'.

If it was me in White's place I'd resign as soon as Black finds the R sac.

So I take a punt Wemmers would have thought like me and done the same.

Right on both counts. If I were in Chennai, Mumbai, Pune or Kolkata I'd have fleeced a 'bookie'.

Apr-23-12  mohannagappan: 23. ...Rxh1+ 24.Kxh1 Qh6+ 25. Kg1 Qh2#
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  WinKing: Pretty simple & straightforward.

24.Kxh1 Qh6+
25.Kg1 Qh2#

Apr-23-12  zb2cr: Rook sacrifice to start the week.
23. ... Rh1+; 24. Kxh1, Qh6+ and Black mates next move.

All forced, so indeed very easy to see.

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  rhickma4: Mate in 3

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

Apr-23-12  viking78: Monday.. finally :))
23...Rh1+ 24.Kxh1 Qh6+ 25.Kg1 Qh2#. (all forced, so very easy indeed). Nice present for my name-day CG, thanks!
Apr-23-12  sevenseaman: Not much more difficult than a Monday puzzle but still a matter of being alert to the possibilities on the chess board.


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Black to play and win.

Apr-23-12  shaikriyaz: yipee!! its monday!!!
Oh wait, I can't sac the queen:-(
lets do away wit the rook for now:-\
Apr-23-12  BadKnight: no queensac..:-(((
Apr-23-12  Stormbringer: Bother, missed the followup Qh2++ :-(
Apr-23-12  TheaN: Monday 23 April 2012


Material: White up, doubled ♙+♘ vs ♗

Candidates: Qxf4, <[Rh1]>

The only queen sac doesn't feel like Monday and doesn't work indeed. If we go to the second strongest piece, the only sac does work.

<23....Rh1 24.Kxh1 Qh6 25.Kg1 Qh2 0-1>

Apr-23-12  newzild: Monday: 3.58pm - 3.58pm

24. Kxh1 Qh6+
25. Kg1 Qh2#

Elementary stuff. Time to check.

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  morfishine: The ole one-two: <23...Rh1+> forces mate
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