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Walter Fried vs Carl Schlechter
"Fried Bird" (game of the day Nov-24-2016)
Vienna (1897), Vienna AUH
Bird Opening: From Gambit. Mestel Variation (A02)  ·  0-1


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Nov-25-09  antharis: 10... gxf3! for sure.

If 11. Bxd8 f2+ 12. Ke2 Bg4#.

And after 11. gxf3 or 11. Qxf3 then 11... Qxh4+ starts a forceful attack and wins two minor pieces additionally.

Nice but simple combination. Took me only a few seconds.

Nov-25-09  jussu: I must admit that I didn't see the mate, saw as far as 13... Bxd1 with an extra piece. Not that I have anything to add.
Nov-25-09  antharis: <If 11. Bxd8 f2+ 12. Ke2 Bg4#.>

Oops. I see now 12... Bg4+ isnt a mate sorry. ^_^

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  FSR: For me, knowing Imbaud vs Strumilo, 1922 made this combination easy to find. It's a very similar motif - allowing the other side to play BxQ; playing a diagonal check on KB7; then BN5+, driving the king to Q3; then a knight check allowing the king to take the other knight on the king's K4 square; then P-KB4+ (here mate), supported by the B on N5.
Nov-25-09  Quentinc: Because this is a puzzle, I "knew" immediately that gxf3 had to work, which always makes it easier to work out the solution.

Also, I found it fairly easy to visualize it through 13..Nb4+, and I'm not usually so good at visualizing many moves ahead. I think the fact that most of the pieces are still in their original positions makes it much easier.

Nov-25-09  remolino: 10...gxf3 leading to mate or to winning back the queen and coming ahead a piece. Time to check.
Nov-25-09  WhiteRook48: no! I missed it!
Nov-25-09  muralman: I got A to Z on this one. The first move pawn takes night excited me, because I knew I would loose my queen in the matter. It all seemed so Fisheresque. That allowed the second move pawn checks king. That digs the king out and allows yet another check by my light square bishop. I have to admit, I had to really think hard on the next move. I wanted to check with one of my knights, but which one? And then, taking the queen was also needling me. I pondered both knight moves, until finally I saw the pawn checkmate. Yay!!!!
Nov-25-09  Smothered Mate: Hiarcs 12.1 d=20

(+9.71) 13... Nb4+ 14. Kc4 Bxd1 15. Na3 Bg4 16. Kb3 Kxd8 17. Nb5 Be7 18. a4 a5 19. h3 Be6+

(+3.49) 13... Bxd1 14. Kxe4 Rxd8 15. Bb5 Bh5 16. Kd3 0-0 17. Kd2 Nb4 18. c3 Nd5 19. Rf1 c6

Nov-26-09  TheBish: W Fried vs Schlechter, 1897

Black to play (10...?) "Medium/Easy"

Black is down a pawn, which makes sense, since this was a From's Gambit (noticed the header when it popped up). It looks like White's last move must have been 10. Bf2-h4 after 9...g4.

One of the first things you want to look for here are captures, even ones that apparently give up the queen! Especially when there are interesting follow-up moves! In this case, 10...gxf3 11. Bxd8 is a sham sacrifice, since Black wins the queen back with interest.

10...gxf3! 11. Bxd8

White obviously has no choice now. There's no turning back!

11...f2+ 12. Ke2 Bg4+ 13. Kd3

These moves have all been forced. Now White can win a piece with 13...Bxd1, since Black's bishop on d8 is hanging (14. Kxe4 Bxc2+ 15. Bd3 Bxd3+ 16. Kxd3 Rxd8), but he has even better! (When you see a good move, look for a better one!)


This greedy move wins more than a piece! If now 14. Kxe4 f5 mate! So White's next move is forced.

14. Kc4 Bxd1

It's time to finally take the queen, since 14...Be6+? 15. d5! and not only is there no mate, but Black would have to play like a computer to win this! I assumed that Black was just losing a piece after 15...Bxd5+ 16. Qxd5 (forced to stop the mate) Nxd5 17. Kxd5, but I just put this on Fritz, and the silicon "beast" came up with 15...Nxd5! 16. Kd3 Rxd8! and Black is slightly better, despite having only two pieces for the queen, due to his active pieces.

15. Na3 Bg4 16. Bxc7

Or 16. Bh4 Be6+ 17. Kb5 a6+ 18. Ka4 b5+ and White will have to give up another piece to stop the mate.

16...Rc8 17. Nb5 Be6+ 18. d5 Bxd5+ 19. Kd4 Bc5+ 20. Ke5 f6+ 21. Kf4 Nxc2 22. Rd1 Nxe3 and Black has an overwhelming material advantage plus a continued attack on the king.

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  Once: <johnlspouge: I stated a view on excessive calculation in V Okhotnik vs V Berezhnoi, 1981, and today's puzzle is a superb example of what I was talking about.>

John, I think I mostly agree with you. In a real game, we often don't need to calculate everything. Indeed, I made much the same point in Nezhmetdinov vs Kotkov, 1957.

But there are situations when you do need to calculate a line which is 4 or 5 moves deep, or sometimes more. And then I find that the horizon effect kicks in ... the longer the variation goes on, we all start to lose track of where pieces are. Some players can also lose track of the material balance (what Dan Heissman calls "counting"). How many games are lost because of the move that comes right at the end of a combination? Or forgetting that you are actually a piece or pawn down?

Granted, in this puzzle you don't need to see all the way to mate because grabbing the white queen is enough to win. But as an exercise to practice a vital skill it can be quite useful to counter the horizon effect and improve counting.

I suppose it comes down to your reason for being here. Some folks like to analyse to the nth degree to expose the "truth" of a position. These guys go for the long lines and exhaustive analysis. Some folk like to extract just enough to work out what they would play in a game. And for these exhaustive analysis is not so important - once they have got to a winning position, they stop.

And some folk come to learn, which probably puts them halfway between the two extremes. I tend to flip between all three modes, depending on mood, day of the week and how much time I have before jumping in the car for the commute to work.

And I suppose it doesn't really matter. Whether your boat is floated by exhaustive analysis or just-enough pragmatism, it's all good.

May-23-11  Llawdogg: Wow! Schlechter sacrificed two pawns, his queen, and a knight for a spectacular checkmate. Brilliant.
Jul-30-12  Llawdogg: This should be "Schlechter's Immortal."
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  FSR: <Llawdogg: This should be "Schlechter's Immortal.">

Sorry, that title's already taken. B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893

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  FSR: Fried Fried.
Dec-15-15  SpiritedReposte: <Kentucky Fried Chicken> Birds opening...get it?
Dec-16-15  Kangaroo: Fried Bird?
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  TheFocus: He should have tried the Fried Liver Attack.
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  bubuli55: To FOWL-low up , Happy Turkey Day!
Nov-24-16  newhampshireboy: Beautiful checkmate. The prettiest ones are done with minor pieces and pawns in my opinion!
Nov-24-16  ossipossi: He who lives by F4, dies by F5.
Nov-24-16  morfishine: Famous game, very nice

Flocking stupid game title


Nov-24-16  lentil: Sadly, the mate is not forced. W can play 14. Kc4.
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  playground player: What a hideous defeat for White! Definitely in the "I wake up screaming" category.
Nov-24-16  Fanacas: These are the games you dream of to play.
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