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Pedro Damiano vs NN
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King Pawn Game: Damiano Defense (C40)  ·  1-0


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May-24-10  Sebastian88: Wow! Dedro Damiano beat the Damiano Defense. The 12 move is realy very Good.
Sep-12-10  Whitehat1963: Anyone who plays this defense deserves to lose to a queen sac like this one.

Classic Monday puzzle after 11...Nbc6.

Nov-30-10  Formula7: 12.Qg6+ Nxg6 13.fxg6#
Nov-30-10  stacase: Just as easy and as yesterday, BUT it took me a very long time to see it.
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  DarthStapler: Easy as hell
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  RandomVisitor: 9.Bxb7 is good for white.
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  dzechiel: White to move (12?). White has three pawns for the knight. "Easy."

Maybe even easier than yesterday's position. The key again is to look at the moves that force your opponent's replies. In this case

12 Qg6+ Nxg6

The only legal move.

13 fxg6#

"NN" loses one of his earliest games. But note that white is Damiano, whose games are from the late 15th to early 16th centuries, about 500 years ago!

Nov-30-10  Elsinore: Sorry, but isn't 2.f6 called the Rousseau Defense? I remember a game b/w Morphy and Rousseau where he played this, with very similiar results!
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  RandomVisitor: 8.h4 is also good, 8...h6 9.Bxb7
Nov-30-10  M.Hassan: 12.Qxg6+ Nxg6
Nov-30-10  goldfarbdj: Got it in a flash, much quicker than yesterday.
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  Infohunter: <Elsinore: Sorry, but isn't 2.f6 called the Rousseau Defense? I remember a game b/w Morphy and Rousseau where he played this, with very similar results!>

No, you're thinking of the Rousseau Gambit, which arises from 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 f5. The game to which you refer is likely Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849.

Nov-30-10  SamAtoms1980: 12 Qg6+! Nxg6 13 fxg6#.

Damiano kicked this defense's ass all over the board, and was rewarded by getting his name attached to it.

Nov-30-10  rilkefan: "8.h4 is also good, 8...h6 9.Bxb7"

What am I missing after 9...Bd6? If 10.Qd5 then c6. Ok, white has 5 pawns for the bishop after taking on c6, but it's a lot better than the game.

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  Once: With apologies to Edgar Allan Poe...

My rival was a cunning and scheming man. He had but one weakness - a fondness for wine. And this gave me thought, and a desperate plan.

And so I plied him with drink, one fine vintage after another. He was greedy and took deeply of the cup, while I stayed my hand. I would need to be clear-headed to carry out my scheme.

"I have a casque of Amontillado in my cellar," said I, baiting the trap.

"I must taste it!" he cried.

And so we took lanterns into the dark cellar. Above us carnival raged, a medley of sounds and bright colours. And no-one knew that we had taken our leave of the festivities. Our footsteps echoed along the ancestral stones of my house.

Finally we arrived at the deepest point of the vault - the h7 square. Dulled by the grape, he looked about him for the Amontillado, and with 10. Bf7 I quickly fastened iron staples around his wrists and ankles.

"The Amontillado?" he asked, still delerious in his drunkenness.

It was then time for the second part of my plan. Near to the alcove I had secreted bricks, mortar and a trowel. Brick by brick, I slowly built up a layer of wall, closing the recess forever. I could hear his chains rattling as the wall grew higher. 12. Qg6!!

At length, the commotion ceased. "For the love of God, Montresor," he cried. 12...Nxg6

"Yes," I said, "For the love of God!"

And with that I placed the final brick into its slot. 13. fxg6#

Silence. No answer from the dark. My work done, I collected my tools and hurried back to the feast. The wall I built that night has lain undisturbed for more than half a century.

Nov-30-10  scormus: A masterpiece!
Nov-30-10  mig55: Once, I also love Edgars fantastic tales.
Nov-30-10  goodevans: <Whitehat1963: ... Classic Monday puzzle after 11...Nbc6.>

I agree.

Nov-30-10  fyad reject: i thought i had solved a line that started with 12. Bg6+

if 12. ...Nxg6 then 13. fxg6+ Kg8 14. Qb3+ Qd5 15. exd5 winning the queen or useless 14. ...Be6 15. Qxe6#

if 12. Kg8 then 13. Qb3+ Nd5 14. exd5 winning the knight

can someone refute

Nov-30-10  fyad reject: i mean other than the obvious refutation of just Qg6 forces mate immediately and i missed it because im an r tard
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  patzer2: It's Tuesday, and 12. Qg6+! solves today's puzzle with mate-in-two.

P.S.: For tournament players of almost any skill, this is an easy mate most would find easily even in blitz. However, for novices unfamiliar with mating patterns involving sham Queen sacrifices or mate with a pawn, this could be difficult.

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  agb2002: White has three pawns for a knight.

The black king can't move and an inescapable check would be mate. Therefore, 12.Qg6+ Nxg6 13.fxg6#.

Nov-30-10  WiseWizard: Wow Once.
Nov-30-10  scormus: No pun? Mother's mate?
Nov-30-10  eaglewing: Did White "blunder" this to some degree? Because, instead of the advantageous lines suggested by <RV>, the line played might be defendable by Black after 11. Qg3 with Qd6. Opinions?
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