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Kenneth S Rogoff vs Steve Spencer
US Jnr Chp (1969)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Gurgenidze System (B15)  ·  1-0
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Oct-25-12  e4 resigns: 20...Ke7 21. Rf7+ Kd6 22. Bf4+ Be5 23. Bxe5#

All moves are forced. This is the shortest solution I found, and might not be the correct one. It does promise checkmate, though.

19...Nh5 20. Rf6+ Ke7 (Ke8 21. Re1+ Kd7 22. Rf7+ Kd6 23. Re6#) 21. Rf7+ Ke8 22. Re1+

It is fairly easy from the ending position.

What is amazing, however, is the fact that all this was calculated correctly at move 18, along with a waiting move. The master had confidence and skill.

In short, cool tactic.

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  MarkFinan: 19..Re8?? Is the tardiest move I've ever seen! And old Mr Rogoff misses the mate in 2, presumably plumping for the mate in 3!
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  MarkFinan: Sorry, 19..Ne8??
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  YouRang: Apparently, this game was annotated by Bobby Fischer:

Apr-14-15  Howard: I recall Fischer's going over this game in Boys was the first time I'd ever heard of Rogoff.

There was a place where Rogoff makes an impressive move, and Fischer writes, "White explodes his combination."

Oct-02-15  Abdooss: shows Fischer's analysis of this game here --- < >
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