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Richard C Lemon vs Marc Plum
"Fruit Smoothie" (game of the day Jun-25-2014)
83rd US Open (1982), Saint Paul, MN USA, rd 10, Aug-18
Scotch Game: Meitner Variation (C45)  ·  0-1
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Jun-15-14
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  WannaBe: What am I missing here? White's king scoots over, there's no fork.
Jun-15-14
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  Sally Simpson: Anastasia's mate.


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22.Kh1 Rxh2+ 23.KxR Rh8 Mate.


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If any game needed a pun....

Jun-15-14
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  WannaBe: 24. Kc8#, that's what I'd play.

Thank you, <Sally Simpson>. =)

Jun-16-14  GumboGambit: A refreshing fruit Scotch cocktail.
Jun-25-14
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  offramp: You don't need a fork for a smoothie.
Jun-25-14
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  Phony Benoni: When I submitted this game, I thought it would be better as an early week puzzle than a GOTD. Even with a satisfactory pun, I still feel that way.

Of course White should not have traded queens, though it's already somewhat uncomfortable.

Jun-25-14  CapitanJowy: Nice and instructive game for beginners with a classic end.
Jun-25-14
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  offramp: I am the real Anastasia.
Jun-25-14
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  kevin86: I recall this one as Anastasia's mate. Lemon should be recalled by the way.
Jun-25-14
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  perfidious: White turned in a Lemon of an effort that day: for a start, 7.Bc4 is regarded as more testing, though the rejoinder 7....b6 has scored well for Black.

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Jun-25-14
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  catlover: "Anastasia's mate" -- as in, Anastasia, the former princess of Russia? Can anyone explain why this mating pattern is called Anastasia's mate?
Jun-25-14
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  Sally Simpson: If I recall correctly it was a checkmate position used in an old book, the mate given looks nothing like the mate we call Anastasia's Mate. It had no Rook.

I've just wiki'd it.


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'This checkmate got its name from the novel 'Anastasia und das Schachspiel' by Johann Jakob Wilhelm Heinse.'

That is the book but the checkamte is wrong. In the book the mate has no Rook. (I'll be home in an hour or so I will check my Oxford Companion.)

I do not think it has anything to do with Princess Anastasia. Again you relying on fading memory cells but I'm sure it is the Greek Goddess Anastasia.

Jun-25-14
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  catlover: <Sally Simpson> Thanks!
Jun-25-14
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  Sally Simpson: This is the checkmate from 'Anastasia und das Schachspiel' by Johann Jakob Wilhelm Heinse published in 1803.


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Heinse says this is Anastasia's mate as named by Damiano, but the mate giving by Damiano in his book is this mate in 2 where he compares it to the beauty of the goddess Anastasia.

White mates in 2.


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1.Qc5+ dxc5 2.Rd8 mate.


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Which looks nothing like the pattern we are fed in the books. The Oxford give this game as a more common example.

Leonhardt vs F Englund, 1908

Final Position


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White has no good move to stop Rxh2+ etc.

Jun-25-14
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  Annie K.: <Sally> I think I know my Greek Mythology fairly well still, but I recall no goddess named Anastasia.

Keep pointing out good games that need puns though - it was through your earlier post here that I found this game. Thanks. :)

Jun-25-14
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Annie,

Greek myth is not my strongest subject so I'll bow to your correction, I'm running blind with a quote from the Oxford which says Damiano compared the second position in beauty to a classical Greek epigram.

Because it he called it 'Anastasia's mate' looks like I have made 2 + 2 = 5.

Thanks Again.

Jun-25-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <Phony Benoni: When I submitted this game, I thought it would be better as an early week puzzle than a GOTD. Even with a satisfactory pun, I still feel that way.>

Quite right, Phony! This is a great Tuesday puzzle, no doubt about it:

21...? Black to move and win.

Jun-25-14
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  Sally Simpson: Hi thegoodanarchist:,

Good idea but take it back one move to here. Black to play and win.


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See if you can the lads to chop that good Knight for the Bishop and also lead them up the garden path by looking at Ng4 ideas. Get them thinking.

Jun-27-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <Sally Simpson: Hi thegoodanarchist:,

Good idea but take it back one move to here. Black to play and win.>

On what day do you suppose that puzzle should be given? Maybe Wednesday.

Dec-29-15  Flipboard Newsstand: Battle of the fruits! Some wicked passive-aggression here.
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