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Karl Mayet vs Adolf Anderssen
Berlin (1855), Berlin GER
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit MacDonnell Attack (C33)  ·  0-1



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Jul-03-06  awfulhangover: I love Mondays. Don't have to think.
Jul-03-06  dakgootje: Nice game, and good that at the time mates were still allowed... instead of resigning when mate is certain. Thats one of the things i hate most about chess nowadays, that people resign in such positions
Jul-03-06  zb2cr: <dakgootje>,

Huh? You don't think it's disrespectful to your opponent to play out a hopeless position? That seems to me to be the ssame as saying to your opponent: "I have such a low estimation of your skills that I believe you'll blunder and allow me to save the game."

As to the puzzle, I saw it in under 5 seconds. I love easy Monday puzzles.

Jul-03-06  PhilFeeley: <EmperorAtahualpa: Nice one! Spotted it within 10 seconds.> Don't you mean 1/10th of a second? ;-)
Jul-03-06  YouRang: Nice & easy, using a queen sac to set up the familiar rook + bishop mating pattern.
Jul-03-06  notyetagm: 44 ... ♕h1+! 45 ♖xh1 ♖xh1# is a classic <X-RAY>.

The tactical point is that it -appears- that the h1-square has two Black attackers (d5-queen, b7-bishop) versus two White defenders (g1-king, h2-rook).

But when the White h2-rook is <FORCED> to capture the Black queen on h1 (44 ... ♕h1+! 45 ♖xh1), this move by the White h2-rook extends the line of attack of the Black h7-rook to the h1-square as well.

That is, the Black h7-rook is actually a <third> attacker of the h1-square since one of this square's defenders (White h2-rook) will have to move to this square and in the process extend the line of attack of the Black h7-rook <to> this square.

An <X-RAY> defender is basically <OVERWORKED>. Here the White h2-rook must <DEFEND> the h1-square and at the same time <BLOCK> the Black h7-rook from reaching this critical square. Once the White h2-rook is forced to <DEFEND> the h1-square by capturing on that square, it can no longer perform its other duty of <BLOCKING> the Black h7-rook from this square.

Jul-03-06  notyetagm: <Honza Cervenka: 43...Rh7 is pretty move.>

Yes, 43 ... ♖h7! is a very nice move on the theme of <REMOVE THE GUARD>.

Black could play ... ♕d5-g2# if not for the White h2-rook guarding the g2-mating focal point.

So Black attacks the defender (White h2-rook) with a non-mating piece (Black f7-rook) from a square not in the defensive complex (h7-square) and dominates the defender.

The White h2-rook now has no safe square from which to defend the g2-mating focal point. White then launches a desperation counterattack with 44 ♕b5 but that fails to Anderssen's nice <X-RAY> attack 44 ... ♕h1+! against the h1-square.

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  kevin86: With the rook and bishop in their positions (rook on last rank,supported by bishop) it looks like the famous Reti-Tartakower mate. Strange coincedence as the gotd is in fact a win by Tartakower.

Easy mate-typical of Monday

Jul-03-06  mstover: I saw it before the page finished loading.
Jul-03-06  notyetagm: <mstover: I saw it before the page finished loading.>

Well, Anderseen saw it when he played 41 ... ♘xd5!. Top that.

Jul-03-06  Chess Classics: Ah, I love monday. Actually, come to think of it, the monday puzzle is the only good thing about monday.


Jul-03-06  zb2cr: What's the continuation if White had played 44. Bf1 instead of 44. Qb5, anyway?

I don't believe that 44. ... Rxh2; 45. Kxh2, Qh1+; 46. Kb3, Qxf1 is Black's best.

Jul-03-06  zb2cr: Never mind, the 44. ... Qh1+ sac works there as well.
Jul-03-06  Zaius: <zb2cr:I don't believe that 44. ... Rxh2; 45. Kxh2, Qh1+; 46. Kb3, Qxf1 is Black's best.>


44...Rxh2 45. Kxh2 Qg2# would end it right there. But white has better plays than 45. Kxh2

Jul-03-06  joe barnett: curse these puzzles! i am always so close, i have the right moves, but i always, ALWAYS put them in the wrong order!
Jul-03-06  Nomen Nescio: This puzzle could have started a move or two early.
Jul-03-06  dakgootje: <zb2cr> I said when mate is CERTAIN i would like to see the mate is allowed instead of resigning in like a mate in 1-position. Of course, it is a whole differant situation if the opponent has a position where he is that much better that it is winning for him, i dont mind if the first player resignes or not. Ah certain mate-position is totally differant from a hopeless position (though certain mates are in a way hopeless)
Jul-03-06  beatles fan: very simple, Morphy's mate. got it in a second. if you want to see a similar one, check out Paul Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard
Jul-03-06  kennel46: Actually I think it is better to play out the position and let your opponent carry out the mate. The reasoning is difficult to explain but I think it would be more satisfying for them.
Jul-03-06  Chess Classics: <Peligroso Patzer> Interesting-it's the other way around now!


Jul-04-06  dakgootje: <kennel46> Well in a way it is satisying to see your opponent calculate and think and think and see his/face become even more hopeless then it was already. and after 2 era's your opponent realises he/she is lost and slowly offers you a hand or pulls the king down. That way of total domination (we are still talking about chess!!!) probably feels better then 'just' a mate for ...certain... people
Jul-05-06  YouRang: A pretty rook & bishop mate, I think, because the bishop on b7 is so far away from the rook on h1. That's about as far as you'll ever see these two separated in this kind of mating pattern.
Jul-06-06  patzer2: The decoy 44...Qh1+! leads to a quick mate.
Apr-05-07  Skylark: It seems this was a puzzle at some point.. It should have been to find 41. ... Nxd5! which was the real winning shot, followed up by the pretty 43. ... Rh7!

This game is of pretty bad quality; however if there's one thing these guys know how to do well, it's attack; so there is salvagable ideas in the murky waters of these old games.

Aug-14-09  heuristic: mo' better moves:
18.Be2 Qh7 19.Qd3 Qh8 20.Nh1

31.Rb1 b5 32.Rxb5+ Bxb5 33.Qb3 Bxf2
31.Rb1 Bc8 32.axb7 Bxb7 33.Rxb7+ axb7

32.axb5 Bf4 33.Qd4 Nc8 34.b6 Be5

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