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Rezso Charousek vs Englander
"Revealed Charousek" (game of the day Sep-14-2006)
Casual game (1894), Kassa (now Kosice/Kaschau) AUH, Apr-24
King Pawn Game: Alapin Opening (C20)  ·  1-0



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Sep-14-06  Ashram64: i doubt he could see the whole 15mate pattern..but each move is logically follow by another..
Sep-14-06  hellstrafer: He has probably seen that the black king would be in a hopeless position after the queen sac. There is no way he could calculate the entire mate.
Sep-14-06  Maatalkko: What the heck does the pun mean?
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  technical draw: <Maatalkko> Something like "discovered check"..
Sep-14-06  LivBlockade: White has a different and amusing way to force checkmate starting with 26. ♘e4+. Black moves are all forced and easy to calculate: 26... Kxh4; 27. g3+ Kh5; 28. g4+ Kh6 (if ...Kh4, then Bg3 mate); 29. g5+ Kh5; 30. Bg4+ Kh4; 31. Bg3 mate. What a finish!
Mar-21-09  WhiteRook48: and to think that white's rook is en prise the entire time
May-15-09  tommer: This game inspired a wonder in me. I was thinking that Charousek made that trap inviting black knight to go to e3 and fork the white queen, rook and bishop, maybe his strategy was to have the black knight away from the c4-f7 so his light squares bishop will be more dangerous?

However, the trap was already set after white's 15th move when the dark squares bishop moved to e5, leaving e3 unprotected. Now, what if black goes 15... Ne3? I have a feeling Charousek had a plan about it, but I can't see it. Help anyone?

Nov-06-09  VishyAnandFan: after 22.Rxf7 i found the mate while searching for the right continuation to go to the endgame (the moves were forced, white had to protect his bishop), and i am only a weak amateur, therefore charousek must have found it right from the beginning of his queen sacrifice. of course the combination is ingenious and i would have never seen it. charousek playing mate in 15. this guy is amazing, he is so inspirational!
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Technical Draw> Winner of "Funniest Kibbitzer Award" for 44 years in a row-

No surprise that our dear TD would spot a pun:

<Maatalkko: What the heck does the pun mean?>

<technical draw: <Maatalkko> Something like "discovered check".>

Much like the notorious jaguar, well spotted TD!

However, it should be noted that <Charousek> was not really a "Discovered Czech"-

Although he was indeed born in Prague, he only "lived there" for a few months.

He spent the entire rest of his life in Slovakia and Hungary.

He was ethnically Hungarian and spoke Hungarian as his first language.

He played virtually of his "home field" chess games at the <Budapest Chess Club>.

So in the "Who owns Charousek" war- and there is one- we have to award him to Hungary, surely.

So he was a "discovered Hungarian", which renders the pun meaningless.

However, for those in the CHAROUSEK IS CZECHOSLOVAKIAN school, this pun must seem particularly sweet.

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  Bishoprick: I don't understand 23.Rf6. Why not Rf4, and the game is over, Kg7 isn't available and Black has to give up his Queen for no compensation?
Dec-24-12  Conrad93: Most players of Charousek's ability can easily calculate 15 moves deep.
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  naresb: Combination of Double bishop with Rook controlling 'f' it's best.
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  Sally Simpson: "Did he see the possibility of this ending when he played 17.Kh2?"

According to Sergeant in 'Charousek's Games of Chess' game 93.

Charousek apparently saw the combination coming after playing his 16th move 16.Qh5

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(I love replying to these old questions. This one is 8 years. Wonder if I'll get a Thank You.)

Think I'll plumet to a new depth of complete sadness and go for questions 10 years old that can only be answered 10 years ago to the day - So I'm off to find an unawnswered question posted on the 28th July 2004.

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  naresb: <Sally Simpson>Did Charousek mean to say that position after 16. Qh5 was any way not defendable?

Had Black decided to defend (instead of counter attack with 16... Bc5 followed by 18... Ne3, 19... Nxf1), things could have been under Black's control or at lest playable, I suppose.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi naresb,

The notes are by Sergeant, I'm reading it as Charousek spotted the possibility of the Queen sac depending on Black next few moves.

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  naresb: ok, nice game.
Nov-02-15  celtrusco: Beautiful!
Apr-20-17  Moszkowski012273: Yeah 26.Ne4+... would of been damn cool.
One has to WONDER? Did He See It?
There seems to be a possible discussion here? Already there is disagreement! I have made moves that I was not "Sure" if they would WORK! Some DO and some Definitely DON'T! We all are Learning! I'm going to put this Question out to The ACME PAWN PUSHERS E-Mail list and to The CLUB Members! ACME KING K-R-U-S-H-E-R !!
Jun-27-19  zborris8: <AKK> Your writing and tone remind me of <ughaibu>'s nemesis, the Crazy Overclocker, heh heh.
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  keypusher: It's funny, two kibitzers recommended 24.Rf4+, which allows Black to take the bishop. But

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<LivBlockade>'s 26.Ne4+!! Kxh4 27.g3+ Kh5 28.g4+ Kh6 29.g5+ Kh5 30.Bg4+ Kh4 31.Bg3# is one of the strangest and funniest mates I've ever seen.

Feb-19-22  Ron: I did a google search for longest chess combination and it referred to this article by Edward Winter:

And that led me here.

Jul-12-23  Gaito:

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In this position Black could have won the exchange, but he would have to face a strong attack owing to his inferior development, caused mainly by the move 11...a6? which was a loss of time. (11...was in order)

From the diagrammed position, a possible variation might have been something like 15...Ne3 16.Qe2 Nxf1 17.Rxf1 O-O 18.Nf5 Bf6 (see diagram below):

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19.Nh6+! Kh8 (19.gxh6?? 20.Bxf6 wins) 20.Bxf6 gxf6 21.c3 Qd6 22.d4, and White's strong attack gives him ample compensation for the sacrificed exchange

Jul-12-23  Gaito: According to Wikipedia (quote): "Rudolf Charousek was a Czech born Hungarian chess player. One of the top ten players in the world during the 1890s, he had a short career, dying at the age of 26 from tuberculosis." (end of quote)
Jul-12-23  Gaito: This was a very brilliant and famous King hunt. It is a pleasure to play over this game.
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