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Mikhail Chigorin vs Amos Burn
Ostend (1905), Ostend BEL, rd 18, Jul-07
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation General (C30)  ·  0-1



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  Oxspawn: <Whiteshark> Time travel is so yesterday!
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  patzer2: Discovered attack with check with 13...Bf2+ solves today's Tuesday puzzle.

The unprotected Queen and the possibility of a check clearing the way for her capture makes finding this tactic easy.

P.S.: White's previous 13. Qb5?? is obviously a dud, but even without this blunder White's game isn't looking good after 12...Qd5!

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  Penguincw: This puzzle I didn't find easy. I got 13...Bf2+, but didn't see the unprotected queen. :|
Jul-15-14  awfulhangover: Super easy.
Jul-15-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: <engmaged>,

Great find!

Jul-15-14  njdanie: OOOPPPSSS!!!
Jul-15-14  notyetagm: Chigorin vs Burn, 1905

<sfm: Probably Chigorin got confused for a second.

As, in a discovered check you can capture the check-giving piece in response, and the black queen is under fire from the bishop on b3.

<<<But 13.-,Bf2+ is not a really a 'discovered check'>>>>

Yes, 13 ... ♗c5-f2+! 0-1 is *not* a <DISCOVERED CHECK>, it is a <DISCOVERED ATTACK WITH CHECK>.

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  Once: Apart from the prosaic finish, this is actually a well played game by Burn playing as Black. In many ways it reminds me of the Morphy-Allies opera game but with colours reversed. Whilst Chigorin plays for a slow attack, Burn "simply" develops.

Here's the position after 7...Re8:

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In just seven moves, Burn has made two pawn moves, developed four pieces and castled. That is one move per kerrching.

Meanwhile, white has developed 2½ pieces and moved four pawns. He has managed to put his queen on the same file as his king. He is at least two moves away from castling. Some of his pawns are going to have to move again.

The problem seems to be that white is aiming for one-two punches while black is being more direct. So white plays c3 intending d4. He plays Qe2, presumably intending Be3.

Meanwhile black is building up for the classic anti King's Gambit break of d5 followed by e4 and all sorts of unpleasant things are going to happen to white's king and queen.

It feels very Morphy-ish. Develop, develop, develop ... wait for it! ... develop, EXPLODE!, BANG!, mate.

I tried playing like this for a while and found that it is much harder than it looks. Your opponent is rarely as compliant as this and you do have to have the tactical brain to be able to switch from developing and into destroying. Here, black blows open the centre with 8...d5 and 9...Bxf5 - powerful moves to expose the white royal family with their collective pants down.

A minor classic, if it wasn't for the 13.Qb5 howler.

Jul-15-14  gaffchick: <Once> Your analysis prompted me to play through the game. After ...9. Bf5, what deters White from 10.Pxf5?. I feel I'm missing something, but can't see what?
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  kevin86: Maybe Chigorin was blinded by pipe smoke.
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  kevin86: ...or he took the pipe.
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  perfidious: <gaffchick> After 9....Bxf5 10.exf5 comes 10....e4, regaining the piece as the centre is blown open. White's king then has no safe refuge.

Chigorin had better days.

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  Once: <gaffchick> 9...Bxf5 10. exf5 e4!

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If the white knight runs away black plays exd3, pinning and winning the white queen. Naturally, 10. dxe4 Rxe4 doesn't help either. So white has to submit to the loss of his Nf3 and he still has to do something about the pin on the e file. This almost certainly means that white will have to give up castling rights.

A grisly end.

Jul-15-14  JG27Pyth: @gaffchick...

If 9..exBf5 10.e4 and now White must not move his N or take with dxe4 or the White Queen will be skewered to the King by the black rook. I think the best variation following exBf5 has white moving the Queen then black plays exN with check... not good for White.

I think Chigorin's blunder came from getting the stuffing kicked out of him. Maybe I don't see it clearly but it looks to me like Burn was dominating even without Chigorin hanging his queen to a simple tactic.

Jul-15-14  BOSTER: This is the pos. black to play 9...

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Ask himself : how many patzers should play here 9...Bxf5. This is the understanding the Chess.

<Once: 9...Bxf5-powerful move to expose the white royal family>.

About <POTD> pos. I'd say . Don't leave the queen without protection . Somebody will steal her without any hesitations.

And now Chigorin's lost opportunity in game against his first chess teacher Schiffers.

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Black to play.

You can try to find the brilliant combo,which sliped away from Chigorin.

Jul-15-14  sombreronegro: Looks like the ole discovered check and take the free queen thing to me.
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  Check It Out: What do we want? Time travel!

When do we want it? Irrelevant!

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  gawain: Nasty discovered attack on the white queen after 13 ... Bf2+
Jul-15-14  ruzon: <BOSTER: Black to play.>

1...Rh1+! 2. Nxh1 Bh2+!! 3. Kxh2 Rh8+ 4. Kg3 (4. Kg1 Rxh1#) Nf5+ 5. Kf4/Kg4 Rh4#.


Jul-15-14  galdur: Obviously Bf2+. Chigorin must have been quite drunk.
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  perfidious: <galdur....Chigorin must have been quite drunk.>

I would trust Chigorin's tremendous tactical vision over yours--or that of any poster's here!

Rough day at the office for the grand maître, which does not detract from his considerable accomplishments.

<galdur> must have needed a break from his labours at Rogoff, where he demonstrates his surpassing brand of folly at every turn.

Jul-15-14  HowDoesTheHorsieMove: I thought this was appropriate for a Tuesday. If you are a weak player, there are a lot of moves to consider. A strong player will ignore all the stupid ones.
Jul-15-14  Patriot: Chigorin played 13.Qb5?? here? That's a pretty simple and big mistake for a player of his caliber, but anything can happen on the right day I suppose.
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  andrewjsacks: Either Chigorin was drunk, and/or the score is wrong, and/or I don't know what...
Mar-30-15  hadi706: فکر کنم چیگورین مست بوده که اینجور سوتی بچگانه ای داده
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