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Garry Kasparov vs Matthias Wahls
GER-Kasparov Clock Simul (1992) (exhibition), Baden-Baden GER, Jan-19
Lion Defense: Lion's Jaw (B07)  ·  1-0



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Mar-21-05  RookFile: It's funny, my move was Qb3, and
I didn't even think of Qd5... they
both win, of course...
Mar-21-05  hintza: <offramp> <Wahls dispersion forces smothered mate> Very nice!
Mar-21-05  pawntificator: I don't get it...I'm always a chess genius at the beginning of the week. And by the weekend I'm a complete patzer. Well, at least I'm good today. heh heh.
Mar-21-05  hintza: <pawntificator> The puzzles generally get more difficult as the week goes on. <> usually picks a relatively easy puzzle on a Monday, and then chooses progressively harder puzzles until Sunday, when it can be very difficult indeed to see the solution.
Mar-21-05  patzer2: <Minor Piece Activity: patzer, in your line with 30- g6!? 31. Nf7+ Kg7 (forced) 32. Rxd5! Rxf7 looks like it might be a complicated improvement (but probably only draws too.)> Maybe there is a complicated improvement, but I haven't found one yet. Your line here gives Black some problems to solve, but with careful defense he seems to survive.

Fritz 8 gives 30...g6!? 31.Nf7+ Kg7 32.Rxd5 Rxf7 33.Rd6 Qb5! 34.Qf4 g5! 35.Qf3 Qe5! 36.exf7 Qxd6 37.Qxb7 Rf8 38.Qxa7 Rxf7=.

It's possible Kasparov would have found a win after 30...g6!? My point is simply that 30...g6!? gives Black counter chances and beats losing immediately.

Mar-21-05  donhart: I got this puzzle almost instantly, or, at least, within ten minutes after looking up the answer.
Mar-21-05  mrvocab: Does anyone know of the circumstances of this game? There was a tournament in 1992 in Baden Baden that included Matthias Wahls (see ), however, Kasparov did not take part. The round robin was won by Karpov.
Mar-21-05  acirce: This was probably a game in the <Clock simul vs. German team, Baden Baden> mentioned on
Mar-21-05  TedBundy: <cu8sfan> I preferred 36. Qd5 although Qb3 has the same effect. My reason was that I always moved pieces to the center! Thanks for the different perspective (straight!).
Mar-21-05  dac1990: I got this one in less than a second. I feel special.
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  kevin86: Smothered mate week-I hope :)

Note,the pawn cascade after move 4!

Mar-21-05  hintza: "Smothered mate week" would be excessively silly!
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  kevin86: <hintza> It could be done with nuances.For example-smothered mates with other pieces,sm on a queen,etc.

I have this quicky:1 c4 ♘c6 2 e3 ♘e5 3 ♘e2 ♘d3#

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  cu8sfan: <"Smothered mate week" would be excessively silly!> No it wouldn't. I don't remember when that was but we've HAD smothered mate week before!
Mar-21-05  hintza: OK, maybe it would not be so silly. But I just can't help being amused at games like <1 c4 ♘c6 2 e3 ♘e5 3 ♘e2 ♘d3#>!
Mar-21-05  patzer2: Or as a compromise, we could have a discovered check week, for which smothered mate is, at least in this case, a subcategory.
Mar-21-05  Tony Fly: Can someone help a beginner? What's wrong with 37 ...Kg8?
Mar-21-05  hintza: <Tony Fly> If Black plays 37...Kg8 then White mates with 38.Nh6+ Kh8 39.Qg8+ Rxg8 40.Nf7#.
Mar-21-05  Tony Fly: Thanks hintza. I'm going in for a brain replacement next week.
Premium Chessgames Member <smothered mate week> We won't have another smothered-mate week for a while, but yes that was a lot of fun, and it was amazing how subtle some of the smothered-mate combinations became near the end of the week. Balanel vs A Pytlakowski, 1951 23...? was a great one.
Mar-21-05  aw1988: I got Qb5, which should win.
Mar-21-05  Avion: This may draw I think...
Mar-21-05  aw1988: White is a piece up.
Mar-21-05  JoshuaJ8588: 36. Qb3 works also with the same effects.
Mar-21-05  unferth: <aw1988> I got Qb5, which should win.

Maybe, but I sure wouldn't want to have to prove it over the board after Qxb5 Nxb5.

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