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Josef Matschego vs Ernst Falkbeer
"Behind Enemy Lines" (game of the day Jun-09-2006)
Vienna (1853)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Berlin Defense (C39)  ·  0-1



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Mar-25-03  I.Carras: This game is interesting in spite of the fact that Matchego did not play correctly.Defensive skills were not developed in those halcyon days.Black´s attack is overwhelming.Relax and enjoy it.By the way, it is worthwhile finding the sequence of moves which checkmates the white side.It starts on 17th move.
Apr-11-06  AlexanderMorphy: i personally love this game even though whites defensive skills weren't up to scratch! its a very interesting mate, and i wonder how many people here will see the combination straight away! starts on move 17 with the queen .....
Jun-09-06  CapablancaFan: It's a shame really, black sacrafices his queen for the sole purpose of forcing the white king " behing enemy lines" where white's remaining pieces can only look on helplessly, unable to aid their king as he is slowly led to his doom.
Jun-09-06  United33: wow i can call this "a pure queen sacrifice"
Jun-09-06  Confuse: awesome pun, in the end the king is behind enemy lines. but i thought in the movie that guy won? =P
Jun-09-06  Isolated Pawn: What an awesome combination. 17. Nxe4 is white's only way to stop a forced mate.
Jun-09-06  Isolated Pawn: And, what a truly forced mate this is. White's King only has one square to retreat to after each check until he is finally mated. Mesmerizing.
Jun-09-06  Far1ey: How can anyone see that far?
Man this guy is good....
Jun-09-06  Jilted Rook: Can't 'Falk' Ernst's play considering the 'Matschego' his opponent brought to 'Beer' on him.
Jun-09-06  chiguire: 14.Nxc7+ white forks the king and the rook. Why doesn't he go through with the fork and take out the rook? Is there something obvious that I am missing?
It probably wouldn't have helped hime that much but why fork and then back out?
Jun-09-06  dakgootje: < How can anyone see that far? > Doubt he saw it all, i think he saw enough that he would have a good attack on the king and the skills that if there would'nt be a forced mate he could get out of it. Then again, there are a lot of forced moves in it, so it might be he indeed saw it
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  jahhaj: <chiquire> I expect he didn't much like the look of 15.Nxa8 d5.
Jun-09-06  weev: wow! got that king a hoppin'
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  kevin86: I believethat Falkbeer announced mate in nine who he offered the queen. The variety of attackers and the total isolation of the white king from his forces make this finish quite artful.

A classic game.

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  kevin86: Notice the oddity:Falkbeer ACCEPTED the king's gambit. lol

It's like if Babe Ruth played cricket.

Jun-09-06  The17thPawn: <kevin86> - LOL, good one. When did Falkbeer start implementing his counter-gambit or is this game simply an abberation?
Jun-09-06  FENfiend: nice game for a friday. thanks, <>
Dec-30-06  McCool: 15. ♘d5? Is a bad move, he might as well have captured the ♖, since otherise the ♘'s expedition is label as futile. If 17. ♔xe4, black replies with 17 ..♖e8+!; 18. ♘xe8, ♗f5#. This game actually ended after 17.♔c4 when black announced a forced mate in nine! The finish is 25. ♔d6, ♘e8#.
Dec-01-08  WhiteRook48: What happened to Matschego? Whoever he is, anyway.
Jan-14-09  WhiteRook48: Falkbeer... a first-class king hunter.
Oct-07-10  sevenseaman: Look at the host of White pieces watching the show from the gallery. Have a beer Mr. Falkbeer.
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  scutigera: <WhiteRook48> He had a rematch with Falkbeer a year later (Matschego vs Falkbeer, 1854), played another Kieseritzky Gambit, and lost in seventeen moves, the last five of which are like watching rats eat a quadriplegic.
Jul-02-12  ForeverYoung: The mate delivered by Falkbeer is spectacular!
Sep-14-12  teddysalad: The white king was glad when it was over, he was exhausted.
Sep-11-17  Saniyat24: King Joseph's lone battle away from his kin and subjects...King Joseph met with the earnest prince of Falkbeer state...they are friends now, King Joseph doesn't miss his family...

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