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Geza Janny vs Lajos Steiner
HUN (1922)
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  1-0



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Apr-27-20  Brenin: Black walked into three sucker punches in quick succession: 6 ... Nge7 (Nd4!) allows the standard bishop sac 7 Bxf7! (Kxf7 8 Ng5+ and 9 Qxg4), 8 ... Nd4 (Ng6!) allows another (9 Nxd4 Bxd1 10 Ne6+ regains the Q), and 13 ... Bxf6 (Ng6!) invites a quick mate by Qxf6+.
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  FSR: Boden's Mate, baby!
Apr-27-20  sfm: While "everything is possible", it is still hard to believe that Lajos Steiner who already was a strong master in 1922 plays into one of the most fundamental tactics in chess with 6.-,Nge7?? White, Dr. Geza Janny, is also listed as beating Emmanuel Schiffers in 10 moves after a trivial help-mate that most bare beginners wouldn't have walked into. Maybe a hypnotist?
Apr-27-20  AlicesKnight: "Beautiful but rare..." Qxf6 gives Black a choice of two mates. We all want him to take the Q...
Apr-27-20  Pedro Fernandez: Nice very easy problem, including queen sac.
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  takchess: Boden Monday !
Apr-27-20  mel gibson: Good beginners puzzle.
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  Oxspawn: I can lose a game in 15 moves. Nice to have something in common with a chess master.
Apr-27-20  morfishine: One of my favorite mates, as long as I'm not the victim lol
Apr-27-20  Vermit: I don't know who Janny is but he has a 100% record in this database and of his six games, the longest is 22 moves.
Apr-27-20  TheBish: Janny is an old Geza! According to his profile, he's 140 years old. He never died!
Apr-27-20  TheBish: Well, maybe he did. At least his games live on.
Apr-27-20  zb2cr: Took me a few seconds to see that a variant of Boden's mate works here: 14. Qxf6+, gxf6; 15. Bh6#. Pf course, Black could also lose prosaically by 14. ... Qf7; 15. Qxf7#, but where's the fun in that?
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  scormus: Was this a real game? I suspect it was arranged for public show, or maybe for teaching beginners
Apr-27-20  thegoodanarchist: I was sorely tested with the temptation to castle, but O-O is hardly a combination!

So I chose the same line as Steiner instead.

Apr-27-20  TheaN: I was actually stumped for a while on this one just completely missing the Boden setup. Obviously, <14.Qxf6+ gxf6 (Qf7 15.Qxf7#) 15.Bh6#>.

I looked at 14.O-O for a while: it does win but Black has two tricky defenses, I mainly looked at 14....Nd5?! where White can slip up with for example 15.Bxd5?! Qxe6 16.Bxe6 Ke7, breaking the pin, threatening cxb2 and Kxe6. White wins though by 17.Rxf6! +-.

Much better is 14....Ng8 when Black's actually defending the position. Typically White's best is to just leave it be, 15.Qd5! with 16.bxc3 and Black's as good as paralyzed.

14.Qxf6+ is slightly better though.

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  gawain: This quarantine has fried my mind. I need to get out a chessboard to spot even such an obvious Monday mate as this one. Yikes.
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  chrisowen: Easy I I captain.
Apr-27-20  5hrsolver: Didn't get it. Went with 14.Rf1
Apr-27-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering the unknown Hungarian chess player Dr Géza Janny finally found the mate in two moves with the queen sacrifice 14.Qxf6+!,gxf6 (14.-,Qf7 15.Qxf7#) 15.Bh6# against his more famous compatriot Lajos Steiner.
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  perfidious: After all these years, might be the first time I have seen the Boden Mate pulled off on the kingside.
Apr-27-20  ndg2: I recognize a Boden's mate when I see one (Qxf6+ followed by Bh6#)
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  perfidious: <Caissalove: Of course white missed the same instant kill a couple of moves earlier with 12.Qf6+....>

Come again?

Apr-27-20  Mfrankpsyd: In suggesting 12. Qf6 you’re forgetting that white hasn’t yet played f5 to clear the way for the Bishop.
Apr-28-20  Brenin: Geza Janny has 6/6 on CG, with a total of only 88 moves. The longest, at 22 moves, <Geza Janny vs Ion Gudju>, is one of the funniest games I've ever seen.
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