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Ladislas Maczuski vs Ignatz von Kolisch
Match (1863), Cafe de la Regence, Paris FRA, Mar-??
Scotch Game: Modern Defense (C45)  ·  1-0



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  Check It Out: <David2009> Thanks for the answer and the cool puzzle.

<Once> that cracked me up :)

Aug-03-10  thegoodanarchist: <FrogC: One of those themes that, if you're an experienced chessplayer, just leaps out at you. Reti vs Tartakower>

Thanks, Frog. I remember seeing a combo like this one and I knew it was from different players than these. I just couldn't think of who they were.

Aug-03-10  Nullifidian: I recognized the pattern at once:

14. ♕d8+ ♔xd8 15. ♗g5++ ♔e8 16.♖d8#

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  LIFE Master AJ: 14.Qd8+!, KxQ/d8▢; 15.Bg5+ (double-check) 15...Ke8;▢ (This is the only legal move!) 16.Rd8#.

If you have never seen this tactical motif before, then this is a real spectacular sacrifice ... however, if you have seen it, it becomes a nothing more than a tired, trite little trap.

Below is an excerpt from one of my web pages ... ... ...


<<One of the more famous short games between two players of undoubted GM strength.>

<(This is also one of <the most <famous <"shorts">> of all time,> according to several sources - like Coles and Chernev.)>


<<<Richard Reti - Savielly G. Tartakower Vienna, 1910>

1. e4, c6; 2. d4, d5; 3. Nc3, dxe4; 4. NxP/e4, Nf6;
5. Qd3!?, e5?!; 6. d4xe5, Qa5+; 7. Bd2!!, Qxe5;
8. 0-0-0!, NxN/e5; 8...Qxe5?; 9. Re1,
Black has won a piece. But the price he now pays is too high!

9. Qd8+!!, KxQ/d8; 10. Bg5+, Black Resigns. (1-0)>

<(White's tenth move was a <DOUBLE-CHECK,> one of the most devastating weapons in all of chess.)>

If 10...Kc7; 11. Bd8 mate. Or 10...Ke8; 11. Rd8#


One of the prettiest and most famous of all miniature games.>

(After a survey in a Russian magazine, this game was chosen as the best, well-known miniature.)

(I would definitely include this game in my list, "The Ten Best Miniatures.")

(This is Game # 44 on page no. 18 of Chernev's book, "1001 Best, Short Games of Chess.") >

See my web page,

Aug-03-10  UnsoundHero: Back around the year 1978, I had a friend who owned a chess computer called "Boris". It took Boris more than 3 hours to discover the mate-in-three from the Reti-Tartakower game. How times have changed. Nowadays, the strongest computers can hold their own, or better, against top-flite Grandmasters.
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  LIFE Master AJ: Hey! I remember BORIS!!! I owned a copy of that little box. (You could give it all night, and it could not solve a simple mate in three!)

I directed an ALABAMA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP ... (In think it was 1977, the original director got sick and had to be replaced at the very last moment.) ... Robert Jurjevich won BOTH the open and the High School section ... playing in both sections at once!!!!

---> Boris played in this event ... losing ALL of its games to humans!!!

One for Ripley's, BELIEVE IT ... OR NOT!

Aug-04-10  TheaN: Tuesday 3 August 2010


The Reti Pattern.

To be honest I can put all kinds of summaries on this position, but it's the best known chess combination around the globe I'd say. White wins with:

<14.Qd8†! Kxd8 15.Bg5†† Ke8 16.Rd8‡ 1-0> where the Bg5†† is best known. Meh, letdown. 3/3.

Aug-04-10  C4gambit: thanks <Once>
Aug-04-10  turbo231: Missed it. I had my chance to solve a puzzle this week yesterday and blew it. I really like this puzzle it looks like a mate in one when black resigned. These puzzles are getting harder for me because of my medical condition. As I said before I had my best chance yesterday to solve one puzzle this week.

This puzzle demonstrates just how important castling is. The sooner the better in most cases.

Dec-03-10  Llawdogg: I must admit that Ignatz is a great name.
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  Nightsurfer: This game here <L Maczuski vs I Von Kolisch> is the blueprint of that final phase of the somewhat younger game Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 - the latter (knowingly or unknowingly) becoming the blueprint with regard to the composition of several cases of more or less similar final attacks, just compare the most recent game M Amini vs R Gralla, 2010 that has been played 100 (!) years after Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 and 146 years after this game here <L Maczuski vs I Von Kolisch> that has been put on the board in 1864 at a rather obscure place called "Parijs" (?!?!?) or maybe the shining "Paris" (??!!??!!) ...
Apr-17-12  Llawdogg: Fantastic queen sacrifice, discount double check, and checkmate.
Jun-12-13  Cibator: Though it does anticipate the famous denouement of Reti-Tartakower, insofar as a Q-sac at d8 allows a subsequent double-check, this game doesn't have the attractive "two-way" finish of the other, where either the bishop or the rook delivers the mate, according to how Black replies.

Another game that does feature the two-way version is Dutch vs J N Sugden, 1964.

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  fredthebear: This game features White castling queenside and a double discovered check on the open queen's file ala Reti's Mate.

Quick comments by Reshevsky:

4...Q-R5? Bringing out the queen at the early stage of the game is against one of the principles of good development. Correct would have been 4...N-B3 5.N-QB3 B-N5 to be followed by 0-0.

6.Q-Q3 Black was threatening to win the KP by playing 6...QxKP+ to be followed by 0-0.

8...BxN? Black embarked on a plan to win a pawn, which was the beginning of his troubles. 8...0-0 was called for.

9...NxP? 9...0-0 would have been fair.

10.Q-Q4! Protects the KBP and prevents Black from castling or mate follows.

13.B-Q2! A beautiful move, which prepares for the combination to follow.

15.B-N5++ Discovered double check is a powerful move.

Black's downfall was due to poor development -- he neglected to castle early. Note that Black's queen moved six times in this game.

Feb-28-17  zanzibar: Reichhelm gives this with the mating move finish in <The Literary Digest, Volume 21 (1900), p542>.
Feb-28-17  zanzibar: Actually, Reichhelm comments after 13...Qg4:

<"At this point Kolisch was amazed to find the other man forced mate in three moves, as follows:" ...>

Which suggests Maczuski announced the forced mate at that point in the game.

Anybody know the original source for this game?

(And should a Reti Mate really be called a Maczuski mate?)

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  MissScarlett: <Anybody know the original source for this game?>

Dundee Courier & Argus, April 13th 1863, p.4:

<We are indebted to last month's number of "La Regence" for the following brilliant specimens of the Scotch and Evans' Gambits, which occurred in a little match recently arranged between the redoubtable Herr Kolisch and Pann Maczuski, a young Polish player of great promise. Score according to last accounts, Kolisch, 2; Maczuskl, 2; Drawn, 0.>

The Evans Gambit in question is here: Kolisch vs Maczuski, 1863

Apr-11-18  Calli: La Nouvelle Régence Vol 4, pg 79 (March 1863) offers a little more detail: The game was played at the Café de la Régence in March 1863. It seems a little odd that the March issue published games played in the same month, but vaguely I recall that Journoud, the editor, was often late in getting the magazine out the door. It makes sense, then, that the Dundee Courier would see it in early April and publish it a week or two later.
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  MissScarlett: <Pann Maczuski>

<Pan and Pani are the basic honorific styles used in Polish to refer to a man or woman, respectively.>

Jul-10-19  Chesgambit: kolisch rating down :(
May-06-21  GlennOliver: 13. ... Qh4

and Black is down, but has a playable game.

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  FSR: 11...Qg5+ was really stupid.
Apr-13-22  Sally Simpson: Hi FSR

I think Black was expecting 12.Kb1 when he can take on c3 with a check and castle.

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12 f4! pulls Black back into that pin on the e4 Knight.

12.f4 Qxf4+ 13.Bd2 and then Black played 13...Qg4 moving to a square protected by the c8 Bishop to break the pin but missing the Qd8+ idea.

I used this game for one of my cartoon vids. (basically taking the mickey out of the 10 million chess DVD's now online - 5% of them are OK the rest either crack me up because they are so naff and amateurish or have me weeping with boredom. )

I did this one alone claiming Keith Ruxton was at the haberdashery getting name tags sown onto all his clothes.

Unprofessionally I crack up with a fit of the giggles during the vid when I'm hitting my granddaughters xylophone pretending I'm calling Keith (Keef!) on my mobile asking how to get rid of the duck that has appeared on e5.

I give a nod to Andrew Martin by saying 'Carrrsells' (castles) his vids I like.

I notice a few are calling this Reti's Mate. I see the connection but the pattern is The Opera Mate or sometimes the Morphy Mate.

Sep-28-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: My first thought was to submit this with another opera pun, in honor of the mating pattern. But there's not much in the way of "Scotch" opera, other than Lucia de Lammamoor (Lucy of the Lamemoors), give or take spelling, and Macbeth.

So let's go straight to Macbeth, with the groaner:

Lad On, Maczuk!

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  MissScarlett: The <ILN> followed suit on May 30th 1863, referring to Mr. Maczuski as <the new chess star.>
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