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Henrique Mecking vs Antonio Cavilhas Rocha
"To Kill a Mecking Bird" (game of the day Feb-23-2011)
Mar del Plata Zonal (1969), Mar del Plata ARG, rd 17, Apr-09
Spanish Game: Exchange. Gligoric Variation (C69)  ·  1-0



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Mar-16-20  Nullifidian: The Monday queen sac again.

23. ♕d4+ ♕xd4 24. ♘c6#

Mar-16-20  SamAtoms1980: <Wild Bill: Would the pun have worked better if Mecking had started the game <1.f4> and lost?>

What he said.

Perhaps very easy but there is a lot of combination potential in the position. It took me a minute and a half to find 23.Qd4+

Mar-16-20  gawain: 23 Qd4+ deflects the Black queen and paves the way for Nxc6#. Satisfying.
Mar-16-20  stacase: <gawain: Satisfying.>

Exactly what I was going post!!

The Black King has nowhere to go, and all you have to do is find the checks that work - and yes it was a very satisfying Monday puzzle.

Mar-16-20  landshark: Nice Q sac like Mondays of yore!
Mar-16-20  jith1207: 23.Qd4+

I like the "Black: 23.. ANY MOVE" part.

24. Checkmate!

Mar-16-20  zb2cr: Wow, what an unusual sacrifice to end this one! It looks as if White's Queen sacrifice is just setting up a fork to win back his own sacrificed Queen ... but instead it's mate due to the deflection of the Black Queen!
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  agb2002: White has a knight for a rook.

Black threatens Qxe5.

The black queen prevents Nxc6#. Hence, 23.Qd4+ and mate next.

Mar-16-20  saturn2: The black king is locked in on a7, so

23. Qd4+ Qxd4 24. Nxc6 mate

Mar-16-20  Walter Glattke: First I saw 23.Nc6+ Qxc6 24.Qd4+ Qc5? 25.Qxc5# but black plays 24.-Qb6 then. That is near to draw then.
Surprisingly, 24.Nxc6+ is always mate, either is played Qxd4 or Qc5 or -c5. If 23.-Qc5 one can set mate also with 24.Qxc5.
Mar-16-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: It's mate if the queen can be diverted, and Qd4+ does a great job of diverting the queen.
Mar-16-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: So Black was miserably lost as soon as he took the b-pawn, and basically lost even if he didn't. Indeed, the losing move was 14 ... Bc5.
Mar-16-20  pth: <Glattke> I also first saw 23. Nc6+, but it is not near to a draw. After 23. ... Qxc6 24. Qd4+ Qb6 25. Rxb6 cxb6 26. Qxg7+ Kb8 27. Qxh8+ black can exchange the queen for the rook and promote the h-pawn.
Mar-16-20  GlennOliver: The same moves in reverse order -

23. Nc6# Qc6
24. Qd4

- give White a clear win, but not as quickly and elegantly as the puzzle solution.

Mar-16-20  TheaN: What have yet to see mentioned is that this combination goes 23.Qd4+ <with> 24.Nc6#. Nc6 is mate to any response; Qxd4 diverts the queen, Qc5 pins the queen and c5 blocks the queen. Interesting detail. Otherwise classic Monday.
Mar-16-20  TheaN: After 23.Nc6+?! Qxc6 24.Qd4+ Qb6 25.Rxb6 cxb6 (R*d8 26.Rd6+ +-) 26.Qxg7+ Kb8 27.Qxh8+ Kb7, White has to option to simplify with 28.Qxa8+!? Kxa8:

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Interestingly, the Black king is within the e-pawns square, so best is to threaten to un-square the king with the other pawns 28.f4! Kb7 29.f5 Kc6 30.g4 Kd6 31.g5 Ke5 32.h4:

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And Black has no practical way to prevent h5-h6-g6 except for one, and that goes 32....h6 33.gxh6 Kf6 34.e5+ and either e or h will promote, and Black has no time mobilize the queen side.

Mar-16-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, the great Brazilian chess player Henrique da Costa Mecking, who like the immortals David Bronstein (Saltsjobaden 1949 and Gothenburg 1955), Mikhail Tal (Portoroz 1958 and Riga 1979), and Robert James Fischer (Stockholm 1962 and Palma de Mallorca 1970) was the sole winner of 2 interzonal tournaments (Petropolis 1973 and Manilla 1976), finally found the mate in 2 moves with the queen sacrifice 23.Qd4+!,Qxd4 (23.-,c5 24.Nc6#; 23.-,Qc5 24.Qxc5#/Nxc6#) 24.Nxc6#.
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  chrisowen: Michaels rider?
Mar-16-20  Momentum Man: This is a beautiful attacking game
Mar-16-20  Walter Glattke: pth: Yes, the king had to go to 26.-Kb8, and Qxh8 wins then.
Mar-16-20  RandomVisitor: After 8.Be3 black is likely equal

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<55/86 53:50 0.00 8...exd4 9.cxd4 Qd7 10.Nbd2 0-0-0> 11.Rc1 Ne7 12.Nc4 Qe6 13.h3 Bh5 14.Ng5 fxg5 15.Qxh5 Qxe4 16.Bxg5 Rde8 17.Rfe1 Qf5 18.g4 Qd7 19.Nxd6+ cxd6 20.Bxe7 Rxe7 21.d5 c5 22.Rxe7 Qxe7 23.Qf5+ Qd7 24.Qg5 Rf8 25.b4 b6 26.Re1 Qf7 27.Qd2 Qf4 28.Qc2 Rf7 29.bxc5 dxc5 30.Re6 Kb7 31.Qe2 Rd7 32.Re7 Qd6 33.Rxd7+ Qxd7 34.Qe4 b5 35.Qxh7 Kc7 36.Qg6 b4 37.Qxa6 Qxd5 38.Qa7+ Kc6 39.Qa8+ Kd6 40.Qf8+ Kc6

Mar-16-20  King.Arthur.Brazil: Hi. The solution is easy: 23.♕d4+ ♕xd4 24.♘c6#. It is very pleasant to comment a game of one of our GMs, and maybe the best player of our country (Brazil). Obviously, he would have no chance, playing against me, the king, (please, don't you tell him, else he will die due to many laughts); if I hadn't stop my chess career to become a steel structures engineer, using a guitar to refresh my head at weekends. Engineering plus chess, and I would be dead now (lgs). Curiously, today, after almost 4 years of hard work, my first international paper (alone) is published by Elsevier on the Journal of Engineering Structures, ( I feel homaged by his "game of the day", thank you all from Chessgames!
Mar-16-20  King.Arthur.Brazil: By the way, a few words about Mecking. He left the chess career in 1977 due to myasthenia: a disease that affects the brains (nerves) paralyse the muscles and the move of the body. He was considered 3rd player of the world that time, behind Karpov and Kortchnoi. Now, aged 68y (7y older than me), seldom particapates on some internet games (he wan the 1st Brazilian Internet Championships in 2008) and completed last year 43y of invencibility in simultaneous chess games. (According to Brazilian Wikipedia).
Mar-17-20  RandomVisitor: After 14.Rfd1 black is still in the game with careful play... by the way, the United States is in kind of a panic lockdown now...

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<57/74 19:51:36 +0.13 14...h6 15.Rd3 b5 16.Nxd6+ cxd6> 17.Qc2 0-0 18.a4 c5 19.axb5 axb5 20.Rdd1 Be6 21.Nd2 Qb7 22.Kh2 Rfb8 23.b3 Rc8 24.Rdb1 Qd7 25.Qd1 Kh7 26.b4 cxb4 27.Rxb4 Rxa1 28.Qxa1 Qc6 29.Qf1 Bd7 30.c4 bxc4 31.Rxc4 Qa6 32.Qc1 Be6 33.Rxc8 Qxc8 34.Qxc8 Bxc8 35.f3 Be6 36.Kg3 d5 37.exd5 Bxd5 38.Bc5 Kg6 39.Nf1 Kf6 40.Kf2 Ke6 41.h4 Bc4 42.Nd2 Kd5 43.Be7 Bb5 44.Ba3 Ke6 45.Ke3 Kd5

56/88 19:51:36 +0.43 14...Rb8 15.Nxd6+ cxd6 16.Qc4 b5 17.Qd3 Qf6 18.Nd2 0-0 19.b4 Qg6 20.Kh2 h6 21.a4 bxa4 22.f3 Kh7 23.Qxa6 Ra8 24.Qd3 Be6 25.Ra3 d5 26.Rda1 dxe4 27.Qxe4 Rfd8 28.Qxg6+ Kxg6 29.Rxa4 Rxa4 30.Rxa4 Rd3 31.Nf1 Rxc3 32.Bc5 Nd8 33.Ra8 Bc4 34.Rxd8 Bxf1 35.Kg1 Bc4 36.Rd7 Bd5 37.Bf8 e4 38.fxe4 Bxe4 39.Rxg7+ Kf5 40.Kh2 Rc2 41.Rg3 h5 42.h4 Ke6 43.Rg5 Bd5 44.Bc5 Kf7 45.Bd6 Rb2 46.Kh3 Be4

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