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Friedrich Saemisch vs Oskar Menzinger
Marktoberdorf (1953), Marktoberdorf FRG
French Defense: Winawer. Maroczy-Wallis Variation (C18)  ·  1-0



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Jul-19-04  Tennyson: I would like to draw everybody's attention to this game's fantastic rook sac converted into a king hunt/mating net, resulting in a smothered mate. Black had chances to avoid mate, but would have had to give back plenty of material to do so.
Jan-28-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: This is an absolutely BRILLIANT game,I'm shocked this has not been kibitzed on more.It is the best anti-French Winwer Advance I have ever seen.The Rook sacrifice is shocking and I have never seen a smothered mate in the French before.
Jan-28-06  notsodeepthought: I'm not taking anything away from white - very nice ending and all - but I would argue that it wasn't a "real" rook sacrifice (which might explain the relatively little kibitzing), since the black rook was en prise too. If e.g. 23 ... g:f4 (to prevent 24 Ne5) then 24 g:h5 and white still has the edge. Also, the final smothered mate is pretty, but obviously even 28 Nf4+ followed by 29 N:h5 would have won handily.
Jan-28-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: It is more of a Zwischenzug than a sacrifice I was thinking of calling it that.He could have saved the rook at e4.
Jan-28-06  notsodeepthought: Agreed - don't get me wrong, it was very well played by white.
Jan-28-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: I've never seen a smothered mate on the b1 h7 diagonal like this either.This man had great perception.
Jan-29-06  LluviaSean: what the heck is a Zwischenzug???
Jan-29-06  sneaky pete: <LluviaSean> It's an in-between move.
Jan-30-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: <Jan-29-06 LluviaSean: what the heck is a Zwischenzug??? >If you want know what Zwischenzug is check this game out,its loaded with them Browne vs Kneebone, 1985
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  Eric Schiller: <Lluviasean>I prefer the term intermezzo, it is much easier to handle than zwischenzug.
Jan-07-07  jackmandoo: I can literally hear that king gasping for air. Its been like 54 years, die already king.
Apr-09-09  tommy boy: Fantastic combination. The rook sac is realy unexpected. just brilliant
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  whiteshark: 'zwischenzug' definition and examples:
Sep-23-10  theodor: in italian this mate is called 'affogato'(suffocated). in english - 'what a hell of a squeez'!
Apr-14-15  mikealando: Awww wowowowow! That's chess greatness. Patzer me would first have grabbed the queen after the 27. Ng6 royal fork.
Apr-14-15  mikealando: Simply takes the breath away this. Blown away.
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  offramp: <Sämisch Last Cheer>.

Sämisch's chess career runs from 1920 to 1972 but this is his last win, in 1953.

The same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie?
The same procedure as every year, Sämisch!

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  fredthebear: Originally, FTB saw this as a sideways Philidor's Legacy (RxQ sac on the edge draws the rook next to the cornered king, and then the N#). However, it now seems to be Greco's Mate w/a pawn substituting for the bishop to prevent escape from the corner. Take your pick either way -- it's a beauty!!
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  sea7kenp: Over the board, I might have sold myself short, and settled for Black's Queen (28 Nxf4+), with Black's Rook as a bonus. However, the actual play was, just Beautiful!
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