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Anthony Santasiere vs Boris Blumin
"Santa's Coming" (game of the day Dec-24-2004)
New York USA op (1939), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Jul-18
Indian Game: Yusupov-Rubinstein System (A46)  ·  1-0



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Dec-24-03  pim: Nice attack at the end. 23 .. gh6: 24 Qg4 and black can't defend g7 and g8 at the same time. I know Santasiere's book The romantic King's Gambit, full of anecdotes, quotes and entertaining, if not over the top, romanticism.
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  kevin86: I enjoyed the queen sac at the end,but especially good was the switching of the bishop from h6 to f6. While there no mate threats due to black's bishop,white had the wisdom to set up the threats on h8.

Merry Christmas to all!

Dec-24-03  Marnoff Mirlony: Very nice finish to the game.
Dec-24-04  notsodeepthought: With three white pieces converging on h8, black just didn't have enough to protect the Blumin king (so my puns are not in the spirit of the season - sue me).
Dec-24-04  actinia: <not> please don't boris with your puns?
Dec-24-04  Skylark: I think "Santa's 'ere!" would have been a better one owing to the guy's name. Good attack though.
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  patzer2: <> Santa's here. Thanks for the early Christmas present of a game with a neat "demolition of pawn structure" for my game collection via 23. Bxh6! [23...gxh6?? 24. Qg4! ].
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  patzer2: According to, the modern depiction of Santa Clause in the U.S.A. was the result of a Coca Cola marketing campaign in the 1930s. The site has other interesting historical and modern portrayals of Santa here.
Dec-24-04  pawn52: 23.♗xh6!!
If 23...gxh6?? then 23. ♕g4! with mate being imminent. For example, if 23...♔h8, then 24.♕g7# and if 23...♗g7, then 24.♕xh7#

If 29...♗xh6?, then 30.♖xh6 with mate being imminent. For example, if 30...♔f8, then 31.♖h8# and if 30...♖e7, then 31. ♖h8#

Dec-24-04  pawn52: ♗ut ♗lack can't decline the queen sacrifice b/c if 29...♗h8, then 30.♕xh8# and 29...♗f8 meets the same exact fate by 30.♕h8#.
Dec-24-04  KampongBoy: Santasiere's victory is all the more impressive for the strength of his opponent. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1907, Boris Blumin later settled in Canada, and in the late 30s was crowned Canadian Chess Champion in two successive years. He defeated several strong players in his lifetime, A. I. Horowitz and Ulvestad, being but two, and drawing Rueben Fine at the height of their respective careers (1941). Later in life, he moved to New Jersey where in 1981 he won the Hamilton Chess Club Championship at the age of 78.
Dec-24-04  mahmoudkubba: Does the addressing refers to prophet and massenger for God almighty 'Jesus' and that he shall come at the sanction of Quds Al-Shareef (Jerosalem) at near the day of the court?? to pray with the beleivers?? according to our prophecies????
Dec-24-04  mahmoudkubba: or it is just because it is the end of the year and begining of a new year. Yah I just got it..
Dec-24-04  mahmoudkubba: they said that Santa has a firm or factory near the pole with lots of others like him to make lots of games for young children.. also they say one of them is so childy that he love to play in the games earlier than delivering them to children HaHaHa!!
Dec-24-04  TheSlid: <mahmoudkubba> Not many regard Santa as a principal prophet of God, although most would say an agent for Good, whoever he really was!
Dec-24-04  midknightblue: <pawn52> Can you look at one of your lines again. It is very confusing, because you have black's 23'rd move followed by white making his 23rd move. If 23... gxh6 23 Qg4. I think you mean 24. Qg4 and I am trying to study the position from here. The only way that I see for black to prevent mate in 1 here is 24 ...f6 or f5, both of which leave white with a winning attack anyway. In fact black would probably need to sac the queen to avoid mate, with something like this 25. fxg6 ...Qxg3 26 fxg3 and white is left with a crushing attack
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  kevin86: Merry Christmas to All!-see my post above...
Dec-25-04  pawn52: <midknightblue> Oh, sorry about that. I did mean 24.Qg4. Here is the post again with the corrections:

If 23...gxh6?? then 24. ♕g4! with mate being imminent. For example, if 24...♔h8, then 24.♕g7# and if 23...♗g7, then 24.♕xh7#

Dec-25-04  pawn52: And I still get it wrong. I meant 25.♕g7# and 24...♗g7, then 25.♕xh7#
May-17-19  fkohn: While 28. ♗f6 is very pretty, i think ♕f6 is one move faster.
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