Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
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



explore this opening
find similar games 2 more Santasiere/B Blumin games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: At the top of the page we display the common English name for the opening, followed by the ECO code (e.g. "A46"). The ECO codes are links that take you to opening pages.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
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.
Dec-24-03  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.
Dec-24-04  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! ].
Dec-24-04  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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????
Premium Chessgames Member
  mahmoudkubba: or it is just because it is the end of the year and begining of a new year. Yah I just got it..
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Dec-24-04  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.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Santa delivers
from kevin86's favorite games by kevin86
akiba82's favorite games
by akiba82
The Kingside Attack
from JerseyDevil's favorite games by JerseyDevil
Tony sacs his lady too !
from The Art of Sacrifice and Weirdness by tldr3
23. Bxh6!
from Demolition of Pawn Structure: Sac on h6 (h3) by patzer2
29. Qh6!
from Deflection by patzer2
Brutal Attacking Chess
by JoseTigranTalFischer
Queen sac on h6.
from Good Santasiere games by Paul Frigge
Anthony Santasiere (1904-1977)
from PLayer of the day:notable game II by nikolaas
xlTOXIClx's favorite games
by xlTOXIClx
Brutal Attacking Chess
by Timothy Glenn Forney
December 24: Santa's Coming
from Game of the Day 2004 by Phony Benoni
Queen sac...(GOTD)
from Collections in Idleness 6 by Trigonometrist
wk42's favorite games
by wk42
Game of the Dec-24-04
from Games of the day 5 by Herkus
Indian Game: Yusupov-Rubinstein System (A46) 1-0 h-file battery
from Colle & related systems Rob Ev by fredthebear
Prelim 4, Round 2 (Tuesday, July 18)
from US Open 1939, New York = 40th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
A Lot Can Happen On 64 Squares
by wandererofmars
Black can't take the bishop
from DrChopper's study games 2 by DrChopper
Anthony Santasiere (1904-1977) Colle Zuk vs Small Cntr; Q sac
from PM Joins the Under 30 Crowd@Fredthebear's Place by fredthebear
plus 39 more collections (not shown)

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC