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John Alan Grefe vs James Tarjan
National op (1971), Sparks, NV USA, Mar-??
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C73)  ·  1-0



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Dec-16-05  barefootin: One could certainly take note that
we almost invariably find success
flowing from CENTRAL CONTROL.
May-06-14  TheBish: Nice finish. I was playing through it fairly quickly, expecting 30. Ka3 when the c-pawn should decide matters soon (30...Qxh2 31. c6). Now I wish I had slowed down a little to (hopefully) find 30. Qxg7+! for myself.

Always fun to answer a check with a check, especially when mate is coming soon! I recall more than once seeing a movie or TV show where the actors are playing chess, and one calls "check" and the other player answers with "checkmate!" which is hilarious, since every novice knows that you have to get out of check before you can think about putting your opponent in check. Of course, just as you can answer a check with a check (rarely, as in this game) it could be possible for that second check to be a checkmate, but I'm sure it's very rare. Probably a common theme in composed problems though. That would be a really cool problem where Black has several different checks (after the key move), where each check is answered by a different mate!

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