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Manuel Larios Crespo vs Daniel Salvador Lopez
IX Open (2001), Albacete ESP, rd 4, Sep-01
Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines. Mieses Variation (B01)  ·  0-1

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Aug-21-06  NakoSonorense: One of my chess dreams is to beat my opponent using this kind of checkmate. This is called "smothered mate," right?
Aug-21-06  NakoSonorense: In case you're wondering, another chess dream is to beat Garry Kasparov...
Aug-21-06
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  chancho: Eso es correcto amigo.
Aug-21-06  think: Once you notice that the position is ripe for a smothered mate, the solution is easy to see.
Aug-21-06  sleepkid: Incredibly bad play by White all around.
Aug-21-06  NakoSonorense: Gracias, chancho. Tenia mis dudas sobre eso. Por cierto, sabes como se dice "smothered mate" en espanol?
Aug-21-06  dzechiel: Too easy, even for a Monday.
Aug-21-06  goldfarbdj: Seems about on a level with the usual Monday puzzles to me.

I find it odd that the game score says "Nc2+ 0-1" when in fact Nc2 is mate.

Aug-21-06  moiz: The smothered mate is the dream finish of all chess players. Once You've seen it, you aint going to forget it. I remember God (Paul Morphy, for those not baptised in chess!) playing it once
Aug-21-06  syracrophy: A nice smothered mate. <Chessgames.com> In the game score appears <23...Nc2+> when it's supposed to be <23...Nc2#>

<<think>: Once you notice that the position is ripe for a smothered mate, the solution is easy to see.> Well, lets see what you think about this classic problem with the theme of smothered mate:


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White to play

Aug-21-06  WickedPawn: As far as I remember, this is called the 'Phillidor Mate"... doesn't it?
Aug-21-06  HelaNubo: <syracrophy> nice problem, but i would not say it is a "classic" problem about smothered mate, as several other tactic theme are involved: Rh4-->opening of a file and distraction of the black queen from the defense of c8; and in the line 1. Rh4 Q:h4 2. Qg8+ K:g8 3. Ne7 Kh8 4. Nf7+, distraction of the rook and weakness of the back rank. Anyway, thx for the contribute, I didnt know it (by the way, is it a real game?).
Aug-21-06  cuendillar: <syracrophy> Pretty combination, though black can stop the mate by giving material up, can he not?
Aug-21-06  syracrophy: <HelaNubo> Thanks, well it's not a "classical" problem, but it appears in a lot of books, composed by Philip Stamma. And I know it involves, not only smothered mate theme, also others- that's the nice thing about the problem: to involve a lot of sources! :-)

<cuendillar> Thanks! And yes, black can avoid mate by playing after 1.Rh4! Na6 <protecting the first line> but after 2.Rxh3 black's hopelessly lost

Aug-21-06  HelaNubo: <syracrophy and cuendillar> If the aim is to avoid mate giving something up, then perhaps it is better to play 1. Rh4, f:e5! 2. R:h3 N:h3+ exchanging a queen for a rook and a knight. But black is lost anyway.
Aug-21-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Of course, a smothered mate! I just woke up and kept on looking at Qxc1, so this took longer than it should have...around 20 seconds.
Aug-21-06  prinsallan: I agree with dzechiel, it was too easy even for a monday.
Aug-21-06
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  OhioChessFan: Yay for Monday! This will finally be the week I go 7 for 7.
Aug-21-06  vibes43: Just right problem for beginner me. And Syracrophy contribution made it more interesting. Thanks for both. I'll bet no one thought through the Sunday puzzle all the way.
Aug-21-06  HelaNubo: <syracrophy> I looked around about Philip Stamma (1715-1770?) and found this problem, that seems to be the real "classic" problem with smothered mate:

Philip Stamma, White to play and win (1735).


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Composed in the time when J.S. Bach was alive and working in Leipzig...

Aug-21-06  Fischeristhebest: <HelaNubo>

1.Be4+ Rb7 2.Qb8+ Rxb8 3.Rxa7+ Bxa7 4.Nc7#.

Aug-21-06  gus inn: to <Chessgames.com> the puzzle of the day could be improved in this way:White to move and win(Qxc8) AND black to move and win !( As in the game ). Even on mondays I think this would be fine.
Aug-21-06
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  thegoodanarchist: White is a strong player, 2100+. So his poor play is surprising. It is ever the same in chess. Strong players are made to look bad by much stronger players.
Aug-21-06  En prise: Like everybody else here I got this one rather quickly. I agree that this problem is on par for a Monday. However, my religious beliefs have been shattered by Moiz. I thought Capablanca was God
Aug-21-06  nateinstein: In case anyone's wondering, white also has a mate in 3 in this position were it his move, starting with Qxc8+. Then black plays Qxc8 (otherwise Bd8 Qxd8++) white plays Rxc8+ Bd8 Bd6+ Kg8 Rxd8+ Ne8 Rxe8++
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