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Ion Gudju vs Bogdanovsky
"I Gudju, Babe" (game of the day Dec-28-2019)
Paris (1926), Paris FRA, Nov-??
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Canal Variation (C56)  ·  1-0



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May-14-08  Halldor: Amusing puzzle. My first thought: How can the black queen be driven away from defending the f6-square; and soon I saw the double R&Q sac.
May-14-08  neveramaster: Easy for Wednesday.
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  al wazir: <UdayanOwen: 14...Bxe1 15. Qg4 Ne7 16.Nf5+ Kf7 17.Qg7+ Ke6, white can play <18.Rxe1+>>.

Thanks. Yes, that works. So does the continuation 18. Qxe7+ Kxf5 19. Qg5+ Ke6 20. Rxe1+.

The sac was sound.

May-14-08  Jesspatrick: Here's an interesting variation...

12.♖xc6?! h6 13.♕f3 ♕d7 14.♖d7!!

I failed to find 18.♖e8+ and would have played 18. ♖e3 which also wins

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  sleepyirv: Spotted instantly that only the Black Queen was blocking mate- everything elese was just finding the right tempo move to set up the decoy on g4
May-14-08  newzild: My first day back after 11 weeks of backpacking through Asia - Europe. Heartening to know I can still spot a 2-star nice'n'quick!
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  Cinco: 18. Re8+ Rxe8 (or Bf8) 19. Qg4+ Ng5 20. Qxf5

If 19...Qxg4/Qg5/Qg6, then Nf6#

May-14-08  solskytz: A very elegant finish.

I must say that I missed it. I looked at

18. cxb4, and only now do I see that ...dxe2 isn't forced... there's the simple ...Nxh6

While Qxh5 simply loses the queen to a back-rank rook check, ...dxe2 19. Qd4 brings some entertaining variations such as

19...Q or N takes B or N 20. Qg7 mate
19...Ne5 20. Qd5+ Qf7 21. Nf6 mate, or 20...Nf7 21. Qxf5

and on 19... Qe5, there is 20. Nf6+ picking up the queen.

As I saw all of this in under a minute, I was satisfied that this was it!! But nope, 18... Nxh6 19. Re3 or 19. Re7, and the game probably isn't over yet (I'm not using a computer... and I may miss a whole lot of stuff. Still, it seems to me that after either 19. Re3 or 19. Re7 the advantage is still very much white's).

May-14-08  Billy Vaughan: Two mating patterns (Rook check, Knight check), so it's just a matter of chucking stuff at the defenders until they can't take it any longer.

The longest line I believe is 18. Re8+ Rxe8 19. Qg4+ Ng5 20. Qxf5 Ne6 21. Nf6+ Kf7 22. Nd5#, or 20. ... Rxe1+ 21. Rxe1 and black can't forestall 22. Nf6, Re8 or Q[x]e6 mate.

May-14-08  234: Tuesday puzzle <37. ?> May-13-08 W Schmidt vs J Augustin, 1976
May-14-08  simsan: Yes, this was pretty easy for a wednesday. I spotted the delicious mating opportunity with Nf6 at once, And immediately started looking for forcing moves to get the queen out of the way. The two forcing Rook and Queen moves where rather easy to spot after that.

Having also concluded that a) both 18. ... Rxe8 as well as 18. .. Bf8 would be bad for black and that b) blocking with the knight looses the queen with mate to follow, I feel I solved this puzzle pretty well.

May-14-08  DavidD: A nice puzzle illustrating the beauty of purely logical chess that most people today seem to have followed. White sees Nf6 is mate. But the queen is guarding the f6-square. How to deflect the queen? Qg4+ would do it. But the White Rook blocks the path to the g4-square. So move the Rook. Then the move sequence is simple: Re8+/Qg4+/Nf6 mate as played. It is asthetically pleasing when a position can be solved using pure logic.
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  gawain: That was very pretty.

16 ... Nf7 sure turned out to be a terrible move, didn't it? After 17 Nh5 there is nothing Black can do to save himself

May-15-08  kevin86: A great pair of sacs to end this one. Black can save the game by 19...♘g5 but would lose the queen by 20 ♕xf5 and mate would come soon after.
May-15-08  patzer2: For the Wednesday May 14, 2008 puzzle solution, it's mate-in-three starting with the clearance sacrifice 18...Re8+!
Nov-22-08  ste10987: great game
Sep-23-16  Phony Benoni: This game had been dated as 1929, but I found it in the "Los Angeles Times" January 1, 1928, p.20. The columnist, Cliff Sherwood, attributed it to the Paris Championship of 1927.
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  mifralu: Played at Paris, France, <November 1926>

The Chess Review, May 1936, p. 113

<The columnist, Cliff Sherwood, attributed it to the Paris Championship of 1927.> Both players not mentioned in the crosstable.

And Black resigned after <19. Qg4+>

May-09-19  Phony Benoni: <miframe> I was a bit suspicious of Sherwood's citation, and you've confirmed that. The appearance of the game in his column simply proves the game was played before 1929.

Nor am I completely sure of <Chess Review>'s citation, but we can let that stand for now since Sherwood was clearly incorrect.

By the way, Di Felice (Chess Results 1921-1930, p. 148) has a crosstable for the Paris Championship played In November, 1926,a and neiter player was there either. My feeling is that it's a casual game.

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  HeMateMe: They say our luft can't pay the rent...
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  Honza Cervenka: Very elegant finish but the game has a serious flaw in the fact that after 13...Bb4?? white could win instantly playing simple 14.Qg4. Also 15.Nh5 was much better than the text move 15.Re2. After less cooperative 15...Rd8 white is still better but the game is by far not over. And after 16.c3(?) Bc5 white's advantage could have disappeared completely. 16.Re3 with intention Rg3 was correct continuation. White's 13.Bh6 was very entertaining but objectively not so good idea, if black would have played 13...Re8! 14.Qg4 Ne5 ∓
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  OhioChessFan: Nice pun, although "I Gudju Bernabe" suggests itself.

I Gudju vs J Aguilera Bernabe, 1928

Dec-28-19  RandomVisitor: From wikipedia:

Ion Gudju (14 July 1897 – 1988) was a Romanian chess master.

Gudju represented Romania in 1st unofficial Chess Olympiad at Paris, where he became one of 15 founders of Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE). He played thrice in Chess Olympiads at The Hague 1928, Hamburg 1930, and Prague 1931.

He took 4th at Hastings 1926/27 (B tournament, Georges Koltanowski won), took 2nd, behind Wechsler, at Bucharest 1927, took 4th at Bucharest 1928 (Sigmund Herland and Wechsler won), shared 2nd, behind Alexandru Tyroler, at Jassy 1929 (Romanian Chess Championship), took 5th and won at Bucharest 1929, and tied for 2nd-5th at Bucharest 1930 (Iosif Mendelssohn won).

He was the Honorary Vice President of FIDE in 1982–1988.

Dec-28-19  RandomVisitor: "Gudju surround your king with your own pieces, then move your Queen from guarding the one square I need to deliver mate? Thank you."
Dec-28-19  RandomVisitor: 12...Re8 or 13...Re8, or even 16...Bc5 are options that are better than what was played.

The canal variation goes nowhere after the suggested improvement 9...Be7

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<42/80 13:35 -1.74 10.Rxe6 fxe6 11.Nxe6 Qd6 12.Nxg7+ Kf7> 13.Nh5 Qd5 14.Nf4 Qf5 15.Ne2 Rhg8 16.Nexd4 Nxd4 17.Nxd4 Rad8 18.Be3 Qd5 19.Qf3+ Qxf3 20.Nxf3 Bf6 21.c3 Rd5 22.Re1 Re8 23.g3 a6 24.Kg2 Rb5 25.Re2 Ra5 26.a3 Rd5 27.g4 h5 28.h3 b5 29.Rd2 Rxd2 30.Nxd2 hxg4 31.hxg4 Bg7 32.Kf3 Ke6 33.Ke4 Kd6+ 34.Kf3 Kd5 35.g5 a5 36.Bf4 Be5 37.Bxe5 Kxe5

42/61 13:35 -1.91 10.Nxe6 fxe6 11.Rxe6 Qd7 12.Qe2 d3 13.cxd3 cxd3 14.Qe4 0-0-0 15.Be3 Bf6 16.Rc1 Qd5 17.b3 Rd6 18.Qxd5 Rxd5 19.Bd2 a5 20.Re4 Rhd8 21.Kf1 h6 22.h4 Rf8 23.a4 Rfd8 24.Rec4 Bb2 25.Re1 Kb8 26.Re6 Bd4 27.Re4 Bc5 28.Rg4 R8d7 29.Rge4 b6 30.Re6 Nd4 31.Nxd4 Rxd4 32.Rxd4 Bxd4 33.f3 Kb7

42/64 13:35 -2.30 10.b3 Qd5 11.Nxe6 fxe6 12.bxc4 Qxc4 13.Qd3 Qxd3 14.cxd3 0-0-0 15.Rxe6 Rhe8 16.Rb1 Bc5 17.Rxe8 Rxe8 18.Kf1 Nb4 19.Ba3 Nxd3 20.Bxc5 Nxc5 21.Nxd4 b6 22.Rd1 a6 23.f3 Ne6 24.Nxe6 Rxe6 25.a4 c5 26.Rc1 Rc6 27.Ke2 Kc7 28.Kd3 Rd6+ 29.Kc2 Rd4 30.Ra1 Kc6 31.h3 Kd5 32.Kc3 b5 33.axb5 axb5

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