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Eugene Delmar vs NN
New York (1898), New York, NY USA
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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Feb-24-11  YetAnotherAmateur: Looking at this, I couldn't help but notice the lovely a1-h8 diagonal. So my first thought was to move the knight and then mate using the queen.

Except that white doesn't have time to do that, because he has no checking knight moves. And the only moves that keeps the queen alive are Qf4 and Qf3, neither of which lead to anything useful.

But who said the queen has to stay alive? Qh8+ Kxh8 Nf7+ (double check) Kg8 Nh6# works beautifully.

Feb-24-11  James Bowman: Feel good nailed this one in about 2 minutes, saw that the double check was key.
Feb-24-11  TheFocus: That is the fastest I ever saw a solution!! So easy.

10 seconds.

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  fm avari viraf: Sometimes, the easier ones look tougher than the medium ones & vice versa like the one we have to-day. Well, the answer looks very simple with the Queen sac 18.Qh8+ & it's mate in 2 moves with the Knight!
Feb-24-11  M.Hassan: <once>: Excellent and unmatchable analogy that one reads and enjoys. Thank you
Feb-24-11  Patriot: First I looked at 18.Qg7+ Kxg7 19.Ng4+ but 19...f6 kind of ruins it for white. Then I turned to 18.Qh8+ Kxh8 19.Nxf7++ Kg8 20.Nh6#.

Those double-checks are extremely powerful since the only way out is to resign or move the king! If the "windmill" is the nuclear weapon equivalent in chess, what is a "double-check" similar to?

Feb-24-11  agb2002: <johnlspouge: ...

The surgeon lifted one of the dead ducks and handed it to the pathologist, saying: "Here, tell me what this is.">

(LOL) A peculiar concept of efficiency...

<You can call a mate anything you want, as long as you find it ;>) >

I'm considering "the sniper bishop and the horse kick mate" but it seems a bit elaborated... :)

Feb-24-11  agb2002: <Patriot: ...

If the "windmill" is the nuclear weapon equivalent in chess, what is a "double-check" similar to?>

The one-two combination in boxing? :)

Feb-24-11  mworld: Nd7 just looked too good to bother looking elsewhere. I'm happy enough to have seen that at least.
Feb-24-11  SufferingBruin: Missed it. I honestly didn't the pawn on f6 would be much of a bother so my "windmill" did not include taking it. Ergo, 18. Qh7? Kxh7 19. Ng4+ (with every intention of finishing off black with Nh6) and then f6. Toast.

The lesson? I need to stop feeling pressure to solve the puzzles fast. I literally think of the clock when I'm looking directly at it (I give myself a minute per day--Monday is 1 minute, Tuesday 2, etc.). I do the same thing in the blitz games--the win is there, I can't finish it in time. Which I think is another way of saying I can't finish, period.

Love the game though.

Feb-24-11  WhiteRook48: I found the 18 Qh8+ but messed up by playing 19 Ng4+??
Feb-24-11  Amarande: I knew A Giusti vs Nutrizio, 1949 ... and thus this came easily to me as well.
Feb-24-11  alachabre: Here's a good hard puzzle. Rubinstein vs. Duras, Vienna 1908, White to move, 11. ?
Sep-03-20  Chesgambit: 12...Nd5?! 12...c5! 14...Bd6? 14... Bf6! 15...Nb4?! allow 15. Ng4! Bxe5 better 16.Bb1?! 16...Qc7?? 16...Qh4
Sep-03-20  Chesgambit: also 11.Ne5?! 11.c4 so good because 11...Qc7! 11...Bb7?!
Sep-03-20  Chesgambit: also g6 is mistake f5 better c4 better than Qh5 17...Bxe5 only change but still losing
Sep-02-23  Refused: Ah that's a cute little check mate

18.Qh8+!! Kh8 19.Nxf7++ Kg8 20.Nh6#

The mate motif is something you look for immediately, but 18.Qh8+ is a really cute little touch.

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  chrisowen: Low it is fog quandary juicy q melon Qh8+ AOH it is jah it is ghoul it is a cig mug it is huffle Qh8+ dim;
Sep-02-23  Brenin: Oh, dear! I stopped when I found that 18 Ng4 (threatening three different mates) wins a piece: 18 ... Bxf6 19 Nxf6+ Kg7 (or Kh8) 20 Nd5+ Kg8 (or Kh6) 21 Nxc7 Rac8 and White rescues his stranded N with 22 a3 Na6 22 Nxa6 Bxa6, leaving White a B ahead. If you find a good move, ...
Sep-02-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: Pretty combination: 18. Qh8+ Kxh8 19. Nxf7+ Kg8 20. Nh6#.

Wondering if B made different: 16...f6 17. Ng4 Be7 18. Nh6+ Kg7 19. Qh3 Bc8 20. Ng4 a5 21. a3 Na6 22. Qh6+ Kg8 23. h4 Ra7 24. h5 Rf7 25. hxg6 hxg6 26. Bxg6 Rg7 27. Qh5 Qf8 28. Nh6+ Kh8 29. Nf7+ Kg8 30. Qh8# or 23. h4 Rf7 24. h5 g5 25. Bg6 hxg6 26. hxg6 Rg7 27. Qh5 Qe8 28. Nh6+ Kf8 29. Nf7 Rg8 30. f4 gxf4 31. Rxf4 e5 32. Nxe5... B position is complicated anyway, but it was too long.

Sep-02-23  Allderdice83: <Brenin> Me too. I looked at Qh8+ but missed the whole Nxf7 double check and Nh6 mate continuation. Gonna have to remember that pattern. It's similar to the famous Q sacrifice, N smothered mate pattern, in that both involve moving the knight for a double check.
Sep-02-23  agb2002: Black threatens Bxf6.

The double check wins immediately: 18.Qh8+ Kxh8 19.Nxf7+ Kg8 20.Nh6#.

Sep-02-23  mel gibson: What a wonderful mate showing the power of a Queen sac and a double check.
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  perfidious: Typical mating pattern.
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  scormus: A neat finish! My consolation prize after getting none of today's POTD
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