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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  doglikegroove: I went for the windmill. It's pretty nasty, but nothing is as nasty as mate, so no cake for me.

It just goes to show -- when you see a good move, sit on your hands and look for a better one.

At least I'm not NN. :-~

Feb-24-11  estrick: <AylerKupp:
And it certainly helped that I know it was a puzzle; I doubt that I would have found the right moves OTB.>

<Fuegoverde: easy because the black moves are forced, yet I don't think I would have found it OTB>

If you arrived at a position like this OTB, it wouldn't be by happenstance. You would have sensed the possibility for something like this a few moves in advance, and made the moves that set it up. Your anticipation would have risen higher and higher as NN made one weak move after another that allowed you to get your pieces into striking position. You would be smelling blood.

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  Gypsy: Perhaps more of Th level if the puzzle was started a move earlier?
Feb-24-11  takchess: <Pb> nice Alekhine game. It would be nice to have an entire week of puzzles of the day with all Alekhine (or Tal/Bronstein/Nehz/Morphy?Petrosian),these tactical puzzles would be easy enough to find.

Is there a mail address to send puzzle suggestions to? We seem to be repeating them from past years.

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  kevin86: it's a mate in three:a combination similar to Reti-Tartakower-only,on a diagonal.
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  Phony Benoni: <takchess> Back in 2003 when puzzles began to appear each day, a procedure for submitting puzzle suggestions was posted. However, that was very long ago, and I don't recall hearing about it since I've been on the site. I've asked at chessforum whether they are still accepting these suggestions.
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  johnlspouge: < <agb2002> wrote: [snip] Thank you! I expected a more exotic name like 'Pseudo-Arabian mate' or something like that :) >

There were four doctors who decided to go duck hunting: an internist, a psychiatrist, a surgeon, and a pathologist. A flock of ducks flew overhead, so the internist raised his rifle, and took aim.

"They look like ducks, they sound like ducks --- but I've heard of pseudo-ducks...", and while he paused and pondered, the ducks flew away.

Another flock of ducks flew overhead, and this time, the psychiatrist aimed his rifle.

"They look like ducks, they sound like ducks --- but do they _feel_ like ducks...", and again the hesitation gave the ducks time to fly away.

A third flock flew overhead, so the surgeon whipped out a machine gun and started spraying the air with bullets, with ducks falling left and right around the hunters.

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

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

Feb-24-11  BOSTER: < The old saying-that a chess patzer wants pieces and the chess master wants squares>. My notes. Black opening was very nice,but... move 12...Nd5.Nf6 is the best defender of the castle,there is no reason to move it. Move13...g6- the weakening of the pawn structure. Move 14...Bd6 -maybe better Rb8,to keep the bishop for protection the weak black f6 and g7 squares. Move 16 ...Qc7 ,better Qe7 to keep the control under f6 and to have the queen on the king's side. Move 17...Be7 is blunder ,but game already lost.
Feb-24-11  stst: 18 Qh8+ Kxh8
19 Nxf7+ Kg8
20 Nh6#

Looks messy first, but not really that hard to sort out. The clue is (1) limit the Black monarch's room only to those few corner cells, and (2) don't allow any Black pieces to capture or block any White soldier in the attack.

Hence, for example, 18. Qg7+ will not work.

Somewhat difficult, about 2 stars.

Feb-24-11  Lennonfan: Wow this sure is easy for a thursday..Qh8+ king must take..Nxf7+ king must move to g8,then Nh6#..i?
Feb-24-11  wals: Rybka 4 x 64

16...Qc7, +8.43, blew it for Black.
Best, d 16 : 3 min :

1. (0.39): 16...f6 17.Ng4 e5 18.Rd1 Qe7 19.Be4 Rab8 20.a3 Na6 21.Bxc6 Bxc6 22.Qxc6 Rb6 23.Qd5+ Kg7 24.f3 Rd8 25.Bc3 Bc7 26.Qe4 Nc5 27.Qc2 Rbd6 28.Rxd6 Qxd6 29.Rb1 Bb6 30.a4 Qd3 31.Qxd3 Rxd3

2. (0.46): 16...f5 17.a3 Na6 18.Bc2 Qc7 19.Qg3 Nc5 20.f4 Rfd8 21.Rad1 Ba6 22.Bc3 Rab8 23.Kh1 Bb7 24.Qh3 a5 25.Qh4 Ne4 26.Bxe4 fxe4 27.Qf6 Qe7

17...Be7, +#3 completed the route.

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  Check It Out: 18.Qh8+ Kxh8 19.Nxf7++ Kg8 20.Nh6#

That seemed easier than yesterday.

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?

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  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... :)

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  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. ?
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