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Gunnar Gundersen vs A H Faul
"Faul Play" (game of the day Feb-04-2005)
Pietzcker Christmas Tournament (1928), Melbourne AUS
French Defense: Advance Variation (C02)  ·  1-0



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  OhioChessFan: Chernev lists this game as "Gaudersen- Paul" in The Chess Companion.
Nov-14-11  Rosbach: Just passing by, mate.
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  Penguincw: Very rare to play en passant and mate. It's already fairly uncommon to see en passant or checkmate in a game but not both?!
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  FSR: <kevin86: Unique finish! The double discovered check was just that-the piece that moved does NOT deliver check!>

Yes. This is an extremely rare form of double check - one that very few players think of when asked to describe double check.

For more on mate by en passant (including a game I won that way), see and the comments thereto.

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  offramp: <FSR: ...Yes. This is an extremely rare form of double check - one that very few players think of when asked to describe double check.>

A better challenge is to ask someone to describe double check without using his mouth.

Nov-15-14  yurikvelo:
this game shallow analysis
Jan-01-15  sammysammy: I personally think 11... Nxd4 was bad. Better would be 11... Qa5, moves to follow would be 12. Qd3+ Nf5 13. g4 Re8 14. gxf5+ exf5 15. h5+ Kh6 16. Nxf7+ Kh7 17. h6 Bxc3+ 18. Qxc3 Qxc3+ 19. bxc3.

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Feb-17-15  HermitofSevan: <soberknight>: The Greek Gift Sacrifice in the purest form includes the moves B×h7+ K×h7 Ng5.
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  Alex Schindler: That is a gorgeous final move. I can't say I've ever seen a double discovered checkmate en passant as the conclusion to a Greek gift bishop sac... Or even some smaller subsets of that description.
Jan-13-16  yurikvelo: <sammysammy> Qa5 is not better than Nxd4 Qa5 is mate on 36, Nxd4 is mate on 38.
Nxd4 is 2 moves longer to be mated.

13. .. Re8?? is blunder
because 16. Qg3! and black mated in 12 moves.

If you play 16. Nxf7? than you should play 17. Qg3! and not 17. h6??

17. h6 Bxc3?? is again black blunder
17. h6 g6!

17. h6 Bxc3? 18. Qxc3??
17. h6 Bxc3? 18. bxc3! and black mated in 33 moves.

Optimal black play after 11. .. Qa5 lead to mate on 36th 12. Qd3+ Nf5 13. g4 Kh6 14. gxf5 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Bxc3+ 16. bxc3 d4 17. Nxf7+ Kh7 18. f6+ Kg8 19. Nh6+ Kh8 20. fxg7+ Kxg7 21. Rg1+ Kh8 22. Qxd4 Qd5 23. Qe3 and M12 (on 36)

Sep-22-17  jith1207: This one is peculiar: it's a royal fork by knight on black queen and rook, but not on black king. However, there was a check on king due to that knight move by white bishop. A move later, situation remains the same but now there is a royal fork for knight and a double-check mate by white bishop and rook.
Sep-22-17  jith1207: <Rosbach: Just passing by, mate.>

This would have been a better pun for this game. Kudos!

Oct-26-18  Granny O Doul: Yes, Rosbach's proposed title is brilliant.
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  FSR: I totally agree with <Granny>.
Apr-03-19  Cibator: What <FSR> said.
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  Korora: I wonder to which piece BattleChess would have credited the checkmate.
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  Korora: Update: Found BattleChess online, set up the position after 12. f5, and played to the end. The game awarded the kill to the ♖.
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  GrahamClayton: I was doing some informal coaching at the chess club that meets in my local public library every Friday afternoon. I captured a pawn en passant against one of the club members, and they were unaware of that form of capture.

I explained it to them, and then showed them this unique game - all of the other members were very impressed. This game featured the Greek Gift (Bxh7+), and later on I gave some details of how that sacrifice works as well.

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  MissScarlett: < Chernev lists this game as "Gaudersen- Paul" in The Chess Companion.>

Q&Q #3984 in the September 1979 <BCM> draws attention to this misattribution, based on information from the above-mentioned <John van Manen>, 'guardian of Australia's chess history.' Gundersen published the game in his <Australasian> column on February 16th 1929.

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  GrahamClayton: After 11. Qg4 it appears that Faul could put up stronger resistance with 11...f5 12. Qg3 f4 13. Qg4 Qe8. 11.h4 wins immediately.
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  FSR: This video contains a surprising number of games ending in en passant checkmates similar to Gundersen-Faul:
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  FSR: This game has a very similar finish:
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  FSR: So does this one:
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  FSR: And another:
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  FSR: And yet another:
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