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Karl Mayet vs Daniel Harrwitz
"The Oldest Trick in the Book" (game of the day Aug-04-2018)
Berlin (1848), Berlin GER
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  0-1



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Nov-01-04  briiian13: this is almost as famous as 1.f4 e5 2.g4 !! Qh4++
Nov-01-04  briiian13: granite, before you attempt this queen sac just make sure your opponent did not make a move like Nf3 or pawn e3 so that the knight can block the bishop check or allow king escape to e2.
Nov-01-04  villasinian: a piece ahead in the opening always makes me feel so good.
Nov-01-04  DevastatioN: The Cambridge Springs... I fell for this variation in a tournament a long tim eago when I was rated 1600 or so, was pretty sad :(
Nov-01-04  Knight13: Easy and a very fun Puzzle.
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  patzer2: <aw1988> <Oh, where art thou, patzer2? :)> I'm here and I do enjoy <kevin 86>'s enthusiastic and interesting posts.
Aug-31-05  Kriegspiel: I was just going over Marshall vs. Tarrasch, Nuremburg match (1) 1905, Queen's Gambit Declined, which also opens with D51; the game is annotated by Chernev in "Logical Chess: Move by Move" (Game 29), and after 4...Nbd7 he mentions this trap, "invented by Tarrasch"! Since Tarrasch was born in 1862, this is a little difficult to credit. Chernev seems quite informed enough to be aware of this trap as something previously and well known; how then to account for this? The only difference is that in Chernev's sequence, Black's bishop captures White's queen before his king captures the bishop, but I doubt very much that Tarrasch was the first to play that, and even if so, it hardly follows from such a minor variation in move order that he "invented" this trap.


Apr-26-06  MorphyMatt: Didn't Fine fall into the same trap?
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  Infohunter: <MorphyMatt: Didn't Fine fall into the same trap?> Same type of trap, in a somewhat different setting. Here is the game: Fine vs M Yudovich Sr., 1937
Jun-27-07  Jake Robertson: Mayet must have cried, I love this game
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  Penguincw: <Berlijn 1848> Where is < Berlijn > anyways? It looks like < Berlin > .
May-31-11  chesschampion11: Berlijn is the dutch name for Berlin.
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  Penguincw: < chesschampion11: Berlijn is the dutch name for Berlin. >

Oh. So what's the German name for Berlin?

Apr-29-12  YoungEd: Well, though move 5 White played as well as anyone could! Move 6...that's the toughie.
Jun-28-16  R2D4Twice: Wiki calls it the "Elephant Trap". See: Cambridge Springs Defence.
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  Phony Benoni: oh, wow, a free Knight! Easiest Monday puzzle of all time!
Dec-12-16  lost in space: ignore the pin and win
Dec-12-16  TheBish: Too well-known of a trap. Even most novices should get this one, if they have ever opened a chess book!
Dec-12-16  stacase: No mate, only a Knight for a Pawn, but good enough to win (-:
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  agb2002: Black is one pawn down.

Black wins decisive material with 6... Nxd5, making the most of the weak a5-e1 diagonal, 7.Bxd8 (else drop a piece) 7... Bb4+ 8.Qd2 Bxd2+ 9.Kxd2 Kxd8 - + [N vs P].

Dec-12-16  AlicesKnight: Quite a well-known motif. 6....Nxd5 allows 7.Bxd8, but ....Bb4+ forces 8.Qd2 and after ...Bxd2+; 9.Kxd2, ...Kxd8 leaves Black a piece up.
Dec-12-16  saturn2: 6..N6xNd5 and black remains with a piece ahead for only a pawn. In blitz I would play on and keep the queens on board on with 7 Bd2
Dec-12-16  leRevenant: <Phony Benoni: oh, wow, a free Knight! Easiest Monday puzzle of all time!> Uhmm ...
Easiest Monday puzzle for a fortnight, that's for sure.
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  morfishine: Theme: Remove the defender

White's Knight on <d5> protects <b4>, so eliminate this piece, which allows Black's DSB entry


Dec-12-16  njdanie: I spent a while thinking it was White to move...
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