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Adolf Schwarz vs Wilfried Paulsen
WSB-13.Kongress (1880), Braunschweig, Jul-22
Queen Pawn Game: General (D00)  ·  0-1



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Jun-05-06  chessmoron: <dzechiel> Only 2 useless moves until checkmate 40...Qxf2+ 41. Rxf2-Ra1+ 42. Qb1-Rxb1 43. Rf1-Rf1#.
Jun-05-06  Kings Indian: Got this in like 10 seconds. I almost picked Rxf2 for a solution but i found Qxf2.
Jun-05-06  Fezzik: I didn't like this one because there are several good moves for Black here. Of course, as a Black to play and mate in the shortest # of moves, it might be good.
Jun-05-06  Madman99X: I think if anything other than ...Qxf2+!, then 41. Qe8+! and black can force perpetual check, at the very least.
Jun-05-06  fersonatu: Madman99X - 40 ... Rxf2 41 Qe8 isn't perpetual because 41 ... Kh7 42 Nf8 (patzer2 gives the Nf6 line) Nxf8 43 Qxe3 Rxf1 is mate
Jun-05-06  suenteus po 147: While a simple puzzle it is still evil because you cannot fast forward to the answer to double check yourself :)
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  Mating Net: This puzzle is terrible because you can't even play the winning move.

I think that all puzzles should have the first move of the combination played. It's a major letdown otherwise.

Jun-05-06  unclewalter: a re-puzzle...nice. i guess i've been looking at these for a while...time flies. i had forgotten that maurice ashley quote--his run at being the yogi berra of chess?
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  chrisowen: Black traps with b6 locating the honey pot on f1!
Jun-05-06  Whitehat1963: Isn't 40...Qxf2 the ONLY move here?
Jun-05-06  Mountainman1: I just solved a puzzle along these lines - I actually thought it was the same one, so it took about one nao-second today.
Jun-05-06  RandomVisitor: 38...Qxe3+ was not the best for Black, as White has 39.Kh1, and the game is (almost) playable.

Better for Black was 38...Ba6! with a winning advantage.

As far as the puzzle, there appear to be 4 ways to mate:

Rybka v1.2n.x64:
18 -M4 40. ... Qxf2+ 41.Rxf2 Ra1+ 42.Qb1 Rxb1+ 43.Rf1 Rxf1+

18 -M9 40. ... Nf4 41.Qe8+ Qxe8 42.b5 Rxf2 43.Kxf2 Nd3+ 44.Kg1 Qe3+ 45.Kh1 Nf2+ 46.Kg1 Nh3+ 47.Kh1 Qg1+ 48.Rxg1 Nf2+

18 -M13 40. ... Rxf2 41.Qe8+ Kh7 42.Nf8+ Nxf8 43.b5 Rxf1+ 44.Kxf1 Qxe8 45.bxa6 Ne6 46.Ke2 Nf4+ 47.Kd2 Qe2+ 48.Kc3 Qe3+ 49.Kc2 Ne2 50.h4 Nd4+ 51.Kd1 Qe2+ 52.Kc1 Qc2+

18 -M17 40. ... Nd4 41.Qb1 Bxf1 42.Qxa2 Qe1 43.h4 Bc4+ 44.Kh2 Bxa2 45.Nd3 Qxh4+ 46.Kg1 Nxf3+ 47.gxf3 Qg3+ 48.Kf1 Qxf3+ 49.Kg1 Qg3+ 50.Kf1 Qxd3+ 51.Kf2 Qd2+ 52.Kg3 Qe3+ 53.Kg2 Bd5+ 54.Kf1 Bf3 55.b5 Qe2+ 56.Kg1 Qg2+

Jun-05-06  AdrianP: I overlooked the "Black to play"...! White to play in the same position is winning for White with 1. Qe8 Kh7 2. Nf8+! Nxf8 (...Kh8; Kg8 are similar, White picks off the knight with check and again wins the queen on e3) 3. Qxe3.

With Black to play Qxf2! is clearly winning, while Rxf2!? is also winning, because although White can win the queen with the same sequence as above, ...Rxf1# makes such an exercise pretty pointless.

Jun-05-06  zb2cr: I feel so brilliant on Mondays!
Jun-05-06  dakgootje: One of the first puzzles i see around here where the solution wasnt played in the game itself, but the opponent resigned before the move was played.
Jun-05-06  lipschutz: I looked first at 40...Rxf2 but Black needs to check to forestall 41.Qe8+ (40...Nf4 goes nowhere) so the solution had to be 40...Qxf2+.
Jun-05-06  alphee: < yialanliu > I saw this one first too. Probably the habit or reflex to look at diagonals first. Someone I know showed me what he call "DrChess": Diagonals, Rows, Colummns, Horses, Evaluate, Secure and Strike. I have to say that using this way of thinking saved a few mistakes but not all of them.
Jun-05-06  redribbon3700: Why doesn't chesssgames instead give us a piece of cake
Jun-05-06  YouRang: I think it's pretty clear that 40...Qxf2+ 41. Rxf2 Ra1+ 42. Rf1 Rxf1# is the 'most correct' solution (even though 40...Rxf2 also should win).

It's a quick mate that gives Black no chance at all to complicate matters with counterattack.

Jun-05-06  jmuller: Most helpful Monday puzzle I've seen.

Thx for all the helpful discussion, too. Especially "Dr.Chess"! :-)

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  kevin86: Not a bad finish! Aye?
Jun-05-06  gerpm: Why do we want to look at all the alternatives when 40... Qxf2+ is the best way to go!!
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  thegoodanarchist: I love queen sacrifices; even when they are easy to find they are beautiful.
Jun-05-06  Halldor: Very nice Monday puzzle. Unusual that the diagram of the puzzle is the final position but that doesn't matter, the right solution is echoed all around the posts.

I got this fast but then spent some time checking other lines - I think it's a better training instead of rushing to see the answer (which in this case was in many of the posts).

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  Penguincw: White missed the mate threat.
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