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Bernhard Horwitz vs Ludwig Bledow
Berlin (1837), Berlin GER
Italian Game: Classical. Center Holding Variation (C53)  ·  0-1



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Nov-28-04  Knight13: Terrible loss for Horwitz.
Jun-29-05  Whitehat1963: Neat little puzzle after 12. Nxe4.
Jun-30-05  InspiredByMorphy: <Whitehat1963> Cool profile. Just remember, there are no stupid questions only stupid answers.
Jun-30-05  Whitehat1963: Thanks, <InspiredByMorphy>, I too am a Morphy fan. His games are incredible. He's the most beautiful finisher in all of chess history.
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  al wazir: White managed to get himself into a real mess. I think his mistake was 6. d5 instead of O-O. 6. d5 isn't very thematic, because white's KB can no longer draw a bead on f7. 11. Nh4 is bad for sure (Qc2 would have guarded the ♙ on e4), but by then the damage had already been done.

The ♕ sac was obvious.

Nov-01-06  chessmoron: White; 9. Bg5 gave the advantage to black and 11. Nh4??...huge blunder.
Nov-01-06  goldfarbdj: Nxe4 jumped out at me as the "puzzle move" and it just took a short time to verify that black had mate if white took the queen.
Nov-01-06  ForeverYoung: Elementary puzzle. Just imagine taking the knight and seeing the pieces moving!
Nov-01-06  dzechiel: Pretty straight forward. Saw it in seconds.
Nov-01-06  ahmadov: It is like a Monday puzzle, but still very interesting.
Nov-01-06  Deefstes: Should have been an easy puzzle but I was trying to make something out of 12...Bxf2+ and missed Nxe4. It just wouldn't work.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This reminded me a lot of Legal's Mate.
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  mig55: 20 sec....Obvious solution. But i missed yesterday...
Nov-01-06  Karpyan: v simple, nice finish
Nov-01-06  percyblakeney: This one felt easier than yesterday's, an Nxe4 thing combined with a bishop looking at f2 isn't too uncommon after all...
Nov-01-06  Fisheremon: <Deefstes: Should have been an easy puzzle but I was trying to make something out of 12...Bxf2+ and missed Nxe4. It just wouldn't work.>

Bxf2+ was possible on 11 th move (Black could win the game, same if on 13. Qa4 of White, but Horowitz decided to cooperate in making a naive mate).

Nov-01-06  NotABanker: I thought NxF2 forking the queen and rook... so I guess I missed it.

Nov-01-06  flott: Quite easy for Wednesday.
Nov-01-06  Marmot PFL: Old trap, older than Morphy. Always look for tactics on f2 (or f7) in these open games.
Nov-01-06  uuft: Found it instantly... Now stop it! This Halloween-stuff is freakin' me out, dudes.
Nov-01-06  sfm: <This Halloween-stuff is freakin' me out, dudes.> A Horrorwitch gets butchered...
Nov-01-06  RookFile: Anybody who has read the classic work "The Art of the Checkmate" solves this in about 2 seconds.
Nov-01-06  YouRang: Nice. Happily, I've ended my losing streak with the last couple Wednesday puzzles.

As <Marmot PFL> pointed out, the f2/f7 squares are very frequently the focal points of such puzzles, and with a bishop, knight and rook all hitting f2, it wasn't hard to see where to hit.

Nov-01-06  YouRang: <InspiredByMorphy><Just remember, there are no stupid questions only stupid answers.>

Uh, are there any stupid questions? ;-)

Nov-01-06  kellmano: <YouRang> No, but this is a stupid answer.
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