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Serafino Dubois vs Count Grigory Alexandrovich Kushelev-Bezborodko
"Checking a Count" (game of the day Jun-23-2008)
Rome (1858), Rome ITA
Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Variation (C40)  ·  1-0

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May-14-06  SJP: Either: 27...Nf6 28. Rg4+ Kf7 29. Qe6# or 27...Qf6 28. Rge7+ Kg8 29. Qxh7#
Jun-23-08  Mostolesdude: "Checking Account" haha you guys are funny!
Jun-23-08  Jim Bartle: If Dubois loses a game, could it be said he "Blanched"?
Jun-23-08
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  al wazir: 22...Rd7.
Jun-23-08  sneaky pete: If 22... Rd7 23.f3 .. wins.
Jun-23-08  sallom89: cute tactic that got the rook at 7th rank, deadly.
Jun-23-08  JohnTal: New title, "Down for the Count". Any interposition at f6 is sharply countered with 28 Rg4+.

Jun-23-08  Nikita Smirnov: Actualy according to Kostens book the Latvian Gambit (Second Edition) the better move is 7.f3! I like f3 more because it is aggresvie and good for white.It helps the development very much.
Jun-23-08  AniamL: Best pun yet, imo.
Jun-23-08
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  kevin86: What a finish! White can win the queen but instead a mate is possible after either 27...Nf6 or Qf6.

Boy,would I hate to have gotten the count's name on a spelling bee! lol

After "checking a count" white "bounced a check".

Jun-23-08
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  al wazir: <sneaky pete: If 22... Rd7 23.f3 .. wins.>

Yeah, the ♕ is badly overworked. So we have to go back to an earlier move to find a way to save black; maybe 21...Nd7 and 22...Nf6 instead. (But then the Count would probably have played 23...Nxd5 and transposed into the losing game line.)

Jun-23-08  Operation Mindcrime: <Jim Bartle> That was funny!
Jun-23-08  Jim Bartle: Thank you, mindcrime. I've always depended on the kindness of strangers.
Jun-23-08  patzer2: Dubois plays a winning discovered attack and skewer with 18. Ng2! Then he calmly ignores Black's threatened Knight Fork to spring a mating attack against Black's helpless King position with 23. Nf5!!

The bold follow-up 25. Bh6! (threatening a devastating discovered check) wins easily enough, but also decisive is 25. Rf7+! Kxf7 26. Nh6+ Kg6 27. Qd3+ Kg7 28. Nxg4 which thwarts Black's attack and wins the Black Queen with a Knight Fork.

If 25...Nxc3, then 26. Rxg4+ Kf7 27. Rg7+! Kf6 28. Ne7! wins decisive material because of the two-move mate threat 28...Nb5 29. Nd5+! Kf5 30. Rg5#.

In the final position, Black resigns in lieu of the mate threat 27...Nf6 (27... Qf6 28. Rxa7+ Kg8 29. Qxh7#) 28. Rxh7+ Kg8 29. Qg6#.

Jun-23-08
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  benveniste: While 25. Bh6! is certainly a bold play, I think the pseudo rook sac 25. Rf7+ is a bit stronger.
Jun-23-08
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  jepflast: Pun: **** (four stars out of five.)
Jun-23-08  faroiden: 27.-Nf6 28.Qe6...
Jun-23-08  patzer2: See Dubois vs Count Kushelev-Bezborodko, 1858 before you make too much fun of the count.
Jun-23-08  Confuse: 26. Rg4+ was my favorite. But then again the continuation here led to mate immediately... Okay. fine.
Mar-01-09  WhiteRook48: Pun: ***** (5 stars out of 5)

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