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Oldrich Duras vs Vojtech Vlk
"Duras Hell Battery" (game of the day Oct-28-2014)
Family Feud (1902), Humna -
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio de Janeiro Variation (C67)  ·  1-0



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Sep-12-07  syracrophy: A lovely four-move mating sequence.

26.♗g7+!! <26...♔xg7 27.♖xh7+ ♔f8 28.♖h8+ ♔f7 29.♕xg6#>

27.♕xg6!! <27...♖xg6 28.♖xh7#>

28.♖xh7+!! <Leaving free the g8-square>

29.♕g8+!! ♖xg8 30.♖xg8# And White mated with only two pieces, against the black queen, bishops and a rook!

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  Phony Benoni: Fine game and pun, except for the small detail that the game does not contain a battery. White's attack keeps going and going, but that doesn't count..

Black didn't have enough power to buy a vowel.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: "Family Feud?!" What manner of strange name for a tournament is that?! Were Duras and Vlk relatives?

And how on earth does one pronounce "Vlk?"

Oct-28-14  SuperPatzer77: <An Englishman: Good Evening: "Family Feud?!" What manner of strange name for a tournament is that?! Were Duras and Vlk relatives?

And how on earth does one pronounce "Vlk?">

<An Englishman> It beats the heck out of me!!!

Family Feud, huh??? - Very strange


Oct-28-14  Gilmoy: The 2-deep g-wall suggests that h7 is pinned by a two-"rook" mate. After <25.Nf6 Qd8> 26.Qxg6 is also possible (hxg6 27.Bf8+ Rh7 28.Rxh7#). The immediate threat is 27.Bg7+ cutting h7, and Black has no effective way to add a defender to g7 or h7.
Oct-28-14  morfishine: Duras was a world-class player so Vlk has nothing to be ashamed of.

Apparently, this 'Family Feud' had been going on for some time. In their other recorded encounter from 1900, Duras dismantles the hapless Vlk from the Black side: V Vlk vs Duras, 1900

<Phony Benoni> Funny stuff, but doesn't the Rook on <g3> and the Queen on <g4> constitute a 'battery', or were you being sarcastic?


Oct-28-14  TheBish: Yes, the queen and rook on the g-file are a battery, as are the two rooks on the third rank! (Of course, the rook battery is incidental, as they aren't teaming up to attack anything on the third rank.)

Duras missed a forced mate in 5 with the simple 26. Qxg6 Qf8 (26...hxg6 27. Bf8+ Rh7 28. Rxh7# is even shorter) 27. Bxf8 Bxf2+ 28. Kxf2 Rxf8 29. Qg8+ (or 29. R/Qxh7+) Rxg8 30. Rxg8#.

Why did he throw in the unnecessary 26. Bg7+? Well, I think he figured the game would end as it did, with a flurry of flashy sacrifices. But Black could have held out longer with 27...Qg8,

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when White has a mate in 6 with 28. Qh6 Bxf2+ 29. Kxf2 Rf8 30. Rxg7 Rxf6+ 31. exf6 e5

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and White has his choice of mate in 2 with either 32. Rxg8+, 32. Rxh7+ or 32. Qxh7+.

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  Penguincw: Yay! Arabian Mate. 28.? would've made a good puzzle Tuesday-Wednesday POTD (especially today).
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  Phony Benoni: I must be stuck in that Old Time Terminology. To my mind, a battery involved a double attack, particularly a discovered check, such as this:

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The rook and bishop form the battery, which is fired by <1.Bh7+>.

If battery now refers to doubled heavy pieces, then I stand corrected. Or at least updated.

Then there is chess problem terminology, which may be a different thing altogether:

<battery> "A pair of pieces, where the front piece moves away to discover an attack from the back piece. For example, if a white knight stands between a white rook and the black king, moving the knight – that is, "firing" the battery – leads to check."

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  HeMateMe: great pun! It was hell for Vlk, and he got battered. Good enough for me.
Oct-28-14  kevin86: THe finale looked like one of those number puzzles. Arabian mate! one of the best.Remove black's rook and it is still mate.
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  alexmagnus: <And how on earth does one pronounce "Vlk?">

Strč prst skrz krk :).

Oct-28-14  tatarch: 19.b4 is a great interposition, preventing black from bringing the bishop back to f8 for defense.
Oct-28-14  BSizzle: <alexmagnus>, I had an old sergeant who used to say strč prst skrz krk whenever he lost an argument with his officers. Haven't heard that phrase in a dozen years!
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  WannaBe: Learn something new everyday.

Oct-28-14  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> I like your definition. I got my definition of a 'chess battery' from here, 'Glossary of Chess Terms':

Which defines Battery as: 'A lineup of pieces that move similarly on a single file or diagonal, usually pointing toward a critical point in the enemy's camp. Batteries can be created by Queen and Rooks on a file or rank, and Queen and Bishops on a diagonal.'

Sounds a bit simplified


Oct-28-14  Rookiepawn: <And how on earth does one pronounce "Vlk?">

No rocket science here I suppose: you start like saying "vicepresident", but stop at the first letter, then follow by the same trick with "lemming" and "Kevorkian".

Sounds like turkey's love call imho.

Oct-29-14  morfishine: <Rookiepawn> Excellent! A straightforward method to implement your instructions would be to (1) Imagine the word 'Vulcan' (2) Looking in the mirror, slowly speak the word 'Vulcan' 3-times, focusing on the correct enunciation, & (3) On the fourth attempt, stop at the letter 'c'

...and there you have the correct pronunciation of 'VLK'


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Pronunciation of Vlk.

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