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Konrad Bayer vs Ernst Falkbeer
"A Real Headache" (game of the day Feb-09-2009)
Vienna (1852)
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Waller Attack (C52)  ·  0-1



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Dec-20-10  Patriot: First I started looking at 21...Nf3+ and thought...oh...this is Anastasia's mate! 21...Ne2+ 22.Kh1 Qxh2+ 23.Kxh2 Rh4#.

This is a nice pattern to know, although maybe I've used it only once in practice.

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  Domdaniel: <sevenseaman> Thanks for your kind comment about my post. I seem to have made it about 22 months too early, though.

Nah, <Phony> fully deserves that prize. It must have been quite a surprise.

Dec-20-10  Fezzik: There's something about this mate that makes me think of Christmas. Thanks,!
Dec-20-10  gropek: Anyone wants to comment on the thought process to find such winning combinations? Supposing that you don't find it right a way by recognizing the pattern, of course.
Dec-20-10  Patriot: <gropek> If the pattern doesn't come to mind, then following all checks, captures, and threats to their conclusion will find it. But when the time is dwindling away during a game, it's easier said than done.

It's much better to know the patterns than it is to be able to "figure it out". Dan Heisman compares this to knowing the multiplication tables. It's better to know that 7x5=35 than it is to be able to calculate 7+7+7+7+7=35. In the latter case it's much easier to make a mistake.

Dec-20-10  VincentL: Let´s see if I can find some time to tackle these puzzles this week.

Here it is 21....Ne2+ 22. Kh1 Qxh2+ 23. Kxh2 Rh4 mate. All forced.

Time to check.

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  scormus: <bongaudio> yes correct, its the line I had too. When I realised it wasnt 21 ... Qxh2+ I looked for something that wasnt a Q-sac ;-) You beat me to the punch, I mean post!
Dec-20-10  dcarlisle: Nice to start the week with a no-brainer... Ne2+ is forcing
Dec-20-10  geeker: Anastasia's Mate day! Cool.
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  Phony Benoni: Just because it's Monday doesn't mean your brain should get off that easily. Here are a couple of easy variants on the Anastasia theme:

<White to play>
Casas vs Piazzini, 1952

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<White to play>
J Silverman vs E Eliskases, 1937

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  doubledrooks: <Phony Benoni> My solutions are:

Problem 1: 1. Qxh7+ Kxh7 2. hxg5+ Kg6 3. Ne7#

Problem 2: 1. Bxf7+ Kh8 2. Qxh7+ Kxh7 3. Rh4#

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  Phony Benoni: <doubledrooks> Exactly. Knowing the theme helps in finding similar ideas.
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  Once: <gropek: Anyone wants to comment on the thought process to find such winning combinations?>

<Once> upon a time, there was a young man, an old man and a middle-aged man. And all three sat down to solve puzzle of the day.

Straight away, the old man exclaimed: "Aha - Anastasia! Now she was a lovely girl. I knew her when I was much younger and she was just a sweet poppet with hardly a naughty thought in her pretty little head. Well, perhaps just one or two... Ahem... It's a memory thing, you know. That's how to solve these problems."

"Nah!" cried the youth, with the impetuousity and passion of his tender years. "I'll try anything, me. Any check and capture. I've no time for memories, old man. Experiences, life, the adrenaline rush. Let's sac our queen on h2. Doesn't work, a slap in the face. No mind, let's try Ne2+ first and then the queen sac. That's how you solve these puzzles. Look for the most forceful moves and see what happens next..."

The middle aged man was more contemplative. "Let's see... we have a knight, queen and rook close to the castled white king. That suggests a mating combination is possible. We might be able to arrange queen and rook on the h file to mate on h2. but that looks too slow. But what is a mate except giving a check to a stalemated king? So let's stalemate the white king first. 21....Ne2+ leaves the king with only h1. Now we need to check, check, check him until dead. And it looks like we have a reloader on the h file - Qxh2+, Rh4#, with the knight covering all the escape squares."

The three men went their separate ways. The old man had the memories and the life experiences, but no longer the energy to recreate them. The young man had the energy and the courage to try anything, but he lacked the wisdom to know what not to try.

And the middle aged man had a wife, 2.2 kids, mortgage and a Volvo...

Dec-20-10  wals: Yes, Her Majesty, committed herself to a ghastly demise once more, for the common good.

Rybka 4 x 64 blunders only

WHITE : depth : 18 : 5 min :
(-2.49):14.Bxe6. Best, Nf3, -1.10.

1. (-1.10): 14.Nf3 Na5 15.Qc3 Nf6 16.Nbd2 0-0 17.Ba3 Rd8 18.Bb2 Nxc4 19.Nxc4 Bc5 20.Rae1 Qh6 21.Nce5 Rd5 22.Qc2

BLACK : depth : 20 : 5 min :
(-1.05):16...Rf8. Best, Nd4, -2.51.

1. (-2.51): 16...Nd4 17.Qe4 Nxf3+ 18.gxf3 0-0-0 19.Nd2 Nc6 20.Qg4+ Qxg4+[] 21.fxg4 Ne5 22.Kg2 Nxg4 23.h3 Nf6 24.a4 Rhe8 25.Nc4 Bd4 26.Ra2 Nd5 27.Bg5 Rd7 28.Ra3 Re2 29.Rf3 c5 30.Rc1 Kc7

WHITE : depth : 19 : 5 min :
(-4.44):17.Bg5. Best, Nbd2, -1.00.

1. (-1.00): 17.Nbd2 Qf5 18.Qxf5 Rxf5 19.Bb2 Kf7 20.Nc4 Rd8 21.Rfe1 Kg8 22.Rac1 Nd5 23.Nxb6 axb6 24.Ne5 Ra8 25.Nxc6 bxc6 26.Rxc6 Rxa2 27.Bd4 Rf4 28.Rd1

2. (-1.23): 17.Re1 Qf5 18.Qxf5 Rxf5 19.Nbd2 Ba5 20.Ba3 0-0-0 21.Bxe7 Bxd2[] 22.Bxd8 Bxe1 23.Bxc7 Bxf2+ 24.Kxf2 Kxc7 25.Rc1 Kd6 26.Kg3 Ra5 27.Rc2 h6 28.Kg4 Nb4 29.Rd2+ Kc5 30.Nd4 Rxa2 31.Ne6+ Kc4 32.Rxa2

WHITE : depth : 11 : 3 min :
(-#5):20.Qxb7. Best, Qd3, -5.43.

BLACK : depth : 16 : 2 min :
(-4.26):20...Kxe7. Best, Ne2, -#5.

1. (-#5): 20...Ne2+ 21.Kh1 Ng3+ 22.Kg1 Bxf2+ 23.Rxf2 Qd1+ 24.Rf1 Rxf1#

WHITE : depth : 19 : 3 min :
(-#3): 21.Qxa8. Best, Nc3, -4.40.


and the end of the line for White.

Dec-20-10  sarayu: at first i panicked. It was monday, and the queen sac didn't seem to work. So, I reasoned, the queen sac must come on the second move--it is Monday after all. And lo and behold, second move. What a relief.
Dec-20-10  WhiteRook48: 21...Ne2+ 22 ...Qxh2+ 23 ...Rh4#
Dec-20-10  estrick: <gropek: Anyone wants to comment on the thought process to find such winning combinations?>

If you can arrive at a position like the one in this game after 20 moves, the rest is easy.

All four of Black's pieces are aimed at White's king. Three of White's pieces are still on the back rank, with two of them still on their original squares.

Black had to have some fairly steely nerves during the several moves preceding this position (or more to the point, very good calculating skill), as White had what superficially looked like a very dangerous attack against Black's king.

But Black proceeded to continue developing the rest of his pieces, while simultaneously getting White's developed knight and bishop off the board. White's queen provides insufficient defense for the White king given all that Black has arrayed against it.

Whenever I get that many pieces pointed at my opponent's king, I always figure that there's a knock out blow in there somewhere.

Dec-20-10  BOSTER: This is the position afer 20.Qxb7

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Here <Domdaniel> has found very nice mate in 5. (see your comment). This mating line is not well-known pattern and enough complicated. This mate requires many pieces (queen,rook ,bishop,knight), but in reality you are not very often have such possibilities,when such power can easily penetrate into opponent's camp ,which army did not finish the development(rook on a1 knight on b1). The mate in the real game is more popular and I'd say is very beautiful. <sevenseaman> <as the game demands that a forcing win opportunity needs to be grabbing as soon as it arises. So the obvious assumption here that Falkbeer missed it>. Do you really think so?
<Domdaniel> began mating combo earlier (move 20). ,but the game finished on move24. Falkbeer began mating combo later (move 21) ,but finished game before <Domdaniel> move 23! My guess,that playing 18...Nd4 black had already seen mate with queen sacr.

Dec-20-10  thickhead: <Phony benoni> For a game of 1852 you have illusrated a game of 1952 and the next should have been of 2052,not 1937.
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  Phony Benoni: <thickhead> There won't be any. Thanks to the Puzzle of the Day, by 2052 the mating pattern will be so well known that nobody will fall for it.
Dec-20-10  turbo231: I think Bayer needed an aspirin after this game.
Dec-20-10  fyad reject: missed another monday - didnt even matter that ive seen this mating pattern before. considered and immediately rejected 22. Qxh2 because i couldnt see the rook continuation that insta-wins since im a giant tard
Dec-20-10  dzechiel: <fyad reject> ... TMI, guy.
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  kevin86: Anastasia's mate!!

21...♘e2? 22 ♔h1 ♕xh2+ 23 ♔xh2 ♖h4#

Apr-03-15  Brit: Looks way more like the trap was the rook sacrifice. And it was so late into the game, that why would the knight on b1 still be there? That's probably white's mistake.
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