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Hans Lindehn vs Ladislas Maczuski
"A Show of Hans" (game of the day Oct-29-2014)
Paris (1863), Paris FRA
Danish Gambit: Accepted. Copenhagen Defense (C21)  ·  1-0



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Jun-12-13  Patriot: It seems that 14.Qg4 wins. 14...Qxg4?? 15.Bf6#; 14...Qd6 15.Bf6+ Qxf6 16.Qxg8#.

I don't see any other critical responses worth considering.

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  perfidious: <playground player: Does anybody play the Danish Gambit anymore?>

The biggest problem with such openings is that Black defenders have learnt from games such as this and no longer grab everything on offer.

Jun-12-13  Kinghunt: I'm surprised nobody's mentioned this yet, but the solution is almost identical to the finish in this famous game: Fischer vs Fine, 1963
Jun-12-13  Mendrys: Black is so underdeveloped that it may be harder to find "White to play and lose."
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  perfidious: <Kinghunt>: There have been several direct references to that game in these pages, the most recent of which was by <MoonlitKnight>.
Jun-12-13  BOSTER: I'd like to represent couple pos. from <Danish> to show how the author of the brilliant combo, who knows the players psychology very well, creates so irresistable temptation, such strong a lure that no any man can escape.

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Black to play. Here black played cxb2, and white answered with <crazy> Rd1. After bxa1=Q <White has a dream position>. <Domdaniel> and the move.

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  chrisowen: <Abdel Irada> Shook f6 cover g4 ra map has g8#,

rough off master bull you lent f4 log go ok g8 and a mans 14.Qg4 a zap a problem one at on exactly.

rains d6 alive ala crossfireignoble 15.bf6+ dink,

f6 to a danger 16.Qxg8 at elbow judge o pearly.

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  perfidious: <BOSTER>: White gives up some more material with 1.Qxf7+ and Ne6 mate.
Jun-12-13  tivrfoa: Hi <morfishine> <I became hypnotized with <14.Qe2> hitting e7 & e8> one tip: I also first analysed 14.Qe2, but it was giving too much work for Wednesday!! =) Then I realized that if I placed the bishop on f6 it would be checkmate, but black queen was there, then BINGO. So it's just force the black queen to leave the f6 unprotected.
Jun-12-13  montree: My very first glance at the position noted the hapless position of Black king. The mate with Bf6 suggests itself. Black Queen is guarding the square. So 'remove the defender' - Qg4! then I noted that Qg4 opens up a veiled attack against the Black rook in case black refuses the 'bait'. Medium, Nah- Super easy.
Jun-12-13  Patriot: <BOSTER> 1.Qxf7+ Nxf7 2.Bxf7+ Kd8 3.Ne6# (as <perfidious> noted). Wow--thanks for pointing this position out! That's a beautiful combination!
Jun-13-13  thegoodanarchist: < MoonlitKnight: I immediately recognized the mating pattern from Fischer-Fine. It helps to study the classics!>

Me too! I find it hard to imagine Fischer hadn't seen this game. He was known to have an extensive chess library with content going way back to the old games.

Jun-13-13  morfishine: <tivrfoa> Yes, I began to realize my solution was taking too long and wasn't very "puzzle-like". But thats one of the benefits of these type of puzzles: If one can find an alternative winning line, thats all to the good. And in my case, what with my time being exhausted, thats where I was left

Thanks for looking!

Mar-16-14  Xeroxx: FischervsFine-esque.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A game that makes me wonder if perhaps good defensive moves were banned by 19th Century rules of chess.
Oct-29-14  newzild: I started thiking of Fischer vs Fine, 1963, as soon as Black played 10...Qg5. I see that <Kinghunt> is on the same page.
Oct-29-14  SeanAzarin: <playground player: Does anybody play the Danish Gambit anymore?>

Don't know about at the grandmaster level, but at the 1400 level, casual chess, where I reside I sometimes use it, just for the heck of it. I like to vary my openings.

Oct-29-14  Garech: Shades of Fischer vs Fine, 1963


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  Bubo bubo: Black violates more or less any tried and tested opening principle: he hunts pawns, trades his few developed pieces, and moves his queen prematurely. And he gets his comeuppance prompt!
Oct-29-14  kevin86: White retreats the bishop to attack the king and opens his queen to the adverse rook. But as it turns out- it is the rook that is in danger.
Oct-29-14  Castleinthesky: Rather than a GOTD, this is an anti-GOTD-as black gives white every gift imaginable for a win. Not much of a show if there is bad acting.
Oct-29-14  sneaky pete: Patzer sees a check, patzer gives a check: 12... Qc5+

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How does it go now?

Schachzeitung (1869, page 144, thanks <Calli>) writes "After 12... Qc5+ 13.Kh1 Qxc4 14.Bxg7 .. is decisive", but even in 1863 a sacrifice could be declined. In this line Black can play the ugly 13... f6

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when it's not clear to me if and how White can win.

12.h4 .. looks winning, now it's impossible for the BQ to keep defending both g7 and e7.

Oct-29-14  JTV: The losing move for black was 7...Nxe4. Gee, here's a couple of bishops staring at an un-castled position and instead of castling into safety, black decides to whack the e4 pawn. Of course white played it smart and castled the next move but what does black do? He keeps attacking with the same knight by 8...Nxc3. By move 10...Qg5 black is down by a rook, roughly speaking. By the time we get to move 14, black will either play c3 or face checkmate. So he retreats his queen to d6? Oh I get it, it's the year 1863...
May-20-15  grasser: I was able to play something very similar over 100 years later.

G Grasser vs A McGeorge, 2013

Aug-19-20  schnarre: ...That was quick!
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