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George Henry Mackenzie vs Frederick Perrin
New York (1868), NY
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1-0



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May-04-05  Genevieve: What else could black do in move 10, but take white's queen? Guess black didn't see the mate in 2 coming...
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  WannaBe: <Genevieve> I think 10. ... ♕c8 might take the pressure off.

By not moving the ♕ Black ♔ is locked in.

Shredder 9 gives this line:

10. ... fxe5
11. ♕xg4 ♕d7
12. ♕h5+ ♘g6
13. ♗g5 c6
14. a4 b5

May-04-05  Genevieve: <WannaBe> Your line 10. ... ♕c8 indeed relieves the pressure on the black king and avoids the text mate in 2 by providing an escape square for the black king, but looses the bishop (11. ♘e5x♗g4), leaving black 2 pieces down. Schredder's recapturing of the knight makes more sense, but also looses the bisshop (11. ♕d1x♗g4).
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  WannaBe: <Genevive> Oh yeah, that ♗ is gone, Adios, no mas, sayonara.

The mistake was made on the exchange. (In my opinion.)

It should have been...

9. dxe5 dxe5 then if white
10. ♘xe5 ♘xe5 and ♘ on e5 protects the ♗

May-04-05  Genevieve: <WannaBe> You're right, black's recapturing the pawn with the knight in move 9 was a fatal mistake. Anything else would have been better, IMO. I guess black liked the look of having the knight on e5, threathening c4 and f3, and considered the knight on f3 not dangerous because it is pinned to the queen.
Nov-02-05  schnarre: I agree with Schredder's line as well, but from what I've seen 4...Qe7 simply can't be recommended (with Nd5 only a few hoofbeats away).
Feb-26-08  Knight13: At least this is better than the <...Bg4 Nxe5> trick that usually results in Four Knights Game with Guico Piano bishops on c4 and c5.
Sep-03-09  birthtimes: This game is in the classic book on each possible type of mate, "The Art of the Checkmate" by Georges Renaud and Victor Kahn. If a beginner absorbed this book, "Strategy and Tactics in Chess" by Euwe, and "Essential Chess Endings" by James Howell, s/he would be, at the very least, an expert chess player.
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  Phony Benoni: We definitely have some wrong information here.

In <The Albion> for January 6, 1866, this game was given as <"...played lately at the N.Y. Chess Club, between Captain Mackenzie (White) and a well-known amateur from Brooklyn (Black)>."

That would indicate the game was played in late 1865 or very early 1866, not 1868--unless MacKenzie pulled this off twice.

May-29-12  screwdriver: Looks good. I'm not sure too many players in the modern era would fall for that though.
Jul-18-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Mackenzie vs F Perrin, 1868.
Your score: 24 (par = 19)


Dec-30-14  billyhan: Interestingly, this same mate can occur on the 12th move of a Ruy Lopez (see "Benjafield vs Wippell, 1938").
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