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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Kolb
Nurnberg (1894) (unorthodox)
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Jan-24-09  WhiteRook48: SMOTHERED MATE!! WOW!!
I just can't stop cheering over Tarrasch
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  DiceToThat: No doubt the smothered mate is pretty, but this was basically mop-up duty. Tarrasch also could have taken his queen. Then just thrown one of his rooks at him just 'cause he felt like it. A bit of a blowout at this point.
Apr-08-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Smothered mate in 3. And that White's queen is attacked doesn't matter, because the initial check is a double one.

If I recall correctly, I've never gotten one of these classic smothered mates over the board. But I did have an opponent walk into the set-up, and only catch himself when he had to sacrifice the exchange to avert it.

Apr-08-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: I love odds games, because the sound thing to do is attack unsoundly. :) I only recall giving queen odds a couple of times, but it was loads of fun when I did. :D

In related news, I played double bughouse back when it was still called Siamese chess. :)

Apr-08-14  M.Hassan: "Easy"
White to play 27.?
White is a Bishop+Knight ahead and can still take Black Queen for a Knight but he has a "suffocating" mate ahead of him that need not take the Queen:

27.Nb6++ (double check)
<if...Kd8 28.Qd7#>
28.Qc8+! Rxc8
Smothered mate.

Apr-08-14  scormus: <Cheapo> I always wanted to do one of these in a game and the nearest I got was just a few weeks ago. But my opponent must have seen the possibility and headed the play in a different direction
Apr-08-14  jrbleau: This Kolb character was an awful player.
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  agb2002: White has two extra pieces and can even increase that huge material advantage with 27.Qxg6 or 27.Nxf8+.

However, White can quickly put an end to this massacre with 27.Nb6+ Kb8 (27... Kd8 28..Qd7#) 28.Qc8+ Rxc8 29.Nd7#.

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  agb2002: The diagram shows an inexistent knight on b1.
Apr-08-14  Patriot: 27.Nb6++ Kb8 28.Qc8+ Rxc8 29.Nd7# or 27...Kd8 28.Qd7#
Apr-08-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: <scormus>,

On the plus side, when I was hired as a stock analyst, one of the senior guys decided to try his hand against me. I beat him 3 games out of 4, in one case mating in 17 moves or so via a classic Bh7+ sacrifice, a tactic he'd never seen before. After that he bought a chess computer to practice with, notwithstanding that it was 1981 and the quality of same was terrible.

Apr-08-14  radtop: I hope Kolb got Tarrasch's autograph on his score sheet.
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  hoodrobin: Quote of the Day

"Discovered check is the dive-bomber of the chessboard."

--- Fine

So it was an easy++ task today.

Apr-08-14  YouRang: Sure, 27.Nb6+ is pretty smother mate in 3, but the dumb and ugly 27.Qxg6 should be faster (assuming black has enough sense to resign on the spot).

Kind of a weak puzzle since white has a number of moves that win easily.

Apr-08-14  SimonWebbsTiger: Hopefully Kolb found music and love a source of happyness for he sure as hell sucked at chess. 2/3 wouldn't be bad!
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  Once: Tarrasch has a sense of humour. He starts the game at odds, with his queen knight off the board. So he wins the game mostly with his king's knight whilst re-enacting either one of the tango scenes from True Lies.

His king's knight makes 10 of his 29 moves, including giving the final mate. Here's the fun little sequence at the end...

After 20...Nc6? we start here:

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Fritzie doesn't like 20...Nc6. His evaluation drops from a suffering +1.2 (ish) for a move like 20...Kc8 to a fatal +6. It can't be good to open a file to a queen-rook battery.

First tango ... 21. Ne6+ Kd7 22. Nxc5+ Kc8 23. Qe6+ Kb8

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The white queen lumbers into position while the knight is doing all the work. White has recovered his odds piece and is still dancing. Now to chop off the Nf6.

24. Nd7+ Kc8 25. Nxf6+ Kb8 26. Nd7+ Kc8

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And this brings us to the starting position for today's puzzle. The knight's tango has removed the black Nf6 which was guarding the d7 square. Now the stage is set for the smothered mate - the chess equivalent of drinking Dom Perignon from your partner's navel in a box at La Scala.

27. Nb6+ Kb8 28. Qc8+ Rxc8 29. Nd7# *

And the re-enactment of the tango scene from True Lies? Waddya mean he can't re-enact a scene from a film which would not be shot or released for exactly another 100 years? Details, details ...

The point about True Lies is that Arnold Schwarzenegger may have many talents, but dancing does not appear to be one of them. In both tango scenes he largely stands still or walks up and down while his female co-stars dance around him. Have a look at this dubbed version to see what I mean...

For an added bonus, look out for the immortal Bill Paxton - the only actor to have been nixed by an alien, a predator and a terminator and who also flew a thunderbird.

And somehow it seems funnier when overdubbed into ... Russian?

Apr-08-14  Nick46: Kolb's Nuremberg trials & tribulations.
Apr-08-14  kereru: took me all of 2 seconds and I'm not even 2000
Apr-08-14  morfishine: 27.Nb6++ forces mate
Apr-08-14  Memethecat: Nice smothered mate 27.Nb6+ Kb8 (...Kd8 28.Qd7#) 28.Qc8+ Rxc8 29.Nd7#

I got my own (first ever in open play), smothered mate in a rapid game a couple of days ago:

1e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1 d5 6.Bb5 Bd7 7.Bxc6 Bxc6 8.Nxe5 Qf6 9.Nxc6 Qxf2+ <this is were saw the possibility of smothered mate> 10.Kh1 Bc5 11.d3? Qg2+ 12.Rxg2 Nf2#

Very satisfying, even if it wasn't best play.

Apr-08-14  CC0112358: 27. Nb6++ forces mate in 3

Also possible

27. Qxg6 with crushing material advantage

27. Nf8+ double attack followed by 27....Qxg6.....

Looks like the first page diagram has an extra Knight in b2?!

Apr-08-14  zb2cr: I saw the smothered mate line so quickly. It seemed to be less than a second.

White began the game at Knight odds but by now has an extra Bishop. He could win prosaically by simply snatching Black's Queen to go up by Q+B, or he could play 27. Nxf8+, Qxe6; 28. Rxe6, b6 and be up by R+B. However, the game line is mate in 3 by 27. Nb6+, Kb8 (27. ... Kd8; 28. Qd7#); 28. Qc8+, Rxc8; 29. Nd7#.

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  Penguincw: My first thought was 27.Nf8+, winning a full rook, but then I saw 27.Nb6+, which forces a much quicker win. First time in some time I'm 2/2.
Apr-08-14  PJs Studio: Discount double check
Apr-08-14  YetAnotherAmateur: This was fun: Nb6+ jumped out for the double-check. That gives black only 2 possible moves:

27. ... Kd8 28. Qd7#

27. ... Kb8 28. Qc8+ Rxc8 29. Nd7#

Personally, I find the second one quite pretty, since it combines double check with a smothered mate.

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