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Hendriks vs Gerard Welling
GESS jubilee (1977), Sittard NED
Spanish Game: General (C60)  ·  0-1

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Oct-09-06
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  Cannon Fodder: Hi James, I'm glad I'm not the only one. I should have taken more time to look past the "nope, not there, he'll take my queen" phase. I'm a beginner, as you may have guessed. I feel bad for missing this, especially since I've been practicing the knight+bishop+king mate lately. Well, I hope my sad experience today means I won't miss a mate like this when one comes up in actual play.
Oct-09-06  YouRang: Geez, I haven't blown a Monday puzzle yet, but came close today! :-(

It took me several minutes to see this mate in 2. I need to go slap myself a few times...

Oct-09-06  syracrophy: Ahhhh! Monday! Finally! A fine rest after a tough head-break at sunday! :-P

Oct-09-06
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  kevin86: The puzzle was quite easy! If you take off the bishop at c7 and add a white pawn at h2,the game is a perfect smothered mate. Even back it up to make a mate in five! The text moves are totally identical to that.

OK,it's not a smothered mate-but will have to do until a real one comes along.

Oct-09-06  Haeron: Go Mondays! At first I thought it was white to play, but then, upon seeing it was in fact Black's move, saw the mate in a couple of seconds.

Also. Hello, chessgames!

I'm new.

Oct-09-06  kelu: Why this problem doesnt begin after 34. Qc6 ?
Oct-09-06  Operation Mindcrime: Nice one! The minute I spotted the escape at h2 cut off by the bishop, I was able to figure out ♕g1+!

By the way, does anyone know where I can find a similar game by Najdorf - I forget against whom? It had a similar smothered mate pattern, but with White winning, and a bishop at h7 cutting off the escape g8 after a block had been forced at f8. (It was used as an illustration in one of Gerald Abrahams' books, but my copy has turned to dust by now... :-)

Oct-09-06  Operation Mindcrime: Hurray, I found it!

Najdorf vs NN, 1942

Shows how bad my memory is.....the block by the ♖ was at e8, not f8. Anyway, it's another nice "pattern mate".

Oct-09-06  doglikegroove: I was getting worried there for a second.

But then, "Oh, <black> to move."

Oct-09-06
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  OhioChessFan: <Doesn't 37. ... Nf2+; 38. Kg1, Ng4+; 39. Kf1, Qf2# also work? >

<zb2cr> 39. Kh1

Oct-09-06  Amulet: The game of chess is really an endeavor with the only objective of annihilating the enemy king and all that stand against the way, with no mercy, so cruel!
Oct-09-06  Amulet: ...and yet so interesting, fantastic and so invigorating! Hooray to chess!
Oct-09-06  ksh123: I thought of 37. ...g4. Looks like that works too, doesnt it?
Oct-09-06  DanielBryant: Somebody on the last page gave 33.Kxh2 g4 34.e5 gxf3 as a win for White. I think Black is still winning in that position, can you expand on that line?
Oct-09-06  DeepThought: I just wanted to show off my new avatar...actually a photograph of the chess computer Deep Thought.

Of course, I didn't expect the Queen's sacrifice in the first place, that's why it took me 5 minutes to solve.

Oct-09-06  RookFile: Well, at least your avatar is not a picture of a toilet...
Oct-09-06  CoryLetain: An easy queen sac again.
Oct-09-06
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  gawain: I'll throw in my two cents. Saw the solution immediately. Too easy? If it was, I don't mind--I never get tired of smothered or almost-smothered mates.
Oct-09-06  handro1104: Why didn't White play 33 kxf2?
Oct-09-06
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  jahhaj: <handro1104> Good question, maybe time trouble?

<DanielBryant> After 33.Kxf2 g4 34.e5 gxf3 35.Qxc7 White is simply a piece up.

Oct-09-06  greensfield: Got this one. The two dark escape squares for the White King are covered by Blacks Queen & Rook. The Knight check on f2 unfortunatly gets in the way and allows King to escape to g1. However if Black first checks with Queen on g1, forcing White to take the Queen with the Knight, blocking escape to g1. The Knight check on f2 is now mate! Nice simple puzzle for a Monday.
Oct-09-06  Fezzik: Some day the Philidor Mating theme will get old. Until then, these will be good Monday puzzles.
Oct-09-06  dzechiel: Smothered mates kind of jump of the board at you once you have seen a few.
Oct-09-06  Billy Ray Valentine: I know it's monday, but I think they should have started this puzzle at move 34 instead of 37. If you know what a smothered mate is, you'll get this puzzle in 2 seconds or less.
Sep-27-18  Gejewe: This player is not Richard Hendriks, but a player from the Limburg region.
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