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Iossif Davidovich Dorfman vs Vitaly Tseshkovsky
"Royal Discoveries" (game of the day Sep-22-2015)
46th USSR Championship (1978), Tbilisi GEO, rd 17, Dec-??
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: Unfortunately, the result of the game is incorrect, and should be <0-1>. I've submitted a correction.

Tseshkovsky needed a win in this last round game to tie Tal for the championship, and did he ever get it in style! The finish is lovely, featuring two consecutive discovered checks by his king.

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  Oginschile: What a problem finish. Great tactical vision by Tseshkovsky
Sep-09-09  WhiteRook48: should be 0-1, not 1-0
Feb-15-11  Cardinal Fang: Thanks CG for fixing the result of this one so quickly.
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  GrahamClayton: <Phony Benoni>The finish is lovely, featuring two consecutive discovered checks by his king.

<Phony Benoni>,
An amazing finish - I can't think of another game with two consecutive discovered checks uncovered by the King.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Beautiful finish, almost like a composed problem.
Sep-22-15  Abdel Irada: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Beautiful finish, almost like a composed problem.>

Exactly my impression of it. Might make a good POTD; for which day would depend on which move it started on. (If it's move 48, for example, it could even be a Sunday puzzle.)

Sep-22-15  nalinw: Yes - and therefore a GREAT pun - if one can call this a pun.

By the way I can't think of another game with even one discovered check resulting from a King move.

Sep-22-15  ColdSnowman: Not a very skilled chess player, so I'm sure there is a reason, but why move 41 Qxc5 and not Rxf6?
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  beatgiant: <ColdSnowman>
On 41. Rxf6 <Ng4+> 42. Kg1 Nxe3 43. Rd6 Nxg2 44. Kxg2 Kf8 etc. and Black will soon pick up the d-pawn and end up a pawn ahead in the endgame.
Sep-22-15  ColdSnowman: <beatgiant>


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  The HeavenSmile: black had an absolute monster knight in that game. causing white all kinds of queen-side problems during the mid-game, pulling some defensive duty on move 45 before finally delivering a check sacrifice that leads to mate in 1! good stuff
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  kevin86: The mate here looks like the mate in the problem...the queen mates on the file.
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  Once: What vision! Very impressive. It is the sort of finish that should have both players chortling.

Unique? I've never seen anything quite like it.

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  thegoodanarchist: White is forced into a "helpmate" because his only move after 55...Ng5+ is 56.hxg5, which will be answered by 56...Qh8#
Sep-23-15  Abdel Irada: <Unique? I've never seen anything quite like it.>

By an interesting coincidence, that's what "unique" means. :-D

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  Alex Schindler: @nalinw

Lasker has an extremely famous miniature where he delivered checkmate by discovered check moving his king for the first time - Kd2# is a very strange bit of notation.

That said, he had the option of an even cooler finish, an unheard of (to my knowledge) 0-0-0#.

Not only is that how the miniature ends, but that move - his nineteenth, I believe - was the culmination of a remarkable combination that began with a queen sac on h7 on move 11. He sacrificed the queen on move eleven recognizing that the king on g8 was to be mated on the first rank by a discovered check!

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  Alex Schindler: This one
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912
It was the eighteenth move (duh, the king was chased through seven ranks to mate. I dunno why I thought 19).

Phony benoni posted some more beautiful ones such as this one Prins vs L Day, 1968

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  OhioChessFan: Great game, great pun. I'm having a look at some of Tseshkovsky's games and he had some serious talent.
Oct-06-18  newzild: Added to my collection Game Collection: The Best Games You've Never Heard Of on account of the unique mating combo.
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White now plays 50.g6.

It is incredible that the Black king now strolls from g7 to f2 in just 5 moves. It reminds me of Barium dripping through an intestine.

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