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Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov vs Salomon Flohr
Baku m (1942), rd 8
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense Fianchetto Variation (C76)  ·  1-0



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Dec-19-06  syracrophy: I can't believe no one has kibitzed on this great game.

41.♗b8!! <<41...Qxb8 42.Qd7+ Kf8 43.Qd8+! Qxd8 44.Rxd8#> The Black ♘,♖ and ♗ blocked the escape ways to his own king! Just as if they were ♙s>

This should be a Puzzle of the Day from <<<<>>41.?>>

Jun-10-07  outsider: real good. flohr felt so insulted after being beaten (oh, he was so better a player, and makogonov dared to beat him)that he quit the match. and the last move is really great. i saw this game foir the first time when i was ten and was really impressed
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  Pawn and Two: Interestingly, 41.Bc5! also wins immediately. If 41...Qc7, then 42.Bb6!. The game finish was great, but I like this line even better due to the paradoxical nature of offering the Bishop twice.

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  GrahamClayton: <syracrophy>41.♗b8!! <<41...Qxb8 42.Qd7+ Kf8 43.Qd8+! Qxd8 44.Rxd8#> The Black ♘,♖ and ♗ blocked the escape ways to his own king! Just as if they were ♙s>


I wonder if this is the only game to feature a back rank mate where the king is trapped by three pieces rather than three pawns?

Dec-01-18  ndg2: Uh, that's a rare mate. I'm normally very astute when it comes to back rank mates, but even after 41. Bb8 I had to look twice to convince myself that the pieces are acting like silly pawns here.

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