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Arthur William Dake vs Austin De Burca
Olympiad (1935), Warsaw, Poland, rd 6, Aug-20
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Apr-14-08  ganstaman: <mwroblewski: Anyway, one more reason why I don't like French Defense. As Wilhelm Steinitz said it's "the dullest of all openings".>

Try telling that to Moro. Judit Polgar vs Morozevich, 2000, for instance, even in the Burn variation.

Apr-14-08  griga262: A very easy one. Black just didn't leave himself any wiggle room after the 17th move.
Apr-14-08  gtgloner: Nuthin' to it!
18. Qxh7+ Kxh7 (forced)
19. hg#
Apr-14-08  TheaN: 1/1

Ah, these puzzles are so epicly annoying for NOT appearing on my board... when that does happen than that's for my opponents.

18.Qxh7+ Kxh7 19.hxg6# 1-0.

Probably not expected by Black, seeing he was the one preparing the whole combination, starting with 13....g6, I guess.

Apr-14-08  zoat22: <jolly wally> thats such a dumb comment
Apr-14-08  UdayanOwen: <zoat22: <jolly wally> thats such a dumb comment>

I think <jolly wally> was making a tongue in cheek response to <thefableddavid's> similar comment....

I got this one in .00037 seconds.......


Apr-14-08  UdayanOwen: Its true I timed it and everything
Apr-14-08  YouRang: With our queen under attack, there was little else to consider besides the Qxh7 sac that beging a mate-in-2.

Still, it's an interesting mate, and a little hard-to-see. Besides removing the h-pawn, the queen sac also drives the king to a square (h7) where the subsequent pawn capture (hxg6) not only exposes the king to the rook attack, but (importantly) the pawn itself also delivers check.

The double-check makes it impossible to block the rook attack with the bishop. A rather unusual mate in that sense.

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  johnlspouge: <<UdayanOwen> wrote: I got this one in .00037 seconds.......>

<<UdayanOwen> wrote: Its true I timed it and everything>

...and it took you 0.00036 seconds to pull out the stopwatch ;>)

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  kevin86: This one was quite easy. Black's king is in the ultimate quandry:having to fight off a pawn stab to the heart while a castle wall falls upon him.

Double checks:brutal AND elegant!

Apr-14-08  max201: nice double check.......enjoyed it!
Apr-14-08  Magic Castle: <UdayanOwen> You must be referring to the key move that you merely guessed right or you are kidding us. Just to look where the pieces are will take at least a second. Thanks for the comedy.
Apr-14-08  A.G. Argent: <dzechiel:...The three move mate is fun to get off. 11.dxc4 Ng3+ 12. hxg3 hxg3+ 13. Nh4 Rxh4# 0-1.> You big bully, you. (Nudge, nudge.)
Apr-14-08  UdayanOwen: DAMMIT <Magic CASTLE>!!! Don't try and undermine my brilliance!!!
Apr-14-08  UdayanOwen: And <Johnlspouge> is on the right track.... Most of the .00037 seconds was the reaction time, after completing the puzzle, for my brain to send a message to my thumb and and for my thumb to stop the clock.
Apr-14-08  eblunt: Too slow <UdayanOwen> I got this one even before I click on the page.
Apr-14-08  lost in space: 18. Dxh7 Kxh7 19. hxg6#
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  DarthStapler: Got it
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  dzechiel: <A.G. Argent: <dzechiel:... You big bully, you. (Nudge, nudge.)>

Sometimes it does feel that way. But then I suffer an embarrassing defeat at the hands of a different unknown guest player and I realize that what goes around comes around.

Apr-14-08  wals: Static Evaluation: White is down a pawn. Has a Knight for a dark diagonal bishop. Black is underdeveloped.

Dynamic Evaluation: White has more mobility. The black King is immobile. The white Queen is en prise.

Abstract Assessment: If the Queen takes h7+, the King must tale the Queen, ph5xg6+ and the King is rooked to death (a ghastly fate) by Rh2, unable to take g6 because of Bd3.
Reasonable moves, Qxh7, ph5xg6
Candidate Move:
18.Qxh7+ ...Kxh7 19.h5xg6#


Result is exactly by the script

Apr-14-08  TrueBlue: I found this one rather difficult because of all the variations. More difficult than the typical Monday.
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  patzer2: For today's easy Monday puzzle solution, 18. Qxh7+! initiates a mate-in-two with double discovered check and mate after 18...Kxh7 19. h5xg6#.
Apr-14-08  GannonKnight: TB -- Glad to see it was a bit of a struggle for you as well. A clever solution, but it took a tad longer than the usual Monday.
Apr-14-08  grasser: Austin needs lessons. He resigns this game because he thinks he is going a piece down. All he loses is a pawn. M Raizman vs A De Burca, 1935

Mar-09-09  WhiteRook48: Austin is a bad player
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