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Timo Porrasmaa vs Martin Alexander Becker
"Third Rank Mate" (game of the day Dec-19-2016)
European Club Cup (2006), Feugen AUT, rd 3, Oct-10
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense Accepted (A13)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: And that, boys and girls, is why you move the center pawns early. You don't want your poor king running into Third Rank Mate, do you?
Apr-02-12  LoveThatJoker: Interesting game!


Dec-19-16  AlicesKnight: A pairing with the POTD where the open White third rank matters. White does not have much of a plan and Black takes control of the centre.
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  Infohunter: As I was playing this game over I kept wondering to myself, "When is White going to move his center Pawns?" And by golly, he never did! That certainly had to have been a major factor in his loss.
Dec-19-16  mila92: The bad move, being the factor in loss is for me: 28.Kf4?? Why the king is going to the center instead of coming back to a secure shelter in g2!
Dec-19-16  The Kings Domain: Black was certainly having an off-day.
Dec-19-16  gofer: <35 g5+> would have allowed white to continuing a losing battle for a while at least...

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But <35 gxf5?> is just suicide....

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  thegoodanarchist: Good name for this GOTD (not a pun, thouhg).
Dec-19-16  SpiritedReposte: That third rank mate is first rate, mate.
Dec-19-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

In which White lives and dies by a principle, and ends by walking into a mate-in-one.

Dec-19-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

I haven't checked this with an engine, but it seems to me White is okay after 26. e3.

This forces the bishops off and increases the pressure on c5 in a position where the knight can move to b2 as a further prophylactic against Black's c5-c4.

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  ChessHigherCat: I think Bd4# was far more aesthetically pleasing (just kidding)
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  GrahamClayton: Bizarre final position - you normally see the King tucked behind three pawns after castling, and not being mated in front of three pawns.
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