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Karel Opocensky vs Karel Hromadka
"Christmas Karels" (game of the day Dec-25-2012)
Christmas Tournament (1931), Kosice CSR
Dutch Defense: Staunton Gambit. General Variation (A83)  ·  1-0



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Dec-25-12  master of defence: <Phony Benoni> Thank you so much for these puzzles that you posted in your chess forum. Unfortunately, I'm not a premium member. But you're looks a very good player.
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  WannaBe: <master of defence: .. Unfortunately, I'm not a premium...>

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Dec-25-12  Llawdogg: Merry Christmas!
Dec-25-12  Maladetta: The gift that keeps on giving mate.
Dec-25-12  YouRang: <Once: <Phony Benoni> Good spot. It seems we have a double blunder here. 24. g4 should have thrown away the win if black had found 24...Rd7 or Rd8. >

Yes, after <23...Ke5?> the forced (and pretty) mate-in-3 was

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24.Rxd5+! cxd5 25.g4! Re7 (to prevent Re6#) 26.Nd3+! exd3 27.f4#

Dec-25-12  YouRang: <Phony Benoni: Yay! I thought this had been picked since it disappeared off my Pun Submission List. >

Excellent pun! Obviously, was saving it for the appropriate occasion. :-)

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  kevin86: White gives up two pieces to mate with a baby pawn.

Merry Christmas!

Feb-07-19  jith1207: Baby pawn did take two steps at a time on very first move!
Feb-07-19  jith1207: Is that the Baby Pawn that king Herod feared? It was, in fact, born on a Christmas tournament.
Sep-03-19  andrewjsacks: Study-like combo at close.
Sep-03-19  saturn2: I found 25. Rxd5+ cxd5 26. Nd3+ exd3 27. f4#
Sep-03-19  areknames: At a first quick glance I saw 25.Rxd5+ cxd5 26.Re6 which of course isn't mate at all. Then I spotted the brilliant mate in 3, just beautiful.
Sep-03-19  Stale.Mate: The pawn did it. Astounding.
Sep-03-19  Skewbrow: The first idea was 25.Rxd5+ cxd5 after which 26. Re6 would be mate if that square were not covered.

The second idea was 25.Nxd5 cxd5 (again giving the white rook control of escape squares on the sixth rank) 26.f4+ which would also be mate if it weren't for the fact the pawn giving check can be captured en passant.

Then it dawned on me that combining the ideas actually works.

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  agb2002: A bit famous. For example,

Chernev, 'Combinations: The Heart of Chess', p.53.

Weteschnik, 'Understanding Chess Tactics', p.146.

Neishstadt, 'Improve Your Chess Tactics: 700 Practical Lessons & Exercises', p.279.

Huczek, 'A to Z Chess Tactics: Every chess move explained', p.194.

Moskalenko, 'Training with Moska: Practical Chess Exercises - Tactics, Strategy, Endgames', p.59.

Sep-03-19  patzer2: Because it was a Tuesday puzzle, I looked for an exchange sacrifice and found the mate-in-three 25. Rxd5+! cxd5 26. Nd3+ exd3 27. f4#.

P.S.: So where did Black go wrong in this Dutch, Staunton Gambit?

Black's first big mistake was 23...Ke5?, allowing what should have been mate-in-four with 24. Rxd5+ cxd5 25. g4 Re8 26. Nd3+ exd3 27. f4#.

Instead of 23...Ke5?, Black could have equalized with 23...Ke7 = (+0.09 @ 31 ply, Stockfish 10).

After White erred with 24. g4? (instead of 24. Rxd5+ +-), Black made a final, decisive error with 24...Re8? allowing 25. Rxd5+! +-.

Instead of 24...Re8?, Black could have punished 24. g4? (instead of 24. Rxd5+ +-) and stayed in the game with 24...Rd8 ⩲ (+0.51 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10).

In the opening, Stockfish indicates Black can improve over 5...d5 6. Bxf6 ± with 5...a6 ⩱. But in practice this has been a difficult advantage to maintain, as our Opening Explorer indicates White has won more than Black after 5...a6 ⩱.

Sep-03-19  malt: Seen this puzzle before.
Sep-03-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: This one's new to me, and I love it. An overloaded-pawn mate in the center of the board seems pretty unusual (albeit surely not unique).
Sep-03-19  mikealando: woaaah! Beautiful!
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  PawnSac: ah! nice little mate in the center.
Rxd5+ cd Nd3# ed f4# !

< patzer2: So where did Black go wrong in this Dutch, Staunton Gambit? >

probably when he went back for that 2nd cup of Christmas cheer! (grin)

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  gawain: Exquisite!

As a puzzle it is easy to solve because there are so few candidate moves to try, but it is no less beautiful for that. I love to see mating nets enmeshing a King in the center of the board.

Sep-03-19  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, my old Czech friend Karel finally found the mate in three moves with 25.Rxd5+!,cxd5 26.Nd3+!,exd3 27.f4#. 5.Bb5!? is a seldom seen, but reasonable move and should be answered with either 5.-,g6 or 5.-,a6 (GM Stefan Kindermann, Leningrader System, Chessgate, Munich 2002, p.159).
Sep-03-19  Ian McGarrett: The mating pattern is reminiscent of a problem composed by Kakovin in 1936.
Sep-03-19  TheaN: I think I did see this combination before, albeit not in a puzzle book or whatnot. White follows the completely forced sequence <25.Rxd5+ cxd5> opening up the sixth, <26.Nd3+ exd3> unguarding f4 <27.f4#>.

Interesting is move 24, where White can simply set up the combination with 24.Rxd5+ cxd5 25.g4! (instead of g4 immediately) and either Re6# or Nd3+ with f4# will follow.

Sep-03-19  whiteshark: <Ian McGarrett: The mating pattern is reminiscent of a problem composed by Kakovin in 1936.> Indeed, thanks for pointing out.

<Alexander Kakovin, 1936>

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White to move wins

You'll find the solution (and other of his studies) here:


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