chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
James Leslie Main vs Arthur Ford Mackenzie
"Built Ford Tough" (game of the day Aug-02-2011)
Kingston, Jamaica (1880)
Sicilian Defense: General (B20)  ·  0-1

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

explore this opening
find similar games more games of J Main
sac: 14...Qf4+ PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You should register a free account to activate some of Chessgames.com's coolest and most powerful features.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-02-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Probably the most interesting thing about this game is that Black, one of the outstanding problem composers of his day, was blind.
Aug-02-11  Oceanlake: Hope Black was treated to a tot of rum.
Aug-02-11  sevenseaman: Amazing ploy after 13...Qf6.

<PB> I think we never need mention chess blindness.

I was a soldier; my opposite no. (in a training exercise) failed to spot me at 3 yards. No camouflage; we were in a cluster of trees and I had aligned my self motionless along a tree in his full view, a mere 3 yds away. He swept his vision over me but missed spotting.

Aug-02-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: "You can have any color you want--as long as it's black."
Aug-02-11  PaulLovric: love it wen you can announce a mate
Aug-02-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: A very pretty little mate.

Another attractive finish, if slightly longer, would have been 16...Ne3+ 17. Be6 Bxe6+ 18. g4 Bxg4#


click for larger view

But I guess that's just showboating.

Aug-02-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: only one game in database
Aug-02-11  abuzic: abuzic: If J L Main was sighted then a blind with vision, a sighted without: 7.Ng5?, the blind saw it and castled (he probably "saw" other things but chose the best"; the sighted didn't see what's coming and played 14.Nf3; the blind saw the mate, announced and executed it: 14...Qf4+
Aug-02-11  Sho: Fun, fun, fun game.

And Jamaica (1880s) no less!

It's like the last game of the swashbuckling-era of chess--in Jamaica!

How cool is that? Thanks CG.

Aug-02-11  TheTamale: Very nice mate, It's neat when a piece that hasn't even moved can play a part in it.
Aug-02-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: The bishop and the knight's attack on the queen are just window dressing. The knight mate is adequate enough...
Aug-02-11  rapidcitychess: <Winning is too mainstream for me>

-James Main

The mate was just beautiful.

Aug-02-11  Mkhitar: I tought 14.Qf3 is better. However, it leads to another checkmate after 14..Qh6! with 15..Qh4# or 15..Qh2#, or whites are forced to give the Quin with 15.Qg4 and any way resign due to material loss:)
Aug-02-11  50movesaheadofyou: 13.Kg3?? it's suicide mon!
Dec-17-11  jomugl: Mackenzie would not have been blind in 1880; he went blind in the mid-1890s as a result of contracting Hansen's disease/leprosy.

I am not a chess player, merely an historian in Jamaica who has a great interest in A F Mackenzie and his career.

Dec-18-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <jomugl> Thank you for that information. I had no idea.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Sacrifices in the Sicilian favorable for black
by nakul1964
Tridel's Collectivity
by Tridel
August 2: Built Ford Tough
from Game of the Day 2011 by Phony Benoni
Sacrifices in the Sicilian favorable for black
by dunamisvpm
PGoes' favorite games
by PGoes
Queen Sacrifices -3
by obrit
The P-K4 Bloody Queen
by fredthebear

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2020, Chessgames Services LLC