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Helmut Reefschlaeger vs Corrado Astengo
Bad Wiessee (2008), rd 7, Nov-07
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation (D13)  ·  1-0



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Sep-16-13  Kikoman: 27. Nf6++/Nb6+/Nb8+/Nc5+/Ne5+ Rc6 :D (if 27. ...Kd8?? 28. Qd7+#, if 27. ...Kf8?? 28. Qe8+ Rxe8 29. Nd7+# (smothered mate) 28. Qxc6+ Kf8 29. Qc8+ Bd8 30. Qxd8+# and that's it!! :Dv
Sep-16-13  Nick46: <xthred: I never see the smothered mate :(> Cheer up, mate; you are not alone.
Sep-16-13  King Sacrificer: <Moonwalker: This puzzle would have been much more satisfying if it started at move 23. The threat of mate-in-one, the attacked knight and the readily available discovered check would be enough clues to give it a medium/easy rating.>

It seems <23...Rc6> makes the win much harder than medium/easy. Black has a mate threat at <g1> which opens space for the king to escape from smothered mate.

Sep-16-13  TheaN: Monday 16 September 2013


White smothers with <27.Nf6+ Kf8 (Kd8 Qd7#) 28.Qd8+ Rxd8 29.Nd7# 1-0>. Pretty straightforward but pleasing sight.

More interesting is why Black goes for such an inferior approach. After 23.Ne5+ Rc6! white has to watch the counterthreats. 23....b5?! 24.Bxb5+! Rc6 25.Bxc6+ is of course much more inferior, but axb5 leads to forced mate and black readily walks into this.

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  paavoh: <An excess of bodyguards> A good one, Phony Benoni :-)
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  whiteshark: A good puzzle <27. Nf6+ Kf8 28. Qe8+ Rxe8 29. Nd7#> together with a hot cup of Monday morning coffee.
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  Oxspawn: Saw the key knight move and what happens if the king moves to d8 but got stuck after Kf8. Obviously, the queen could not check on e8 because she would just get taken. Obviously. And that would be a disaster. Obviously. I am a Phili-stine. Obviously.
Sep-16-13  Abdel Irada: <Phony Benoni: An excess of bodyguards.>

"Don't help me. It hurts too much."

Sep-16-13  sfm: Isn't it Monday? But black can play 1.Nf3+,Kd8, thereby avoiding a Qsac. Confused.
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  Domdaniel: The final position is a beauty -- I've managed to carry out these mid-board smothers a couple of times, and they're fun to execute. An excess of bodygards ... or a <surfeit of lampreys>? Reputed to be fatal to monarchs.
Sep-16-13  TheaN: <sfm> theoretically a lot of mates sacrifice the queen, in this case 27.Nf6+ Kd8? 28.Qd7# Kxd7 29.Nxd7 captures the king... now don't come with the notice that this is illegal, illustrative purposes only!
Sep-16-13  mistreaver: Monday. White to play. 27.? Very Easy?
A nice example of Lucena's mate and maneuvre:
27 Nf6+ Kf8
28 Qe8+ Rxe8
29 Ne7 mate
Sep-16-13  mistreaver: I meant Nd7, naturally
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  chrisowen: And for queen sake I know caved in for a lucky fog cadence ogle b5 aced in fade d7 fingers lingers e8,

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Sep-16-13  gars: Happiness is a Monday puzzle.
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  kevin86: Warning-smother hazard-

For black's king of course. Mate in three!

Sep-16-13  varishnakov: What a crazy game.
And nice mate, easy.
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  scutigera: I've seen Philidor's Legacy before, and I've seen a few epaulette mates, but this is the first time I've seen both at once.
Sep-16-13  SuperPatzer77: <TheaN : ...White smothers with <27.Nf6+ Kf8 (Kd8 Qd7#) 28.Qd8+ Rxd8 29.Nd7# 1-0>. Pretty straightforward but pleasing sight. >

<TheaN> You made a typo - 28. Qd8+ Rxd8 - it should be 28. Qe8+ Rxe8, 29. Nd7#


Sep-16-13  Nullifidian: A smothered mate with:

27. ♘f6+ ♔f8 (♔d8 28. ♕d7#) 28. ♕e8+ ♖xe8 29. ♘d7#

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  thegoodanarchist: I love a good smothered mate! Always on the lookout for it. It is even cooler than an epaulet mate imo.
Sep-16-13  James D Flynn: White is piece up but Black has threats along the open g file e.g. 27..Qg1+ 28.Ke2 f3+ 29.Kxf3 Q g4+ 30.Ke3 Bg5+ 31.Kd3 Qxf5+ 32.Kd4(or Ke2 Qxc2+) Rc4+) however White has a decisive double check 27.Nf6+ Kf8(not Kd8 28.Qd7#) 28.Qe8+ Rxe8 28.Nd7#.
Sep-16-13  SamAtoms1980: 27.Nf6+ Kf8 28.Qe8+ Rxe8 29.Nd7#.

Didn't get to it until now. The motif, the theme may be very familiar but this particular incarnation is gorgeous.

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  gawain: Unusually interesting for an early-week puzzle.
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