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Bonnerjee Mohishunder vs John Cochrane
Calcutta (1850)
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense. Exchange Variation (C63)  ·  0-1



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Nov-20-10  meppi: i think a good try for white to win would have been instead of 12 Rd1 (taking away the only defender of the king)

play 12 Nc3 (and forget about the pawn)


13. Be3

and after Qh4 or some other queen move

there are open lines to the black king, but you just have to deal with protecting your own one first

or if you are really crazy, throw in 14. Rd1 cxd1
15. Rxd1+ (Be7 or Nd5) first then deal with the checkmate threats

Sep-04-11  VBK: This game is beautiful but why not 20. Kf3.
I really don't see how black can mate after this move . Can someone explain me PLEASE ?!
I have been looking at the position for more than an hour, but I didn't find anything. I have no chess engine and it is getting on my nerves.

Thanks in advance.

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  Eric Schiller: @<vbk>20.Kf3 Nd5+ trades knights and Black is ahead a queen for a rook, a simple win.
Jan-17-12  jbcol: On 20 <Kf3 Nd5+...> where is the check? Are we missing something?
Jan-17-12  thomastonk: <VBK, jbcol> Well, I have also found no solution myself, but Houdini 1.5 has found a single way for Black: 20. Kf3 Bg4+ 21. Ke3 (21. Ke4 Qxf2 and soon White has to sac the queen to avoid mate) Qh6+! (checks on the 6th rank are the solution) 22. Kd3 (22.Ke4 Qf6 leads to the text) Qd6+ 23. Ke4 Qf6! (Houdini evaluates Qg6+ and Qe6+ with the same value, but the lines are longer). Now, Houdini says that the only way to avoid a -5.94 score is 24. Qxa7 Qxf3 25. Kd4/e5 c5(+) 26. Qxc5 Nc6+ 27. Qxc6 Qxc6 and Black is winning.

I think, we should accept the advice Anand gave to Bobby Fischer, when they analysed in 2006 in Iceland: don't discuss with the engine.

Jan-05-13  chesssalamander: This is the earliest Schliemann Defense in the CG database. This pair, Mohishunder and Cochrane, also had the first Gruenfeld Defense. Just amazing, how innovative!
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  dernier loup de T: Anand really said tat to Fischer, Thomastonk?
Was Fischer at this time still alive and interested with chess analysis's, or are you just joking? Anyway, thank you a lot for the variations;
what a tactical puzzle!!
But really, Mohishunder should have tried 23.Kf3: it's difficult to believe Cochrane was then an as strong tactician as the computers nowadays, and I guess the game would have been drawn; so, from human point of view, 20. Kh2 was a terrible blunder... Very instructive, anyway...
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  dernier loup de T: I saw now about the Fischer-Anand meeting, Thomastonk! stunning! I did not know that and I will read it with interest; poor Fischer mentally ill, and who died two years later; but even I don't like the man, guess he was the strongest player ever; but what a human cost.. Nothing else in his life, but madness...

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