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Kiss vs Gedeon Barcza
"Goodbye Kiss" (game of the day Aug-07-2012)
Debrecen (1934)
Nimzowitsch Defense: Scandinavian. Exchange Variation (B00)  ·  0-1



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Sep-25-09  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Kiss spent a lot of time saving cornered knight. Meanwhile he was offered nice all-4-minor-pieces-coordinated-mate.
Oct-20-10  Cardinal Fang: It's a pure mate.
May-23-11  Operation Mindcrime: This game appears in Fred Reinfeld's "Great Short Games of the Chess Masters", but white is listed as "Amateur", which isn't quite as romantic as "Kiss" :-) Good mate at the end.
Aug-07-12  RookFile: Keep it simple!
Aug-07-12  LoveThatJoker: Fantastically beautiful mate!

Of course what adds to the aesthetic quality of this checkmate is the rarity of the winning side still possessing all four minor pieces, and all of them being directly involved in the creation/enforcement of it - this to the exclusion of the auspices of his remaining major piece and pawns.

The final position is harmonious.

This is truly both a magnificent game from Gedeon Barcza and a brilliant choice for GOTD.



Aug-07-12  sofouuk: if you're going to play this system as black (and several club players of my acquaintance do) it's worth knowing that 5...Bxf3 is unsound:

6.Nxd5 Bxd1 7.Nxc7+ Kd7 8.Nxa8 Bxc2 9.d5!

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not a move that your average club player is likely to find, of course, and Kiss didn't either, but it's a killer

10...Nb4 11.Bb5+ Kd6 12.Bf4+ Kxd5 13.Nc7+ Ke4 14.Be3

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black is down the exchange, will soon lose his extra pawn, and the less said about king safety, the better. not fun

Aug-07-12  xthred: A four piece mate!
Aug-07-12  backrank: Heidenfeld said in 1981 that this might be the most beautiful mate that has ever occurred in a real game (although the game itself was somewhat 'lightweight') and called it an 'immortal mate':

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It's a so-called pure mate: each flight square is covered by one single piece only (or by none, if it's self-blocked).

Aug-07-12  backrank: Now I observe that <cardinal Fang> has already said it.

BTW, Heidenfeld gives Barcza's opponent as 'NN' (as do all other sources I know), and he doesn't comment on White's 9th move, but only on 11 Ke2(??). Bd2 would have given up the plan saving the cornered knight, but would have led to approximate equality, although, as again Heidenfeld remarks, very probably Barcza would have won against NN nonetheless.

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  Once: Pretty finish, but not a great game because of the mistakes on both sides. Kiss must have been very surprised to be mated by minor pieces only.
Aug-07-12  Cemoblanca: ...
Oh, can't get enough, oh, oh
I can't get enough, oh, oh
I can't get enough
Yeah, ha

Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do
Do, do, do, do, do, do, do
Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do
Do, do, do, do, do, do, do

You was made for mate me in 14 Barcza baby
I was made for foolin' me

And I can't get enough of you Barcza baby
Can you get enough of me


Aug-07-12  backrank: Another great (and more substantial) Barzca game (which won a brilliancy prize):

G Barcza vs O Troianescu, 1948

Aug-07-12  LoveThatJoker: <backrank> G Barcza vs O Troianescu, 1948 is a tremendous game!

Thanks for mentioning it here!


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  TheTamale: Can't say I'm surprised Kiss lost. Did they play this game in consultation? Did poor Beth have to weep bitter tears again because Peter Criss was playing all night? Were they seconded by any members of the Kiss Army?
Aug-07-12  backrank: <LTJ> Glad you like it!
Aug-07-12  ajile: They need to spend less time on their makeup and more time on their openings.
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  kevin86: An arrangement in bishops and knights op 2.There is a similar mate where the knights are straddling both sides and the bishops together:

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  kevin86: Check also Melinin vs Savinov,1988
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  kevin86: Check also:Dodge vs Houghteling for my above arrangement-it is better than I said it was!
Aug-07-12  backrank: Dodge vs J R Houghteling, 1904

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I have seen that game before, and yet it's the craziest mate I've ever seen in a game. It looks like a roof or tent or an overcoat; only that it doesn't give the white king shelter ;)

BTW, I wasn't able to find the other game mentioned by <kevin86>, it doesn't seem to be in the database.

Aug-07-12  backrank: I was wrong. It IS in the database:

V Malinin vs V Savinov, 1988

Final position:

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How strange that these things really happen in games.

There's a difference to the other mate: the black king seems to be floating on wings of heaven here.

Aug-07-12  backrank: All these mates are pure mates ...
Aug-07-12  waustad: <cemo>I'd like to hear Steve Allen do a declamation of that.
Aug-08-12  Cemoblanca: <waustad> Steve Allen & Frank Zappa in "Concerto For Two Bicycles" ( 2 legends in 1. Great footage. I'm also a great fan of the Benny Hill Show ( Enjoy & feel good. ;0)
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