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Sven Platzack vs John van Baarle
Youth Tournament (1967), Buesum FRG, rd 9, Sep-??
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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Jun-25-18  WorstPlayerEver: Tough for a Monday. 24... Bxh6+ 25. Rxh6 Ne5 26. Rdh1 Bf5 and Black has everything covered, almost a Queen up.
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  Penguincw: < gawain: Does this mate have a name? It's an interesting pattern. >

It is. Based on the name of checkmate patterns (Game Collection: Checkmate: Checkmate Patterns - based on a book by Eric Schiller), it is most closely to "Blackburne's Mate" (just missing the black bishop controlling c2, after 25.Bxb2 Bxb2# 0-1).

If it were white to move, 1.Qxg7# 1-0 looks like "Damiano Bishop Mate", and 1.Qh8+ Bxh8 2.Bxh8# 1-0 looks like "Corner Mate". 1.Qh7# 1-0 looks like "Damiano Mate".

Jun-25-18  WorstPlayerEver: Particularly weird game btw.

Black had to play 16... b4 first and then Qa5.

16... b4 17. hxg6 Nxg6 18. Nb1 Qa5 #dia1

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In the game 18. hxg6 Nxg6 19. e6 #dia2 is winning for White.

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19... bxc3 20. Nxc3 Rb8 21. Bd4 Qb4 22. Rdf1 Qxb2+ 23. Kd1 Bxd4 24. Qxd4 Qb6 25. Qxb6 Rxb6 26. exf5 Nge5 27. f6 #dia3

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In other words: the opposite would have happened.

Jun-25-18  BOSTER: White knight b1, and white rook d1
don't give free space for white king.
Jun-25-18  Olsonist: Don't surround yourself with yourself.
Jun-25-18  WorstPlayerEver: Nice game to study mutual flank attack. Usually it should be a draw. However, these are great games to learn tactics and one could easily go wrong.

Zum Beispiel:

11... Bd7 12. Qd3 b5 13. Nxb5 Rb8 14. Nxa7 Rxb2 15. h5 f4 16. Bd2 Qb8 17. Nc6 Nxc6 18. dxc6 Rb1+ 19. Rxb1 Qxb1+ 20. Nc1 Be6 21. hxg6 hxg6 22. a4 g5 23. a5 Qa1 24. Qb5 Qd4 25. a6 fxg3 26. fxg3 Bc4 27. Qa4 Nh6 28. a7 Qf2+ 29. Kd1 Be6 30. a8=Q Bg4+ 31. Ne2 Qxe2+ 32. Kc1 Rxa8 33. Qxa8+ Kh7 34. Bxg5 Qxg2 35. Rh4 Qxg3

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Now White can equalize, but they only have one option.

Jun-25-18  starry2013: It looked like a smothered mate but the bishop on g7 was out of my thinking probably as I was concentrating on the other bishop.
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  whiteshark: <24...Qxb2+ 25.Bxb2 Bxb2#>, and that's it.
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  ChessHigherCat: < Olsonist: Don't surround yourself with yourself.>

Easy to say, but what if you're a Mobius strip?

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  PawnSac: < patzer2: Missed the mate-in-two 24...Qxb2+ 25.Bxb2 Bxb2# solving today's Monday puzzle. Perhaps that's because I kept asking myself "what's wrong with 24...Bxh6+?" The answer is nothing, because after 24...Bxh6 25. Rxh6 Ne5 -+ (-8.55 @ 22 ply, Stockfish 8) Black wins easy. >

I too looked at the Bxh6+ for a minute from the home page, but loaded the game and clicked the e7 square (flip board with pgn4web) and almost instantly saw the Qxb2+! WHILE LOOKING FROM THE BLACK SIDE OF THE BOARD.

sometimes orientation DOES make a difference.

Jun-25-18  PhilFeeley: Gotta love a good queen sac.
Aug-16-18  yadasampati: Surprisingly simple, yet not so easy to see :-)
Aug-16-18  tjshann: Love those Monday Queen sacs!
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  Oxspawn: Now the week order is no longer fixed, I have been waiting for Monday/Tuesday to come round. I think this is probably Monday and a half. It is a very pretty couple of moves, and an interesting position. What stops it from being a clear Monday is how unlikely it looks that the black bishop could end up on b2 before the white queen can twitch. Whoever moves first wins immediately
Aug-16-18  cormier: patzer2:

Stockfish 8) Instead, boldly opening the h-file for a counter attack with 18. hxg6! (+2.44 27 ply, Stockfish 8) wins for White

Aug-16-18  Rama: An "Epaulette Mate" delivered by the B, nice.
Aug-16-18  hdcc: "Oh, Monday, Monday, how could you leave and not take me?"
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  Jimfromprovidence: In a tribute to the late Larry M. Evans, the LA Times chess column for November 28th, 2010 included this excellent puzzle from an Evans game in 1975. It's white to play to win, move 24.

The puzzle fits well into the Wednesday /Thursday slot.

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The game link is below.
Larry Evans vs Benko, 1975

Aug-16-18  CHESSTTCAMPS: White has three pawns for a piece and threatens 25.Qh7# in addition to a pretty x-ray checkmate-in-2 starting with Qh8+. However, both points are moot, because black is on the move and has a prettier x-ray checkmate beginning 24... Qxb2+.

Originally a Monday puzzle I would guess.

Aug-16-18  morfishine: Both these guys were 22 years old playing in a youth tournament
Aug-16-18  lost in space: <<whiteshark:> <24...Qxb2+ 25.Bxb2 Bxb2#>, and that's it.>


Aug-16-18  lost in space: <<lost in space:> I love Mondays! 24...Qxb2+ 25.Bxb2 Bxb2#>


Aug-16-18  lzromeu: Castling on wrong side?
Castling on king-side maybe could avoid pawn-storm And finaly 22. Bxc3. What a bad idea is this?, QorN (xc3) is very better. Stock fish says 2 points better, to be exact. Poor white
Aug-16-18  lzromeu: <thegoodanarchist: The result of this game is the reason why "The Platzack Attack" never caught on as an opening.> Prozac atack you mean.
Aug-16-18  wtpy: Keep them coming, Jim. I think one of the great attractions of this site is the puzzle of the day. Sure you could go to a book of tactics or several other sites and find lots of puzzles, but having one featured problem a day with increasing difficulty as the week progresses along with an eclectic group of posters/solvers made this site's puzzles just right, to quote Goldilocks, which I am somewhat loath to do because Big Pawn might see this post and launch a tirade on Big Sodomy. Yawn.
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