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Laszlo Mate vs Imre Makai
"Unavoidable Mate?" (game of the day Dec-03-2012)
Debrecen Kinizsi Cup 4th (1997), rd 6, Sep-13
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Mikenas-Carls Variation (A15)  ·  1-0



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Dec-03-12  hellopolgar: why did black resign? 37. ... Qxb4 draws.
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  NM JRousselle: Maybe that is why the title of the game is "unavoidable mate" instead of unavoidable mate?
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  rilkefan: I tried to find a way through with 31.f7 Rd8 (box) 32.Be6 Ra8 but don't see the sac on e5 working or a really good rook move. Maybe I'd just ignore e5 and play Bd2 or Be1 and find another way in.
Dec-03-12  Abdel Irada: <NM JRousselle: Maybe that is why the title of the game is "unavoidable mate" instead of unavoidable mate?>

Don't the puns for GOTDs always come enclosed in quotation marks?

Dec-03-12  Abdel Irada: <hellopolgar: why did black resign? 37. ... Qxb4 draws.>

As far as I can see, you are correct.

It's a bit astounding to think Makai missed that resource, and I imagine he must have kicked himself when he saw it.

But I guess we can add this to our list of "<games lost by resigning>."

Dec-03-12  Aware: As opposed to the games won by resigning. I know what ya meant (;
Dec-03-12  Abdel Irada: In case I'm not clear, I mean, as opposed to games resigned because genuinely lost.

About a decade ago, I read a short book consisting entirely of games lost solely because someone had mistakenly resigned in a drawn or even a won position.

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  scormus: <Abdel Irada ... Don't the puns for GOTDs always come enclosed in quotation marks?>

..... but they dont always end with a <?> ;)

I don't think I ever resigned a game in a won or drawn position, but I've agreed my fair share of draws in a won position :\

Dec-03-12  Abdel Irada: Note that <NM JRousselle> didn't include the question mark in the post to which I was replying.

Nonetheless, your observation is a good one. The question mark makes all the difference.

Dec-03-12  standardwisdom: What about 37.. h5. Does that draw as well? How does white continue?
Dec-03-12  Abdel Irada: <standardwisdom: What about 37.. h5. Does that draw as well? How does white continue?>

After 37. ...h5, White comes out with material parity and a positional edge with 38. f7†, Kh7 (38. ...Bg7?; 39. f8=Q† ); 39. a3, when Black must beware of 39. ...Bd6?; 40. f8=Q, winning decisive material or mating.

But you're right in noting that Black has another way to avoid the "unavoidable" mate.

Dec-03-12  morfishine: I would've preferred

<36.f7 Bg7 37.Qxd6 Rxd6 38.f8=Q+ Rxf8 39.Rxf8+ Bxf8 40.Be5+ Bg7 41.Rf8 mate>

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But 36...Bg7 isn't forced while 36...Qh5
saves the day

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  Castleinthesky: With a name like "Lazlo Mate," he's got to win!
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  playground player: Looks like Black gave White's pawns too much scope.
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  kevin86: Odd:a game played by a guy named "Mate", should not be "resigned" to.

If black plays Bg7,white would reply fxg7 ME

Dec-03-12  Pballa: 37. ..Qd4 probably holds the draw as well
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  catlover: Australian accent: "G'day, mate!"
Dec-03-12  micro master: wat would hapend if black plays Qd6?
Dec-03-12  lemaire90: ooooo, black missed Qxb4, holding on to f8, thus neutralizing the white rook battery and making the move f7+ harmless.
Dec-03-12  hugogomes: Actually many moves here hold on. Qxb4, Qd4, even Bd6! Position after move 35 is much more resignable when white has a crushing position.
Dec-03-12  UnsoundHero: Instead of 36 Bxe5, White should try 36 Be1 Qg5 37 Qe4, with the idea of Bb3 & Qd5.
Dec-04-12  maxi: He's obviously going to name his firstborn Check.

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