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NN vs Victor Kahn
"Yes, Vic Kahn" (game of the day Jul-03-2019)
Casual (1941), Nice FRA
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Accepted (C47)  ·  0-1



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Oct-06-12  Oceanlake: Kahn do.
Oct-06-12  RookFile: An example of why you still need to calculate. 10. f4 is perfectly logical, and positionally motivated - and leads to white getting crushed in short order.
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  Nightsurfer: This game here <NN vs Victor Kahn (1941)> features a very instructive chunk of checkmate.

That constellation has been labeled <"Checkmate No. 4"> by Victor Kahn and Georges Renaud in their great book <"The Art of Checkmate"> - herewith more information about that book: .

The diagram as follows demonstrates the basic constellation of that <"Checkmate No. 4">; that basic diagram can be studied in the book <"The Art of Checkmate"> .

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Checkmate will be enforced by 1.Qh5 h6 ...

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(diagram after 1. Qh5 h6)

... plus 2.Qg6!! ...

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After 2. ... hxg5 follows the final blow, that is to say: 3.Qh5#!

Herewith the corresponding diagram:

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The foregoing standard situation has been featured by this game here <NN vs Victor Kahn (1941)>. Please have a look at the situation after 12. ... Qg3.

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Checkmate will be enforced after 13.hxg4 Qh4#, please once more the diagram:

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It makes sense to bookmark the foregoing situation, the matrix of the <"Checkmate No. 4"> can regularly be seen during amateur tournaments!

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  Nightsurfer: OTB, one should really watch out for a constellation that is similar to the situation that provides the basis for the final strike <12. ... Qg3!> in this game here <NN vs Victor Kahn (1941)>, just have a look at the corresponding diagram once more again:

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The foregoing constellation can be compared with a quite similar situation at the end of the game Ulrich Lang vs R Gralla, 2003 , just have a look at the corresponding diagram ...

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... just after the final strike <17. ... Qg3!>!

Jul-03-19  algete: N.N. no aprende nunca
Jul-03-19  actinia: not terribly interesting
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  morfishine: A bigger waste of time is hard to imagine
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  Check It Out: I know what you mean. I must have spent 2 or 3 minutes going through the game, admiring the checkmate pattern, and reading the kibitzes, including yours.
Jul-03-19  dumbgai: 9. e5 is already not a good move for white as it leaves his e-pawn weak and easily attacked. 10. f4 is the big blunder that loses immediately. Bf4 would have been much better here, although white's position is already worse.
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