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Thomas Physick vs Samuel Passmore
London (1900), London ENG, rd 6, Apr-20
French Defense: Classical. Delayed Exchange Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Feb-12-13  LIFE Master AJ: 28.Ne8+!

Great little puzzle, I almost missed it. (Then I remembered it was Tuesday.)

Feb-12-13  LIFE Master AJ: BTW - I am user "FLchessplayer" on
Feb-12-13  mistreaver: Tuesday.White to play. Easy. 28?
28 Ne8+ Rxe8
29 Rxd7 mate
2/2 this week
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  HeMateMe: Does 28.R-e1 win also, in case you miss the short mate? The Knight still isn't going anywhere, and the e1 Rook is threatening mate. Just a thot.
Feb-12-13  Willber G: "A horse, a horse, your Kingdom for a horse!"
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  OhioChessFan: If 28. Re1 c5 29. Re6+ Kc7 and it will take a while.
Feb-12-13  zb2cr: Nice. 28. Ne8+, Rxe8 (forced). Now White can deliver the final blow: 29. Rxd7#!

Bishops of opposite colors do not guarantee a draw!

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  Oxspawn: The black king is beset. One good check and its over. So white gets Physickal.

28. Ne8+

leaves the black king with no legal escape move and the key black defender has to leave its post.

29. Rxe8
30. Rxd7++ The rook whispers in the king's ear. Mate.

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  TheTamale: Took me a while to see the move, and then to see that Black was compelled to capture (knight blocks the escape route). Not a position you'd glance at and suspect was harboring a quick mate (at least not if you're me). Fun!
Feb-12-13  beenthere240: What's the alternative to 27...Kd6? Ne6+ is threatened. 27. Kd8 steps from one pin into another and permits Rae1-e7 and doom. Black's position is hopeless already 2 pawns down and a third indefensible. How about "Nice game!"
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  chrisowen: Non green in the gills, the fetch back in heathens,

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  LucB: <Chris Owens>

I couldn't have said it better myself!

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  kevin86: The rook is decoyed,so that the white rook and bishop can mate.
Feb-12-13  LIFE Master AJ: <Chris> Sometimes I find your posts amusing, today they strike me as total nonsense.
Feb-12-13  MountainMatt: This is as easy as yesterday's puzzle - 28. Ne8+ Rxe8 (forced) 29. Rxd7#
Feb-12-13  SamAtoms1980: 28.Ne8+ Rxe8 29.Rxd7#.

Fun, and arguably easier than "Easy."

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  whiteshark: <28. Ne8+ Rxe8 29. Rxd7#> Elementary, my dear Physick.
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  patzer2: Thomas Physick's play in the game here shows a lot of skill leading up to the two-move mate 28. Ne8+! for today's Tuesday puzzle solution.

This is the only game in the Opening Explorer with this particular delayed French variation (i.e. 6. Qe2+).

Physick got a clear advantage with his opening choice, but that was probably due more to Black's weak response (e.g. instead of 6...Qe7?! better is 6...Be6 ) than any inherent advantage the line offers White.

Yet less than a dozen moves after 6. Qe2+!?, White has a winning initiative after the clearance tactic 17. Nxc8+! Rxc8 18. Nf5+ Kf8 19. Bd6+ .

Physick's mate only a dozen moves after 17. Nxc8+! flows as a natural consequence of his strong play. The fact that he scored a win against Marshall in his prime is no small testament to Physick's chess skills.

Feb-12-13  M.Hassan: <An Englishman:Good Evening: The Exchange French is supposed to be one of the most placid openings, and yet White whipped up a violent attack as early as move 7! Perhaps Black should have played 5...c5, which seems to have the best results vs. a surprisingly venomous 5.Bd3>

I use Chessmaster that indicates best move as 5....Bb4 which can stop White for an early attack of 7.Nb5 and to me it seems reasonable. Like to see your comments. Thank you

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  norami: The comments of <chrisowen> always consist of incomrehensible blabber. I find myself unable to produce such blabber no matter how I try. It must be a machine.
Feb-12-13  Steve.Patzer: Too easy
Feb-12-13  BraveUlysses: <chrisowen> Always a real pleasure to read your cryptic knight's-move musings, but sometimes brevity is the soul, etc. to wit, perhaps in case of trivial two move forced mate? :)
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  patzer2: <An Englishman:Good Evening: The Exchange French is supposed to be one of the most placid openings, and yet White whipped up a violent attack as early as move 7! Perhaps Black should have played 5...c5, which seems to have the best results vs. a surprisingly venomous 5.Bd3> I agree 5...c5 is a good choice for Black, especially for those who like active tactical play with chances for both sides.

The Opening Explorer at shows 15 games played with this move. The results were 9 wins for Black, 3 wins for White and 3 draws. The game Faehndrich / Kaufmann vs Reti / Capablanca, 1914 shows how Black gets counter chances which last well into the endgame in the 5...c5 line.

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  patzer2: <M.Hassan> Of course 5...Bb4 is an excellent choice. In fact the Opening Explorer shows this to be the most popular choice for Black with 104 games in the opening explorer at

Of these 104 games, there were 44 White wins, 22 Black wins and 38 draws.

The exchange variation of the French here is not particularly bad for White, but it offers Black several good alternatives to quickly equalize.

Perhaps because it makes Black's task of equalizing too easy is why most Masters avoid this opening line (i.e. C01 French Exchange) as White.

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