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Rowena Mary Bruce vs Ronald MacKay Bruce
Plymouth Chess Club (1957), Plymouth, England
Bird Opening: General (A02)  ·  1-0

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May-01-14
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  patzer2: < agb2002: Actually 22.Nxf7+ Kg8 23.Ne5+ loses to the simple 23... Nxd5. The bishop is no longer tabu because there's no mate with Qxh7.> If only Black could have gotten a waiver from that annoying priority of check rule, he could have sacrificed his King and easily won this game.

P.S.: of course this is not an original idea. At the early American history site http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/... is an anecdote about Benjamin Franklin making a similar observation about how eliminating the burden of protecting a King is a winning move:

<While Franklin was negotiating in Paris, he sometimes went into a cafe to play at chess. A crowd usually assembled, of course to see the man rather than the play. Apon one occasion, Franklin lost in the middle of the game, when composedly taking the king from the board, he put him in his pocket, and continued to move. The antagonist looked up. The face of Franklin was so grave, and his gesture so much in earnest, that he began with an expostulatory, "Sir." "Yes, Sir, continue," said Franklin, "and we shall soon see that the party without a king will win the game.>

May-01-14  Nosnibor: What a Bruising encounter!
May-01-14  stingray0104: <raviarun: Nice mate in 4. And the Rf1 isnt required, just the bishop and knight mate the king!>

In the final position, true, but during the combination if Rf1 did not exist, then after 24. Ne5+ we have ... Re6 25. Bxe6+ Kf8 and the king escapes.

May-01-14  MostlyWatch: <Phony Benoni: Basically a matter of visualizing the mating position.> Laugh laugh laugh... ROTFL!

The same thing is seen in the movie "Don Juan de Marcos" where Johnny Dep sez his father was in a swordfight and he lost because he was distracted when he looked into his wife's eyes.

My mom and dad were playing chess by a nice fire in the fireplace, and he took her queen, and she picked up his queen and threw it in the fire!

May-01-14
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  kevin86: The knight hops to a quick mate!

22 ♕h7+ ♘xh7 23 ♘f7+ ♔g8 24 ♘e5+ ♔h8 25 ♘xg6#

May-01-14  StevieB: Very impressed by that combo! I'm drawing stick figures compared to that Rembrandt.
May-01-14  standardwisdom: First of all, I got the puzzle rather easily, and I know many people didn't, so there, I said it, I feel good. (End of gloating.)

Secondly though, I played through the entire game from move 1, and when I hit move 22, no one told me it was a puzzle and not even a FAINT bell rang in my mind that I have seen (much less solved) this position. Rather, the worry about the black's pawn on d2 overtook my mind almost completely. Ironically, I had overlooked that very same pawn entirely when I solved the puzzle position.

May-01-14  TheBish: R M Bruce vs R Bruce, 1957

White to play (22.?) "Medium".

After examining 22. Nxf7+ Kg8 23. Ne5+, it's obvious that Black gets mated after 23...Kh8 24. Nxg6#, but runs free after 23...Kf8. At this point I realized White would still have a mate here if the h-pawn were missing with 24. Nxg6. What if we begin by capturing the h-pawn, even sacrificing the queen to do so?

22. Qxh7+! Nxh7 23. Nxf7+ Kg8 24. Ne5+

Now it's clear that by diverting the Nf6 off the f-file with the queen sac, the king can no longer escape to f8.

24...Re6 25. Bxe6+ Kh8 26. Nxg6#.

May-01-14
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  perfidious: The Female is Deadlier Than the Male.
May-01-14
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  sycophante: From what I understand, she might have seen this combo two moves earlier. How else can we explain the bishop sacrifice of 20.Rae1!, if not to kick the rook out of f8?
May-01-14  M.Hassan: "Medium"
White to play 22.?
White is a Knight+pawn down.

Itried:
22.Nf7+ Kg8
Another discovered check, can eliminate the Bishop:
23.Nd4+ Nxd5
24.Nxe8 Qe5
And there is chance of promotion of the d pawn.

A doubled check with the discovered attack did not work either: 23.Nh6+ Kf8
And once the King can use the f file, he has found the way to escape to e and finally the d file(unless a draw comes about by repeated checks 22.Nf7+ Kg8 23.Nh6+ Kh8 24.Nf7+ Kg8) and my conclusion was that not to let the King to come to f file:

22.Qxh7+! Nxh7(forced)
23.Nxf7+ Kg8
Upon a discovered check, the King can no longer use the f file. 24.Ne5+! Kh8
25.Nxg6#
To me, it appeared like a Sunday puzzle.

May-01-14  PJs Studio: "A tale of two Bruce's"

That was one wicked mate, I've never seen that one before. Lovely too!!

May-01-14
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  TheFocus: He was the best of men; and he was was the worst of men.
May-01-14
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  TheFocus: It just goes to show you, "A Bird in the hand is worth two in the Bruce."
May-01-14  dark.horse: Nice pun <TheFocus>!

I missed this, but not by much. I saw the Q sack and the N check on f7, but I was scrambling around for the best discovery. What my mind's eye missed was that the two pawns supporting g6 were now gone - I didn't "see" that Nxg6 was mate because of that. I need to work on my visualization.

May-01-14  YouRang: Going back a move, after <21.Rxe8>:


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Here, black played the natural-looking response <21...Rxe8>. This, however leaves Pf7 unguarded, leading to the pretty white win after <22.Qxh7!>.

Black could have kept things close with the "unnatural" 21...d1=Q!, and now the 22.Qxh7+ trick doesn't work because the new Qd1 is attacking the white bishop (which gives a critical check in the played line).

It probably continues: 22.Rxf8+ Nxf8! (freeing Nf6 from defense of Ph7) 23.Rxd1 Nxd5 24.Rxd5 h6, and black still has a playable game.


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May-01-14  HowDoesTheHorsieMove: Got it!

However, I had to keep going back to the puzzle many times over several hours to do so. Still, getting a Thursday feels good.

May-02-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Ack. I missed a nice one.
May-02-14  Moszkowski012273: Whites whole line was faulty in this game. If black had seen 20...Re5 White would of been on the losing end of this one.
May-02-14  YouRang: <Moszkowski012273: Whites whole line was faulty in this game. If black had seen 20...Re5 White would of been on the losing end of this one.>

True, lol. Or even 20...h6.

May-02-14
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  agb2002: <patzer2: < agb2002: Actually 22.Nxf7+ Kg8 23.Ne5+ loses to the simple 23... Nxd5. The bishop is no longer tabu because there's no mate with Qxh7.> If only Black could have gotten a waiver from that annoying priority of check rule, he could have sacrificed his King and easily won this game.

P.S.: of course this is not an original idea. At the early American history site http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/... is an anecdote about Benjamin Franklin making a similar observation about how eliminating the burden of protecting a King is a winning move...>

Very interesting. Thank you!

May-02-14
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  Sally Simpson: Hi dark.horse,

"I missed this, but not by much. I saw the Q sack and the N check on f7, but I was scrambling around for the best discovery."

What you missed is very common, it's a tactical weakness in a lot of players.


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The backward attacking Knight move.

24.Ne5+


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That is why you were "scrambling around for the best discovery."

All backward attacking moves are harder to spot, especially if they are aimed at you.

Now you have seen one working it should help in the future and you have added something to your game.

This is what these puzzles are all about, (the good ones) picking up ideas and storing them.

May-03-14
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  FSR: <TheFocus: He was the best of men; and he was was the worst of men.>

Rowena Mary Bruce was not a man. She was the wife of the loser, Ronald MacKay Bruce.

Aug-27-14
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  Stonehenge: Is your name not Bruce, then?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f_...

Aug-27-14
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  MissScarlett: <Et tu, Bruce?>
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