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Nelson Hald vs Louis Uedemann
"To Halve and to Hald" (game of the day Jul-05-2020)
3rd Western Championship (1902), Excelsior, MN USA, rd 1, Aug-04
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense (C63)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Phony Benoni: <43?>

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Yes, White promoted the pawn. There is a mate-in-two available, but it's not trivially easy to find.

With the momentum generated by this sterling start, Uedemann went on to score 16-1 in his remaining games and win the tournament by two points.

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  Infohunter: <Phony Benoni: Yes, White promoted the pawn. There is a mate-in-two available, but it's not trivially easy to find.>

I did find a mate in three without too much trouble, viz., 43.b3 axb3 44.d8=Q b2 45.Qd3# or 45.Qd5#. But I did not find the mate in two on my own.

That's not to say that I necessarily would have avoided the stalemate if I had been playing White. As we all know, looking at a game after the fact is one thing; actually being in it, quite another.

Jul-05-20  Honey Blend: <There is a mate-in-two available, but it's not trivially easy to find.>

I did find 43. ♖e3+ ♔xe3 44. d8=♕ ♔f3 45. ♕f8+ ♔e3 46. ♕f4# and then found in a bit that 45. ♕d3# mates faster, and seeing this mating pattern gives the hint for the mate-in-two.

Jul-05-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Mate in 3 is a lot easier to find than mate in 2:

43 Push the b-pawn
44 Queen the d-pawn
45 Mate as you please

Jul-05-20  erixn: And here's a different pattern for mate in 3: 43. Rd2 Ke3 44.Bf4+ Kf3 45.Rf2#. Really no need for the Q-side pawns.
Jul-05-20  Brenin: 43 Rd2 Ke3 44 Rd3# is quickest.
Jul-05-20  goodevans: Black seems to have tried so hard to lose this game - <6...Nf6?>, <18...Nd7?>, etc.. I wonder if he was disappointed to have failed.
Jul-05-20  paavoh: And there is also another three-mover:
43. b3 axb3 44. Nd3 b2 45. Ne1#
Jul-05-20  petemccabe: I think the most surprising move I have ever seen in a GOTD was in this game when black played 30 ... a5. Who would play on in this game with a knight against knight, rook, bishop?

It's almost enough to make me think that at that point, both players discussed the game and decided to see if they could make it a help-stalemate.

Jul-05-20  KokeFischer: Mate in 2 isn't difficult:
43. Rd2 Ke3 44.Rd3++

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