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Jesus Seoane Sepulveda vs Ignacio Prieto
Cadiz, ESP (1986), tt
King's Gambit: Accepted. Quade Gambit (C37)  ·  1-0



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  agb2002: White is one rook down.

Black doesn't have useful checks after 15.Kd2:

A) 15... Qxa1 16.Qe8+ (or 16.Nxc6+ as in B) 16... Kxe8 (16... Rxe8 17.Nf7#) 17.Nf6+ Kf8 (17... Kd8 18.Nf7#) 18.Bh6#.

B) 15... Qxh2 (or 15... Qg2) 16.Nxc6+ dxc6 (16... bxc6 17.Bxe7+ Nxe7 18.Qxe7#) 17.Bxe7+ Kd7 (17... Nxe7 18.Qxe7#) 18.Nf6#.

C) 15... Qxd5 16.Qxd5 + - [Q vs R+N].

D) 15... Qe4 16.Qe8+ as in A.

Aug-29-14  gofer: White has TWO mate threats

16 Nxc6+ dxc6 17 Bxe7+ Bxe7 (17 ... Kd7 18 Nf6#) 18 Qxe7#

and the rather prosaic

16 Qe8+! Kxe8 (Rxe8 Nf7#) 17 Nf6+ Kf8 (17 Kd8 18 Nf7#) 18 Bh6#

With TWO immediate mates available, all we need to do is stop being in check for a move, so both Kf2 and Bf1 are not going to do that.

<15 Kd2 ...>

White now has two mate threats AND Rxh1 winning easily!

15 ... Bb4+?
16 Nxb4 mating

15 ... Nxd5?
16 Bxe7+ Bxe7
17 Qxe7#

15 ... Re8
16 Rxh1

15 ... Qe4?
16 Qe8+! Kxe8 (Rxe8 Nf7#)
17 Nf6+ Kf8 (17 Kd8 18 Nf7#)
18 Bh6#

15 ... Qxa1?
16 Nxc6+ dxc6
17 Bxe7+ Bxe7 (17 ... Kd7 18 Nf6#)
18 Qxe7#

<15 ... Qxd5>
<16 Qxd5 ...>

Black has delayed mate for a few moves by exchanging its queen for a rook and a knight, but this position has death written all over it...



Aug-29-14  morfishine: White wins in a number of ways, though <16.Qe8+> is the most pleasing

Nice find <FSR>!


Aug-29-14  eblunt: If 16 ♕e8+ had been the only mating possibility after 15 .... ♕xa1 then this would merit a 'difficult' however 16. ♘xc6+ is pretty straightforward .. remove one of the e7 defenders with check, leaving 3 on 2 at e7.
Aug-29-14  Refused: I went for 15.Kd2 Qxa1 (what else)
16.Nxc6+ dxc6 17.Bxe7+ Kd7 18.Bf8+ Kd8 19.Bxd6 Bd7 20.Qf6+ Kc8 21.Qxh8+ Be8 22.Qxe8#

Not as beautiful as the game continuation, but I think it does the trick.

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  Once: That's a fun finish. I went for the 16. Nxc6+ option, but wish I had seen the queen sacrifice instead. It's most gratifying to sacrifice both rooks and your queen and still give mate.

That's when people throw gold coins or bandy words like immortal and evergreen.

From the starting position, you've just got to play 15. Kd2 offering the a1 rook. Having sacrificed one rook, the second one will only pine for its mate if you don't make it a buy-one get one free offer.

Incidentally, after 15. Kd2 we have a really interesting position ...

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Black controls all four corners of the board. That would be a fantastic achievement if we were playing Othello, but in chess it turns out to be as meaningful as the "trophies" that my ipad and PS3 keep giving me.

Enjoyed that one.

Aug-29-14  geeker: This game brings to mind the title of an old book by Minev and Seirawan: "Take My Rooks"!
Aug-29-14  zb2cr: 15. Kd2 gets out of check, and White has 2 mate threats looming as well as a threat on the Black Queen. What could be sweeter?
Aug-29-14  dufferps: I think Sepulveda had this won way back earlier. I can't find any way for black to win or survive after 7.Qxg4. Black has allowed white to develop both knights while pushing pawns and exposing his queen,
Aug-29-14  patzer2: For this Friday puzzle, found mate-in-three with 15. Kd2 Qxa1 16. Nxc6+ dxc6 17. Bxe7+ Kd7 18. Bg4#.

However, I missed the mate-in-three with flash after 15. Kd2 Qxa1 16. Qe8+! Kxe8 (16... Rxe8 17. Nf7#) 17. Nf6+ Kf8 (17...Kd8 18. Nf7#) (17... Kd8 18. Nf7#) 18. Bh6#

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  Penguincw: I can't say I've ever came across a puzzle where the first move was to move out of check. However, I'll admit, this puzzle is pretty easy for a Friday.
Aug-29-14  Lighthorse: <patzer2: For this Friday puzzle, found mate-in-three with 15. Kd2 Qxa1 16. Nxc6+ dxc6 17. Bxe7+ Kd7 18. Bg4#.>

Yes..that's exactly the one I found too, and I also missed the Queen sacrifice version.

Aug-29-14  patzer2: Not familiar with this variation of the King's Gambit Accepted, but it would appear 5...Qh4+?! is a mistake. Instead 5...Nc6! 6. d4 Nxe5 7. dxe5 Qh4+ to gives Black a comfortable advantage.

Losing outright is 9...Bd6?, as Black's last chance to put up meaningful resistance is with the <wild and crazy> 9...Be7!? (diagram below)

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Fritz indicates White secures a one to two pawn advantage after:

9...Be7!? 10. Nxf7! (not 10. Qxf7+? Kd8 11. Qg7 Bh4+! ) 10...Bh4+! 11. Qxh4 Kxf7 12. Nd5! d6 13. Qf4+ Kg6 14. d3! Nd7 15. Qg3+ Kf7 16. Qf2+ Kg7 17. Nxc7 Ne5 18. Nxa8 Nf6 19. Nc7 Nfg4 20. Qg2 Qxh2 21. Qxh2 Nxh2 22. Be2 Nhf3+ 23. Kd1 Bg4 24. Be3 a6 25. Bf4 h5 26. Bxf3 Bxf3+ 27. Kd2 Rc8 28. Nd5 to .

Aug-29-14  Castleinthesky: Nice to get a Friday, I worked out another variation before I looked at the answer because I saw that taking the rook would have lead to mate. Black chose the shorter route to defeat.
Aug-29-14  rozzatu: Maybe the first friday I solved from a year or so: easy. But it is a very pretty theme.
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  chrisowen: Bad too king scramble if culture line bade riff:

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  chrisowen: A monarch livings h1 a1 dupe up ride a d2 lion quad as cut tell to the hilt shaped flower f7 head for warmer climes i be proof f6 mate in 1 ha dead price so:

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  kevin86: Easy for Friday: Black must choose to be mated by the three minor pieces or immediately by a smothered mate.
Aug-29-14  JimNorCal: Also, see <FSR>'s comment to this game.

Pillsbury vs Maroczy, 1903

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  FSR: Black should trade queens, with approximate equality - although it's still complicated. Pillsbury vs Maroczy, 1903 If Black makes the mistake of grabbing the rook, GM John Shaw, in his recent book on the King's Gambit, says that his best chance is 9...Nh6! 10.d4 d6 11.Bxh6 dxe5 12.Qxe5+ Be6 13.Qxh8 Nd7 14.Bxf8 0-0-0 15.Qxh7 Nxf8 16.Qh6 Ng6 17.0-0-0 Rh8 18.Qd2 Qxh2 19.Qxh2 Rxh2 20.Bd3 with a large advantage to White in light of his extra pawn.
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  gawain: Fantastic finish. I did pretty well except for not noticing that White's king is being checked! A minor flaw.

Once I saw the smothered mate with Qe8+ Rxe8 Nf7# I assumed that there had to be a simple mate also after the king takes. And there was. For this was "only" a Friday, after all.

Aug-29-14  gars: Very beautiful! I saw the first line <gofer> shows, not the second one.
Aug-29-14  patzer2: <FSR> Thanks for sharing GM John Shaw's interesting 9...Nh6! recommendation. It may well offer Black better practical chances than the difficult 9...Be7!? Fritz first choice.
Aug-29-14  TheBish: J Seoane vs I Prieto, 1986

White to play (15.?) "Difficult"

Our king is in check, so that's the first order of business. Black has just captured our rook on h1 (apparently), so one option would be to sacrifice the other rook -- a classic theme, the double-rook sacrifice -- in order to gain a tempo to launch an attack on the Black king.

15. Kd2!

This is easily the best move, and not too hard to find as the other rook is not needed. Note that Black would be able to defend if White had played 15. Bf1(?) Qe4+ 16. Be2 h6!.


Or 15...Qxh2 16. Nxc6+ dxc6 17. Bxe7+ Kd7 18. Bf6+ Be7 19. Qxe7#. This also works now in the main line, but there is an even shorter mate which I found first that is flashier. I found it because of all the minor pieces near Black's king, and the position was similar to another tactics position I remembered.

16. Qe8+! Kxe8 (or 16...Rxe8 17. Nf7#) 17. Nf6+ Kf8 (or 17...Kd8 18. Nf7#) 18. Bh6#.


Got it! Maybe the position I remembered was from this game?

Mar-15-15  Alex Schindler: Just saw this game in a sweet video from GM Simon Williams. I believe he got it from the same John Shaw book that fsr did. It's quite a beauty.

The completely intuitive qh4 check was a bad decision...

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