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Graham K Burgess vs Carsten Bank Friis
Bellinge (1991), Bellinge DEN, rd 4
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1-0



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Jul-14-22  nalinw: <al wazir> 21 ... Kd5 22. Bb3#

I discarded 20 Qe6+ too early should have remembered that today is Thursday

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  ChessHigherCat: <nalinw> It's true there's much more of a king hunt in my line because I missed the snazzy Q sacrifice, but I dispute the name(s) of the players have to be in every pun.
Jul-14-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: 21 Nd6+ didn't occur to me, and 21 Bb3+ didn't seem to work. So instead of the queen sac I went with 20 g6+, after which Black can only avoid a quick mate by returning the sacced piece and generally winding up in a miserable condition.
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  ChessHigherCat: Here's another protracted king hunt after g6+ in addition to the two I gave above: 20. g6+ Kg8 21. Qxe6+ Kh8 22. Qxe7 Bb7 23. Nf6 Rac8 24. Nxd7 Qxd7 25. Qg5 Kg8 26. Qxh5 Qg4 27. Qh7+ Kf8 28. Qh8#
Jul-14-22  Sniffles: Mr. Burgess appears to have used Tal's deep dark forest, complete with the mandatory weird sacrifices.
Jul-14-22  Whitehat1963: Excellent finish! I saw the first move but could not follow up.
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  Breunor: I saw 19 Nxf7 as I suspect everyone did. I didn’t see 20 Qxe6. I tried 20 g6, which is 4.7 according to SF. But not best!
Jul-14-22  Granny O Doul: Brain Friis.
Jul-14-22  mel gibson: I knew it was one of the Knights to move forward.

I didn't know which one.

Stockfish 15 agrees with only the first ply:

19. Nxf7

(19. Nxf7 (♘e5xf7 g7-g6 ♕b3xe6 ♘d7-e5 ♕e6xe5 ♕c7xe5 ♘f7xe5 ♗c8-g4 f2-f3 ♗g4-d7 ♘e5xg6 ♔g8-f7 h2-h4 ♗d7-e6 ♘g6-e5+ ♔f7-f8 ♘e5xc6 ♗e6-f7 f3-f4 ♗f7-e8 ♘c6xe7 ♔f8xe7 d4-d5 ♔e7-f8 ♘e4-f6 ♖a8-a7 d5-d6 ♗e8-c6 ♖e1-e6 a6-a5 ♖d1-e1 ♖d8-c8 f4-f5 b5-b4 ♖e6-e7 ♖a7xe7 d6xe7+ ♔f8-g7 ♘f6xh5+ ♔g7-g8 ♗c2-b3+ ♔g8-h8 f5-f6 a5-a4) +15.70/33 539)

score for White +15.70 depth 33.

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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair.

The white queen x-rays the black king. This suggests 19.Nxf7:

A) 19... Kxf7 20.Qxe6+

A.1) 20... Kxe6 21.Nd6+ Ne5 (21... Kd5 22.Bb3#) 22.Bf5+ (or 22.Rxe5+ Kd7 23.Bf5#) 22... Kd5 23.Rxe5#.

A.2) 20... Ke8 21.Nd6+ wins (21... Kf8 22.Qf7#).

A.3) 20... Kf8 21.Bb3 and mate next.

B) 19... Rf8 20.Ned6

B.1) 20... Rxf7 21.Nxf7 Kxf7 22.Qxe6+ Kf8 (22... Ke8 23.Qxe7#) 23.Bb3 as in A.3.

B.2) 20... Nb8 21.Qd3 Bxd6 (21... Rxf7 22.Qh7+ Kf8 23.Qh8#) 22.Nxd6 is winning (22... Rd8 23.Qh7+ Kf8 24.Qh8+ Ke7 25.Qxg7#; 22... g6 23.Qxg6+ Qg7 24.Qxh5).

C) 19... Re8 20.Ned6 is similar to B.

Jul-14-22  Transfinite Cardinal: WOW not a chance brilliant stuff I didn't see it coming at all.
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  Teyss: <nalinw: Very nice pun <ChessHigherCat> "all roads lead to roam" - now we have to find a game with a king hunt and a matching player name>

Albany vs Buffalo, 1895

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  piltdown man: Very pretty!
Jul-14-22  TheaN: Wow, nope, not my week. I spotted <19.Nxf7> near instantly, but after <19....Kxf7> went with <20.Qf3+!?<>>.

It's almost a solve, because after 20....Kg8 21.Qxh5 it's +7 as there's no way for Black to prevent onslaught, but of course 20.Qxe6+ #4 is just curtains, brings in the queen also, slightly more forcing.

Black's problems, as usual in these early mid game slaughters, is development. I'm already no fan of 11....Be7, he's defended on f6 and White has to waste moves leveling material. Then, 12....a6?! is very slow. Black had to be a bit more aggressive here and play 12....a5! instead, where the threat of a4-a3 is kind of sudden, Black would have time for b5 and Ba6 among others. After 15.c5! +- White reinforces this point, shuts down counterplay and the rest is history.

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  ChessHigherCat: <Teyss> and/or <nalinw>: good job, feel free to take the pun. I never submit any of them (afraid of the paparazzi who are the constant companions of wealth and fame).
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  perfidious: <CHC>, words to live by: beware the paparazzi!
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  ChessHigherCat: <perf> to avoid accusations of sexism, I suppose I should say mama- and paparazzi
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  Dionysius1: Whoever was the hero who found this one for POTD - brilliant, thanks! I got the weakness of f7 and the potential maelstrom on the central files, but the Q sacrifice was beyond me.
Jul-14-22  stacase: That was fantastic!
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  keypusher: <Dionysius1: Whoever was the hero who found this one for POTD - brilliant, thanks! I got the weakness of f7 and the potential maelstrom on the central files, but the Q sacrifice was beyond me.>

<stacase: That was fantastic!>

Agree with these two. Man, I'd love to play a move like 20.Qxe6+ once in my life.

Jul-14-22  eblunt: I went 20 ♘d6+ followed by 21 ♕xe6 ( possibly with check ). Can't see what black does to prevent ♕f7 mate without losing lots of material.
Jul-14-22  King.Arthur.Brazil: I saw the 19.♘xf7 but not the line of mate. My head is in other sky today. The King (me, yeah) line was: 19... ♔xf7 20. ♘d6+ ♗xd6 21. ♕xe6+ ♔f8 22. cxd6 ♘f6 23. dxc7 ♗xe6 24. cxd8=♕+ ♖xd8 25. ♖xe6 ♘g4 26. ♗g6 ♘xh2? 27. ♖de1 and check mate next. I really don't see that move because I was already looking for a mate with ♘d6+. Beautiful check-mate! There's also the inversion: 22. ♖xe5+ ♔d7 23. ♗f5#
Jul-14-22  TrollKing: Now that's a combo!
Jul-15-22  TheBish: Black failed to heed the old adage: "With a knight on f8, you'll never get mated." It was on that square just before 18...Nd7?.
Jul-15-22  Cassandro: <TheBish> That saying comes originally from Bent Larsen IIRC.
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