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Frederick Rhine vs NN
Online USCF blitz tournament (2021) (blitz),, rd 6, Jun-23
Philidor Defense: Hanham Variation (C41)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: 3...Nd7 is inferior, 4...Be7? is already a blunder, and 5...dxe5?? 6.Qd5! is a game-ender. 5...Nxe5 6.Nxe5 dxe5 7.Qh5! improves slightly, but also gives White a winning position.

These days players usually enter the Philidor via sophisticated move orders like 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5. White can trade queens if he wants, but that's nothing special. So the game usually continues 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 and Black has reached the Hanham setup while avoiding some unpleasant lines. See, e.g. D Forcen Esteban vs Cuenca Jimenez, 2011. Last year Dubov won a rapid game against Carlsen in the 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 variation. Carlsen vs Dubov, 2020. Pepe Cuenca covers both lines in his Chessable Lifetime Repertoire course, which looks to be extremely thorough.

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  FSR: Obviously 10.Qd5# is best. But it occurs to me that 10.Na3!? Nxa3 11.O-O-O+ (yes, it's legal!) would have been hilarious.
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  HeMateMe: if you played them Fred and they had to register with the USCF, why are their names not known?
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  FSR: <HeMateMe> The tournament was played on lichess. You have to be a USCF member to play in it, but when you're playing you just see the lichess handles of your opponents, not their actual names. Maybe if I look at the tournament report on the USCF website I can find that information.
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  fredthebear: It's a Swallow's Tail Mate/Gu?ridon Mate, sometimes called a Pedestal Mate. See this dual diagram:

Polo-Pasqualini, Ferrara 1923
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nd7 4.Bc4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Be7 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Ne6 Kxe6 8.Qd5+ Kf6 9.Qf5# 1-0

Here are 25 standard checkmates:

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  FSR: <fredthebear> Thanks. I had never seen that game. I have submitted it to chessgames.

As for named mates, see and (the latter costs money).

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