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Adolf Zinkl vs Johannes Metger
Berlin (1897), Berlin GER, rd 9, Sep-22
Four Knights Game: Spanish Variation (C49)  ·  1-0



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Jan-26-12  gofer: For a second I hoped that this was a <spoiler>. 23 Qh6 Qxh3+ drawing by perpetual check. But there is a simple solution.

<23 Rf5 ...>

Black has no response that is going to defend against <24 Qh6> except to lose its queen. Pf6 can only be removed by Qf6. (i.e. 23 ... gxf5 24 Qg5+ Kh8 Qg7#) and if black tries to defend g7 against Qg7# white switches to Qxh7# by playing <25 Ng5>.

I think black probably resigns at this point.

Jan-26-12  Patriot: It took me about a minute to consider 23.Rf5, seeing that 23...gxf5 24.Qh6 Qxf6 25.Qxf6 wins. As <FSR> points out, 24.Qg5+ is a forced mate. My focus was on getting the queen to h6, which is a problem of going astray with ideas without calculating properly--a sort of tunnel vision. But at least 24.Qh6 should be winning easily. After 24...Qxf6 25.Qxf6, white threatens 26.Ng5 followed by 27.Qh6 and mate on h7 or f7 (if the rook moves).

I only wish I calculated the game line.

Jan-26-12  CHESSTTCAMPS: White has N+P for a bishop, but the extra protected pawn on f6 is worth as much as a bishop in its absolute control of g7. However, white can't play 23.Qh6(??) immediately in view of 23... Qxh3+ 24.Kg1 Qxg3+ 25.Kh1 Qh3+ with a draw. However, 23.Rf5! shuts out the BQ and leads to a quick mate:

A) 23... gxf5 24.Qg5+ Kh8 25.Qg7#

B) 23... Kh8 24.Qh6 Rg8 25.Ng5 wins.

C) 23... Qxf5 24.exf5 followed by Qh6 forces mate.

D) 23... other (except 23... Qxf6 24.Rxf6) 24.Qh6 wins.

Jan-26-12  James D Flynn: This looks extremely easy for White: 23.Rf5 and I see no way for Black to defend against 24.Qh6 followed by mate on g7 except the Q sac for the Pawn on f6; g6xf5 24.Qg5+ is mate in 2 and Rxf5 and again 24.Qh6 is mate in 2.
Jan-26-12  awfulhangover: Easiest Thursday ever!
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  LIFE Master AJ: 23.Rf5, does the trick ...
Jan-26-12  PeonNegro: This was a very easy but beautiful move (23. Rf5).
Jan-26-12  cyclon: 23.Rf5 and cufflinks, in view of 23. -Kh8 24.Qh6 Rg8 25.Ng5.
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  kevin86: An easy one---white was destined to mate on g7-it is just that he had to gum up black's attack on the h3 square.

The rook sac does the dirty work.

Jan-26-12  Marmot PFL: 23 Rf5 is necessary to stop Qxh3+ (moving the N either blocks the WQ or puts the N out of play). If the R is taken Qh6 mates or wins queen, and 23..Kh8 loses as the game shows.

Well done by white to create and exploit weak squares in black's king position.

As black I would have dealt with Ng5 much sooner, probably by chasing it with 12...h6. Admittedly this creates a possible point of attack, but it forces white to declare his intentions, rather than just giving him a free hand to build up an attack on the king.

Jan-26-12  IRONCASTLEVINAY: This was like easy, found it in less than 30 sec
Jan-26-12  emate: 23 Rf5 Qxf6 24 Rxf6 Bxh3 and no mate for you! Haha... Work for it!
Jan-26-12  poachedeggs: As beautiful as it gets.
Jan-26-12  TomOhio: I didn't see Rf5. I thought Rf3 protected from perpetual check, but White needs the Knight to counter Black barricading his King in the corner. Failed Thursday again. argh.
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  Sastre: If 23.Rf3, Black wins with 23...Qxh3+ 24.Kg1 Kh8 25.Qh6 Rg8.
Jan-26-12  mem00000: Nice game!
Jan-26-12  BOSTER: <Once> <Take today's POTD a couple of moves earlier than the puzzle position>.

After 22.Nh3 black should play Qh5, and white has no too much.

I can't say that black queen on h5 feels very comfortable,but at least black has some time to move his king on the queen's side.

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  Penguincw: A declined rook sacrifice.
Jan-26-12  1stboard: I think black may have had a better move at move 12 by playing h6.

This move drives the knight away and provides a flight square for the king.

It looks like the trouble starts after the 12th move by what black actually played, Qa6.

Comments anyone on my thought.

Jan-26-12  ChessNewbie55: ho hum...
Jan-26-12  King Death: Poor Black was dead after his opponent played 8.Bc6 because he couldn't play the maneuver named after him.
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  chrisowen: Heard you got the fever Metger your b1 lacks heap symmetry. Thorax it's teaming Zinkl f4 e5 pf6! Bone scar cuss in it dried f5 chances murky at best. H8 it's not clean cut at all. For h6 oars ere medi slam exit coin g8 an g5e lovely mini bar knight sac died in the wool it apocalypse oer. For crying out loud youre walking flotsam and jetsam... no I had too it is drop them.
Jan-26-12  stst: looks straight forward, W got sweat but no harm, wins the race: 23.Qh6 Qxh3+
24.Kg1 Qxg3+
25.Kh1 Bh3

just eye-balling, no board, might miss...

Jan-26-12  leonie: I found Rf5. I think this is a good position for analysis for beginners like me.
Jan-27-14  Karpova: The date of this game is given as September 24, 1897, on page 16 of the January 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'.
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