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Ehrhardt Post vs Francis Joseph Lee
Barmen Meisterturnier B (1905), Barmen GER, rd 12, Aug-26
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0



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Feb-21-11  zb2cr: Initially. I was just looking for the forking check from d7--then, I realized that after 23. Qe8+, Rxe8; 24. Nd7+, Kg8; 25. Rxe8#! obviates any question of regaining the sacrificed Queen.
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> Mamas'n'Papas? Funny, I was expecting this:
Feb-21-11  YetAnotherAmateur: My first observation here was that the black king was stuck on f8 and g8. That meant that a smothering mating attack was a real possibility.

My second observation was that if black's king is on g8 instead of f8, then Qe8+ Rxe8 Rxe8#. So white needed to check the king without letting him out in order to mate him. That meant at some point being able to play Nd7+ (Ne6+ wouldn't work - black just plays fxe6 and eventually escapes to h7).

But, if I move the queen first, that allows Nd7+. So Qe8+ both gives me a way to collect the rook, and the space to play Nd7+ and push the king to the mating square. Thus, a completely forced 23. Qe8+ Rxe8 24. Nd7+ Kg8 25. Rxe8#

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  OhioChessFan: <Dom> This video contains content from Vevo, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds. Sorry about that.
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  Domdaniel: Blindfold is at least 90% practice. I was reasonably good at it once - I could manage three games simultaneously - but I'm out of practice now.

One useful aspect is it teaches you to 'read' chess books without needing a board, screen, or diagram. In OTB tournaments, I sometimes go for a stroll while still analyzing the position in my head.

Being very short-sighted (and not always wearing glasses or contacts) may have helped initially. I got into the habit of memorizing things I couldn't actually see.

Is this an asset or a neurosis? Dunno, really. Bit of both.

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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> Oops. Boomtown Rats, I don't Like Mondays ... that was the idea.
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  OhioChessFan: Start me out with some practice exercises.
Feb-21-11  drnooo: Blindfold is another animal entirely: Fine said he saw the board as easily with eyes shut as open, Capa apparently not quite, nnt not not quite, otherwise why tell everybody that he didnt want to wear himself out playing it and unless wrong here, fairly sure Alekhine did his in sections, jigsaw like but with an exceptional memory and drive and for Pillbury, he was such a mental dynamo no telling about him, he never disclosed any inordinate difficulty
Feb-21-11  Amarande: Argghhhh!

Missed a Monday puzzle, ouch. At first I thought of Queen sacs, of course, but Qxf7+ didn't seem to go anywhere ... Saw Qe8+, but not the followup.

Thought of ways to deflect the Rook so Qe8 would be mate, but 23 Nxa6 is not forcing enough and may even lose - it is true that neither Knight may be taken: 23 ... Rxa6?? 24 Qe8#, or 23 ... Qxa6?? 24 Qxf7#, or 23 ... hxg5? 24 Nxc7! threatening mate and also the a8-Rook, Black cannot save both and comes out a piece down - but 23 ... g6! seems to win for Black there as now both White Knights are attacked, none of the sacrifices are on, and there seems to be no good continuation after 24 Nxc7 Rd8!


Feb-21-11  MaczynskiPratten: A novel and pretty variant on a smothered mate shifted 2 files across. Black can now escape to g8, but it doesn't help him!
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  Phony Benoni: For those who can access Google Books, here's an article by Pillsbury himself on blindfold play:

Myself, I can't do an entire game this way. I can analyze positions while away from the board or with my eyes closed, but I always need the visual cue of actually seeeing the position to be certain of analysis.

Feb-21-11  Operation Mindcrime: Nice one. The position of the white knights (and the defence of the e8-square by the White ♖) made me think of a smothered mate, but it took me a while to figure it out entirely.
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  Breunor: Like a lot of others, this took me a bit to find. I did find it because I know 'white to play wins'. Unfortunately, I doubt I would have found it over the board (let alone have the combination set-up).
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  patzer2: Black's decisive mistake appears to be 11...Nh5?, allowing 12. d5!! . Instead, perhaps 11...Bd6 or 11...Be7 would offer Black practical chances to fight for the draw.

Earlier perhaps 8...Bd6 = or 8...Bb7 makes even more sense. Black wastes too much tempo attacking pieces in this game, when instead he should have been developing.

Funny how the little positional clearance move 12. d5!!, freeing up the d4 square for the Knight gives White decisive control of the center to overwhelm the Black position.

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  patzer2: In the process of initiating a mate-in-three, today's Monday puzzle solution 23. Qe8+! combines the decoy and clearance tactics to force the mating combination.

This is an excellent game to analyze. White has a clear advantage after 11. Rc1! and a decisive advantage after 12. d5!!

The positional 12. d5!! and the tactical 18. Rxe7! would both be good candidates for a future puzzle of the day.

Feb-21-11  morfishine: <patzer2>...<The positional 12. d5!! and the tactical 18. Rxe7! would both be good candidates for a future puzzle of the day.> Good points
Feb-21-11  WhiteRook48: yes, easy! 23 Qe8+ Rxe8 24 Nd7+ Kg8 25 Rxe8#
Feb-21-11  rilkefan: <<patzer2>: Black's decisive mistake appears to be 11...Nh5? [...]>

Useful comments, thanks.

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  Once: What an odd and illogical game that we play!

I spotted this one quite quickly, yet several friends who are undoubtedly better players than me struggled. How come?

My thought process was simply this:

1. The action starts with the Ng5 being threatened by the black h6. If the knight can stay on g5, Black is nearly stalemated with a back rank mate close at hand.

2. The standard response to a stalemated king is to check, check, check until dead. So I really want to be able to play a check. And it will almost certainly have to be a knight check cos no other piece has a sensible check to offer.

3. Ne6+ doesn't promise much, so it has to be Nd7+.

4. But my queen is in the way of Nd7+. Can I move my queen away from d7 with tempo?

5. Qe8+ looks tempting. Then kick the black king away from the defence of e8 with the previously advertised Nd7+.

6. Quick spell check of the variations to confirm an unavoidable back rank mate. QED. Thank you very much.

The odd thing is that we all use slightly different methods to find the solution. Some days one method works faster than another. And on other days the reverse happens.

Odd, most odd.

Feb-21-11  AGOJ: I'll never understand chess. The Knight goes to a4 on move 9, and is completely off play, until move 22, when it transpires that all along the Knight was in the precise right spot to deliver a killer blow.

Coordination is a funny thing...

Feb-21-11  Patriot: <AGOJ> "A knight on the rim is dim". This is only true if it has no hope of getting back in the game. The knight is aiming for c5 which it can't occupy just yet. But what other squares look good for the knight? How about 9.Nb1-d2-c4? That's a possible plan. Also possible is 9.Ne2-c1-d3.

Without using a chess engine, I don't think white is winning at this point. It seems that black messed around too much without getting castled and instead went after the bishop pair with 11...Nh5?. I wonder why black didn't play the easy 11...Bd6 and castle? Notice that 12.Bxd6? cxd6 adds control to c5 which really makes the a4-knight look questionable. White really wanted control over the c5 square, but after black's 11th move everything changed. 12.d5! is one of those opportunistic moves you have to find the moment your opponent makes a mistake. White says "With your king in the center, let's open things up!". Even after this, black stubbornly takes the bishop anyway and falls right into white's hands. I like the way white prevents castling with 16.Rfd1 Bd6 17.Re1+ Be7 18.Rxe7! and now 18...Kxe7 is forced--otherwise after 18...Qxe7 19.Re1 wins material.

Conclusion? White played well, but black gave white a fairly easy game.

Feb-21-11  M.Hassan: "Very Easy" White to play 23.?
White has two Knights for a Rook.
The White g Knight is under attack while it controls h7 square. If it is tried to be saved, looses this phenomenal chance. So White should act rightaway:

23.Qe8+ Rxe8 (no other move)
24.Nd7+ Kg8
The only escapre route fo King is via g7 which is under White's control. This must be it.
More difficult than usual Mondays IMHO!

Feb-21-11  Nullifidian: I almost let Monday come and go without solving the puzzle!

It's a clearance sac starting with:

23. ♕e8+ ♖xe8▢ 24. ♘d7+ ♔g8▢ 25. ♖xe8#

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  gawain: Not so "very" easy as that. Just easy. The fact that the black queen and king are forked by the knight check at d7 is nothing but a distraction! Must stay focused on mate. On Mondays. at any rate.

I enjoy puzzles in which defending pieces are helpless to save the king in spite of being close at hand.

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  kevin86: It's a mate in 3:Queen sacs at e8;knight checks at d7 to chase king from rook;rook x rook mate.A little harder than usual,but typical Monday.
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