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Karl Robatsch vs Arthur Bisguier
Hastings (1961/62), Hastings ENG, rd 3, Dec-29
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  0-1

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Jul-19-21
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  Breunor: Love Mondays, easy.
Jul-19-21  get Reti: Similar to a smothered mate, but with an added bishop.
Jul-19-21  mel gibson: Very easy - a sort of smothered mate.
Jul-19-21
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  NMABQjmgChess: Was able to solve this one pretty quickly for once. Nice start to the week.
Jul-19-21  Walter Glattke: Twin of Smothered Mate: Qg1+ Rxg1 Nf2#
Jul-19-21
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  drollere: i had to replay the game just to understand how things got to this position. after 26. f3 everything starts downhill and it is slow but inexorable after 31. Qb6+. seems like 27. Re2 and 28. Be1 are necessary for white.
Jul-19-21
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Anyone else surprised that this game did *not* begin as a King's Indian Defense?
Jul-19-21
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  agb2002: Black is one pawn up.

Yet another version of the smothered mate: 38... Qg1+ 39.Rxg1 Nf2#.

Jul-19-21
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  Dionysius1: Good morning. You're right - particularly from 25...f5 onwards. I suppose (I'm new to this way of thinking) one can sneak an opponent into one's favourite set up before they realise!
Jul-19-21  stacase: Simpler than it looks at first glance.

Three different ways for Black to sacrifice the Queen (it's Monday you know), one of them works.

Jul-19-21  geeker: Ye Olde smothered mate.
Jul-19-21
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  al wazir: 34. Rg1 was white's last chance to save the game.
Jul-19-21
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  OhioChessFan: 26. f3 was terrible. I wonder what Benjamin Finegold would say. White probably should have played Qc1 at some point to stop that terrifying QB battery on the diagonal.
Jul-19-21
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  Oxspawn: I spent a couple of minutes working out how to fork the white queen and king by getting my own queen off f2. Finally the penny dropped that it was my own queen that needed to be taken so the white rook would block the king's escape. The white pieces really do get in each other's way.
Jul-19-21  awfulhangover: A good Monday puzzle!
Jul-19-21  johnnydeep: Got it in short order. Nice mate via a queen sac followed by an *almost* smothered mate by the black knight, that also happens to fork the white queen to add a humiliating final touch. :-)
Jul-19-21  TheaN: <38....Qg1+ 39.Rxg1 Nf2#>
Jul-19-21
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Jul-19-21
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  chrisowen: GAUNT queen try ?
Jul-19-21
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  chrisowen: Prize it monopoly no?
Jul-19-21
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  gawain: I looked at the position for about two minutes, didn't see the right move. Looked away and thought about something else for another few minutes and when I came back the mate was obvious.

This happens to me a lot.

Jul-19-21
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  chrisowen: No it was safe look at chess Qg1 hagen no x
Jul-19-21  bamaexpert: Take the black dark squared bishop off the board, put a white pawn on h2, and you have a true smothered mate. :)
Jul-19-21  TheBish: As for the solution, I can't add anything to what I said on May-11-10, which gave me a chuckle reading now. Regarding the game as a whole, it was interesting how Bisguier transposed from a Nimzowitsch (1...Nc6) to a Ruy Lopez to basically a KID setup. As a King's Indian player, this is my dream type of game!

I was a little puzzled by 19...f6, but it soon became clear it was to create a "nest" for the poorly placed knight on b7. Masking his intentions a bit? When in doubt, improve the position of your worst placed piece! 33...Bxh3! was nice, but probably no different than playing 33...Bxg3+ 34. Kh1 Bxh3. The engine even likes 33...Rc8 and 33...Ng5. At this point, Black is just winning. Many paths to victory!

Jul-19-21  Nullifidian: 38... ♕g1+ 39. ♖xg1 ♘f2#
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