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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Joseph George Witton
Blindfold simul, 8b (1885), Melbourne AUS, Jan-08
Scotch Game: Göring Gambit. Bardeleben Variation (C44)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Hmm. Some definite possibilities here. 31.Qxh6+ gxh6 32.Rxh6+ Lg9 33.Rg6+ doesn't look like more than a draw.

Oh, wait, I see it! 31.Rxg7 Rxf4 32. Rh7+ Kg8 ... oh, wait. That's not mate. And Black can just play 31...Qxg7 in any event.

There's the obvious 31.Rxh6+, for 31..gxh6 32.Qxh6+ Kg8 33.Qh7#. But what if Black declines with 31...Kg8? Oh, wait, just 32.Qc4+. Of course.

I don't know if I should trusy my decisions at the ballot box today.

Nov-08-16  stacase: 31. Rxh6+ works, 31. Qxh6+ doesn't.
Nov-08-16  dfcx: 31.Rxh6+ mate in 3.

31...gxh6 32.Qxh6+ Kg8 33.Qh7#


31..Kg8 32.Qc4+ Rf7 33.Qxf7#

Nov-08-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: I found it very easy to see that after Rxh6+ the rook is poisoned.

I was a little slower to find how to seal the deal after it is refused, namely by Qc4+

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  patzer2: <euripides: <DG> Yes, 13..Nxf3+ looks better than the game for Black.> This post from 11 years ago is insightful.

After 13...Nxf3+ 14. gxf3 0-0-0 (-0.80 @ 25 depth, Deep Fritz 15), Black stands clearly better.

Nov-08-16  YouRang: Tuesday 31.?

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Typically, when you have lots of concentrated force (two rooks and a queen in this case) aimed at the opposing king, the solution is to use some to burst the defense and the remaining force to mop up the win.

So it goes, <31.Rxh6+>

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- 31...gxh6 will result in Qxh6+ and Qh7#
- 31...Rg8 will result in Qc4+ and Qxf7#

Nov-08-16  Doniez: It took some minutes to choose the right combo, even though the pawn on h6 was my first target. Good start this week, 2/2.
Nov-08-16  coolknight: 31. Rxh6+ and if black takes the rook,
31.. gxh6 32. Qxh6+ Kg8 33. Qh7#
if black declines
31.. Kg8 32. Qc4+ Rf7 33. Qxf7#
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  agb2002: The material is identical.

Black threatens Rxf4.

White can expose the black king with 31.Rxh6+ and deliver mate in three:

A) 31... gxh6 32.Qxh6+ Kg8 33.Qh7#.

B) 31... Kg8 32.Qc4+ Rf7 33.Qxf7#.

Nov-08-16  saturn2: Rxh6 neither stepping aside to g8 nor gxR saves black.
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  whiteshark: <31.Rxh6+!>, and that's it.
Nov-08-16  mel gibson: Am I getting better or is this site making easier puzzles? I saw this in less than 2 seconds -
right to mate.
Nov-08-16  morfishine: <31.Rxh6+> forces mate since 31...Kg8 is met by 32.Qc4+


Nov-08-16  leRevenant: <Phony Benoni: Hmm. ...
I don't know if I should trust my decisions at the ballot box today.>
You mean between Scylla and Charybdis?
Being in the 52nd or 53rd state of dis-union, I love Tuesdays, as the saying goes.
Nov-08-16  awfulhangover: After 31.Rxh6+ Kg8 I spent at least 2 minutes before I saw 32.Qc4+ Not impressed by myself.
Nov-08-16  lost in space: 31. Rxh6+ and 1:0
Nov-08-16  aadchesskid: Here is my analysis of the game, please let know whether I am correct

[Event "Melbourne"]
[Site "Melbourne AUS"]
[Date "1885.01.08"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Joseph Henry Blackburne"]
[Black "Joseph George Witton"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C44"]
[Opening "Scotch: Goering gambit, Bardeleben variation"] [PlyCount "65"]

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Nxc3 Nc6 6. Nf3 here, white 3 pieces are controlling d5 against blacks 1 piece, and blacks controlon d4 and e5 is challenged by whites f3 ♔night 6. ... Bb4 7. O-O d6 8. Bg5 Be6
black tries to reduce whites influence on d5 by exchanging the light square bishops 9. Bxe6 fxe6
control of d5; white 2 vs blacks 2. ♗ut, black has weaknesses, which white exploits with 10. Qb3 $1 Qe7 $220 11. Nd5 exd5 12. exd5 Ne5 13. Qxb4 ( taking e5 knight first with 13. Nxe5 $2 leads to 13. ... dxe5 $1 and white is a piece down ) 13. ... O-O $2
a mistake in the position
( better was 13. ... Nxf3+ 14. gxf3 O-O whites pawn structure is damaged, his king is exposed ) 14. Nd4 c5 $2 $220
can white win a pawn here?
15. dxc6 bxc6 16. Nxc6 Nxc6 17. Qc4+ Kh8 18. Qxc6 Qe5 19. Bxf6 Qxf6 20. Rad1 Qxb2 21. Qxd6 Qxa2 22. Rd2 Qa5 23. Rfd1 Qf5 $220 white now maneuvers his pieces to attack blacks g6 pawn 24. Qg3 a5 25. Rd7 Qf6 $220
how to prepare for ♖d6, should it be played immediately? 26. h4 $1
makes a luft to white king so that after ♖d6 ♕a1 + can be answered by ♔h2! ( playing 26. R1d6 immediatley, looses to 26. ... Qa1+ 27. Rd1 Qf6 leading to move repition if ♖d6 is played again ) 26. ... h6 27. R1d6 Qa1+ 28. Kh2 a4 29. Rg6
bringing another piece to attack g7
29. ... Rg8 30. Qf4
now the focus shifts to h6!!
30. ... Rgf8 $220
how to force a win here?
31. Rxh6+ gxh6
( 31. ... Kg8 32. Qc4+ Rf7 33. Qxf7# )
32. Qxh6+ Kg8 33. Qh7# 1-0

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  gawain: Pretty straightforward. 31 Rxh6+ forces mate whether Black captures or not. In case Black refuses with 31...Kg8, there is no defense against 32 Qc4+.
Nov-08-16  TimothyLucasJaeger: A fun opening to play. Unfortunately 3...d5 leads to a number of trades and an equal quiet position.
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  OhioChessFan: <PB: I don't know if I should trust my decisions at the ballot box today.>

Don't worry about it. You can't go right.

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  drollere: possibly an easier puzzle than yesterday.

31. Rxh6+ is obvious -- not 31. Qxh6+ since it's very difficult for 2 R's to mate without clear back ranks or edge files (and an extra tempo or two) to maneuver the right position.

if 31. ... Kg8, then 32. Qc4+ Rf7, 33. Qxf7#.

witton ended with a pretty even board, and even chased the K up the h file, so it's not a disreputable performance after 30 moves.

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  kevin86: Easy, but no queen sac!
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  Once: Black is defending g7 with his queen so Der Schwarze Tod (the Black death) has to attack via the white squares with mate on h7 or via the f7 diagonal.

The black death. Now that's a chess nickname!

Nov-08-16  MaczynskiPratten: This was a Monday puzzle originally and that seems right to me - "tweazy"? Reckon you need to find 32 Qc4+ to get full marks.
Nov-08-16  zb2cr: 31. Rxh6+ works. Black has 2 choices:
31. ... gxh6 or 31. ... Kg8. Both fail, forced variations as follows:

31. ... gxh6; 32. Qxh6+, Kg8; 33. Qh7#.

31. ... Kg8; 32. Qc4+, Rf7; 33. Qxf7#.

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