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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs NN
Simul (1898) (exhibition)
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Morphy Attack (C51)  ·  1-0

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Feb-12-18  lost in space: 30. Rxb6 and mate next move
Feb-12-18  stst: miss the insane, get the Mondy same R-sac:
30.RxN+ & that's it... for
IF (A)........ Kc7, 31.Rb7#
IF (B).........axR, 31.QxP#
Feb-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  agb2002: White has a bishop for a rook and a knight.

White can deliver mate in two with 30.Rxb6+:

A) 30... axb6 31.Qxb6#.

B) 30... Kc7 31.Rb7#.

Feb-12-18  jffun1958: 30. Rxe6+ gives sort of epaulette mate.
Feb-12-18  diagonalley: a very neat snare where black declines the rook :-) ... good monday puzzle
Feb-12-18  Pchief: Why not 26...cxb5
Feb-12-18
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  Once: <Pchief: Why not 26...cxb5>

27. Rc3+ and mate will follow. With a runaway king Black dare not allow his pawn cover to be ripped away with moves like 26...cxb5.

Feb-12-18  AlicesKnight: Rxb6+ and mate next move on either option.
Feb-12-18  newzild: <Once: <Pchief: Why not 26...cxb5> 27. Rc3+ and mate will follow. With a runaway king Black dare not allow his pawn cover to be ripped away with moves like 26...cxb5.>

After 26...cxb5 27. Rc3+ Kb7, I, like ,Pchief>, don't see your mate.

Feb-12-18  patzer2: An easy mate-in-two with 30. Rxe6+ solves today's Monday puzzle.

Black's decisive mistake was 15...Nxe6?, allowing 16. Bd6! +- (+4.02 @ 37 ply, Stockfish 8). Instead, 15...fxe4 16. Nc4 0-0-0 ⩱ to ∓ (-0.74 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 8) would have given Black an advantage.

The rarely played 4...Nxb4, mentioned here in 2005 by Eric Schiller, is an opening move I find interesting. Despite the fact 4...Nxb4 is seldom played, our Opening Explorer rates it the strongest move available.

The mainline, popular opening move is 4...Bxb4. After 4...Nxb4 5. c3 Nc6 6. d4 exd4 =, 4...Nxb4 transposes back to the Evans Gambit mainline 4...Bxb4 5. c3 Bc5 6. d4 exd4 =.

However, the game enters unexplored territory after 5. 0-0 d6 6. c3 Nc6 = to ⩱ (-0.22 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 8). Apparently, this territory remains unexplored as this is the only game with 4...Nxb4 5. 0-0 in our Opening Explorer.

Feb-12-18  saturn2: <After 26...cxb5 27. Rc3+ Kb7, I, like ,Pchief>, don't see your mate.> After 26..cxNb5 White has also 27 Rd7+ KxR 28 Qxb5 etc
Feb-12-18  morfishine: <30.Rxb6+> and mate next move

*****

Feb-12-18  malt: Aah Mondays
30.R:b6+ ab6 (30...Kc7 31.Rb7# )
31.Qb6#
Feb-12-18
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  whiteshark: <30.Rxb6+ axb6 31.Qxb6#>, and that's it.
Feb-12-18  zb2cr: 30. Rxb6+ and Black has two options:

31. ... axb6+; 32. Qxb6#.

31. ... Kc7; 32. Rb7#. As <Phony Benoni> alluded to above, this is a double check, but the important point is that the White Queen at a5 "looks through" the Black King to cover the potential flight square at d8.

Feb-12-18  SpamIAm: TOO Easy. Any woodpusher who cannot solve this should be sentenced to 12 hours of listening to a continuous loop of Bobby Fischer's radio interview rant on the 9/11 attacks.
Feb-12-18  TheTamale: <SpamIAm> That would certainly be punitive, but definitely not corrective.
Feb-12-18  SpamIAm: <TheTamale> Point taken. But perhaps a chessplayer that's not instinctively looking to play a move like 30.Rxb6+ cannot be corrected... :(
Feb-12-18  nevski: The N-Q combination normally is lethal specially if the knight is as well positioned as in the present case!
Feb-12-18  stst: <..Any woodpusher who cannot solve this should be sentenced to 12 hours of listening to a continuous loop of Bobby Fischer'..>

or, compelled to "enjoy" our modern chess rap repeatedly (for ?? hours/days/months ??) from...Mr. Owen!!

Feb-12-18
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  ajk68: <With a runaway king Black dare not allow his pawn cover to be ripped away with moves like 26...cxb5.>

26...cxb5 is the most stubborn. Still mate, but most stubborn.

Feb-12-18  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: Great Game,
Why not cover the FISCHER 960 Un-0fficial World Championship in NORWAY between MAGNUS and NAKAMURA?

Just Wondering?

Feb-12-18  Whitehat1963: Would have been a good Friday/Saturday puzzle after 26...Kb7, too.
Feb-12-18  Whitehat1963: Or even a Sunday puzzle after 25...Qg8.
Feb-13-18
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  Once: <newzild: After 26...cxb5 27. Rc3+ Kb7, I, like ,Pchief>, don't see your mate.>

After 27...Kb7, Fritz calls it mate in 6:

28. Rd7+ Nxd7 29. Qxb5+ Nb6 30. Qc6+ Ka6 31. Bc5 Nxc5 32. Ra3+ Nca4 33. Rxa4#

But I doubt that either Blackburne or NN would have calculated that far. They would have looked at white's rooks attacking a vulnerable along open files and decided that Black would not long survive this.

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