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Richard Teichmann vs Mikhail Chigorin
"The Teichmann Cometh" (game of the day May-22-2018)
Ostend (1905), Ostend BEL, rd 23, Jul-14
Dutch Defense: Classical Variation (A84)  ·  1-0



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  MJCB: 21. Bg4 is a great move: black must give away its bishop (to provide a flight square to its king) or... be mated!
Jul-09-13  JimNorCal: OK, I see Ke7 Bg5 mate.
But how about the super-ugly Kg8? I'm assuming Bd7. Then if the rook moves off the e-file, Be6 is mate. But if the rook moves to, say, e4, then what? Rf6 threatening the black bishop and threatening Be6+? The mate may be there but it's not so close. Perhaps I'm missing something.
Jul-09-13  JimNorCal: Slick finish, by the way. After 27. Be7, the threatened mate by Be2 is hard to meet, so after Kd3 or Kb5 the f8 rook is lost to the bishop leaving white a piece up.
Jul-09-13  guaguanco: 21...Kg8
22 Bd1 is hard to meet
Jul-09-13  JimNorCal: Thanks. Yes, Bd1 is the crusher.
May-22-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: It's always cool when mating "nets" have a lot of wide-open space. Today's Puzzle and Game of the Day both have that aspect.
May-22-18  jith1207: <JimNorCal>: After 27..Kb5, 28. Be2+ Kb6 29. Bc5+ Ka5 30.Ra7# follows or so the lengthier line would be Kd3, going a piece down. Great mating net.

But I wonder if there's a mate on the horizon if black had played 20..gxf5?

May-22-18  Ilkka Salonen: What is wrong with 21. ... Kg8?
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  Richard Taylor: I've never read or seen the play. I intend to. Martyn-Seymour Smith thinks highly of O'Neill in his huge book (or books covering most of the world although a new version is needed) about Modern Literature.
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  gawain: The threatened mate 28 Be2# is shocking! And beautiful. Yet this game does not even make the list of Teichmann's "Notable Games."
May-22-18  Dubitando: After 21. ... Kg8, 22. Be6+ Rxe6 23.Rf8#
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  ClassZPlaya: <Dubitando> In your line 23. Rf8 is not mate; Black has 23. ... Bxf8 <Ilkka Salonen> on 21. .. Kg8 White has 22. Bd1! threatening 23. Bb3+ The only defense appears to be 22. ... Re3 24. Bxe3 Kg7 when Black is down a Rook instead of a Bishop as in the game line.
May-22-18  wtpy: This is a beautiful game that I have never seen. It is a quick object lesson in the power of the two bishops in an open position and if I was a chess teacher I would add it to the games I showed my students.
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  Phony Benoni: The GOTD does well showcasing these forgotten jewels,

Tge elegant 21...Kf8 22.Bd1 just blew my mind when I saw it. Rarely are such retreats so devastating.

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  ChessHigherCat: <Dubitando> <ClassZPlaya>:

On 21...Kg8, I like 22. Rf6!, attacking the bishop.

If 22...Be7?? Be6#.
If 22...Bf8?? 23. Be6+ Rxe6 24. Rxf8#
Black's best option, according to SF, is still winning for white:

1) +3.38 (23 ply) 22...Re4 23.Rxd6 Kf7 (because white is threatening Rd8+ followed by RxR)

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  HeMateMe: ok, I think we're in Worst Pun territory here...
May-22-18  morfishine: This one's not so hard to understand when you realize Black's King Rook isn't participating

<21...Kg8> is useless



May-22-18  Dubitando: I stand corrected. It's after 22. ... Kg8, 23. Be6+ Rxe6 24.Rf8#

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