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Georges Koltanowski vs NN
Simul (1945) (exhibition), Akron, OH USA
Italian Game: Deutz Gambit (C55)  ·  1-0

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May-26-08
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  Peligroso Patzer: This one was a lot like a Monday puzzle, only easier.
May-26-08
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  Once: <gus inn & ahmadov> Thanks for the welcome. I've been lurking for ages; finally decided to join in.

<gus inn> My chess column is called "once in a lifetime" because I think that all chess players live for the rare occasions when they can play a flashy combination. So the column is a club-players' eye view of classic games, with the encouragement to all players to pull off a queen sacrifice or under-promotion to a knight - at least once in a lifetime.

May-26-08  prinsallan: This puzzle was soo easy we have to create a day or two to squeeze in before monday ;)
May-26-08  prinsallan: And also: Welcome <Once>. Im still waiting to play a combination. I get the puzzles regurlarly, but in real life Im such a coward when these situations appear ;7)
May-26-08
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  johnlspouge: Monday (Very Easy): White to play and win.

Material: N for B. White and Black have batteries on adjacent files: White, Rh3 and Qh4 on the h-file pinning Ph7 to Kh8; Black, Rg7 and Rg2 on the g-file. The main difference in activity is that the White Nf6 is active, reinforcing the attack on Ph7, whereas the Black Bd7 is passive. The presence of a N on f6 should raise the possibility of an Arabian mate, particularly with the firepower on the h-file. A routine examination of checks, captures, and threats, with particular attention to the h-file, reveals the candidate.

Candidates (25.): Qxh7+

25.Qxh7+ Rxh7 26.Rxh7#

Here are <two> Arabian mate links (<both> checked) ;>)

http://chess.about.com/library/week...

http://www.chessforchildren.com/Ara...

My chess forum http://home.comcast.net/~johnlspoug... lists other named mates: naming something is a good start to having control over it. (Just ask the police.)

May-26-08  Billy Vaughan: I saw this one instantly, for once. Go Monday!
May-26-08  Nikita Smirnov: This is just too easy.
But to get a queen sacrafice in a game is nice.
But because I've seen such sacrafices so many times I get bored by such sacrafices. I saw it after 1 second.And it was my trained tactical eye which saw the move,not me.
May-26-08  TrueBlue: boring ....
May-26-08  Jesspatrick: Incidentally, I don't care for the White side of this after 8.c3. Black has 8...♗g4! after which the game should end in a quick draw. 9.♕a4+ ♗d7 10.♕d1 ♗g4.
May-26-08  Mr. Glass: I'm glad to say that I saw this one instantly. It wasn't long ago that I couldn't solve any of these puzzles.
May-26-08  iceman77: No-brainer!
May-26-08  DavidD: ALWAYS examine ALL checks and captures in a position. The habitual practice of doing so can increase a player's elo by 100 points due to the elimination of mistakes. Today's puzzle also shows the importance of pattern recognition. The Nf6 and the battery along the h-file immediately suggest an Arabian mate. It is well worth the study time to completely learn the various types of mating patterns. (See links in other posted kibitzes.)
May-26-08
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  playground player: Does anybody remember Koltanowski's old TV show, "Koltanowski on Chess"? It was on PBS when I was a kid. I loved that show! I wonder if it has survived in any form.
May-26-08  zb2cr: <playground player>,

You wrote: "Does anybody remember Koltanowski's old TV show, "Koltanowski on Chess"? It was on PBS when I was a kid...."

News to me. When was this?

May-26-08  jovack: NN can never sense the danger.

King + Corner + Enemy Knight and Queen = Danger

always (99% 1%)

May-26-08  Jim Bartle: "This puzzle was soo easy we have to create a day or two to squeeze in before monday ;)"

Agreed! I actually had to look at it a while just to convince myself it wasn't that easy...Of course I do have a lot of practical experiences with these (on the black side).

May-26-08  dzechiel: <"Does anybody remember Koltanowski's old TV show, "Koltanowski on Chess"? It was on PBS when I was a kid...."

News to me. When was this?>

I think this was in San Franciso, station KQED, during the mid to late 1960's.

May-26-08  hedgeh0g: Bwahahaha no way...this is like the puzzles on shredderchess.com!
May-26-08  234: Sunday puzzle <18. ?> May-25-08 Sherzer vs H Olafsson, 1991
May-26-08  Castleinthesky: I was rooting for "NN", but he never pulls it off.
May-26-08
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  johnlspouge: <<dzechiel> wrote: <playground player>, You wrote: <"Does anybody remember Koltanowski's old TV show, "Koltanowski on Chess"? It was on PBS when I was a kid....">

I think this was in San Franciso, station KQED, during the mid to late 1960's.>

I, of course, am too young to remember, but the article in http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/artic... confirms that some contributors to chessgames.com are not yet suffering senility.

In the article, I found it particularly charming to hear Koltanowski's wife praise his incredible memory by saying:

<"I don't know how he does it," Leah Koltanowski once said. "He can't even remember to bring home a loaf of bread from the supermarket.">

No man is a hero to his valet (or wife).

“Peu d’hommes ont esté admirés par leurs domestiques.”

- Montaigne (1533–1592)

May-26-08  jheiner: Wow. I didn't have time to analyze this one because the forced mate leaped at me in 2 seconds.

This is a mating pattern that everyone should know: N on f6 (f3,c3,c6), enemy K in the corner, R on h7,g8,etc.

May-27-08
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  playground player: If my memory serves, <dzechiel> is right: KQED in the 1960s. PBS also ran it in the New York media market, where I saw it. I wonder if there are old videotapes of it available, or something like that.
May-27-08
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  kevin86: A perfect daily double: a queen sac leading to an Arabian Mate.
Mar-23-15
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  ChessCoachClark: I recommend this game to my members for three reasons-- it has a Rook Lift that is key to the outcome of the game, the Queen sacrifice and the Arabian Mate. Excellent!
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