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Ludek Pachman vs Eckert
"Pachman Fever" (game of the day Dec-30-2008)
Cista (1940)
French Defense: Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Albin-Chatard Gambit (C13)  ·  1-0



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Feb-02-06  MorphyMatt: and that, my friends, is why you decline the pawn
Oct-29-07  Whitehat1963: I've got Pachman Fever!

Black is dead, of course, but try the puzzle after 18...Kh6. (Mate in six.) Good luck.

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  sleepyirv: I've been waiting for this pun since I found out there was a chessplayer named Pachman.
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  GrahamClayton: I wonder if Pachman was starting to think of the possibility of a double Rook sacrifice after Black played 8...♕h6?

I also looked at the possibility of Black declining the double-Rook sacrifice with 13...♕g7 eg:

A. 14. ♕e6 fe6 15. ♘e6+ ♔e7 16. ♘g7 ♘c6 White's direct atacking possibilities appear to have stopped, and he has to try and rescue the g7 Knight;

B. 14. ♘d6 is much more promising, with both Knights attacking f7. Black can't defend the f7 pawn with 14...♖f8 due to 15.♖h7. This looks like the most promising continuation.

Dec-30-08  nimzo knight: Double rook sacrifice is worth it as black pretty much has no queen in exchange for rooks. Of course White needs to be sure he has enough material to finish it off in one breath.
Dec-30-08  Gameoverziggy: taking the pawn is fine Qh6 is a ?
Dec-30-08  Nikita Smirnov: The Immortal Game Beta Version XD
Dec-30-08  furrer: Yeah. But isnt taking the pawn consired nowadays?
Dec-30-08  Alphastar: I wasn't surprised white was able to force mate - queen and knight often work well together.
Dec-30-08  Sularus: curious name that one, just Eckert.

No disrespect intended, of course.

once upon a time, Pachman was one of the world's leading "theoritians" (if there is such a word).

I had a book of his on chess tactics when i was young. I lost it though. darn.

Dec-30-08  cydmd: Pachman was a great chess writer. His best seller is Modern Chess Strategy, an abridged version of his colossal compendium on chess strategy called Complete Chess Strategy. Although there are several good books on chess strategy, Pachman's book is the very best for start learning. He annotates games like nobody.
Dec-30-08  soberknight: Wow, I had to play through the game a second time to understand it. Every move from the rook sacrifices onward is basically forced. I enjoy games like this.
Dec-30-08  WhiteRook48: wow... two Rook sacrifice. You don't see this everyday...
Dec-30-08  withingrace: bah, the rooks weren't doing anything, might as well use them as bait to get the black queen out of play.
Dec-30-08  SufferingBruin: Two rook sac and on top of that 16. Qg5+ giving up even more ballast... yeah, I think this qualifies as game of the day.

Dec-30-08  A.G. Argent: <WhiteRook48><wow...two Rook sacrifice. You don't see this everyday...> Interestingly enough, earlier today, I ran across a game at another chess site <Maczynski vs W Pratten 1948>, in which Pratten, playing Black sacrificed both Rooks and his QUEEN to mate with 2 Knights and a Bishop. It's beautiful, check it out. It's in CG's database. Sorry, I can't do the link thing.
Dec-30-08  Hortensius: Greed bad! Greed bad!!
Dec-30-08  TheaN: Great game, but I have to agree with A.G. here, Maczynski vs W Pratten, 1948 is better :).
Dec-30-08  TheaN: <Sorry, I can't do the link thing.>

It's easy, just copy the game url and the CG post converter will reshape it into the line you see in my post above (or below, whatever the option).

Dec-30-08  MaxxLange: <cydmyd> Pachman also wrote an interesting autobiography, "Checkmate in Prague"

I have one volume of the rare 3-volume English edition of "Modern Chess Strategy" in paperback - maybe an abridgement, it isn't very long. From a British publisher I think.

Great game. I bet the real difficulty in calculating was seeing 21. Nxe6! 8 moves ahead - it's not really a "quiet move", since it is a capture of a center pawn, but it isn't a check. You'd have to see that it threatens 22. Qh4 mate, and does force 22..Nf6

Dec-30-08  MaxxLange: Ah, it also threatens 22. Qg5#, so 21...Qh1 is not playable
Jan-17-09  WhiteRook48: ha ha ♖♖ sac: 13. Ng5 looks a bit strange.
Nov-05-09  Hortensius: The best trap I know of...
Apr-20-12  JoergWalter: that is the stuff I like.
Nov-25-14  wooden nickel: 9.g3! or 9.Nb5 Na6 10.f4! according to Keres, on the other hand 9.Bd3 kind of triggered g6 with the following 10.Qg4 leading to this remarkable game.
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