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Jan Timman vs Nigel Short
Interpolis 14th (1990), Tilburg NED, rd 14, Sep-24
Dutch Defense: Classical. Stonewall Variation Botvinnik Variation (A93)  ·  1-0



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  agb2002: A famous game: Short played on until mate.
May-13-19  hdcc: Short of breath.
May-13-19  saturn2: I saw 29. Qg8+ Rxg8 30. Nf7#
May-13-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: I've never gotten a smothered mate over the board. Closest I got was in a youth tournament, where somebody had to pitch the exchange to me because the alternative was mate.
May-13-19  devere: Looks like 18...Qc5 was the losing move. Instead 18...Ngxe5 was needed.
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  Richard Taylor: The threat of smothered mate forces action by the defender. It is a beautiful mate when first discovered. I may have used it OTB but cant recall. Certainly in blitz etc.
May-13-19  TheaN: The classic smother for a Monday. No need to say more I guess. I know this instance of the mate as well, quite a pretty combination by Timman.

On a side note: anyone else noticing a few Timman daily puzzles recently? Wonder if it's pure coincidence.

May-13-19  cormier: 27.Qg8+ is shorter
May-13-19  zb2cr: A smothered mate follows 29. Qg8+.
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  whiteshark: <hdcc: Short of breath.> Exactly.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

C.G. Must think we are getting weaker and need help.

On the 1st December 2008 (a Monday) they asked us to solve this. (White to play)

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Today they have played moves 26 to 28 for us.

Thank You C.G.

Philidor's Legacy on the Black Kingside corner of the board (where it is often shown in primers) is probably the most easily recognised pattern in Chess. Players spot a mate in 5 with a queen sac instantly.

Philidor's Legacy not on the Black Kingside have been missed and even cocked up - this position (Black to play) from an English League game in 2013.

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Black played 19...Qg8 (OPPS!)


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  drollere: <Black played 19...Qg8 (OPPS!) >

oops! indeed. the black Q can't get to g8 in any move. although the exchange or Q capture for 19. .. Nf2+ looks pretty good.

May-13-19  DrGridlock: After

29 Qg8+ Rxg8

Short has a "condo made of stona"
Only thing that's left is for Timman to seal the tomb!

May-13-19  Hercdon: Being a big fan of the “game of the century” I saw this in like two seconds. Not because it did happen that game, but because it could have
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  wood n tempo: It seemed to me Timman strongly directed the game starting at move 19. Ng5. <cormier: 27.Qg8+ is shorter> fails to 27...Kxg8.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

: ) see above.

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Black played 19...Qg1+


May-13-19  Momentum Man: Who doesn’t like a good smothered mate?
May-13-19  saturn2: <Sally Simpson Black played 19...Qg8 (OPPS!)> With the knight on h3 instead of g4 it is white who says OPPS:)

Till move 16 I had the impression they made normal development moves but with 16...e5 the mess startet. See also the comment of chrisowen from 2008.

May-13-19  cormier: <wood n tempo>, you're right, ths for the correction .....
May-13-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 22 dpa done

1. + / = (0.57): 15...h6 16.h3 e5 17.Nxe5 Ngxe5 18.dxe5 g5 19.Qe3 f4 20.gxf4 gxf4 21.Qe4 Rxd1+ 22.Rxd1 Qxe5 23.Qxe5 Nxe5 24.Bxb7 Nxc4 25.Nd5 f3 26.exf3 Bh5 27.Nxc7 Bxf3 28.Bxf3 Rxf3 29.Rd4 Ne5 30.Re4 Nd3 31.Rg4+ Kf8 32.Rg3 Rxg3+ 33.fxg3 Ke7 34.Kg2 Kd6

2. + / = (0.60): 15...Qb4 16.Rac1 Qxc4 17.h3 Nf6 18.Qe3 Rd7 19.Ne4 Qb5 20.Nc5 Re7 21.Ng5 Bh5 22.Rd2 Nd5 23.Qb3 Qxb3 24.axb3 Ncb4 25.Nxb7 h6 26.Nf3 Bxf3 27.Bxf3 Ra8 28.Nc5 c6 29.Kg2 Rd8 30.e3 e5 31.Ra1 exd4 32.Bxd5+ Rxd5 33.exd4 Ra7 34.Re1

May-13-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 22 dpa done

1. + / = (0.34): 12...Qd6 13.Rac1 Ne4 14.Rfd1 Rd8 15.Ne5 Qe7 16.cxd5 exd5 17.Nxc6 Bxc6 18.f3 Qg5 19.Qxg5 Nxg5 20.f4 Ne6 21.a3 b6 22.Rd3 Rfe8 23.Rcd1 Nf8 24.Kf2 Kf7 25.Rc1 Ne6 26.e3 Bb7

2. + / = (0.39): 12...h6 13.cxd5 Nxd5 14.Nxd5 exd5 15.Qxe7 Nxe7 16.Ne5 g5 17.Nd3 Rf6 18.Rfc1 c6 19.e3 Kg7 20.Bf1 Nc8 21.Ne5 Nd6 22.Bd3 f4 23.gxf4 gxf4 24.Kh1 fxe3 25.fxe3 Nf7 26.Rg1+ Ng5 27.Kg2

May-13-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 24 dpa done

1. = (0.11): 9...Be8 10.e3 Bh5 11.cxd5 exd5 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Ne4 14.f3 Ng5 15.Nc3 Bxa3 16.Qxa3 c6 17.Ne2 Qc7 18.Qb2 a5 19.Nf4 Bf7 20.Rac1 Qe7 21.a4 Ne6 22.Nxe6 Qxe6 23.f4 Bh5 24.Qc3 Rfd8 25.Qc5 Re8 26.Rf2 Bg4 27.Rd2

2. = (0.17): 9...Bxa3 10.Qxa3 Be8 11.Nc3 Bh5 12.e3 Bxf3 13.Bxf3 Qd7 14.Qb2 Nd8 15.Ne2 Nf7 16.Nf4 c6 17.Bg2 Rad8 18.Rac1 Qe7 19.Nd3 Rfe8 20.cxd5 exd5 21.Qe2 Ng5 22.Ne5 Nf7 23.f4 Nd6

May-13-19  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering over the board, my old Dutch friend Jan Hendrik finally found the seldom seen smothered mate 29.Qg8+!,Rxf8 30.Nf7#.
May-14-19  DrGridlock: <cormier: 27.Qg8+ is shorter>

So long as black is determined to play Rxg8 following the queen check, White may initiate the checks 2 moves early.

However, if black instead plays Kxg8, white's queen has died in vain!

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  Knightf7mate: How could I have failed to comment on this game sooner!??? I chose my 'handle' for this very position - a smothered mate.
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