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Arnold Denker vs Chiera
Washington - (1936), Washington, DC USA
Queen's Gambit Declined: Austrian Defense (D06)  ·  1-0



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Aug-06-03  hickchess99: someone should fix this. the game shows the knight on C moving to e7, instead of the G knight, which should be the piece moved.
Aug-06-03  hickchess99: if exd5 then white gobbles up black's queen because of the bishop's pin on the knight on c6. if black takes the queen then Nc7++. or black could lose a few other ways,
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  patzer2: 12. Nd5! is a pretty sacrifice, which utilizes the dual threats of a smothered mate via deflection (12...QxQd2 13. Nc7#) or the win of the black queen utilizing the pin (if 12...NxN or 12...PxN or RxN(d5), then 13. QxQ ) to immediately force black's resignation.

Combinations utilizing so many themes are hard to classify. However, if I had to classify this winning combination, I would say it is a "double attack," utilizing "deflection," "smothered mate" and the "pin" as supporting themes.

Aug-06-03  JSYantiss: hickchess99, there is no mistake in the game notation here.....since the knight on c6 is PINNED, Ne7 already signifies that the knight on g8 is the one that moves.
Aug-06-03  alonso666: black ran out with his queen too early
Premium Chessgames Member hickchess99 might have been witnessing a bug with one of the java viewers. Some of these viewers are too dumb to understand the concept of a pinned piece.
Aug-06-03  mammoth: will 12. ... Rd7 solve solve the problem for black ?
Aug-06-03  Hoozits: I think that that's black's best response, but then white trades Queens followed by Bxd7+, Kd8 and then white continues with Nxf7+ winning another rook. Thoughts?
Aug-06-03  hickchess99: sounds good hoozits, but black should resign after that continuation because of his hopeless position.
Aug-06-03  myratingstinks: I disagree alonso. IMO, the mistake is either 1. not castling or 2. not removing the pin by a6. Make these on either move 9 or 10 & the queen is safe. But, I am a rookie. I still cant see 20 moves ahead to see what whites response is ;)
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  patzer2: Denker's 5.Qd2 looks wrong, but may be sound and have some merit. Note that if black plays 11...B-N5 to avoid the game continuation, white wins the exchange with 12. Bxc6+ bxc6 13. Nxc6 Qb6 14. Nxd8.
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  patzer2: <Mammouth> I ran your suggested 12...Rd7 through the computer and it doesn't look good for black. The computer gives the following winning lines for white after 12...Rd7:

(7.02 plus score for white) 13. Qxa5 Nxa5 14. Bxd7+ Kd8 15. Nxf7+ Kxd7 16. Nxe7 Bxe7 17. Nxh8 Bf6 18. Be3 Nc4 19. b3 Nxe3 20. fxe3 Bd3

(6.83 plus score) 13. Qxa5 exd5 14. Bxc6 Nxc6 15. Nxc6 bxc6 16. Qa6 Rc7 17. Bf4 Bc8 18. Qd3

(6.78 plus score) 13. Qxa5 exd5 14. Qa4 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Nc6 16. Bf4 Bc5 17. Bxc6 bxc6 18. Qxc6

(6.64 plus score) 13. Qxa5 Nxa5 14. Bxd7+ Kd8 15. Nxf7+ Kxd7 16. Nxe7 Bd3 17. Re1 Bxe7 18. Nxh8 Nc4

NOTE: I only quickly glanced at the variation and did not search for errors in the computer analyis. However, I am reasonably sure with only a quick look at this variation that 13. QxQ is the correct answer to 12...Rd7.

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  patzer2: <myratingstinks> Of your two suggestions to save black's game, 9...a6 appears to have the most merit, as it avoids most of white's traps and gives black a playable and near level game. White will have the initiative and more space, but black may well be able to equalize.'s computer gives the following variations as near equal after 9...a6:

(0.52 plus score for white) 10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. Ne5 Rc8 12. O-O e6 13. Qe2 Bb4 14. Bd2 Nf6 15. Bf4

(0.43 plus score) 10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. Ne5 Qc7 12. O-O Nf6 13. Qg5 e6 14. Bf4 Nd5

(0.53 plus score) 10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. Ne5 Qc7 12. Qf4 e6 13. O-O Nf6 14. Be3

However, queenside castling at move 9 would be a mistake for black. After 9...0-0-0 10. BxN(c6) bxc6 11. Ne5 black has a lost position due to the dual knight fork threats of 12. Nxc6 or 12. Nxf7. Note that 11...QxN (a forceful attempt to remove the dual knight fork threats) 12. d4xQ(e5) RxQ 13. BxR also leaves white with a winning exchange up (bishop for a rook) advantage.

Apr-26-04  BluE DicE: What a fantastic game! There's no way for black to save his king and queen. This is one of my favourites.
Aug-26-04  aw1988: How does THIS one end?
Aug-26-04  Lawrence: <aw1988>, WHATEVER move Black now makes, White has an evaluation of AT LEAST +6.94 (Junior 8, 5 minutes) so there are myriad ways to finish it but there's no question who is going to win.
Oct-08-04  aw1988: Well, if QxQ Nc7 is mate. QxB Nc7 mate. Simply the activity of the pieces sounds the end.
Oct-26-04  Apocalypse79: I haven't seen a game like this before. excellent !!
Nov-16-07  stefanoleccardi: Wonderful double attack !
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  fearlessone: Amazing final position qxd2 Nxc7 is mate. If the knight is taken Rxd5 or ed5 Qxa5 and the queen is hanging because of the pin.

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