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F A Stroud vs Alistair M Fraser
CCCA corr (1961) (correspondence), ?
Queen's Gambit Declined: Baltic Defense (D02)  ·  0-1



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Jul-24-06  Mountainman1: Took two seconds to solve, approx.
Jul-24-06  pawn52: I didn't see it today. I guessed Bxc3, but that move simply drops the queen. Ouch, I'm glad I didn't have to play this game, I would've screwed up bad....
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  Dim Weasel: I finally got it, but for some reason it took me a minute to find the Boden mate although I noticed the crisscrossing Bishops right away.
Jul-24-06  Fezzik: I like the elegance of your Monday puzzles. Ok, so sacking the Queen is getting a bit boring, but still, your Monday games have style.
Jul-24-06  Fezzik: PS: I guess now Boden's Mate is going to be almost as well known as Legal's Mate!
Jul-24-06  Richerby: <Fezzik> As a datapoint, I don't think I've ever used Boden's mate in a game but I've used Legal's mate a couple of times on FICS. :-)
Jul-24-06  greensfield: Easy one, Q sac instigates capture with pawn leaving mating attack along c1/a3 diagonal from bishop. Not quite a Boden's mate, because apart from the criss crossing Bishop attack, the Kings escape to the d file should be blocked by two of whites pieces.
Jul-24-06  RandomVisitor: <The17thPawn>14. Qe3 15.Bxc3 Qxc3 16.Qe4 is mate in 5.
Jul-24-06  zb2cr: Saw the easy Boden's mate in less than 5 seconds. Correspondence game, no less; White must have been asleep.
Jul-24-06  greensfield: As <chessmoron> suggests I think 14.Nd5 is a lot better for white
Jul-24-06  Halldor: 80 seconds. - Very good - i.e. the puzzle, not my response time... :-)
Jul-24-06  zb2cr: <The17thPawn>,

Your note got me confused. If you're claiming that White should try 14. Qe3, where's Black's 14th move?

14. Qe3, Bxc3; 15. Qxc3, Qe4! looks devastating to me. Black is threatening mate at b1, and White can't clear the Black Rook's influence on the d-file to let his King escape. I think White is reduced to throwing pieces at Black to blunt the attack.

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  Peligroso Patzer: This combination is a nice example of a Boden’s mate. Any players not yet familiar with this pattern should consciously make it part of their pattern recognition. As I noticed White's Q-side castled King (as seems to be the case in at least 90% of Boden’s mates), the pawn missing from c2, the Black Bishop sweeping through c2 and b1, and the Black Rook controlling the d-file (thus cutting off d2 as an escape square even after the Black Queen leaves the board), I said to myself, “looks like a standard Boden’s mate”. It was then a very easy matter to determine that the Queen sacrifice on c3 would set up 15. … Ba3#.

Here’s a link to the original Boden’s mate game (which also ended with Black giving mate in 15 moves and even concluded with the identical last three moves: 14. … Qxc3+ 15. bxc3 Ba3#) for anyone who’s interested:

R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853

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  Peligroso Patzer: One final point to note for the benefit of players in the process of adding Boden's mate to their tactical repertoire: The prevention of the King's escape to the d-file can either be (1) by means of an enemy Rook controlling that file (as in today's puzzle) or (2) by reason of those squares being occupied by friendly pieces (as in the original Boden game).
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  kevin86: A simple Boden's mate-typical for Monday.CG makes us feel like seven footers on Monday-but slow footed ball boys by Friday. That is-if chess puzzles were basketball games.

White simply castled into trouble.

Jul-24-06  UnprecedentedGenius: I have come up with 14. Nd4. This might lose a piece but is the only way to give white SOME breathing time. What do you guys think?
Jul-24-06  greensfield: The most famous example of Boden's mate is the Peruvian Immortal re E Canal vs NN, 1934
Jul-24-06  Octavia: i had a finish like that once, but didn't know it was Boden's #
Jul-24-06  MaxxLange: <UnprecedentedGenius: I have come up with 14. Nd4> Do you mean 14. Nd5? I can't see paying for the postage to send that move; although it doesn't get mated in 3! Do 14.Be2 or even 14.h3 hold for a while? White is much much worse no matter what, it seems.
Jul-24-06  pggarner: It seems to me that 14.Be1 not only prevents the mate but also traps the black queen. What am I missing, besides a brain?
Jul-24-06  jahhaj: <pggarner> After 14.Be1 Black has 14...Nd3+. There's nothing dramatic happening but Black has an attack and a solid advantage. Play might continue 15.Bxd3 Bxd3 16.a3 Bxc3 17.Bxc3 Qxc4 for instance.
Jul-24-06  The17thPawn: <Random visitor> & <Zb2cr> - I resign, 15...Qe4 busts my hopes but thanks for proving the win as I did not see blacks best move here.
Jul-24-06  notyetagm: 14 ... ♕xc3+! 15 bxc3 ♗a3# is the standard <Boden mate> against a queenside castled position.
May-03-09  fref: A line of the Baltic Defense that I like to see on the board is 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Bf5 3.cxd5 Bxb1 4.Qa4+ c6 5.Rxb1 Qxd5 6.Nf3 Nd7.

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I don't know if it's good for White or for Black.

Apr-19-13  kia0708: he sacrificed the Queen and won in few moves, amazing !
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