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Jonathan Gast vs Edwin Bhend
Bern (1987), Bern SUI, Feb-??
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  0-1



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Oct-05-09  johnlspouge: < <dzechiel> wrote: [snip] This really is very easy - if you are familiar with Anastasia's Mate. This common checkmate theme is in John's "Named Checkmates" collection at:

Game Collection: Named Mates >

I lost interest in the collection, after I learned the common mates myself, but for the beginners, I will start adding the puzzles that end in named mates.

Thanks for the reminder, Dave.

Oct-05-09  ZUGZWANG67: Anastasia: 32. ...Qh2+ and 33. ...Rh4+ mate.
Oct-05-09  ZUGZWANG67: <<zooter>: Not Arabian mate??>

W to m...Arabian mate

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W to m...Anastasia mate

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Oct-05-09  zaxcvd: It sucks that I cant even get this ..I actually got it but not before thinking of lamer ways of winning (the way i usually play) b4-h4. Really disappointing -- in blitz i missed a nice queen sac as well.
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  kevin86: An Anastasia mate started by a long range queen sac. The position also resembeled the Marshall gold piece game.
Oct-05-09  PhilFeeley: <KabutoKoji: Tell me why I like mondays :-)> Could it be because, like me, you like queen sacs?
Oct-05-09  YouRang: A mating pattern that I've seen often enough (in puzzles) to spot Qxh2 quickly.
Oct-05-09  goldfarbdj: On Mondays the first thing I do is always to look for a queen sacrifice. If there isn't one, then I move on to other things.
Oct-05-09  310metaltrader: it should have been the move before for the problem start, the knight check was the key.
Oct-05-09  AnalyzeThis: Par: 2 seconds to solve.

Rule #1: The Queen sac always works.

Rule #2: if the Queen sac fails to work, apply rule #1!

Oct-05-09  DarthStapler: Got it in two seconds and I haven't slept in 15 hours
Oct-05-09  antharis: Ok. Case clear. 32... Qxh2+ 33. Kxh2 Rh4#.

Funny for myself is the fact that I spent more time to find this, than in some other "harder" puzzles. At first I tried some complicated other moves before I find the clear and easy solution. :-)

Oct-05-09  wals:
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  sleepyirv: Recognizable mating patterns make the sun shine and the birds sing.
Oct-05-09  corbulo: <Got it in two seconds and I haven't slept in 15 hours> Is 15 hours a long time to go without sleeping?
Oct-05-09  WhiteRook48: 32..Qxh2+ was very easy, even from b8
31...Ne2+ however is harder to see
Oct-05-09  lzromeu: Got it in a second

31Qa7 waste tempo, losted move.
Better Bd3 - fork defense, always forgotted.

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  fm avari viraf: I just finished witnessing the ICC Champions Trophy Final between defending champions Australia vs New Zealand & it turned out to be a lackluster final. As I glanced at the position, my eyes were tired & it took me some time to nail the coffin. Well, the simple sac 32...Qxh2+ 33.Kxh2 Rh4# does the trick.
Oct-05-09  Civhai: It took me one minute to find out that I was black and five seconds to find out the trick. I played something similar recently
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  LIFE Master AJ: <Oct-05-09 <smitten:> Sometimes Monday puzzles take much longer time than Tue/Wed ones..>

Hint: Monday's puzzles often feature a Queen sacrifice ... followed by a quick mate.

Oct-06-09  DarthStapler: <corbulo> It is for me
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  LIFE Master AJ: [Event "Bern"]
[Site "Bern"]
[Date "1987.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Gast, Jonathan"]
[Black "Bhend, Edwin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B33"]
[WhiteElo "2325"]
[BlackElo "2380"]
[PlyCount "64"]
[EventDate "1987.02.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "SUI"]
[EventCategory "7"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1996.11.15"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c3 Bg5 12. Nc2 O-O 13. a4 bxa4 14. Rxa4 a5 15. Bc4 Kh8 16. O-O f5 17. exf5 Bxf5 18. Nce3 Bd7 19. Bd3 Ne7 20. Ra3 Bxe3 21. Nxe3 d5 22. Qh5 e4 23. Bc2 Be6 24. c4 Rb8 25. Qe5 Bg8 26. cxd5 Ng6 27. Qxe4 Rxb2 28. Qd4 Rb4 29. Qa7 Nf4 30. Qxa5 Qb8 31. Qa7 Ne2+ 32. Kh1 Qxh2+ 0-1

I tried to track down more information, as far as I can tell, this was a FIDE-rated event.

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  Nightsurfer: There is an interesting parallel case with regard to the position of Black Knight on e2 at the beginning of the end of this game here <Jonathan Gast vs Edwin Bhend (1987)> after <31. ... Ne2+>, please see the diagram as follows ...

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... - that very foothold of Black Knight on e2 being the intro of <Anastasia's Mate> with <32.Kh1 Qxh2+! 33.resigns> -

and the corresponding position of Black Knight on e2 just before the climax of the game D Steinwender vs R Gralla, 1972 after <17.Nc4? ...>, please see the diagram as follows ...

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... - that very foothold of Black Knight on e2 being the key for Black being able to execute <The Mate of Anastasia> with <17. ... Bxc4 18.Qxc4?? Qxh2+!> ... please see the diagram as follows ...

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... thus forcing White to throw in the towel <19.resigns> in a situation as hopeless as in this game here <Jonathan Gast vs Edwin Bhend (1987)> after <32. ... Qxh2+!>.

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  Nightsurfer: One more case of the famous <"CHECKMATE of ANASTASIA"> OTB: T Voronova vs Vo Hong Phuong, 2000 ... 13 years after this game here <Jonathan Gast vs Edwin Bhend (1987)>.
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