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Johannes Zukertort vs Count de Kostaki Epoureano
"Count Down" (game of the day Apr-10-2018)
Knight Odds Game (1872) (unorthodox), Berlin GER, May-??
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Jul-20-10  RandomVisitor: perhaps 17...fxg5 is black's last chance to hold:

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Rybka 3:

[+0.00] d=16 19.Qxh6+ Kg8 20.Qg6 Ne7 21.Qxg5 Nc6 22.Qg6 Ne7 23.Qg5 Nc6 24.Qg6 Ne7 25.Qg5 Nc6 26.Qg6 Ne7 27.Qg5 Nc6 28.Qg6 Ne7 29.Qg5 Nc6 30.Qg6 Ne7 31.Qg5 Nc6 32.Qg6 Ne7 33.Qg5 Nc6 34.Qg6

Jul-20-10  RandomVisitor: 14...d4! and black is winning:

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Rybka 3:

[-2.36] d=16 14...d4 15.Kb1 Be7 16.Rh3 f5 17.exd4 cxd4 18.Re1 Qd6 19.Ne5 Nxe5 20.fxe5 Qd7 21.Be2 Nc7 22.Rg1

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  lost in space: As often also here a center-counter-attack is best to "defend" against a wing attack:

After 9. g4 d4! 10. g5 Nd5 11. c4 Nde7 Black is fine (-0,69 according to Rybka)

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Jul-20-10  screwdriver: Flashy game!
Jul-20-10  mworld: knight odds, as well as Bird's opening?! Very cool!
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  kevin86: The pawn had an unusual career-its end fate was to keep the black king from escape at g8-and leave him open on the drafty h-file.

Mate will follow there.

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  Phony Benoni: There were times when Zukertort could slam a piece down on the board with the best of them. Blackburne, recounting the game Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 , mentions that he was strolling around the playing room when it occurred to him that the rook sacrifice 29.Rf8+ would be fatal. When he heard the sound of a piece being slammed on the board, he knew the worst had happened.

That move deserved a slam. But there are moves that deserve to be made quietly and delicately. Like 25...h6 in Samisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 . Or 25.Be8 in Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1924. And I like to think Zukertort played 23.f7 just like that, sat back with a smile, and watched the Count squirm.

It's a moment of swelling exhileration for the winner and a slow dawning of doom for the loser. One of the best descriptions was an anecdote about Charles Jaffe, recounted by Alfred Kreymbourg.

Jaffe was playing a coffeehouse game against some random NN, who after long thought grabbed a pawn with his queen. Jaffe quietly and delicately moved a knight--forking NN's king, queen, and both rooks.

NN sighed, "I guess I have to lose the exchange."

"Look again", said Jaffe.

"I have to lose one of my rooks or the queen".

"Look again."

"I'm in check; I have to move my king and lose my queen! Why didn't you say check?"

"I didn't have to. Didn't you hear me say 'Mate'?"

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  Petrosianic: 23. f7 is the kind of move you play with just two fingers, and move the pawn forward in a kind of squiggly motion, like a parenthesis.
Jul-20-10  Chessmensch: A couple of interesting observations. (1) Both Deep Fritz 12 and Deep Rybka 4 give black a substantial advantage at the outset (Fritz twice as much as Rybka)--before any moves are made. Either absence of the white knight is a disadvantage or the engines can't deal with this properly. Any opinions on this? (2) If the missing white knight were there, it appears it might never have been used anyway. True, it's absence avoids possible blockage of the fianchettoed bishop, but that doesn't appear to be material.

How about"Count me Out?"

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  chrisowen: Had well hunt fair enough opening. Final nail in the coffin for the count it was energizer 18..hxg gawds! Hammer horror battery of the gothic queen 17.Qg supported rook alley sacrificing finally 16.Bxg. The pick is sick shovel bishop heading off kings retreat. Light wins turning a screw unearthing neck "shock hfiled".
Jul-20-10  WhiteRook48: interesting game yay...
Jul-21-10  Chessmensch: Please disregard my earlier post. What I said didn't come out in any way what I was trying to get at. Sorry.
Oct-02-10  sevenseaman: An edge of the seat thriller. Rh8+ is almost unthinkable. There is no reprieve from Rh1# or f8=Q#, a dual threat.
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  Petrosianic: Al Horowitz describes this as "the finest odds game ever played." Anyone have any better candidates?
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  ToTheDeath: Awesome attack!
Apr-05-18  Sally Simpson: Black was Count de Kostaki Epoureano and it was played in Berlin in May 1872.

chessnote: 5564

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  andrewjsacks: 15. Bh7 is not only wonderfully creative but humorous.
Apr-10-18  Granny O Doul: Definitely an amazing game. The kind you'd expect to be played by the Herzog of Thuringia, or some such.
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  wtpy: After 18 ..hg5 19 h6 is much better than g5 and forces mate quickly but the ending position would not be as picturesque as that after f7 in the game.
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  RookFile: The Count poured gasoline on himself and handed Zukerort a match.
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  keypusher: <Petrosianic: Al Horowitz describes this as "the finest odds game ever played." Anyone have any better candidates?>

I don't. It's funny, though, Zukertort missed 12.Rg1, which as Random Visitor pointed out wins at once (12....Ne8 13.Qxg7+) and the Count missed a couple of defenses after that, allowing Z to carry out a much more extraordinary attack. If the game had been played better, it wouldn't be nearly as good.

Apr-10-18  morfishine: <Petrosianic...Anyone have any better candidates?> Not specifically, but you are sure to find some excellent examples in Sargent's book on Morphy in the 'Games at odds' section.
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  gawain: What an entertaining game.

I've seen <Phony Benoni's> funny Jaffe anecdote somewhere before, maybe in The Fireside Book of Chess or The Bright Side of Chess or some other anthology from my childhood. It's nice to be transported back to that time.

Apr-10-18  Strelets: <keypusher> It has that same quality about it as the better-known game Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 does. Both Bronstein and the Graf von Temeschwar here had better defenses, but their not finding them led to both games becoming famous.
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  tatarch: <andrewjsacks: 15. Bh7 is not only wonderfully creative but humorous.>

Agreed - great shot. If black takes the bishop it's Qg6+ and then mate on the h file.

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