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Iossif Dorfman vs Vitaly Tseshkovsky
"Royal Discoveries" (game of the day Sep-22-2015)
46th USSR Championship (1978), Tbilisi URS, rd 17, Dec-??
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1



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  Oginschile: What a problem finish. Great tactical vision by Tseshkovsky
Sep-09-09  WhiteRook48: should be 0-1, not 1-0
Feb-15-11  Cardinal Fang: Thanks CG for fixing the result of this one so quickly.
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  GrahamClayton: <Phony Benoni>The finish is lovely, featuring two consecutive discovered checks by his king.

<Phony Benoni>,
An amazing finish - I can't think of another game with two consecutive discovered checks uncovered by the King.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Beautiful finish, almost like a composed problem.
Sep-22-15  Abdel Irada: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Beautiful finish, almost like a composed problem.>

Exactly my impression of it. Might make a good POTD; for which day would depend on which move it started on. (If it's move 48, for example, it could even be a Sunday puzzle.)

Sep-22-15  nalinw: Yes - and therefore a GREAT pun - if one can call this a pun.

By the way I can't think of another game with even one discovered check resulting from a King move.

Sep-22-15  ColdSnowman: Not a very skilled chess player, so I'm sure there is a reason, but why move 41 Qxc5 and not Rxf6?
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  beatgiant: <ColdSnowman>
On 41. Rxf6 <Ng4+> 42. Kg1 Nxe3 43. Rd6 Nxg2 44. Kxg2 Kf8 etc. and Black will soon pick up the d-pawn and end up a pawn ahead in the endgame.
Sep-22-15  ColdSnowman: <beatgiant>


Sep-22-15  The HeavenSmile: black had an absolute monster knight in that game. causing white all kinds of queen-side problems during the mid-game, pulling some defensive duty on move 45 before finally delivering a check sacrifice that leads to mate in 1! good stuff
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  kevin86: The mate here looks like the mate in the problem...the queen mates on the file.
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  Once: What vision! Very impressive. It is the sort of finish that should have both players chortling.

Unique? I've never seen anything quite like it.

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  thegoodanarchist: White is forced into a "helpmate" because his only move after 55...Ng5+ is 56.hxg5, which will be answered by 56...Qh8#
Sep-23-15  Abdel Irada: <Unique? I've never seen anything quite like it.>

By an interesting coincidence, that's what "unique" means. :-D

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  Alex Schindler: @nalinw

Lasker has an extremely famous miniature where he delivered checkmate by discovered check moving his king for the first time - Kd2# is a very strange bit of notation.

That said, he had the option of an even cooler finish, an unheard of (to my knowledge) 0-0-0#.

Not only is that how the miniature ends, but that move - his nineteenth, I believe - was the culmination of a remarkable combination that began with a queen sac on h7 on move 11. He sacrificed the queen on move eleven recognizing that the king on g8 was to be mated on the first rank by a discovered check!

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  Alex Schindler: This one
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912
It was the eighteenth move (duh, the king was chased through seven ranks to mate. I dunno why I thought 19).

Phony benoni posted some more beautiful ones such as this one Prins vs L Day, 1968

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  OhioChessFan: Great game, great pun. I'm having a look at some of Tseshkovsky's games and he had some serious talent.
Oct-06-18  newzild: Added to my collection Game Collection: The Best Games You've Never Heard Of on account of the unique mating combo.
Oct-10-18  offramp:

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White now plays 50.g6.

It is incredible that the Black king now strolls from g7 to f2 in just 5 moves. It reminds me of Barium dripping through an intestine.

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  perfidious: Black's king winds up where he belongs: at the head of his troops.

Lovely stuff.

Sep-09-21  LoveThatJoker: "53...? Black to Play and Win" would make for a good Wednesday/Thursday puzzle.


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  0ZeR0: Very impressive conception and vision in this endgame by black.
Nov-18-21  ndg2: <offramp><..reminds me of Barium dripping through an intestine.>As a former chemist I like this analogy!
Apr-09-22  syracrophy: The sequence of the last three moves belongs to the highest list of weird: two discovered checks by the King (!) and the sac of the last piece for a Queen mate with the aid of the King.


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