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Anthony Santasiere vs Robert Byrne
47th US Open (1946), Pittsburgh, PA USA, rd 3, Jul-17
Zukertort Opening: Kingside Fianchetto (A04)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: Very sneaky! If 5 ...Kxf7 6 Ng5+ and Black has no answer:

...Kf6 7. Qf3#
...Kf8 7. Ne6+ forking king and queen ...Ke8 7. Ne6 trapping the queen

Jun-29-06  Poisonpawns: Powerful miniature ; the position before 5.Bxf7! looks so familiar that im sure i missed the chance to play this combination before!but i wont miss it again with this game in my memory.
Dec-05-06  Resignation Trap: Now wait a minute! This is the same game as Santasiere vs R Byrne, 1946 , only with two fewer moves. The other game appears in the tournament book of the US Open, Pittsburgh 1946.

Since it is unlikely that Byrne would lose in the same manner twice to the same opponent, I believe this game should be removed from our database.

Dec-05-06  Larsker: <Resignation Trap: Now wait a minute! This is the same game as Santasiere vs R Byrne, 1946 , only with two fewer moves.> had Santasiere's name messed up for a long time (Santatasiere) which is a possible source of errors.
Apr-24-10  JimmyVermeer: A similar game appears in Laszlo Polgar's book "CHESS: 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games", only with Black's 6th move as Nh6 instead of Nb6 and 2 fewer moves. And the location is given as New York instead of Pittsburgh. It is possible but unlikely that Byrne lost twice to Santasiere in the same manner in the same year.
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  Phony Benoni: <JimmyVermeer> It's far more likely that Polgar's information is faulty. This is not unusual among chess authors; many are interested in games only to make a pedagogical point, and don't bother checking historical details.

Just look at the position:

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Are you telling me that after 6...Nh6, White wouldn't just play 7.Ne6+ winning the queen immediately?

Which doesn't alter the fact that, as <Resignation Trap> suggested, this is an incorrect duplicate of the original game and should be removed from the database. Sometimes these corrections take a long time to go through.

May-03-10  JimmyVermeer: Thank you for your response, Phony Benoni.
I'm not telling you that. A book I own is telling you that. I didn't spend much time analyzing the position, but what you're saying makes sense. Nb6 is far more likely. And yes, I'm aware that Polgar's book is full of errors. This doesn't mean that is correct in every case where it disagrees with the book. The error that Resignation Trap pointed out appears to have already been rectified.
Nov-03-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Should we assume that Black resigned after his own 14th move because he saw that 15 Ne6 would put an end to any hopes for cheap traps involving rook mates at d1?
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  keypusher: <Cheapo by the Dozen: Should we assume that Black resigned after his own 14th move because he saw that 15 Ne6 would put an end to any hopes for cheap traps involving rook mates at d1?>

I doubt he was putting much stock in those. It's probably more than after 15.Ne6 Kxf7, 16.Ng5+ picks up the bishop on f3.

Nov-03-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: <keypusher>,

That's actually a big part of what I meant. :)

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