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Chris Ward vs Aaron Summerscale
British Championship (1996), Nottingham ENG, rd 6, Aug-10
Slav Defense: Slav Gambit. Alekhine Attack (D10)  ·  1-0



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Aug-06-12  lost in space: I love Mondays!

18. Qxf8+ Kxf8 (only move) 19. Rd8#

Aug-06-12  zb2cr: Lure Black into position to have a back-rank mate sprung on him with 18. Qxf8+, Kxf8; 19. Rd8#.
Aug-06-12  stacase: I looked at the rook sac first, then I looked at the Queen sac. So it took five seconds instead of two to figure it out.
Aug-06-12  dufferps: Very strange game - Black seemed prone to move his pawns to gain position, but then on the 10th move when pawn to g7 seemed the obvious move, he gave up position for a bad exchange.
Aug-06-12  Marmot PFL: Looks like a bar room blitz game, considering both players are over 2500.
Aug-06-12  dufferps: Shows how much I know. I see black's 10th move as a strange blunder, and the other kibitzers, backed by Fritz, rate it as a "strong exchange sac," and attribute black's demise to his subsequent play.
Aug-06-12  gars: God save the Mondays!
Aug-06-12  YetAnotherAmateur: <dufferps> I'd rate black's mistake as primarily shuffling that 1 knight around while never touching many of his other pieces. Something quieter like Nd7 seems like it would have given black more to work with.
Aug-06-12  TheTamale: I actually stared at this for a few minutes thinking, "If only White had a rook on the h file!" Then I realized it was the exact same thing only on the d file. So apparently now a single cup of coffee does not suffice for Mondays.
Aug-06-12  dragon player: This one is really easy:

18.Qxf8+ Kxf8

Time to check.




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  kevin86: Here is an unusual case where a king is chased into a bank rank mate.
Aug-06-12  BishopofBlunder: Where black went wrong was by playing 1...d5. I believe Deep Blue or Hydra would back me up on this. Certainly Tal or Morphy would.
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  chrisowen: Does it each in 18.qxf8+ in claws it ground in kxf8 in liberty it

rough in 19.rd8+ it seem like for in open free the kraken, feel the

wrath, overload whale you back!

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  perfidious: < BishopofBlunder: Where black went wrong was by playing 1...d5. I believe Deep Blue or Hydra would back me up on this. Certainly Tal or Morphy would.>

There's one small problem with your hypothesis: here's one game (not the only one, either) where Tal answered 1.d4 with 1....d5 (Timman vs Tal, 1988).

If you do a little digging, you'll discover that there were numerous others in which he used the move order 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 to play either the Semi-Slav or Semi-Tarrasch QGD lines.

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  gawain: I've never before seen a back-rank mate like this one! 18 Qxf8+ Kxf8 19 Re8# as Black's poor king is trapped behind his e,f and g, pawns with no help needed from the edge of the chessboard.
Aug-06-12  nirvanapirate: QxB and the King is toast!
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  fm avari viraf: The sweet memories of Hastings still linger in my mind as I shared the Runner-up Prize with Aaron Summerscale & my Russian friend GM Alexandar Volzin in the Hastings International Open Championship.
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  agb2002: White has a rook for a knight and three pawns.

Black threatens 18... Qxe3+.

Pattern recognition quickly finds 18.Qxf8+ and mate next.

Aug-06-12  numbersguy70: I agree with earlier comments that it had to be blitz. Pretty horrible play for GMs. 13...c5 would have put white on its knees.
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  perfidious: < numbersguy70: I agree with earlier comments that it had to be blitz....>

Frightfully sorry to rain on your parade, but here's the score from another source, which corroborates the score above.

<....Pretty horrible play for GMs.>

Both have doubtless played better games, but it amuses me when non-titled players lambaste GMs and have little or no idea what they're saying.

Aug-06-12  Tal7777777: Monday puzzles are easy!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug-06-12  Abdel Irada: <I play the Fred: <david p>, you might consider the following suggestion I made sometime back:

<Mondays & Tuesdays too easy for you? Take the given position and try to <lose> it using <Loser's Chess> rules! It's fun and challenging.>>

Either that, or try to work out how the position arose. Retrograde analysis can be a fascinating pastime; as a recreation, it is on a par with Kriegspiel, which requires you to deduce where the enemy forces are.

Aug-06-12  stst: 18.QxB+ KxQ
Quite a clear-cut finish, nothing to bother the Q, nothing to bother the R, and nowhere the K can escape (jailed by its own P's.)
Nov-16-12  The Last Straw: I doubt that 15.0-0-0?! is sound. It was unsafe for the king to castle that direction. However, black apparently blundered with 16...♗xc4?? and got thrashed.
Sep-02-18  wordfunph: "Not sure about best, but 18.Qxf8+ against Summerscale en route to winning the 1996 British Championship will be forever ingrained in my mind. Sorry, Aaron!"

- GM Chris Ward (when asked for his best move)

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