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John M Emms vs Albert Blees
Isle of Man Open (1996), Port Erin IMN, rd 9, Oct-13
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0



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Sep-24-07  stanleys: I love this combination - first saw it in a game played by Paul Keres in a slightly different manner,(could not remember the position exactly)

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Black was a rook and a piece up in this position,but here came the killer 1.Qh7+!! Kxh7 2.Bf7 mate

Sep-24-07  sfm: A move like 28.Qe4(!) should have made Black suspicious. It achieves nothing?!

Waiting for opponent's reply on fatal overlookable threats like this is among those things that makes chess exiting.

Will he see it? I sit with a poker-face, hoping to hide my exitement. In fact I try to look bored, like this game could go on for hours and end in a draw.

Now he raises his hand and moves it towards the Queen and grabs it. I think my heartbeat can be heard meters away. He moves the Queen forward. Please, please, don't stop at d6! He doesn't!! Onward his hand goes, I start believing in it, can hardly breathe. He puts the Queen down at d4 and while I try to keep my pokerface I stare wildly at his hand through the corner of my eye. Release that Queen! Release it! Release it!

He did it!! Pulse is near two hundred, like thunder in my ears, while I look one more time.

All angels sing when I capture the pawn at h7, and enjoy the look on his face.

Gotcha, you, my worst enemy, you, who seek my death, destruction and humiliation: You, my chess opponent.

Yes, something like this it was. Chess, while an inexcusable waste of time, dammit, it was the most exiting thing I ever did and nothing else came even close in the next 20 years...

Sep-24-07  dghins: 28...Qd4, bad move for Black. g6 or h6 can lead to Black win and Rb6 leads to draw.
Sep-24-07  BabalooMoon: <chessamateur><anyone know why it's called the Isle of Man?>

I'm not sure anyone really does. In Celtic mythology there was a sea-god called Manannan mac Lir and legend has it that he was the first King of the Island. In Manx Gaelic (the original language of the island) the island is called Ellan Vannin (Vannin Island) with Vannin being a version of the word Mannin, which itself may be derived from Manannan ...perhaps.

Anyway, nice straightforward Queen sac today .. I like Mondays!

Sep-24-07  jenspetersson: <sfm> Lovely way to describe chess emotions! I've been there and done that in similar positions! Only in my cases my equivalent of 29.Qxh7 has been answered by my opponents comment that I must first remove the check against my king on *g1*... Arrrrggghhh!
Sep-24-07  zb2cr: Found this in some 20 seconds. Initially, I was distracted by thinking that 29. Bg6 was the move, but then I cleared my mind of that idea and saw the Queen sacrifice.
Sep-24-07  Crowaholic: Oh Blees, don't repeat old puzzles! Last time around it took me about 30 seconds to notice the Q sac (the idea of Bg6 distracted me back then), this time it was one second to see the sac, three seconds to suppress the intense feelings of déjà vu, and two more seconds to confirm the mate.

When I opened the game page, I was certain that I had seen the exact same mate before (including the final BQ interference on h4) - even the bishop on b2 looked familiar - and thought it was odd that a position like this should arise in two different games.

Sep-24-07  Fezzik: BTW, I have a question about nomenclature: Is it only Anastasia's mate if there's an N on e7, or is this also a version of Anastasia's mate except with a Bishop on f7?
Sep-24-07  zb2cr: <Fezzik>,

Anastasia's mate is the Knight only. This pattern also has a name, but I don't recall it.

Sep-24-07  zb2cr: <Fezzik>,

One source I have seen calls this pattern with Bishop sealing off g8 while the Rook mates on the h-file "Greco's mate".

Sep-24-07  YouRang: The Monday queen sac attack is back.

The mate position is similar to last Tuesday's (if I recall correctly), except that it was a knight instead of a bishop blocking off the exits, and it was rook sac instead of a queen sac.

Sep-24-07  Ghizza: Easiest monday ever
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  kevin86: Although this game is a rerun,it is a good follow-up on the Anastasia's mate we had last week. This version employs a bishop instead of a knight-and that bishop covers both squares g8 and g6.
Sep-24-07  xrt999: Easy puzzle, yes. I think the more important lesson is how black got into this mess. Even before 27. Qd8? Even if black stayed on the b1-h7 diagonal to protect the h pawn, it is met with a3. Once the queen is chased away white's a pawn is brutal. Insted of 23. Qd3, I would have played Re7 defending the f pawn then attempt to trade queens. I think 23. Qd3 is very passive for black, serves no purpose and basically gives up a tempo and the game.
Sep-24-07  NakoSonorense: I cant believe I didnt solve this one. :(

I went for 29.Qe8

I mustve forgotten it was Monday.

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  gawain: I love Mondays. Such a simple idea, this mate, and so pretty.
Sep-24-07  Crowaholic: <xrt999: Insted of 23. Qd3, I would have played Re7 defending the f pawn then attempt to trade queens.>

23. ..Re7?? 24. Qxd6 game over - the bishop is lost, the rooks are skewered, the knight is attacked three times but only defended once and f7 is more vulnerable than ever.

For now I see 24. ..Ng6 25. Rxf7 Rexf7 26. Bxf7 Qe4 27. Rf6! Qe1+ 28. Bg1 Qe7 29. Rxg6 and I don't want to be Black in this line.

23. ..Qd3 on the other hand poses the counter-threat of 24. Qxd6 Qxd4 which also establishes a false pin on the White light-squared bishop preventing 25. Bxf7.

23. ..Qxa4 may have been a better option, though.

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  patzer2: For today's, and the previous April 30th, puzzle it's mate-in-three with 29. Qxh7+!. See <TheaN>'s post if you need to view or verify the solution.
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  fm avari viraf: Maybe, Black must be thinking that with opposite coloured Bishops, Rooks & Queens a draw is in the offing but never thought his King was going in the coffin & fell into a tactical trap 29.Qxh7+ & mates in 2 moves.
Sep-24-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: yep,a pattern you see all the time....they don't get much easier than this one was!
Sep-24-07  schnarre: Got this one right away (still have a few brain cells working).
Sep-24-07  jperr75108: The classic H file mate.
Sep-24-07  nateinstein: Spent a couple of minutes looking at backrow stuff until I realized it was Monday. After that I found the mate in about 2 secs.
Sep-24-07  birdplaya: Are four pages of kibitzing really necessary for Qxh7+
Sep-25-07  Madman99X: Here's how the game would have gone if black hadn't fubar'd his 28th move.

28... Rb6 29. Rh3 h6 30. Rhf3 Rd6 31. Qb4 Rf6 32. Rxf6 Bxf6 33. Bb3 Be7 34. Rxf8+ Qxf8 35. Qc4 Bb4 36. h4 Be1 37. h5 Qd8 38. Qg4 Qh4+ 39. Qxh4 Bxh4 40. a5 Be1 41. a6 Bf2 42. g3 Kh7 43. Kg2 Ba7 44. Bf7 Kh8 45. Kf3 Bb8 46. Ke4 Ba7 47. Kd5 Bb6 48. Kc6 Bg1 49. Kb7 Bf2 50. a7 Bxa7 51. Kxa7 Kh7 52. Kb6 g6 53. hxg6+ Kh8 54. Kc7 Kg7 55. Kc6 h5 56. Kd7 Kf6 57. Be8 Kg7 58. Ke7 h4 59. gxh4 Kh6 60. Kf6 Kh5 61. g7+ Kg4 62. g8=N Kxh4 63. Kf5 Kg3 64. Bh5 Kf2 65. Kf4 Kg2 66. Bg4 Kf2 67. Nh6 Ke1 68. Ke3 Kf1 69. Nf5 Ke1 70. Nh4 Kf1 71. Be2+ Kg1 72. Kf3 Kh2 73. Bf1 Kg1 74. Ke2 Kh2 75. Kd1 Kg3 76. Ng6 Kg4 77. Kd2 Kf5 78. Bd3+ Kf6 79. Ke3 Kg7 80. Kf4 Kf6 81. Bf5 Kg7 82. Kg5 Kf7 83. Bc8 Ke8 84. Kf6 Kd8 85. Be6 Kc7 86. Ne5 Kb6 87. Nd3 Kc7 88. Ke7 Kc6 89. Bb3 Kb5 90. Kd6 Ka5 91. Kc5 Ka6 92. Bd5 Ka5 93. Nb2 Ka6 94. Nc4 Ka7 95. Kc6 Ka8 96. Nd6 Ka7 97. Bc4 Kb8 98. Kb6 Ka8 99. Kc7 Ka7 100. Nc8+ Ka8 101. Bd5#

This leads to the final position shown here.

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This shows beyond a doubt that white was winning anyway.

(Yes I pilfered from the tablebases, and no, I'm not serious.)

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