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Israel Albert Horowitz vs Alexander Kevitz
"In a New York Minute" (game of the day Mar-07-2021)
New York (1931), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Apr-28
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1-0



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  Pawn and Two: Horowitz concluded this game with a brilliant combination. After 21...Re8?, he announced mate in seven, beginning with 22.Qg5!.

On his 21st move, Fritz indicates Kevitz should have played: (.14) (20 ply) 21...Qf6 22.Re2 h5 23.Qe1 g6. If White plays 22.Rg4 or 22.Re5, then 22...g6, and the game is about equal.

Black could also have played: (.30) (20 ply) 21...Nc4 22.Rg4 g6 23.Qh6 Qf6 24.Rh4 Qh8, with just a slight edge for White.

Nov-27-08  CambridgeSprings1904: I have an original newspaper clipping that includes this game. It makes reference to the mate announcement.
Apr-08-09  Shams: The mate in seven must be 22...g6 23.Qh6 gxf5 (forced) 24. Rg4+ fxg4 and now, with the g-pawn out of the way, the white queen on h6 and the black king on g8, and the f7 pawn unprotected, Bxf7+, Bg6 and Qh7-f7 mates in four.
Oct-18-16  clement41: The forced mate really is beautiful!
Oct-19-16  bachiller: 22. White to move would be an interesting POTD. Maybe mid-week level.
Oct-19-16  RookFile: Horowitz was a tactically sharp player. I really enjoyed his book about traps and swindles.
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  fredthebear: <Shams> line seems mostly correct, but Bxf7+ should read 25.Bxh7+.

This is Damiano's Bishop Mate pattern supporting the White queen, whereas Damiano's Mate has a g6-pawn supporting the White queen. For examples of both, reference Chapter 14 in "The Art of the Checkmate" by Georges Renaud and Victor Kahn.

To be clear, the finish goes 22...g6 23.Qh6 gxNf5 24.Rg4+ fxRg4 25.Bxh7+ Kh8 26.Bg6+ Kg8 27.Qh7+ Kf8 28.Qxf7#. This version of Damiano's Bishop Mate utilizes a discovered check on the h-file.

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White to move, Mate in 3.

Mar-07-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: Nice shot!

The suddenness makes this a pretty good use of the pun idea.

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  FSR: Over eight years ago I submitted the same pun for Ljubojevic vs Dzindzichashvili, 1984. I was thinking of the lyrics to the Eagles song, "In a New York minute, everything can change." In that game, the players repeated moves thrice, but neither claimed the repetition. The game remained equal until but Ljubo blundered on move 44. He resigned after Dzindzi's 44...Qxe7!
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  OhioChessFan: Independently, it was 5 years ago for me. I thought a player named "Henley" added some interest.

Henley vs Alburt, 1983

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  perfidious: <FSR>, in normal circumstances, it would have made no sense for either player not to have claimed the draw in that game, but <Granny>'s kibitz makes it clear why things went as they did.
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  OhioChessFan: Admittedly, the blah game was an issue. Ditto this one a few months later:

Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016

Mar-07-21  Nov8: Got this one in a minute!
Mar-07-21  goodevans: With so many contenders for this pun, I'm glad today's GOTD game triumphed.

<OCF> Having a player named Henley involved may have added to the appropriateness of the pun but even a flypast of the Red Arrows wouldn't be able to add 'interest' to that particular game.

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  Phony Benoni: In all the discussion about the pun, I must sheepishly point out:

Alekhine vs Marshall, 1927

There are no new chess ideas. Only games we haven't seen yet.

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  OhioChessFan: This was the most interesting game of the bunch.
Mar-07-21  RandomVisitor: Likely better were 14.cxd5!

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41/63 04:28 +1.17 14.cxd5 Nxd5 15.Re1 b5 16.Bb1 Re8 17.e4 N5b6 18.d5 Nc4 19.Rxc4 bxc4 20.Bc3 Nb6 21.d6 Rb8 22.e5 Nd5 23.Bd2 f6 24.Qc2 g6

...and 19.d5!

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42/75 03:09 +1.40 19.d5 Bxd5 20.Nf5 Re8 21.Qg5 g6 22.Rc1 Qa5 23.Kf1 Be6 24.Nh6+ Kg7 25.Kg1 Qd8 26.Be4 Kf8 27.Bc6 Qe7 28.Bxf6 Qxf6 29.Qxf6 Nxf6

Mar-08-21  RandomVisitor: <Pawn and Two>suggests that black could have held at move 21: a modern look

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<72/55 17:03:36 0.00 21...Qf6> 22.Re5 Nd7 23.Re1 N7b6 24.h3 h6 25.Qd1 Nf4 26.Bb1 Nc4 27.Qc2 Nxh3+ 28.Kh2 Ng5 29.Ne7+ Kh8 30.Bc1 Nxa3 31.Bxa3 Qf4+

71/49 17:03:36 0.00 21...Kh8 22.Qe1 Nc4 23.Bc1 Nf6 24.Re7 Nd5 25.Re2 Rg8 26.h4 Bc6 27.Bg5 f6 28.Bc1 Be8 29.Be4 Bh5 30.f3 Bf7 31.Kh1 Re8

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