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NN vs Terry McCracken
Game in 15 (2007) (rapid), Internet, Nov-28
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin (B50)  ·  0-1



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Jun-14-11  VincentL: "Easy".

This is a variation on Philidor´s mate.

19.....Nh3+ 20. Kh1 (forced, it is double check). Ndf2+ 21. Rxf2 Nxf2+ 22. Kg1 Nh3+

Then (a) 23. Kh1 Qg1+ 24.Nxg1 Nf2 mate.

Or (b) 23. Kf1 Qf2 mate.

Jun-14-11  JuliusDS: I in fact had 20...Ndf2+ 21 Rxf2 Nxf2+ 22 Kg1 Nh3+ etc. A little longer than the game continuation, but I actually prefer my version =).
Jun-14-11  VincentL: The game continuation achieves the same result in two moves less.
Jun-14-11  mworld: <JuliusDS: I in fact had 20...Ndf2+ 21 Rxf2 Nxf2+ 22 Kg1 Nh3+ etc. A little longer than the game continuation, but I actually prefer my version =).>

I analyzed this line too, but came up thinking there was no clear mate ahead (although a win was coming). Do you have a mating line?

Jun-14-11  mworld: JuliusDS - nevermind I just needed to look that extra ply ahead. Feel lucky I got the game line then lol
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  kevin86: A few fine touches to this one--based on the smothered mate theme:

1 on the double check:the queen and knight are under fire-but both were taboo because they checked TOGETHER.

2 White can capture the knight with the rook-but black mates with the spare.

Jun-14-11  KingV93: I saw this was going to be a smothered mate but missed the exact continuation after 19..♘h3+, not realizing there are Two of those sneaky horses ready to deliver the death blow. Nice puzzle!
Jun-14-11  MiCrooks: sevenseaman: unfortunately your game will never make game of the day. It IS a beautiful combination, but unfortunately it is cooked. Black gets a draw by repetition but no more.

After Rxf4!?! Rxh2 Rf3+ Kd4 White's a4 loses. But Ne1 attacking the Rook on f3 takes away the opportunity for Black to play waiting moves. So after c5 dxc6(ep) Black can't play what was the killer in the game just bxc6 openning the b file and threatening mate with a pawn push as White can just take the Rook off the board.

If you play it through Black ends up giving perpetual on the a-file but not mate. Still, a Rf4 is a beautiful move that gives White the chance to miss the defense (which he did).

Jun-14-11  estrick: <LIFE Master AJ: <Once> I would say that one does not travel well ... most U.S. people have only had a glimpse of Monte Python.>

Perhaps Monte Python is less popular in the American South? I've spent most of my life in the states Indiana, Illinois, and Vermont. While the people I know and come into contact with do not a scientific random sample make, it's always seemed to me that the show was quite popular. It was even more popular among my ex-pat colleagues during the 15 years I spent teaching English overseas.

Jun-14-11  sevenseaman: <MiCrooks> Its already been a Game of the Day. You have not assigned move numbers but I take it you meant 27. Ng1 in lieu of 27. a4; 27. Ne1 would be illegal.

You might post your analysis under Polu- Nezhmet so that we can discuss it easier if its cooked as you say.

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  Once: <goodevans: Yes, it's lamentable how many poor quality games involving low rated players are in the database, but at least occasionally some of them prove worthwhile.>

Yes, yes, very clever. But perhaps not very helpful in the current circumstances?

Jun-14-11  stst: It seems a long sequence, got to make it short!
19.... Nh3 dbl+
20.Kh1 Qg1+!
IF 21.Rxg1 Nf2#
IF 21.Nxg1 Ndf2+
22.Rxf2 Nhxf2#
In both cases (i) Q has to make early sac
and (ii)The h2 and g2 WP are blocking any possible exit for WK.
Jun-14-11  goodevans: <Once> I consider myself suitably admonished.
Jun-14-11  DarthStapler: Got it easily
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  Diademas: Thank you again for good story <Once>. We cant allways cater to the colonies when we come from the old world. My first posting, so I hope you will give me some leniance regarding spelling since English is not my first language.
Jun-14-11  aolmail: this is perhaps queen sac week? :)
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  Once: <Diademas> Welcome! Your spelling and English are perfectly fine. And far better than my poor attempts would be in any langusge other than English.

<goodevans> Jus' tryin' to keep the peace...

Jun-14-11  turbo231: Very nice puzzle, smothered mate, too bad I failed to see it. I got the first move right, and I even beat the computer playing the wrong line, but it took me about 50 moves to do it. I did it the real hard way.
Jun-14-11  ChessNewbie55: This problem shows up on ICC's trainingbot 3x. Very Monday-ish.
Jun-14-11  turbo231: I have a confession to make, the computer that I beat was GNU 414 set at only 30 seconds. I usually play against Houdini_15a, but I thought it didn't matter. I mistakenly thought I had the correct line and GNU is faster and easier to setup.

Had I played against Houdini and given him plenty of time to analyze I'm sure I would have gotten mated, with the incorrect line that I used.

Jun-14-11  wals: Rybka 4 x 64

Working backwards

19.Na4,-#4. Game over. Best, g3, -3.92. Shortfall, ?. (1.(-#4): 19...Nh3+ 20.Kh1 Qg1+ 21.Nxg1 Nhf2+ 22.Rxf2 Nxf2#)

17.Rc2, -3.90. Best, Be1, -1.99.
Shortfall, 1.91.

16.Qa3, -1.99. Best, Qc2, =-0.16.
Shortfall, 1.83.

Looking good, 14...Ng4, =0.00.

Total shortfall, Black. 3.74.
Rybka analysis move 17.-3.90.

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  perfidious: <goodevans: Yes, it's lamentable how many poor quality games involving low rated players are in the database, but at least occasionally some of them prove worthwhile.>

The idea of low-rated player is relative, but I was recently replaying some of my games from the mid 1980s, intending to submit them to CG. There were a number against other masters, but on reviewing some of them, even the wins struck me as unimpressive-to my way of thinking, anyway! Out the door they went. On to better ones, if they're to be found.

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  FSR: <perfidious> True. It's sadly difficult to find games where one is happy with one's play and one's opponent played at least reasonably well. I have 12 games in the database, 6 of which I won, but I'm really only happy with 3 of the games: the wins against Sprenkle and Thompson, and the draw against Boerkoel. Those are the only three games I submitted. My games against the two highest rated players I've beaten OTB (Senior Masters Kaushansky and DeFotis) are among the other games, but both my opponents played well below their usual standard, including a terrible blunder by DeFotis. The sad reality is that games by 2200s usually aren't that great.
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  perfidious: <FSR> One of the games I'd thought of submitting was the second of nine against Boris Belopolsky, but I played it through for the first time in many years and his play was horrible. One of his three wins was a game I'd sooner send on to CG.
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  FSR: <perfidious> I think poor Belopolsky died a year or two ago. He played in a tournament or two I directed 30 or so years ago at the Chicago Chess Center.
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