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Milton Kagan vs Harlow Bussey Daly
Boylston - Bay State m (1939), MA USA, Dec-29
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation. Traditional (B25)  ·  1-0



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Jul-10-11  LIFE Master AJ: I took a while, looked at many different things, but missed the elegant solution. (Sigh.)
Jul-10-11  CHESSTTCAMPS: Black is down a rook, but has a king hunt underway. Unfortunately the attacking queen and bishop are both en prise, and there is no hope in an exchange of queens, nor in 19... Qxf2+ 20.Kxg4 Nf6+ 21.Kh3 nor in 19...Qh2+ 20.Kxg4 Nf6+ 21.Kf3 Qh5+ 22.Kg2. My first choice as candidate was

19... g5+!

It appears that the only realistic chance is to open the g-file with tempo, so that R+N can be added to the attack. But there is more that I didn't see on first look.


Here, my first choice of follow-up was 20... Qxh2(??) which leads to a draw after 21.Kxg4 Nf6+ 22.Kf3 Qh5+ or difficult complications after 21.Rh1. So if I play "touch-move" in my analysis, I failed badly here.

20... Qh3!!

A move I found only after exploring the wrong path. Now white must lose:

A) 21.Q(R)xg4 Qh6+ 22.Kf5 Qf6#

B) 21.Qf1 (and other Q moves off diagonal) h6+ 22.Kf4 Qf3#

C) 21.Rg3 Qh5+ 22.Kf4 Bxd1 wins.

D) 21.Be2 Qh5+ 22.Kf4 Bxe2 23.Q-moves Qe5#!

For a Sunday POTD, this should be a lollipop, but it wasn't for me.

Jul-10-11  LIFE Master AJ: 19...g5+ was my main candidate move.
Jul-10-11  CHESSTTCAMPS: Too bad that Daly came so close to finding this brilliancy and missed.
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  scormus: <CHESSTTCAMPS: Too bad that Daly came so close to finding this brilliancy and missed.> My feelings too, after such bold play by B to set it up.

Er .... I missed it too. 19 ... g5 20 Kxg5 h6 was the first line I looked at. Never saw the brilliant 20 ... Qh3!! Sigh.

Well done to all who did.

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  hoodrobin: Thanks <patzer2> you are a true teacher.
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  scormus: Amazing, 15 consecutive +s wasnt enough. Tremendous defensive play by W to get the K safe.
Jul-10-11  David2009: M Kagan vs H Daly, 1939 Black 19...? Insane

Black can take a draw by perpetual check starting 19...g5+ 20. Kxg5 h6+ 21.Kf4 Qxh2+ 22.Kxg4 Nf6+ 23.Kf3 Qh5+ 24.Kf4 (24.Kg3 allows Rg8+, the point of playing 19...g5+) 24...Qe5+ 25.Kf3 Qh5+. Time to check to see if Black had better:
Well, I got the game line - and the game loss! Wonderful puzzle. Here's the pre-puzzle position with White to move (19.Kf4):

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Kxd4? is a pedestrian loss after 19...Qxf2+ 20.Kc3 Bxd1, so 20.Kf4 is forced leading to the puzzle position. Crafty End Game Trainer link to the pre-puzzle position: Enjoy checking the variations!

Afterthought: Here's the position after 20...h6+?

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and a corresponding Crafty EGT link: Can White save the game after 21.Kf4 Qxf2+! 22.Kxg4 Nf6+ 23.Kh3 Nh7 to reach

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and if so how?

Jul-10-11  abuzic: <patzer2: 21...Qh5+! 22. Kf4 Bxe2 23. Qxd4 (23. Qd2 Qe5#; 23. Qxe2 Qxe2 ) 23...Qf3+ 24. Kg5 f6+ 25. Kh4 etc...> On 23. Qxe2 Qxe2 line:
it is mate in (at most) 12 moves:
24. Kg3 Nf6 ( 24...Nh6 mates in same way and 24...h5 also mates in 12) 25. h3 Rg8+ 26. Kh2 Qxf2+ 27. Kh1 Rg3 28. Rxg3 Qxg3 29. Rd1 Qh3+ 30. Kg1 Ng4 31. Rb7+ Kf6 32. e5+ dxe5 33. Rxf7+ Kxf7 34. Nc7 Qh2+ 35. Kf1 Qf2#.

There are as well interesting mates for other white moves like 24. Rab1 and 24. Raf1

Jul-10-11  morfishine: <patzer2>...<P.S.: My apologies if some of these seem too simple for most of our regulars here...> No apologies are necessary I think: I was happy to have repeated the actual game continuation thru 23...Qh5+, but even happier to have been enlightened by the improvement <20...Qh3>...Keep teaching, we all see the board differently
Jul-10-11  Creg: Totally missed it. I was looking at taking the f2 or h2 pawn, but couldn't make either work. Now I know why... :)
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  scormus: <morfishine: ... actual game continuation thru 23...Qh5+>

IMO anyone could be forgiven for thinking that B was going to win from there. I had to play it over again to convince myself he didnt. A bit like watching Vincent Cassel's character in l'Appartement.

Jul-10-11  abuzic: <David2009:.... 20...h6+?....Can White save the game after 21.Kf4 Qxf2+! 22.Kxg4 Nf6+ 23.Kh3 Nh7...>

Perhaps the best white can do is fight for equality, which is not easy. And black must play carefully too. 24. Kg4 and 24. Be2 lose fast. 24. Qf1 carries some hope for counter play and may be the answer to your question. All other moves lead to #.

24. Qf1! Ng5+ 25. Kg4 Qxh2 (25...f5+ see below) 26. e5! dxe5 27. Rh1 f5+ 28. Kxf5 Qg3 (28...Rf8+ 29. Kg6; 28...Qd2 29. Rd1) 29. Rg1 Rf8+ (29...Qh2 30. Rh1) 30. Kg6 and white looks safe.

If 25...f5+ then 26. exf5 h5+ 27. Kxg5 Qd2+ 28. Qf4 (or 28. Kh4 with equal position) Rg8+ 29. Kh6 (29. Kxh5 equalizes) Qxf4+ 30. Kh7 and white is safe with real threats.

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  numbersguy70: 11.Nc7+ was hasty. 11.f4 continues to put pressure on the queen, and affords a beautiful mate in 5-7 should black take the bait with 11...Qxg2?? or other which allows her to be forced to useless h squares.

12.Nc7+ Ke7(or Kd7) 13.Qxd6!! Kxd6 14. O-O-O Ke7 15.Bc5+ Kf6 16.Ne8#

White's queen pressure on the weak d6 square was one of the strongest parts of his early position, something he obviously either didn't consider or gave up on with 14. Bd3?

Jul-10-11  morfishine: <scormus> I am not familiar with <Vincent Cassel's character in l'Appartement> but I think I know what you are talking about; a very good puzzle of the type where black lost but could've won: now find it
Jul-10-11  wals: Rybka differed from the annotated version
and the text.

Analysis by Rybka 4 x64: d 16 : 1 hr 24 :

1. (-14.54): 20...Qh3 21.Kf4 Bxd1[] 22.Raxd1 Nf6[] 23.Rg3 Qh4+ 24.Kf3 Qh5+[] 25.Kg2 Qxd1[] 26.Nb6 Nh5[] 27.Bf1 Nxg3[] 28.hxg3 Qxc2[] 29.Nc4 Qxe4+ 30.Kg1 d3 31.Ne3 d2 32.Be2 Qb1+ 33.Kg2 Qxa2

2. = (0.00): 20...h6+ 21.Kf4[] Qxf2+[] 22.Kxg4[] Nf6+[] 23.Kh3 Nh7[] 24.Qf1 Ng5+[] 25.Kg4[] Qxh2[] 26.e5 dxe5 27.Kf5 Rg8 28.Rh1 Qg3 29.Rg1 Qh2 30.Rh1 Qg3 31.Rg1 Qh2 32.Rh1 Qg3 33.Rg1 Qh2 34.Rh1 Qg3 35.Rg1 Qh2

Jul-10-11  gofer: I can see a draw for black...

<19 ... g5+>
<20 Kxg5 Qxh2!>
<21 Kxg4 Nf6+>
<22 Kf3 Qh5+>
<23 Kg2 Rg8+>
<24 Kf1 Qh3+>
<25 Ke2 Qh5+>
<26 Kd2 Qh6+>

And so on and so on. The queen can check on h3, h5 and h6 to its heart's content. Now the only question is... "Were we looking for a draw?"!... ...Time to check!


Oh dear, we were looking for a win. Pity. I didn't look for long enough!

Jul-10-11  BOSTER: <dzechiel> <20...Qh3> 19...g5 is obvious, but 20...Qh3 is a nice finding. I considered 20...Qxf2 with trick after 21.Rxg4 or Qxg4 h6+ 22.Kh5 Nf6# to enter the Ng8 in the game,but bishop on g4 can be taken by king. Move 20...Qh3 is very strong because it has the same mating threat and at the same time it keeps the protection Bg4 and threat Bxd1. Certainly white can take such dangerous bishop playing 21.f3 Bxf3 22.Qxf3 Qxf3, but this does not safe such crazy game.
Jul-10-11  DarthStapler: I got the first move
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  NM JRousselle: OK, everybody, fess up. How many of you (without silicon assistance) found Qh3 after the pawn check?
Jul-11-11  sevenseaman: <gofer> Blessed are those who see a draw and plumb for it!
Jul-11-11  David2009: M Kagan vs H Daly, 1939 follow-up:<abuzic: <David2009:.... 20...h6+?....Can White save the game after 21.Kf4 Qxf2+! 22.Kxg4 Nf6+ 23.Kh3 Nh7...> Perhaps the best white can do is fight for equality, which is not easy. And black must play carefully too. 24. Kg4 and 24. Be2 lose fast. 24. Qf1 carries some hope for counter play and may be the answer to your question. All other moves lead to #>. Against Crafty EGT your find 24. Qf1! leads to an exciting draw after 24...Ng5+ 25. Kg4 f5+ 26. exf5 h5+ 27. Kxg5 Qd2+ 28. Qf4 Rg8+ 29. Kh6 <(29. Kxh5 equalizes)> Qxf4+ 30. Kh7 <and white is safe with real threats>. The EGT accordingly forces a draw by repetition: 30...Rg4 31 h3

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31.Kf6! 32 gxh3 Qg5 33 gxh5 Qxh5+ 34 Kg8 Qe8+ etc.

Thanks <abuzic>! Wonderful variations!

Jul-12-11  LIFE Master AJ: This was a nice puzzle - it was good to know that I was not the only one to miss ...Qh3!!

Source: (old) Newspaper? (This game is not in the CB datbase ...)

Jul-12-11  LIFE Master AJ: <patzer2>

You remarked a few times about teaching your grandchildren chess.

IF you ever teach a rank beginner chess, I have a good series of pages on my main website for this. (A.J.'s Beginners' Chess Course.)

Start here - ...

but link to this page -

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  wwall: Instead of 11.Nc7+, better may have been 11.f4. If 11...Qxg2, then 12.Nc7+ Ke7 (or 12...Kd7) 13.Qxd6+! Kxd6 14.Rd1+ Ke7 15.Bc5+ Kf6 16.Ne8 mate. The same for 11.f4 Qh4+ 12.g3 Qh3 13.Nc7+ Ke7 (or 13...Kd7) 14.Qxd6+! and mates.
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