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Medina Warda Aulia vs Kieran Lyons
Istanbul Olympiad (Women) (2012), Istanbul TUR, rd 1, Aug-28
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation (B45)  ·  1-0



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Aug-05-13  TheaN: 1/1. Oh, xcuse me, black <her> downfall. Reviewing the played moves and what would have gotten OTB after Rxf7 black is lost already.

The start of this game is not that good for black. This Four Knights-Shevnikov hybrid shows black was not really up to the test, and Bg7 is atrocious to watch.

Aug-05-13  goodevans: <radtop: This was a little too simple, even for Monday.>

l beg to differ. It's a very well known pattern which most of us will have recognised in a split second. But for these who didn't this would have been harder than the usual Monday fare.

Aug-05-13  morfishine: Its the old one-two or one-two-three or whatever its called: <32.Nh6++> forces mate: <32...Kh8 33.Qg8+ Rxg8 34.Nf7#>


Aug-05-13  dufferps: I agree with goodevans. This was easy because we recognize it as the classic "smothered mate" (I think I've seen it referred to as "Philador's mate"); but the first time one sees it, it is impressive as a very daring and brilliant attack - hardly "easy."

The play leading up to it -- setting up for it -- was indeed brilliant.

Aug-05-13  cyclon: In Chess "school's never out" ( God thanks! ), so, back to 'bench'.

32. Nh6++ Kh8 33. Qg8+ Rxg8 34. Nf7X.

Aug-05-13  zb2cr: Quick and easy, 32. Nh6+ delivers a double check, leading to the ancient smothered mate pattern. 32. ... Kh8; 33. Qg8+, Rxg8; 34. Nf7#.
Aug-05-13  gars: A beautiful game!
Aug-05-13  Nick46: <goodevans: <radtop: This was a little too simple, even for Monday.> l beg to differ.>
Too true....SIGH
Aug-05-13  Alex56171: Philidor's mate! 32.Nh6++ Kh8 ▢ 33.Qg8+ Rxg8 ▢ 34.Nf7#
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  thegoodanarchist: An old-fashioned beat down. Reminds me of my game against Edmar Mednis in a simul he gave in Lexington, KY. First he won a piece, then he delivered a smothered mate. He gave no quarter.

At least I didn't make an illegal move, as one of the simul players did. Mednis just captured the guy's king in response, and moved on to the next board.

Aug-05-13  lost in space: <<Once>: (snip) like Frodo's invisibility cloak (snip)>

Am I wrong or wasn't it Harry Potter's invisibility cloak and Fordo's invisibility ring?

Aug-05-13  Clodhopper: Philidor's mate was one of the first combinations I learned - I can't even remember from which book or newspaper column. But it enchanted me and began my lifelong enthusiasm for the game of chess.
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  Once: <lost in space> Frodo was positively weighed down with goodies. In addition to the one ring, he also had:

A magical short sword that glowed when goblins were near(from Bilbo) A shirt of mithril mail which was very light and very strong (from Bilbo) A cloak of hiding (from the elves)
Lammas bread (from the elves)
A magical light for scaring big spiders (from the elves).

IIRC Harry Potter had a cloak, broomstick, owl and wand.

As you do.

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  kevin86: Mate in three=smothered mate.
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  chrisowen: Biffed f7 king hoot any good h8 gabled horse having,

find a ko in us 32.nh6+ again hoofed off our f7 be,

edifice ogle a knight in float my boat racing alonger gate alive no more veritas h8 key a oomph,

be if do 32...Kh8 as blinkers on sussed queen effect in thin picking h8 smothered mate a feed a,

real thorough fare bussed in swamp e6 bam you 33.Qg8+ muggy aim get each f8 hasten thane otb ore 33...Rxg8 a pinch a punch aka mind 34.nf7#.

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  perfidious: For some reason, this evokes memories of the only time I ever got caught out by Philidor's Legacy.

It was a tournament at the old McAlpin Hotel in New York, 1974 and I was ~1300 at the time. Played Black in a Benko, of all things, and my opponent sprang his dastardly trap at something like the 21st move.

Aug-05-13  ajile: Got it instantly. Standard smothered mate idea with a double check cool tactic thrown in.
Aug-05-13  Gilmoy: Canonical!

The opening was a bit amusing: <5..e6 7.Bf4 e5 8.Bg5> transposing to Sveshnikov or thereabouts. In which case <10.Na3> b5 was correct. Even <11.Bc4> b5 might have been in time: 12.Bd5 is actually better for Black because it's less obnoxious than an Nd5.

<10..f5> is what you play <in response> to 10.Nd5 pressure. No need to do it first.

Aug-05-13  James D Flynn: Simple smothered mate by 32.Nh6+ Kh8 33.Qg8+ Kxg8 34.Rxg8 Nf7#
Aug-05-13 007 gadget's not to be confused with Checkov's Gun.
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  Domdaniel: <Once> -- <The gadget is a staple of many action films.> -- ... and ... <> -- Chekov's Gun ...

... been consulting, have we?

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  Domdaniel: As well as a gun, Chekhov had a boomerang:
Aug-05-13  Nullifidian: Simple smothered mate.

32. ♘h6++ ♔h8 33. ♕g8+ ♖xg8 34. ♘f7#

Aug-05-13  Amarande: And it's Philidor's Legacy for the win :)
Aug-05-13  estrick: Ms. Lyons appears to have walked into this as if she were performing a 'help mate.'

And she holds the title of WFM, no less!

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