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Raimundo Garcia vs Eduardo Figueroa
ARG-ch (1963), Buenos Aires, rd 8
English Opening: Anglo-Lithuanian Variation (A10)  ·  1-0



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Sep-11-13  gofer: Its probably worth losing a knight to set up the discovered check AND stop black's own discovered check! 27 Ng5+ (27 ... Kh8 28 Nf7+ Kh7 29 f6#) hxg5 28 f6+ ...

Errr?? ...

Hold it a second. This is going nowhere fast. Okay back up and try again...

I have the move order wrong! Black's discovered check is not as strong as I thought because Ng5 blocks the check AND is a double check! Deadly stuff.

<27 f6 ...>

27 ... Nxf6 28 Nxf6++ Kh8 29 Qh7#

27 ... Bxf6+ 28 Ng5++ Kg7 29 Qh7+ Kf8 30 Qf7#

27 ... Kg6 28 Nd6+ Kh5 29 Qf5+ Kh4 30 Rf4#

27 ... Nf8 28 Ng5++ Kh8 29 Nf7#

<27 ... Kh8>
<28 fxg7 Rxg7+>
<29 Kh1 ...>

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White has so many good options...

30 Nxc5 Nxc5 31 Rf8+ Rg8 32 Bd4#
30 Bd2 Q anywhere 31 Bc3 skewering the rook
30 Bxh6 R anywhere 31 Ng5 threatening mate

Black can resign...


Black went for quick death...

Sep-11-13  morfishine: After <27.f6> White has the double-threat 28.fxg7 winning a piece and 28.Ng5+ winning the game outright

Black cannot prevent both

<27...Bxf6+> Black was probably hoping this would save him

<28.Ng5+> same piece, same square; only now, the Knight is attacking and defending at the same time

<28...Kg7 29.Qh7+ Kf8 30.Qf7#>


PM: Apparently also winning is the immediate check <27.Ng5+> due to 27...hxg5 28.f6+ Kh8 29.fxg7+ (also winning is 29.f7 Rf8 30.Bxg5 Bf6 31.Qg6 Bxg5 32.Qh5+ Kg7 33.Qxg5+ Kh7 34.Qh4+ Kg7 35.Rf3 Rxf7 36.Rg3+ Kf8 37.Qh8#)...Kxg7 30.Bd2 Qc7 31.Bc3+ Ne5 (31...e5 32.dxe6+ Nf6 33.Rxf6) 32.Qf5 Kh6 33.Bxe5


Sep-11-13  cocker: I rejected 27 f6 because of the discovered check from the bishop. But 27 Ng5+ will probably win, more slowly.
Sep-11-13  Nick46: <estrick: 27. f6 clears the diagonal for the queen check, which combined with a knight check on g5 will force mate. Black's discover check on the g-file is nothing to fear. This was easier than yesterday.>
One man's meat is another man's poison.
I got yesterday's easily but missed today's, opting for 27. Ng5+ straight off.
Sep-11-13  TheaN: Wednesday 11 September 2013


Ah darn, I can join in <sneaky>'s disamay. Typically to understand where the white win comes from but still miss the easiest of defenses because they are actually not true defenses. I missed that 27....Bxf6 is check and went with 28.Nxf6+. In an actual game, one would be allowed to play 28.Ng5+ and still win which kind of stresses the game's rules on this matter.

White clears the b1-h7 diagonal by playing <27.f6>. If black would 'pass' or capture with the pawn or knight, white mates with Ng5+ (without Bxf6 I did consider Ng5+, including the smother after Nxf6 with 28.Ng5+ Kh8 29.Qh7+ (Nf7#) Nxh7 30.Nf7#). However, after 27....Bxf6+, 28.Ng5+ is the only way to mate. That g7 was cleared doesn't matter for 28....Kg7 29.Qh7+ Kf8 30.Qf7# 1-0. Another bishop move or 27....h5 lead to the same mate.

The rook moves seem to delay mate but this is actually not the case: 27....Rf8 28.Ng5+ Kg8 29.Qh7#, 27....Rh8 28.Ng5+ Kg8 29.f7+ Kf8 30.Ne6#, 27....Ra-e8 28.Ng5+ Kg8 29.f7+ Kf8 (Kh8 30.Qh7#) 30.Ne6#.

Sep-11-13  TheaN: Hm just walking out of the check with 27....Kh8 actually 'saves' the game, but this is dead lost after 28.fxg7+ anyway.
Sep-11-13  bubuli55: Black piece down!

27. f6 Kh8 < capture of pawn leads to mate > 28. fxg7+ Rxg7+ 29. Kh1

This looks like a home invasion. They send a boy to knock on the door. If no one's home, they send the cavalry.

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  Yogi Darwin: Just a quick thanks to Sneaky and others who posted the same mistake I made. N x f6 looked so obvious as long as it is permissible to pretend one's own K is not in check! Maybe someday I'll look at the entire board before making a move.

The actual correct move, blocking the check, a discovered check, AND putting the black King in double check is stunning.

Sep-11-13  Morttuus: I confess I had the same problem with 28... Nxf6. :-) 27. f6! was obvious, but I have totally overlooked the check!

Well, a good lesson for me. An instructive ending, though.

Sep-11-13  Abdel Irada: <Phony Benoni: Two checks are better than one!>

Ain't that the truth!

Solving this puzzle depends on one feat: seeing that Black's discovered check can be trumped with a double check of our own (<27. f6!, Bxf6†?? 28. Ng5††>), swiftly followed by the big sleep for the black king.

After <27. f6!>, Black's most durable defense seems to be 27. ...Kh8, in which case he "only" loses a bishop.

This once again proves the theory that the best defense against a double check is not to allow one.

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  Nightsurfer: <gofer> and <cocker> I have to confess that I did not consider that - great!! - move <27.f6!! ...> ... whereas my idea was <27.Ng5+!?!? ...> too, and at least it looks like as if that would have been a second way of winning ...
Sep-11-13  Abdel Irada: <Nightsurfer>: I believe you are correct: 27. Ng5† also appears to win, although it does so rather more slowly than the text.

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  gawain: I was in the 27 Ng5+ crowd, hoping to follow up with f6. But I knew that couldn't be the solution. I have no idea why I did not look longer at 27 f6!
Sep-11-13  notyetagm: R Garcia vs E Figueroa, 1963

<Sneaky: ... If that was an actual game, due to touch-move I'd then be forced to move my knight to g3 :-P>

In a blitz game I would let you play ♘e4x♗f6++ so I could reply ... ♖g8x♔g1.


Sep-11-13  notyetagm: R Garcia vs E Figueroa, 1963

<gawain: I was in the 27 Ng5+ crowd, hoping to follow up with f6. But I knew that couldn't be the solution. I have no idea why I did not look longer at 27 f6!>

Yes, 27 f5-f6! <LINE CLEARANCE> vacates the diagonal b1-h7 to create a <DISCOVERY CHAIN> White c2-queen + White e4-knight + Black h7-king.



Sep-11-13  notyetagm: R Garcia vs E Figueroa, 1963

<patzer2: Today's Wednesday solution 27. f6! prepares a discovered double check for mate-in-four>

Yes, I particularly like the second move of the tactical sequence, 27 ... ♗g7xf6+ 28 ♘e4-g5++!, meeting a <DISCOVERED CHECK> with a <DOUBLE CHECK>.



Sep-11-13  notyetagm: R Garcia vs E Figueroa, 1963

<stacase: Double check is always fun.>

Game Collection: DOUBLE CHECK: THE DIVE BOMBER OF THE CHESS BOARD 28 Ne4-g5++! 1-0 interposes Black's discovered check on g-file

Sep-11-13  notyetagm: R Garcia vs E Figueroa, 1963

Game Collection: DISCOVERER CAN GO ANYWHERE AND DO ANYTHING 28 Ne4-g5++! 1-0 interposes Black's discovered check on g-file

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  kevin86: The pawn sac sets up the lethal double check...its components then will mate.
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  chrisowen: I peg one for caddy up pawnf6 bad light knight,

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Sep-11-13  M.Hassan: Missed the solution by playing 27.Nxc5
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  Penguincw: I got f6 and Ng5+ mixed up. :|
Sep-11-13 Touche! Ng5+ is remarkable. Here is a piece that is attacked 3 times, is the only shield for his king, yet is inviolable and provides the springboard for the counter-attack. The game of Chess amazes again.
Sep-11-13  Patriot: 27.f6

27...Nxf6 28.Nxf6++ Kh8 29.Qh7#

27...Bxf6 28.Ng5++ Kg7 29.Qh7+ Kf8 30.Qf7#

27...exf6 doesn't change things either.

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  FSR: 27.f6!, threatening both 28.Ng5 double check followed by 29.Qh7# or 29.Nf7#, and simply 28.fxg7 with an extra piece, crushes:

27...Kh8 28.fxg7+ ;

27...Bf8+ 28.Ng5 double check Kh8 29.Qh7#;

27...Bh8+ 28.Ng5 double check and mate;

27...Bxf6+ 28.Ng5+ Kg7 (28...Kh8 29.Qh7#) 29.Qh7+ Kf8 30.Qf7#;

27...gxf6 28.Ng5 double check (or 28.Nxf6 double check Kh8 29.Qh7#) Kh8 29.Qh7# or 29.Nf7#;

27...Nxf6 28.Ng5 double check (or 28.Nxf6 double check Kh8 29.Qh7#) Kh8 and now either (a) 29.Nf7# or (b) 29.Qh7+ Nxh7 30.Nf7#.

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