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Arthur Anthony Murray vs Floyd E Hebert
Washington State championship (1949), Seattle, WA USA, Dec-??
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation (A18)  ·  0-1



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  GrahamClayton: One of the most amazing games in the database. Black voluntary walks his king up to h3 in the early middlegame. Not to be outdone, White then marches his King down to b8. However, while the Black king is perfectly safe on h3, the White king traverses most of the board before being checkmated.
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  fredthebear: This is a sideways "Swallow's Tail Mate" or "Gueridon Mate" pattern. (The White king's retreat is blocked by his own units.) It is also a Support Mate (a.k.a battery "Spearhead"), since the Black queen is protected by another unit.

Be aware that anytime an opposing unit aims at or next to your king, that the opposing queen may try to connect with it. Get the queen in close!

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  gezafan: I wonder if the Arthur Murray here is the same guy who had the dance studios.
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  fredthebear: <gezafan: I wonder if the Arthur Murray here is the same guy who had the dance studios.>

No. They have different DOB and DOD.

This dashing game would be fitting of a famous ballroom dancer, though.

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  fredthebear: 28…Bg4 would have prevented escape and quickly wrapped this game up in half the moves it took, ruining the show! Black played his 28th and 29th moves out-of-order.

54.Qd4 is an improvement for White, offering an exchange of queens.

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  fredthebear: <This is a sideways "Swallow's Tail Mate" or "Gueridon Mate" pattern. (The White king's retreat is blocked by his own units.) It is also a Support Mate (a.k.a battery "Spearhead"), since the Black queen is protected by another unit.>

This instructive article has pictures, and two famous sample games!

[Event "Corus Group C"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2004.01.24"]
[EventDate "2004.01.10"]
[Round "12"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Magnus Carlsen"]
[Black "Sipke Ernst"]
[ECO "B18"]
[WhiteElo "2484"]
[BlackElo "2474"]
[PlyCount "57"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bf4 Ngf6 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Ne4 Qa5 14. Kb1 O-O 15. Nxf6+ Nxf6 16. Ne5 Rad8 17. Qe2 c5 18. Ng6 fxg6 19. Qxe6+ Kh8 20. hxg6 Ng8 21. Bxh6 gxh6 22. Rxh6+ Nxh6 23. Qxe7 Nf7 24. gxf7 Kg7 25. Rd3 Rd6 26. Rg3+ Rg6 27. Qe5+ Kxf7 28. Qf5+ Rf6 29. Qd7# 1-0 Sideways Epaulette Mate

* Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004

A famous example of Gueridon's Mate could have occurred in:

(C41) Philidor's Defense, Polo - Pasqualini, Ferrera/Ferrara 1923

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Be7? 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Nd7 6.Bxf7+ KxBf7 7.Ne6! Qe8 (If 7...KxNe6 8.Qd5+ Kf6 9.Qf5# Gueridon's Mate) 8.Nxc7 Qf8 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qd5+ Kf6 11.Bg5+ Kg7 12.Ne6+ 1-0 (Please note the spellings and early move order is unconfirmed speculation. Other sources may vary.)

* 25 Checkmate Patterns:

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