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Robert Platz vs Christian Hess Jr.
DVMi U15 (1994), Fredeburg, rd 3
Scandinavian Defense: General (B01)  ·  0-1



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  Bubo bubo: White has missed that his back rank, although seemingly well defended, is indeed weak, since Black has a sneaky bishop move:

24...Be3+! 25.Kb1 Qxf1+ and mate after either 26.Rxf1 Rd1+ 27.Rxd1 Rxd1# or 26.Bxf1 Rd1#.

Dec-10-14  morfishine: <24...Be3+> forces mate: 25.Kb1 Qxf1+! 26.Rxf1 (or 26.Bxf1 Rd1#) 26...Rd1+ 27.Rxd1 Rxd1 mate

*Like others stated, seems easy for a Wednesday puzzle

<Cheapo by the Dozen> In your line: 18 Rhf1 b5
19 Bb3 Qg3????
20 Be1 (what else?)??? Much better for White is taking the Queen 20.fxg3

Must be a typo

Dec-10-14  gars: Easy for a Wednesday and, believe me, I am a weak player.
Dec-10-14  Chess Dad: I think I might actually be 3/3 for the week so far. That's kind of rare.

25. Kb1 Qxf1+
26. Rxf1 Rd1+
27. Rxd1 Rxd1#

Dec-10-14  zb2cr: 24. ... Be3+ leads to forced mate as follows:

25. Kb1, Qxf1+; 26. Rxf1 (if 26. Bxf1, Rd1#), Rd1+; 27. Rxd1, Rxd1#.

I'll go along with <TheBish> and say, "Incredibly easy for a Wednesday!"

Dec-10-14  wooden nickel: 24. ... b5 would have done the trick but like they say "Check whenever you can, it may be mate!" which seems to fit perfectly here!
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  Penguincw: Yes! I got this puzzle: 24...Be3+ 25.Kb1 Qxf1+ 26.(any move) followed by mate on d1. 3/3 this week (which hasn't happened for me in weeks, if not months).
Dec-10-14  tobywan: Awright, you spoilsports, stop with all the "easy Monday" stuff. Get this: I solved a Wednesday problem. :-P
Dec-10-14  patzer2: Correction: Oops! Today's is a Wednesday (not a Tuesday) puzzle. It was so easy, it seemed like a Tuesday puzzle.
Dec-10-14  Imran Iskandar: I'm three for three this week!
Dec-10-14  Lighthorse: Yes, this was an easy one for a Wednesday. Does that mean they're going to wallop us tomorrow with an insane problem?
Dec-10-14  kyg16: Black player's name is shouting for a pun, please let's a find a good game by him and it's piece of cake.
Dec-10-14  YetAnotherAmateur: Easy enough - Be3+ 25. Kb1 Qxf1+ and white can't escape the inevitable.

20. Bxf6? basically makes the game unwinnable.

Dec-10-14  JG27Pyth: There's a pun bonanza here...(some rejects: Boo, Hess...Platz of luck...) My #1

Platz! Foiled again.

Even the punning is easy for a Wednesday. ;)

Dec-10-14  Jim Bartle: Oh, I wish I could defeat C Hess. Vengeance would be mine. Even defeating C Hess, Jr. would be satisfying.
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  Once: It's a shame that black's name isn't Christian Heck instead of Christian Hess...

Here's the position after 20. Bxf6?

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White thinks he has just won a pawn and skewered the black rooks. He has missed the crafty queen check 20. Qf4+ winning white's Bf6.

Fast forward to our puzzle position.

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White has just played 24. Rdf1. He is still a piece down and no doubt playing for tricks by pinning the Bf2. But he misses yet another check on the c1-h6 diagonal.

C. Hess delivers C. Heckmate by giving a C. Heck on the same diagonal that he earlier used to win a piece. The C. Heel of it!

White handed the game to him on a platz.

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  kevin86: Are you kidding, <Once>? C-Hess spells CHESS.

Black forces mate with the queen sac-it is a tad long for a Monday puzzle, but otherwise it fits it to a tee.

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  chrisowen: I fled the scene on e3 diffuse lights:

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Dec-10-14  siggemannen: <chrisowen>, what do you mean with your post???? :S
Dec-10-14  M.Hassan: "Medium/Easy"
Black to play 24...?
Black has a Knight for a pawn.
At first I got very much tempted by 24...b5 winning a Bishop for a pawn before I saw the back rank mate:

25.Kb1 Qxf1+
26.Rxf1 Rd1+
27.Rxd1 Rxd1#

It looks like White could have easily stopped Black by moving his Bishop to d3 after Black doubled his Rooks:

24.Bd3 Be3+
25.Kb1 Qg5
Any comments?

Dec-10-14  Halldor: Bomb d1 and all its defenders! Only easy for me after yesterdays puzzle.
Dec-10-14  stst: see only this forced mate as White K is locked at back rank:

24..... .Be3+
25. Kb1 QxR+
26. RxQ RxR+
27.RxR RxR#

Dec-10-14  TheaN: Wednesday 11 December 2014 <24....?>

After quite a long day I'm glad this wednesday puzzle is a relatively easy back rank mate, although the rank seems adequately defended.

After 1) <24....Be3+ 25.Kb1> forcing the king away, 2) <25....Qxf1+ 26.Rxf1> removing one rook from defense, and then 3) <26....Rd1+ 27.Rxd1 Rxd1# 0-1> black has enough with one reload on d1.

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  Longview: I would have loved to see the clocks on this game. I wonder how long it took Black to see the move 19....Re7 and not worry about the unprotected f6 pawn or the skewer of the rooks. I went back 19. to look for a better move for White. I did not see what the computer suggested 19. Qb4. I liked Ba5 attacking the black queen but this was easily refuted with b6.
Dec-10-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: <morphishine> -- g3, b6 -- let's just say I got turned around! :)
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