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Karl Burger vs Chester Lyon
53rd US Open (1952), Tampa, FL USA, rd 2, Jul-15
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0



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Feb-01-21  TheaN: <32.Qxh7+ Kxh7 33.Rh4#> was an instant spot, but it's interesting how pointless 31....Qf2 is, given nearly every move wins there for White. Black's about lost as early as 22....Bh7 where he hands board dominance to White.
Feb-01-21  Brenin: 31 ... Bf8 would have prevented the obvious and instant mate after 32 Qxh7+, but then White has 32 Nxf8 Qa7 (either Rxf8 allows 33 Rd7 and 34 Qxh7#) 33 Ng6+ Rxg6 34 fxg6 with massive material advantage.
Feb-01-21  morfishine: <32.Qxh7+> 32...Kxh7 33.Rh4#

Well Done Burger

Feb-01-21  goodevans: Playing through the game in the knowledge of how it finished, <24...f6?> leaps out as being black's fatal mistake. A move so ugly it makes you want to poke your own eyes out.
Feb-01-21  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, the strong American IM Karl Burger, who was a known connoisseur of the Queen's Indian with both the white and black pieces and had just one norm too less to become a GM, finally found the mate in 2 moves with the nice queen sacrifice 32.Qxh7+!,Kxh7 33.Rh4#. In my opinion, 6.-,d6? is an unsound pawn sacrifice (despite being played by the Russian correspondence chess world champion I. Estrin) and black has to play 6.-,Be7 to get an equal game!
Feb-01-21  mel gibson: That was too easy.
The puzzle should have been from a few moves back.
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  Korora: Got it for once!
Feb-01-21  thegoodanarchist: Game of the Day title:

Well-done Burger.

Feb-01-21  zb2cr: Simple, forced mate in two. 32. Qxh7+, Kxh7; 33. Rh4#.
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Feb-01-21  goodevans: <mel gibson> ... and today should be Wednesday. ;o)
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  gawain: Easy even for a Monday. But instructive to play through, just to see how Black goes wrong.
Feb-01-21  drollere: anyone for 32. Rh4?
Feb-01-21  Vermit: In the same tournament, Black lost to a rather more spectacular combination: A C Ludwig vs Chester A Lyon, 1952
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  chrisowen: Have it cows payment no?
Feb-01-21  goodevans: <Vermit> Spectacular but flawed.
Feb-01-21  morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> Hey, you stole my pun

Aaaah, you can have it


Feb-01-21  johnnydeep: This one was easy, even for me! Is there a way to get a list of all the Monday puzzles so I can practice the easy ones?
Feb-01-21  goodevans: <johnnydeep>

We are most fortunate to have User: Phony Benoni for anything like that: Game Collection: Monday Puzzles, 2018-2021.

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  noads4me: <drolliere> We liked Rh4 also. Leads to mate
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  eternaloptimist: This is a super easy puzzle. I like to ck for a ♕ sac right off the bat when I do the Monday puzzles. <morf> That’s a good pun!
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  steinitzfan: There need to be more puzzles like this to hold the interest of beginners. What makes this one so easy? It's short but then so are hard Monday problems. Here every move is forced. No variations to calculate.
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  Phony Benoni: Quickest of all is the mate-in-one after 32.Nh5, 32.Ne2, or 32.Nf1. White has more chances to go wrong than Black has to go right.
Feb-01-21  pdxjjb: I also found Rh4. It's longer only because it gives black the chance for two spectacularly pointless sacrifices (32. Rh4 Qxg2+ 33. Kxg2 Rxg3+ 34. hxg3 black any and then mate.)
Feb-02-21  Nullifidian: 32. ♕xh7+ ♔xh7 33. ♖h4#
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