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Bodo Starck vs Dieter Bertholdt
East German Championship (1962), Gera GDR, rd 7, Feb-14
Dutch Defense: General (A80)  ·  1-0



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Jun-27-22  Brenin: 32 Qf7+ Bxf7 33 exf7 mate.
Jun-27-22  Brenin: The mating combination actually starts with 28 Rxf8+. Black could have avoided this with 27 ... Rxf1+ 28 Rxf1 Kg8, though his position, a P down with an exposed K, is still weak.
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  al wazir: 17. Nf7+ wins an exchange or a piece: 17...Rxf7 18. Qxf7, or 17...K any 18. Nxh6.
Jun-27-22  agb2002: White has a bishop, a knight and a pawn for the bishop pair.

Black threatens hxg5.

The black king has no legal move. Hence, 32.Qf7+ Bxf7 33.exf7#.

Jun-27-22  mel gibson: Nice easy one - thanks.
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  scormus: Q-sac leading directly to #. The traditional sort of Mondays I like
Jun-27-22  Brenin: <al wazir>: 17 Nf7+ Rxf7 18 Qxf7 Rf8 19 Qc4 Bxc1 20 Raxc1 Bxh3, and White has the exchange for a P, but no longer an attack. I'm sure that White saw this, and decided to keep attacking with 17 g4.
Jun-27-22  stacase: Good old fashioned Monday morning Queen sacrifice.
Jun-27-22  paavoh: My first instinct at less than 1 second was 32. Qxf8 as a typical Monday Queen sac but 33. Rf1+ was not sufficient. Then, 32. Qf7+ Bxf7 33 exf7# was clear. Nice job by the N @ g5.
Jun-27-22  whiteshark: A starck move end the game: <32.Qf7+!!>
Jun-27-22  cocker: An unusual mating configuration.
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  jffun1958: Very nice finish: Queen sac leading to pawn mate. :-)
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  Sally Simpson: Wake up on a Monday, cup of coffee, log on, sac Queen, brush tooth, get dressed, comb hair...

Brenin is correct it could have been taken back a move or two. Maybe C.G. will use it from there on a future Tuesday.

Wake up on a Tuesday, cup of coffee, log on, set up a Queen sac, brush tooth, get dressed, comb hair...

Jun-27-22  TheaN: <32.Qf7+ Bxf7 33.exf7#> is actually kind of beautiful, despite easy.

<al wazir & Brenin> yeah the choice on move 17 is interesting. In fact, al's suggestion is simplifying yet the worst of the three (suggested, played and best move).

Indeed, 17.Nf7+ Rxf7 18.Qxf7 Rf8 19.Qc4 Bxc1 20.Raxc1 Bxh3 as per Brenin gives Black a rather active knight and pawn for two blunted rooks. This evaluates only +1.25.

The played 17.g4 might be a bit speculative but better than Nf7+, after 17....Be6 18.Nxe6 Bxc1 19.Bd5! ± at +1.5. White gave it away immediately though with 18.Qc3 Bg7 ⩲.

Best is 17.Qh4, but this is quite the computer line as it goes 17....Bxg5 18.Bxg5 Re6 and then 19.b4, claiming space rather than attacking, yet it is +2.

I'd personally prefer 17.g4 as long as you keep the pressure on, which White didn't do, but still won anyway.

Jun-27-22  TheTamale: It took me a long time to see this, particularly that all the flight squares would be covered. For the longest time I was fixated on, "Hmm, Bxh7 wins a pawn outright..."
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  chrisowen: I'm hairsbreadth our Qf7+ axiom jet doh hon ooh i jocular key i bad c brother c bid ecclesiastical cleric Qh7+ duff;
Jun-27-22  landshark: I could easily have missed this in a blitz game. Unless, of course, in getting to this position I had already seen it coming and set it up! But pawns delivering mate tend to fall into one of my blind spots -
Jun-27-22  landshark: After the quiet move 31.Qf2, mate appears unavoidable. That would have made a nice Wednesday puzzle - not many branches to it, but easy to miss.
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  gawain: Mate delivered by a pawn after the queen self-sacrificially plunges into the Black king's neighborhood. A nice surprise!

(I mean nice for a solver. Not nice at all for Black.)

Jun-27-22  ChessHigherCat: White can't allow Qg3+ so the first move has to be a check or the Queen has to stay home and watch soap operas, which seems unlikely. The Qsac on f7 works but it wasn't easy to see right away. Not so easy for a Monday.
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  eternaloptimist: It’s an easy puzzle for sure. All Starck had to do was to get rid of the ♗ that was guarding the f7 square -> #

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