A Stunning Move

Thumbing through an old Chess Review from 1956, I came across this amateur game with a stunning concluding attack.

J. W.. Collins - August Rankis [E59]

New York State Championship/Buffalo, NY USA 1956


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 c5 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 O-O 7. O-O Nc6 8. a3 Bxc3 9. bxc3 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Qc7 11. Re1 e5 12. d5 Na5 13. Ba2

13. d6?! Qd8 14. Nxe5 Nxc4 15. Nxc4 Be6 16. Ne5 Ne4

 

13... e4! 14. d6

14. Nd2 c4

 

14... Qd7 15. Ne5 Qf5 16. f4 exf3 17. Nxf3 Ne4! 18. c4?

After this, the d-pawn falls without compensation. Better 18. Qa4! Nc6 19. Bb1 Re8.

 

18... Rd8 19. Bb2 Rxd6 20. Qa4 Nc6 21. Rad1










Fritz's initial recommendation as well. Black now has an amazing move, which Fritz eventually sees as well.

 

21... Qxf3!! 22. gxf3

22. Rxd6 Qf2+ 23. Kh1 Qxe1#

 

22... Rg6+ 23. Kf1

23. Kh1 Nf2#

 

23... Bh3+ 24. Ke2 Rg2+ 25. Kd3 Rd8+ 26. Bd4

26. Kxe4 f5+ 27. Kf4 g5#

 

26... cxd4 27. Qb5! Nf2+ 28. Kc2 Nxd1+ 29. Kxd1 Rxa2 30. Qb1 dxe3+ 31. Kc1 Rad2 32. Qe4 Bf5! 33. Qxf5 e2 34. Rxe2 Rxe2 0-1

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