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Today, you have a choice between the spectacular and prosaic way of finishing off this game won by Mieses in a simultaneous exhibition in 1900: 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Nxe4 4. Qh5 Nd6 5. Bb3 Be7 6. d3 O-O 7. Nf3 Nc6 8.Ng5 h6 9. h4 Ne8 (What he would have done if Black played 9... Nd4 on this or the next move is unclear.) 10. Nd5 Nf6 See Diagram


Spectacular: 11. Qg6 (Prosaic: 11. Nxf6+ Bxf6 12. Nxf7 Rxf7 13. Qxf7+ Kh8 14. g4 d5 15. g5 Be7 16. gxh6 Qf8 17. hxg7+ Qxg7 18. Qh5+ Qh7 19.Qe8+ Qg8 20. Qxg8+ Kxg8 21. Bxd5+) 11... fxg6 (11... hxg5 12. Nxf6+ Bxf6 13.hxg5 Re8 14. Qxf7#) 12. Nxe7+ Kh8 13. Nxg6#

 

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