White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

Here is a rough and tumble game from the 19th century. White played the Boden-Kieseritsky Gambit. Black did not defend well and then White overplayed his hand with his 7th move, but came back with a great 8th move. Your challenge is to find that 8th move and the continutation. The game started out with: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nxe4 4.Nc3 Nxc3 5.dxc3 f6 6.0–0 Be7?? (6...d6 was better) 7.Bh6?! (White plays a flashy move, but there was a more brilliant one-- 7.Nxe5!! fxe5 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Qxe5 Rf8 10.Re1 d6 11.Qg7 Nc6 12.Bh6 Ne5 13.Rad1 Bf5 (13...Nxc4 14.Qxf8+ Kd7 15.Qf7 Nxb2 16.Rd4 Qe8 17.Qxh7 Qd8 18.Bg5) 14.h3 Bxc2 15.Rxe5 and White has a winning position.)7...gxh6?? (7...Kf8! 8.Nxe5 d5 9.Nf7 Kxf7 10.Qh5+ Kf8 11.Bxd5 Qe8 12.Qxe8+ Kxe8 13.Bxg7 Rf8 14.Bxf8 Kxf8=) and now what do you play? Can you see it to mate?

Hartlaub - Eisele [C42] Freiberg, 1889 finished with 8.Nxe5! Bc5 8...fxe5?? 9.Qh5+ Kf8 10.Qf7# 9.Qh5+ Ke7 10.Qf7+ Kd6 11.Qd5+ Ke7 12.Ng6+ hxg6 13.Rae1+ Kf8 14.Qf7#


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