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What was your best (or longest) combination ever?
« on: January 24, 2018, 10:09:22 pm »
Recently a post delineating proposed World Champions for various variants appeared on this site, so I thought it would be a good idea to showcase some of the best winning combinations that the World Champions have produced.

So, World Champion or not, what was your best/longest/favorite combination you have ever sprung on someone?

I'll show mine, since it is probably the sneakest/longest combination I have ever or will ever be able to produce.

1. d4 Nh6
2. g3 d5
3. Nc3 Be6
4. Nh3 c6
5. e4 dxe4
6. Bxe4 g6
7. Ae2 Bg7
8. O-O Bg4
9. f3 Bxh3

The strategic groundwork for the combination: opening up the i-file once the enemy king has castled kingside. Then, in only 2 moves, the Chancellor can deliver check: Ce8-g7-i6+ and I have seen this countless times. Because of this recurring theme, I know to hunt for it, and when you add Bxh3 ixh3 to the Chancellor sortie, it "automatically" extends your board vision by 3 solid moves. I was looking for the right condition from this point on.

10. ixh3 Af6
11. g4 and it is Black to move here.


Black to move. A move that looks like a blunder is a start of a long combination.

11...e6!!

Baiting white to skewer the Archbishop and Knight with the pawn on g4, since the Bishop at c1 protects g5.

12. g5? Ah5!

And white "falls for it," not realizing the Archbishop is the first of the three "supermajors" about to descend on white's king.

13. gxh6 Qh4!



White can now capture another piece with check, and the temptation is irresistible!

14. hxg7+ Cxg7
15. Cg1

This is the best defensive move to stop the trivial mate ...Aj3+ Kj1 Qxh3# and white was probably thinking Ci2 would be an option from the post at g1 to block any vertical checks in the i-file should they arise. The tactics underway already have overpowered such strategic thoughts.

15...Ci6+
16. Kj1 Qxj2+



The stunning game-ending combination: sacrificing the Queen to mate with Archbishop and Chancellor.

17. Kxj2 Cj4+
18. Ki1 Aj3+
19. Kj1 Axh2#


The final position. It's a killer "double check" since the Archbishop also revealed the Chancellor.

Note the material imbalance: White is ahead by a Queen and 2 Bishops while being down "only" 3 Pawns. It was a "12 pawn" sacrifice for checkmate.

« Last Edit: January 25, 2018, 10:26:32 am by GothicChessInventor »

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Re: What was your best (or longest) combination ever?
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2018, 01:01:57 pm »
I've been calling this one, "Long Walk off a Short Pier" for a while.



Obviously White isn't doing so well in terms of material, but Black just absolutely kills him when you find the mate in 9 after Nd4+.
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Re: What was your best (or longest) combination ever?
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2018, 07:54:51 pm »
I've been calling this one, "Long Walk off a Short Pier" for a while.



Obviously White isn't doing so well in terms of material, but Black just absolutely kills him when you find the mate in 9 after Nd4+.

You might want to show the readership your combination, especially those who are not familiar with the game.

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Re: What was your best (or longest) combination ever?
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2018, 09:21:20 pm »
Nice games above! Thanks for sharing! :)

I believe I'm in a long combination now in a game of Waterloo (a variant by Ivan Kosintsev who posts with a Ukranian flag). Unfortunatelly the game is still in progress, and the exchanges aren't done yet, so nobody should comment on this yet.

It's a really fun game, and I went into this with a hunch it will favor me but I don't know for sure! We are only playing about 5 moves per week on average.

42.(to be revealed)
43.(to be revealed)
44.(to be revealed)
45.(to be revealed)
46.(to be revealed)
47.(to be revealed)
48.(to be revealed)
49.(to be revealed)

(I presume most people on this forum don't know this game, but if you do - no comments yet because it is in progress now).

I'll come back later, and whether good or bad for me, I'll reveal how it ends. :) :) :)

Position at start (after 41...Ng7):
« Last Edit: February 05, 2018, 10:56:25 pm by chilipepper »
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Re: What was your best (or longest) combination ever?
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2018, 10:09:29 pm »
Unfortunatelly the game is still in progress, and the exchanges aren't done yet, so nobody should comment on this yet.

I think it is best to wait until after the game is done to post in this area. What happens if your combination missed something, for example?

Always chat with your opponent afterwards also. They may share insights and usually have a "I should have done this..." which could potentially change the "soundness" of a combination.

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Re: What was your best (or longest) combination ever?
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2018, 11:00:08 pm »
For the most part I think most people are trustworthy and since I asked no one to talk about this position, I trust that they would not. But for an abundance of caution, I removed the diagram, and hid the moves. I'll reveal them later.

We do play these games in public forums, as some are now also on these forums. It's extremelly rare when people add commentary about specific moves, and when they do it's usually novices who aren't saying anything useful. Most comments added are very general - like how crazy a game is, or that they want to see the underdog win a game in bulldog!

But still you are right, since this is a separate forum, I removed the board diagram for now. Will show the combination later.:)
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Re: What was your best (or longest) combination ever?
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2018, 12:42:35 am »
For the most part I think most people are trustworthy and since I asked no one to talk about this position, I trust that they would not.

Yeah most people are. But someone could tip off your opponent who might give the position additional scrutiny.

So that was a 10x10 variant I saw. How do they handle en passant? Just one type, like a triple-pawn-bypass, or are there two level of en passant?

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Re: What was your best (or longest) combination ever?
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2018, 02:49:45 am »
Or better, tip off me. ;)
The game (Waterloo) allows en passant capture. There are three ranks of pieces so the distance between pawns is preserved. The original game had unusual graphics, but I've adapted it to be somewhat more standard, while still honoring the rules exactly. But there are still pieces unique to this game, so the graphic will not completely describe the game. The original game description is at the link below.

This game probably represents the most complexity that I would play in any variant. Any game with more pieces, or more confusing pieces probably starts to become unnecessarily complex. :)
link to prime game description:
http://chess-checkers-go.blogspot.com/2016/12/waterloo-5th-edition.html
starting position (with adapted graphics):
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Re: What was your best (or longest) combination ever?
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2018, 12:44:01 pm »
https://i.imgur.com/4g9dHne.jpg

White to move from a Capablanca's Chess game on Jocly.com today.

Or if you need to see a diagram and not from the actual gothic chess board shown above:

https://i.imgur.com/UKTLBvh.jpg

White to move and win. Can you find the subtle move that tears black apart?

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Re: What was your best (or longest) combination ever?
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2018, 06:43:24 pm »
https://i.imgur.com/4g9dHne.jpg

White to move from a Capablanca's Chess game on Jocly.com today.

Or if you need to see a diagram and not from the actual gothic chess board shown above:

https://i.imgur.com/UKTLBvh.jpg

White to move and win. Can you find the subtle move that tears black apart?

Spoiler (hover to show)

Also, you have the Reykjavik II set from HOS? Nice.
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Re: What was your best (or longest) combination ever?
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2018, 08:07:14 pm »
Don't forget why it is named that. It is because Frank Camaratta went with me to Iceland to meet Bobby Fischer in 2006. Fischer wanted to play a Gothic Chess match against Anatoly Karpov.


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Re: What was your best (or longest) combination ever?
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2018, 11:16:15 pm »
Great article! Thanks for sharing it. I'd like to go to Iceland whether for chess or not for chess. It's like a "variant" place to visit.
(And I also like hiking, seeing mountains, and doing stuff in cold weather). :)
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