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  1. Standard member vivify
    rain
    25 Oct '13 15:46
    Most GMs resign before the checkmate can be delivered. Are there any games where checkmate was actually achieved in a GM or even IM game?
  2. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    25 Oct '13 16:30
    Originally posted by vivify
    Most GMs resign before the checkmate can be delivered. Are there any games where checkmate was actually achieved in a GM or even IM game?
    I've seen plenty, but they usually either came from a time scramble where it was "all of a sudden", or because the losing player thought it was pretty and played it out to be sporting.

    Stand by for a Greenpawn34 blog with a pretty one with a neat backstory, I'm sure.
  3. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    25 Oct '13 16:30
    Originally posted by vivify
    Most GMs resign before the checkmate can be delivered. Are there any games where checkmate was actually achieved in a GM or even IM game?
    Kramnik got mated by Deep Fritz.

    Donald Byrne got mated by Bobby Fischer in the "Game of the Century".

    http://en.chessbase.com/portals/4/files/news/2006/games/vkdf_02.htm
    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1008361
  4. 25 Oct '13 18:20
    Whilst not quite a GM, I always allow my opponents to checkmate me if it's a quick one. i.e. I won't carry on when it's king and queen vs king just to make sure they know how to do it, but if I missed a forced mate in three then I'll play it out. I know how satisfying it is to checkmate your opponent and if they were clever enough to find a mate which I missed then they deserve the bonus of getting to say "checkmate".

    Kramnik's loss to Deep Fritz was highly unusual in that he hadn't actually seen the mate in one! I think he started to wonder off the stage to stretch his legs and had to be called back to be told that the game was over.
  5. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    25 Oct '13 18:54
    Originally posted by Fat Lady
    Whilst not quite a GM, I always allow my opponents to checkmate me if it's a quick one. i.e. I won't carry on when it's king and queen vs king just to make sure they know how to do it, but if I missed a forced mate in three then I'll play it out. I know how satisfying it is to checkmate your opponent and if they were clever enough to find a mate which I mis ...[text shortened]... r off the stage to stretch his legs and had to be called back to be told that the game was over.
    I fell prey to an illegal move in my last tournament, and felt like an idiot the next day, but I feel better after being reminded of this. To err is human.
  6. Subscriber Ragwort
    Ex Duris Gloria
    25 Oct '13 19:00 / 1 edit
    This inspirational master level game from the 2004 Olympiad was responsible for me having a go with the Elephant Gambit myself. Mate in 24 moves...

    IM Tadej Sakelsek vs FM Dr Philip Corbin

  7. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    25 Oct '13 19:18
    Originally posted by Ragwort
    This inspirational master level game from the 2004 Olympiad was responsible for me having a go with the Elephant Gambit myself. Mate in 24 moves...

    IM Tadej Sakelsek vs FM Dr Philip Corbin

    [pgn]

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 Bd6 4. d4 e4 5. Ne5 Nf6 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8. Nxc6 Qb6 9. c4 Nxc6 10. d5 O-O 11. Bxc6 Ng4 12. Qe2 f5 13. Bxa8 f4 14. f3 Ne ...[text shortened]... Qd4+ 19. Kc2 Nxf3 20. Rd1 Bxe4+ 21. Kb3 Rb8 22. Bc6 Bd2+ 23. Bb5 Rxb5+ 24. cxb5 Qb4# 0-1
    [/pgn]
    If there was a video of this game, it would have BAM! and POW! interspersed in it like the old Batman TV show of the 60's. I actually caught myself saying those words under my breath as I played through the game.
  8. 25 Oct '13 22:25
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    If there was a video of this game, it would have BAM! and POW! interspersed in it like the old Batman TV show of the 60's. I actually caught myself saying those words under my breath as I played through the game.
    That's a good description of the game Paul
  9. 26 Oct '13 15:57
    "Stand by for a Greenpawn34 blog with a pretty one with a neat backstory, I'm sure"

    A challenge!

    OK I'll see what I can do though most of the famous one have been
    very well covered. I'll come up with something.
  10. 30 Oct '13 09:48
    Originally posted by Ragwort
    This inspirational master level game from the 2004 Olympiad was responsible for me having a go with the Elephant Gambit myself. Mate in 24 moves...

    IM Tadej Sakelsek vs FM Dr Philip Corbin

    [pgn]

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 Bd6 4. d4 e4 5. Ne5 Nf6 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8. Nxc6 Qb6 9. c4 Nxc6 10. d5 O-O 11. Bxc6 Ng4 12. Qe2 f5 13. Bxa8 f4 14. f3 Ne ...[text shortened]... Qd4+ 19. Kc2 Nxf3 20. Rd1 Bxe4+ 21. Kb3 Rb8 22. Bc6 Bd2+ 23. Bb5 Rxb5+ 24. cxb5 Qb4# 0-1
    [/pgn]
    Nice