Thursday, December 02, 2010


When the mate is legal

The Legal's mate has many versions with the typical of giving up a Queen and delivering the checkmate on opponent's King by using the combination of 2 knights and one Bishop. This trap is also known as the Blackburne trap and Legal's Pseudo Sacrifice. Both names were dedicated to the 2 ancient chess masters, Sire de Legal (French player -1702-1792) and Joseph Henry Blackburne (British master - 1841-1924).

Below is the original Legal's mate being executed

In the recent paralimpiad, Amir Samsudin of KL, unexpectedly caused his opponent Awalludin Taibon of Negeri Sembilan to succumbed into this trap (though by inserting a little 'act' which I did not recommend at all).

[Event "Paralimpiad, UiTM Lendu"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.11.25"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Amir Samsudin KL"]
[Black "Awalludin Taibon N9"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C61"]
[PlyCount "15"]
[SourceDate "2010.11.26"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nd4 4. Bc4 d6 5. Nc3 Bg4 6. Nxe5 ??
(6. h3 ! is safer Bh5 (6... Bxf3 7. gxf3) (6... Nxf3+ 7. gxf3 Bh5) 7. Nxe5 dxe5! 8.
Qxh5 Qe7 (8... Nxc2+ $4 9. Kd1 Qe7 10. Kxc2 {wins a piece}))

6... Bxd1 ??
(6...dxe5 7. Qxg4 Nxc2+ 8. Kd1 Nxa1 $19)

7. Bxf7+ Ke7 8. Nd5# {Another version of legal's mate} 1-0

This victory also reminds me about the victory of a Philipino against our player back in Manila 2005

One needs to know this typical of Legal's mate and their families and siblings as not only to execute them on others but also not to fall on them.

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