Newsletter Issue #69 Tactics Time 
Dutch Oven

There are only two things I can't stand in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures... and the Dutch. -Nigel Powers, "Austin Powers in Goldmember"


tactics position 69
 
 
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his is a game that was sent to me by my friend Shannon Fox, that he played on ICC.
 
   In the position on the right it is White to move
 
   Answer below.
 
   This position was featured in the October 2010 Tactics Time column (http://tacticstime.com/?p=421) in the Colorado Chess Informant.
 
   I also recently saw a Youtube video with the title "OMG! like.. best Dutch trap everrrrr - a chess miniature" (http://youtu.be/nB4uxh8LTJQ) that features an exact version of this game.  Some of the comments to the video are quite funny.
 
   I am a big fan of chess miniatures and chess "traps".  Most of these openings boil down to unexpected or uncommon openings or piece developments.  Remember to always be on the lookout for tactics, even in the opening!
 
   I do not have all of the game information for this game, so I am using "N.N." for the white player, which is a standard in chess literature.  I recently learned the meaning of this.
 
   From Wikipedia:
 
   Nomen nescio, abbreviated to N.N., is used to signify an anonymous or non-specific person. From Latin nomen, name, and nescire, not to know, be ignorant of. Together, I do not know the name.

   N. N. is commonly used in the scoring of chess games, not only when one participant's name is genuinely unknown but when an untitled player faces a master, as in a simultaneous exhibition.
 
   Here is the complete game:
 
[Event "ICC Blitz Game"]
[Date "2010.??.??"]
[White "N.N."]
[Black "blacktop"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2023"]
[BlackElo "1700"]
[PlyCount "13"]

1. d4 f5 2. h3 Nf6 3. g4 fxg4 4. hxg4 Nxg4 5. Qd3 Nf6 6. Rxh7 Rxh7 7. Qg6# 1-0
 
 
   You can play through this game here: http://tacticstime.com/?page_id=2108.
 
 
   Answer:
 
   6. Rxh7! is a clever move which takes away the defender of the g6 square, and attacks the black rook on h8 at the same time.  Black cannot defend the rook on h8, and prevent mate with Qg6# at the same time.  
 
 
   Happy Tactics!
 
   Your Friend,
  Tim
 

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