April 2004 Tactics Time: Smothered Mate

April 2004 was an exciting time for chess in Colorado, because we had just completed the
“Edward Levy Memorial” tournament, which was a huge Bill Goichberg Continental Chess Association tournament with hundreds of people, including top GMs, and thousands of dollars in prizes.

Unfortunately for Colorado, the tournament was not a financial success, and was cancelled after two years.

After the tournament was over I corresponded with IM John Donaldson, who sent me a bunch of games that he had entered into chessbase, and also submitted to TWIC (The Week in Chess).

A couple of those games made it into this issue of Tactics time.

There are a couple of really great ones in here – pinned pieces, interferance, removing the defender, and even a smothered mate!


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