Try this, Composed by A. Wotawa in 1935 White to play mates in 5 moves.
Not too hard once you see the idea. I’ll give you a wee clue.
I was asked how I find the games from RHP that I use when showing tactics.
It is pretty easy really. Let’s say I am looking for Smothered Knight Mates.
The Philidor Legacy. How many have been played, how many are missed.
Just to be sure we all know what we are talking about.
This is the end to rigidwithfear - texasnurse RHP 2020
When can go over it slower and at the same time pick up an instructive position.
I used this for one of the juniors I help teach who is good but moves far too fast.
‘What do you do here’ I asked. and quick as a flash he banged out.
1. Qe6+ Kh8 2. Nf7+ Kg8 3. Nh6+ Kh8 4. Qg8+ Rxg8 5. Nf7 mate.
I said good, a mate in 5. What about the mate in two from the original position..
1.Qd5+ Kh8 (1...Kf8 2.Qf7 mate) 2.Qxa8 mate.
‘Oh!’ and then I pointed out the mate in 4 moves. 1.Qe6+ Kh8 2.Nf7+ Kg8 3.Nd8+
Mate next move. ‘Oh!,’ ‘Slow down and look at the board before moving.’
How do I find and select the games? I use Chessbase 8. It is up to something
like Mk 12 now but I see no reason to upgrade as Mk 8 works fine for me.
First I instruct my RHP database to look for this position.
And then using the ‘or board’ feature I tell it to also look for.
So I have it looking for the pattern with the Queen on a2, b3,c4 or d5.
I then let it run through the database and it presented me with 532 positions.
Then I sort them into White wins, draws and losses. With this I found games
where White has missed the Smothered Mate and took a perpetual instead.
Iron Duke - blacksnow RHP 2011
Instead of playing 27.Qg8+ Rxg8 28. Nf7 mate White carried on checking Nf7+ etc.
I also reversed the search looking for Black positions it found 427.
jocsjunior - Indosmart RHP 2008
Black can mate with 27...Qg1+ but missed it and took the Nf2+ Perpetual instead.
There are more examples of Black missing this mate than White. I wonder if that is
pattern recognition playing tricks because everytime I have seen this given in a book
it is always from the White side. I’m sure that cannot be the case but you never know.
Or it could be the number 27 (!) the last two misses happened on move 27. Here is another.
LimpZealot - abattia RHP 2011
Black played 27...Nf4 and went onto lose.
This next missed mate possibly happened because two piece can take on g1.
Dav Kasparov - atmatm RHP 2019
Looking at the White losses I discovered. DoctorD1 - DimitriMerritt RHP 2013
White did not mate with 25.Qg8+ etc. but played 28.Qg3 Ne2+ 0-1.
This mistake has happened a few times. White gets carried away with the idea,
Blanca - sameeh RHP 2014
White played 19 Qg8+ and 19...Rxg8 20.Nf7 is mate. But 19....Nxg8 was played 0-1.
An infamous RHP example of is Thread 188216
We have already met rigidwithfear - texasnurse above, let us see the whole game.
Surprised texasnurse missed this because they have actually played this idea before.
texasnurse - dinc168 RHP 2017
It went 29.Qg8+ Rxg8 30.Nf7 mate. But there again not too surprised as playing multiple
games at once can, as we have just seen, cause silly blunders (25.b5) and things to be
learned will just not sink in like they do when you are playing an over the board game.
Sometimes when I am looking for something else I stumble across an instructive game.
We can place this one in the very large folder about bringing the Queen out too early.
faiscafosforo - magicbronson RHP 2011
The solution to A. Wotawa Study.
White to play and mate in 5 moves.
The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 188329
I have decided to leave the comments off as I have no way other than keep coming
back here to see if any have been made. Any corrections etc just use the above link.