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Monday, November 29, 2010

Boden's Mate

Does pattern recognition work? In the following position, known as Boden’s Mate, taken from Shulder-Boden, London 1853, Black to play wins with 14...Qxc3+ 15.bxc3 Ba3mate.

Being familiar with this classic position, when I arrived at the following position in a 10 minute game on Playchess, I took 11 seconds to find the win with 16...Qxc3 17.bxc3 Ba3+ 18.Qb2 Bxb2mate

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