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Puzzle: In this game against the nine-times Irish champion John O’Hanlon, played in the Nice tournament of 1930, Duchamp (Black) has a choice of two apparently crushing Knight moves: either 30…Nxf3+ or 30…Nd3+ Which is correct?
Solution: The one Duchamp played: Nd3+! After 31.Rxd3 Rxe2+ 32.Bxe2 Qg1++ is a startlingly abrupt checkmate, so Black had to give up his Queen with 32.Qxe2 but after Rxe2+ 33.Bxe2 Ke5 34.Rd4 Qc5 he resigned. If Duchamp had played the tempting 30…Nxf3+ then after 31.Rxf3 Rxe2+ 32.Bxe2, the would-be killer Qg1+ is confounded by 33.Rf1.

Puzzle: In this game against the nine-times Irish champion John O’Hanlon, played in the Nice tournament of 1930, Duchamp (Black) has a choice of two apparently crushing Knight moves: either 30…Nxf3+ or 30…Nd3+ Which is correct?

Solution: The one Duchamp played: Nd3+! After 31.Rxd3 Rxe2+ 32.Bxe2 Qg1++ is a startlingly abrupt checkmate, so Black had to give up his Queen with 32.Qxe2 but after Rxe2+ 33.Bxe2 Ke5 34.Rd4 Qc5 he resigned. If Duchamp had played the tempting 30…Nxf3+ then after 31.Rxf3 Rxe2+ 32.Bxe2, the would-be killer Qg1+ is confounded by 33.Rf1.

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