I am looking for a chess game and frankly, I really know very little about it. I remember seeing it somewhere on the Internet.

The game goes something like this. A player (either White or Black) sacrifices their most important piece, probably the queen. This starts a continuous checking sequence. Check is continuously repeated 10-11 times with the opponent's king always having to play a forced move. The opponent's king is forced to move from their rank to the last one. Then the attacking player moves their king to expose the attack of a rook already there, checkmating the opponent.

I know this is near to no information. I have searched the Internet and this site to find this game. But, as I do not have any concrete information, I am not able to find it.

Can you please help me?


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I believe that the game you speak of is the extremely famous Lasker-Thomas match in which Lasker forces Black to accept his queen "sacrifice" on move 11. It is followed by a king hunt in which Black's king is forced to the last rank by White, who then finishes the game with the king giving a discovered check from the unmoved a8 rook. The game is notable because White could have chosen the exemplary move 18. 0-0-0#, which is exemplary because castling while also delivering checkmate has been a rare achievement in chess history, but Lasker instead chose the more mundane, in my opinion at the least, 18. Kd2#.

The checking sequence isn't quite 10-11 moves long, but otherwise it fits the bill perfectly, especially with the particular mating move that you described.

[Title "Edward Lasker-George Alan Thomas, London England, 10/29/1912"]
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1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Bxf6 Bxf6 6. e4 fxe4 7. Nxe4 b6 8. Ne5 O-O 9. Bd3 Bb7 10. Qh5 Qe7 11. Qxh7+ Kxh7 12. Nxf6+ Kh6 13. Neg4+ Kg5 14. h4+ Kf4 15. g3+ Kf3 16. Be2+ Kg2 17. Rh2+ Kg1 18. Kd2#
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    Yes this is 100% the game OP was trying to remember. OP - you think you gave "near to no information," but actually you did an extremely good job giving the exact info one would need to find this game! Be sure to accept this answer by clicking the checkmark next to it. Jul 20, 2020 at 19:35
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    If you could actually find the game OP was looking for only with that information, you are a genius!
    – David
    Jul 20, 2020 at 22:58
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    @bof This was Lasker's explanation: "Instead of checkmating with Kd2 I could have done it by castling, which would perhaps have been more spectacular, as no player has ever been mated that way before, as far as I know. I actually considered castling, but the efficiency-minded engineer got the better of it and I played Kd2 which required moving only one piece." Jul 21, 2020 at 8:57
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    I would think that checkmating with a piece which has never moved is far from mundane. I prefer Lasker's move. He skipped the obvious mating move in preference of a more subtle one. Jul 21, 2020 at 14:37
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    @JohnColeman I seem to remember a few situations where Rf1 or Rd1 delivered mate on their respective files, making castling also winning. I have never heard of a mate delivered by a piece that has not moved aside from this game. It's quite possible this is more rare than 0-0#. Aug 29, 2020 at 22:31

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