This Is Koltanowski’s Famous “Opera Mate”

Here is a famous chess miniature played by Belgian-born American chess player and writer Georges Koltanowski! In this 15 move chess miniature Koltanowski punishes his opponent for grabbing a pawn instead of thinking about the safety of his own king and development! With a brilliant queen sacrifice Koltanowski activates his bishop and the rook and announces an opera mate! The checkmate is named after its implementation by Paul Morphy in 1858 at a game at the Paris opera against Duke Karl of Brunswick and Count Isouard.
Georges Koltanowski vs Arthur Dunkelblum
Antwerp (1923), Antwerp BEL
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Bd3 Qxd4 6. Nf3 Qd8 7. Qe2 Nf6 8.Nxf6+ gxf6 9. Bxf5 Qa5+ 10. Bd2 Qxf5 11. O-O-O Qe6 12. Qd3 Qxa2 13. Qd8+ Kxd8 14. Ba5+ Kc8 15. Rd8#
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