Double knight promotion: Dixon -- A. Page :)

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  • Double knight promotion: Dixon -- A. Page :)

    I had a double knight promotion over Thanksgiving weekend! Enjoy! :)
    From the game Dixon -- A. Page, Kingston, Oct. 10, 2015:
    W: Kg1, Qe3, Rf1, Bg2, Be7, a3, d6, e5, f5, h3;
    B: Kg8, Qa5, Rb8, Re8, Bg7, a6, b5, g6, h7.
    White to play, Black is up the Exchange for a pawn, White with a strong attack.
    35.f6! Bf8 (35...Bxf6 36.Bd5+ Kg7 (or Kh8) 37.Bxf6#) 36.f7+ Kg7 37.fxe8=N+ (first knight promotion) Rxe8 38.Bd5+ Re6 (other moves lose faster) 39.Qa7+ Ke8 40.d7+ Kf7 41.d8=N++ Ke8 42.Qf7# 1-0.

  • #2
    Re: Double knight promotion: Dixon -- A. Page :)

    Very nice, Frank. I wonder how many times a double minor piece promotion has occurred in serious games?
    "We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." - Aesop
    "Only the dead have seen the end of war." - Plato
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    • #3
      Re: Double knight promotion: Dixon -- A. Page :)

      Thanks. In 50 years of chess, I haven't either had a game like this, nor have I seen one. :)

      There is a Dutch Master who specializes in collecting and publishing games with rare occurrences. Can't think of his name right now. He might like this one!


      • #4
        Re: Double knight promotion: Dixon -- A. Page :)

        This would seem to be the position before White makes his 35th move in F.Dixon-A.Page:

        If so, then if deductions I've made are correct then the (still distinguished) game continuation (i.e. main line) would seem to have actually gone:

        35.f6 Bf8 36.f7+ Kg7 37.fxe8N+ Rxe8 and now 38.Bf6+ (rather than immediately 38.Bd5+ etc. as given in Frank's original post) 38...Kf7 39.Bd5+ Re6 40.Qa7+ Ke8 41.d7+ Kf7 42.d8N+ Ke8 43.Qf7# 1-0.

        [edit: Looking at the corrected main line without using a board, 41.Bc6 would seem to be a mate in one. Only a minor point, considering this is from a game and not from a chess problem.]
        Last edited by Kevin Pacey; Wednesday, 14th October, 2015, 08:46 PM.
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        • #5
          Re: Double knight promotion: Dixon -- A. Page :)

          The Dutch master is Tim Krabbé. Here is his Web site:


          • #6
            Re: Double knight promotion: Dixon -- A. Page :)

            Yes, Kevin is correct. I had inadvertently left out a move-pair, and Kevin has deduced the correct sequence! Thank you very much!

            And thank you to Hugh for supplying the Dutch Master's name; I knew that but had forgotten!


            • #7
              Re: Double knight promotion: Dixon -- A. Page :)

              I visited Tim Krabbe's website, which is amazing! :) He has one game there with the same set of tactics: double knight promotion. And dozens of other extraordinary feats and tasty bits of chess knowledge!

              Here is the full text of my game:
              Frank Dixon -- Andrew Page
              Kingston, Oct. 10, 2015
              Sicilian, Closed, B24
              1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 d6 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.d3 a6 6.f4 Qb6 7.Nf3 Bg4 8.h3 Bd7 9.Nd5 Nxd5 10.exd5 Nd4 11.c3 Nf5 12.g4 Nh6 13.Qe2 Ng8 14.Be3 Nf6 15.c4 Qb4+ 16.Kf2 g6 17.a3 Qb6 18.b4 Bg7 19.bxc5 dxc5 20.Rab1 Qc7 21.Ne5 Bc8 22.d4 cxd4 23.Bxd4 0-0 24.Rhf1 Nd7 25.Kg1 Nxe5 26.fxe5 Qa5 27.Rb3 Qa4 28.Rbf3 b5 29.Bc5 f5 30.Bxe7 Re8 31.d6 Be6 32.gxf5 Bxc4 33.Qe3 Bxf1 34.Rxf1 Rab8 35.f6 Bf8 36.f7+ Kg7 37.fxe8=N+ Rxe8 38.Bf6+ Kf7 39.Bd5+ Re6 40.Qa7+ Ke8 41.d7+ Kf7 42.d8=N++ Ke8 43.Qf7# 1-0.

              And, yes, Kevin, you are right! I did miss a mate in one with 41.Bc6#.