**Every chess player enjoys a king-hunt, esp. when he is the one who is doing the hunting.**

**For those who are unfamiliar with this term, here is a short definition : A king hunt occurs when a king is driven from a defended position to another part of the board where he may be mated.**

**Here are some of my favorites. The second one is well-known, while the others are not (but maybe should be).**

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**Greco-N.N.**

**Italy, 1620**

**1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.Bxf7+ **(The Lolli Gambit. It is rarely seen because Black can defend this aggressive and early attack. Still, it might make a good choice in a blitz game or two!)** 5…Kxf7 6.Ne5+ Ke6 7.Qxg4+ Kxe5 8.Qf5+ Kd6 9.d4 Bg7 10.Bxf4+ Ke7 11.Bg5+ Bf6 12.e5 Bxg5 13.Qxg5+ Ke8 14.Qh5+ Ke7 15.O-O Qe8 16.Qg5+ Ke6**

**17.Rf6+ Nxf6 18.Qxf6+ Kd5 19.Nc3+ Kxd4 20.Qf4+ Kc5 21.b4+ Kc6 22.Qc4+ Kb6 23.Na4mate 1-0**

**Edward Lasker-George Alan Thomas**

**Casual Game**

**London, Oct. 29 1912**

**1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Bxf6 Bxf6 6.e4 fxe4 7.Nxe4 b6!? **(This move seems slow. Probably best is the immediate 7…O-O. Monti-Idili, corres., Italy, 1972 continued with 8.Ne5 Nc6 9.Bd3 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Bxe5 11.Qh5 Rf5 12.Qh3 Bxb2 13.Rb1 Bd4 14.g4 Rf8 15.Nd6 cxd6 16.Bxh7+ Kf7 17.Rb3 Qg5 18.f4 Qh6 19.Qd3 b6 20.g5 Qh4+ 21.Ke2 Ke7 22.Qxd4 Qxh7 23.Rd3 d5 24.h4 Ba6 25.g6 Bxd3+ 26.cxd3 Qxg6 27.Rg1 Qf6 0-1. Back to the game.)** 8.Ne5 O-O 9.Bd3 Bb7 10.Qh5 Qe7? **[The text move is an error. Best is 10…Bxe5 11.Nd2 g6 12.Qxe5 Nc6 13.Qg3 Nb4 14.Bxg6 hxg6= (Stockfish).]

**11.Qxh7+!! Kxh7 **(11…Kg8? 13.Ng6# wins on the spot!.)** 12.Nxf6+ Kh6 13.Neg4+ Kg5 14.h4+ Kf4 15.g3+ Kf3 16.Be2+ Kg2 17.Rh2+ Kg1 18.Kd2mate 1-0 **(12.O-O-O# is also possible.)

**Blackburne-N.N.**

**10 Board Blindfold Simul**

**Kidderminster, England, May 15 1863**

**1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 d6 5.Nxc3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Ne5 7.Nxe5 dxe5 8.Bxf7+ Ke7 9.Bg5+ Nf6 10.Qh5 c6 11.Rd1 Qa5 12.f4 Qc5 13.fxe5 Qxe5 14.O-O h6 15.Be8 Be6**

**16.Rxf6! gxf6 17.Rd7+ Bxd7 18.Qf7+ Kd6 19.Qxd7+ Kc5 20.Be3+ Kb4 21.Qxb7+ Ka5 22.b4+ Bxb4 23.Bb6+ axb6 24.Qxa8mate 1-0 **

**Huber-Lemke**

**Essen, 1936**

**1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 **(A side variation of Alekhine’s Defence.)** 3.exd5 Nxd5 4.Bc4 Nb6 5.Bb3 c5 6.d3 Nc6 7.Nf3 e5? **(The e5-pawn will become a target. More common are 7…e6 and 7..Bf5.)** 8.O-O Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.Nxe5!! Bxd1 **(Better is 10…Nxe5, but White is winning after 11.Qxh5.)** 11.Bxf7+ Ke7 12.Bg5+ Kd6 13.Ne4+! Kxe5 14.f4+ Kd4 (14…Kf5 15.Ng3#) 15.Raxd1 Ke3 16.Rf3+ Ke2 17.Rd2+ Ke1 18.Rf1mate 1-0**

**Moser-Underwood**

**corres.**

**Canada, 1962**

**1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3 e6 4.axb4 Bxb4 5.c3 Be7 6.d4 d6 7.Nf3 Qc7 8.Bd3 Nf6 9.O-O O-O 10.e5! dxe5 11.Nxe5 Nbd7 12.f4 b5 13.c4 Bb7 14.Nc3 a6 15.Bb2 Qd6 16.Rf2 Rfe8 17.g4 Nf8 18.g5 N6d7 19.Ne4 Qc7 20.Qh5 Ng6**

**21.Nxf7! Nxf4 **(21…Kxf7 22.Qxh7 Rh8 23.Nd6+! Bxd6 24.Bxg7+ Ke7 25.Qxg7+ followed by Qxh8+.)** 22.Qxh7+! **(White now announces mate in 12 moves.)** 22…Kf8 **(22…Kxf7 23.g6+ Kf8 24.Qh8#) **23.Qh8+ Kxf7 24.g6+! Kxg6 25.Rg2+!! Nxg2 **(25…Kf5 26.Nd6+)** 26.Nd6+ Kg5 **(26…Kf6 27.Rf1+)** 27.Qxg7+ Kh4 28.Qh6+ Kg4 29.Be2+ Bf3 30.Bxf3+ Kxf3 31.Rf1+ Ke2 **(31…Kg4 32.h3+ Kg3 33.Ne4#)** 32.Rf2+ Kd1 **(32…Kd3 33.Qd2#) **33.Qc1mate 0-1**

**Josef Matschego-Ernst Falkbeer**

**Vienna, 1853**

**1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.Nc3? d6 7.Nc4 Be7**

[7…Nh5 is at least an alternate move and it might be even stronger. Do. Florea (1863)-Petra Papp (2276), Romania Women’s Team Ch., Mamaia, Sept. 8 2013 went 7…Nh5 8.Be2 Ng3 9.Rh2 h5 10.Nxf4 Be7 11.d4 Bxh4 12.Be3 Nxe2+ 13.Kxe2 g3 14.Rxh4 Qxh4 15.Qf1 c6 16.Kd2 Bg4 0-1.]

**8.d4 Nh5 9.Be2 Bxh4+ 10.Kd2 Qg5 11.Kd3 **(Avoiding a calamitous loss of material after 12…f3+. But 11.Nd5 is better.)** 11…Nc6 **(Black threatens 12…Nb4+ 13.Kd2 f3+ 14.Ne3 Bf2!) **12.a3 Bf2 13.Nd5 Bxd4 14.Nxc7+ Kd8 15.Nd5 f5 16.Nxd6 fxe4+ 17.Kc4**

**17…Qxd5+!! 18.Kxd5 Nf6+ 19.Kc4 Be6+ 20.Kb5 a6+ 21.Ka4 b5+ 22.Nxb5** (22.Bxb5 axb5+ 23.Kxb5 Ra5+ 24.Kxc6 Bd5#.)** 22…axb5+ 23.Kxb5 Ra5+ 24.Kxc6 Bd5+ 25.Kd6 Ne8mate 0-1**