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A man surprised is half beaten. - Proverb

This game is interesting because of the way Legal mated his opponent. This way of mating has since become known as Legal's Mate.

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Legal"]
[Black "Saint-Brie"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bc4 Nc6 4. Nc3 Bg4

Legal vs Saint-Brie

{It is reputed that Legal touched his Knight on f3 and then immediately took his hand away. He was reminded of the 'touch-move' rule and after pondering for some time played:}

5. Nxe5 Bxd1??

{Better is 5...Nxe5 which leaves black a piece up.}

6. Bxf7+ Ke7 7. Nd5# 1-0

{Nobody knows today whether Legal did in fact make a mistake by touching his Knight or whether he really intended to trap his opponent!}

Final position


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