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Now I can die in peace :-)
I played the game yesterday in the Hamburg team championship.
1. d4 f5 2. h3 Nf6 3. g4 fxg4 4. hxg4 Nxg4 5. Qd3 g6 6. Nf3
Rxh7 is correct but =. Black should answer d5, despite the hole e5.
6...d6 7. Bh3 Nc6 8. Bxg4 Bxg4 9. Rxh7!?
Technically a bluff, Black can easily play 9...Rxh7 10.Qxg6+ Kd7! 11.Qxh7 Bxf3, =.
9...Bf5
But now White wins a piece with an epic problem motive.
10. Rxh8! Bxd3 11. Bh6 Kd7
Only Qd7 saves the queen. Her husband objects.
12. Rxf8 Qxf8 13. Bxf8 Bf5
Be4 is slightly better.
14. Bh6 Rh8 15. Bc1!!
Glorious return to the starting field! Have you ever seen this? I recall a study
from a joke tournament where 6(?) pieces returned to homebase, but they didn't run
around in the botanics first. Black could have resigned here.
15...e5 16. dxe5 dxe5 17. c3 Ke6 18. Na3 a6 19. b3 b5 20. Bb2
Rd8 21. Rd1 Rh8 22. Kd2 Rb8 23. Rg1 a5 24. e4 Bxe4 25. Ng5+ Kf5 26. Nxe4 Kxe4
27. Rxg6 Ne7 28. Re6 Nf5 29. c4 bxc4 30. Rxe5+ Kf4 31. Nxc4 a4 32. Kc2 axb3+
33. axb3 Rc8 34. Bc1+ Kg4 35. f3+ 1-0

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I recall a studyfrom a joke tournament where 6(?) pieces returned to homebase, but they didn't run around in the botanics first.

Probably this:

Special Prize, Humor Tourney, 2005
(= 13+13 )
White to play and win

Solution (invisible ink): 1.Rh1 Rh4 2.Sg1 Bf7 3.Ra1 axb4 4.Sb1 Be6 5.Bf1 Sc4 6.Bc1.

And there is also this problem:

M. Kirtley
1st Prize, The Problemist 1986
(= 14+6 )
s#8

Solution: 1.Sb1+ Kb3 2.Qd1+ Rc2 3.Bc1 axb6 4.Ra1 b5 5.Rh1 bxc4 6.Ke1 c3 7.Sg1 f3 8.Bf1 f2#.

I had something similar once in a game - although clearly not as spectacular.

Leck - Waffenschmidt
Hofheimer Frühjahrsopen 2017
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Sd2 dxe4 4. Sxe4 Sd7 5. Sf3 Sgf6 6. Ld3 c5 7. O-O Sxe4 8. Lxe4 Sf6 9. Ld3 cxd4 10. Sxd4 Lc5 11. Sb3 Ld6 12. h3 O-O 13. Df3 Dc7 14. c3 Ld7 15. Sd4 a6 16. Te1 Tae8 17. Lg5 Sd5 18. Te4 f5 19. Txe6 Lxe6 20. Sxe6 Txe6 21. Dxd5 Te8 22. Lxf5 Lh2+ 23. Kh1 De5 24. Lxe6+ Txe6 25. Dxe5 Txe5 26. Kxh2 Txg5 27. Td1 Tb5 28. b4 Kf7 29. a4 Tb6 30. a5 Tb5 31. f4 Ke6 32. g4 h5 33. Kg3 g6 34. Kf3 b6 35. axb6 Txb6 36. Ke4 Tb5 37. f5+ gxf5+ 38. gxf5+ Ke7 39. h4 Tb6 40. Ke5 1-0
https://old.chesstempo.com/gamedb/game/4123024

Position after 25.- Rxe5
(= 9+7 )

26. Kxh2 was alright, but instead I could have won in style here with Bc1.

@Bojan: yup, that was it. (Could swear I even saw the selfmate before...)

We all hope for such stuff, Hauke.

If you mention Kirtley's white homebase, don't forget his black one:

M. Kirtley
The Problemist 2020
(= 16+10 )

Solution can be seen and autoplayed in the PDB:

https://pdb.dieschwalbe.de/P1380091

One with an (TWO!) actual return after visiting the botanics,
you surely all know this classic (P1052293):

Gerald Frank Anderson
The Westminster Gazette 1917
(= 5+4 )

#4

Joke challenge: 2# with return to home, at most 5 pieces. (Humiliate me with 4 :-) All kinds of "cheating" allowed, this doesn't have to be a FIDE album candidate :-)

EDIT: I haven't the slightest idea to do a #4 with the solution 1.Lh6 2.L(x)f8 3.Lh6 4.Lc1# (maybe b1B as stalemate defense?!) but helpmates are sooo easy :-)

(= 2+12 )

h#3.5

https://pdb.dieschwalbe.de/P1387384

I am very surprised that the famous game by Dzindzichashvili wasn't mentioned yet. I don't remember off the top of my head who the opponent was, but Roman D. won a piece by retreating rook, knight, and bishop to a1, b1, c1. Not entirely sure about the rook, though.

EDIT: Found it. It was the other bishop that was retreated. Not the rook.
https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1039903

THX Siegfried, obviously that game wasn't famous enough when
I don't recall it :-)

@Joost: Already found that one (and related) while searching.
Again, "half of the theme" is missing (unless you argue a la mode
retro that since the game started from standard position... :-)

Also Tarrasch-Marshall 1907, see the moves 23, 24, 25 & 27 !

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1094695

Nice find, Alain! (Although it's not a combination and Stockfish insists
White is playing waffle - evaluation going from +1.5 to -0.5, the moves
being even worse as Black has no convincing plan either and keeps giving
back compliments.)

Jakob, what's so great about Bc1? It blocks wRa1, and it doesn't let the bishop reroute to anywhere else. (Stockfish prefers h4/Be3. But White is winning anyway.)

Alain, it looks like in 1978, or so, you had a look at a game (by Steinitz?) with such moves at H.d'Albret. It reminds you something ?

Jacques, I remember 1000 things at the Hotel d'Albret, but not a game of Steinitz on this theme, although it would not surprise me at all, coming from him !

I am infinitely far from Viktor Korchnoi, who was a chess genius, but I had this in common with him, which I keep after his death : I don't remember 1/100 of the games I played. And, I will add, 1/100 of the problems I solved nor 1/100 of the sentences I wrote!

But it is possible that the game you are thinking of is this Tarrasch-Marshall, which was published in "Echecs-Hebdo" !

Ok, ... I thought it was Steinitz.
Have you still a copy of these Echecs-Hebdo ?

I have the best pages, but in a friend's cellar 1000 kilometres from home !

On the other hand, you are right about Steinitz. I don't remember ever knowing Lasker-Steinitz, 9th round of Hastings 1895, at that time, but after his 18th black move, we are on topic!

(= 16+16 )

(20) Posted by Alain Villeneuve [Monday, May 30, 2022 11:32]

Here (after the 21st move) he certainly have regretted that ...Bd7-b8 was an illegal move !

(= 16+16 )