Quick, Bloody Little Game

SchemingMind.com   Internet Correspondence Chess Club Over the past few weeks I’ve been changing the way I approach my chess. I’ve always been primarily, and exclusively for the past couple of decades, a CC (Correspondence Chess) player. Now I’m devoting time to studying master class games again, and I’m playing live chess at slower time controls – similar time controls to those I’ll face when (and if) I return to OTB (Over The Board) tournament play. And that possible return to OTB tournament play is something I’m thinking about. If I can lift my rating high enough playing live online, then maybe, just maybe… I think it’d be such a hoot if I could start winning some serious games as old as I am.

At any rate, pictured above is the final board position of a CC game I won this morning when Black resigned after my 22nd White move. No, this Knight-Rook-Queen combination check wasn’t quite mate. But after Black’s 22…Kd8 (his only safe move) I’d have taken his Queen, and that would have given me a material advantage he didn’t want to face.

The full move record of our quick and bloody little game: 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 d5 3. g3 e6 4. a3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O b6 7. Re1 c5 8. c4 Bb7 9. cxd5 Bxd5 10. Ne5 Bxg2 11. Kxg2 Qd5+ 12. e4 Nxe4 13. Nf3 f5 14. Nc3 Nxc3 15. bxc3 g5 16. Kg1 Nc6 17. Bxg5 Bxg5 18. Nxg5 f4 19. Nxe6 fxg3 20. Qg4+ Kf7 21. Qg7+ Ke8 22. Nc7+

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  1. He was quite right to have resigned. Not only do you have the piece advantage, but your pawn structure and those two Rooks in the King’s row would have defended the King against any offensive push black could have mounted. I’ll save this one and incorporate it into an upcoming chess lesson for young Danny. Keep ’em coming, Roscoe, you never know what impact you might have on a complete stranger’s life.

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