Checkmate in Seven

Earlier this week I won a correspondence chess game played at Scheming Mind Chess Club by checkmating the Black King in seven moves.

We were playing under Chess 480 rules with the starting position of the pieces as seen in the graphic below.

One of the very first things I do when playing any 480 or 960 game is look for any weak, undefended pawns. On the board my opponent and I were assigned, the pawns on my e2 and his e7 were undefended. So while Black was occupied by developing his Bishops, I captured his e7 pawn with my Knight, checkmating his King.

The move record and board at the end of this very quick game are shown below:

1. c4 f6 2. d4 c5 3. Bc3 Bf7 4. Ne3 Bd6 5. d5 b6 6. Nf5 Be5 7. Nxe7#
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A Win With Black

1. e4 e5 2. d4 d5 3. dxe5 Be6 4. Na3 a6 5. c4 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Bxd2+ 7. Qxd2 c6 8. Bd3 Ne7 9. Nf3 O-O 10. Nd4 Bd7 11. Nf5 Nxf5 12. exf5 f6 13. e6 Bc8 14. O-O dxc4 15. Bxc4 Qe7 16. Qf4 h6 17. Rfd1 b5 18. Qd6 Re8
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This afternoon I won a Correspondence Chess Club tournament game playing Black when White resigned after my 18…Re8. No, I wasn’t anywhere close to checkmating his King. Heck, I had absolutely no offensive stance at this point. But my defensive position was so strong that White couldn’t launch an attack against me without risking significant loss. So, rather than suffer through what promised to be bloody end to our middle game, he chose to give me the victory by resigning.

Our full move record and final position of the pieces are above.

Two New Chess Tourneys

Replacing the NFL, NBA and ESPN has been easy for me. Rather than subject myself to the onslaught of political propaganda disguised as professional sports by athletes, coaches, team and league owners, and broadcasters I’ve decided to spend less time with them and much more time on the one sport I still actively play: correspondence chess (cc).

Yesterday I signed up for two new cc tournaments at Scheming Mind, the correspondence chess club where I’ve played most of my games for the past decade and a half. My newly assigned matches in the September 960 and the 10 Under 2000 brings my game load up from the five I’m still playing in the Fooled by Randomness and the 2017 Standard Chess Dropout Tournament to 30 games now being played simultaneously. And the time spent on this, boys and girls, will leave no time whatsoever for me to waste on the fools in the NFL and the NBA nor the idiots on ESPN.

HA!
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Checkmate at 26. Nf7

I’ve actually been playing a fair amount of correspondence chess lately. Here is a club toutnament game I won on Sunday with my 26th move, catching the Black King in a Knight, Knight, Queen, Bishop combination checkmate.

1. Nf3 d6 2. d4 Bf5 3. Nc3 c6 4. e4 Bg4 5. Be2 Be6 6. d5 cxd5 7. exd5 Bd7 8. O-O Qb6 9. b3 e6 10. Be3 Qb4 11. Qd2 Nf6 12. a3 Qg4 13. Ng5 Qf5 14. dxe6 fxe6 15. a4 h6 16. Bd3 Qa5 17. Bg6+ Ke7 18. Nf7 d5 19. Nxh8 Ng4 20. Bd4 Nc6 21. Bh5 e5 22. Bxe5 Ncxe5 23. Nxd5+ Ke6 24. Qxa5 Nc6 25. Bxg4+ Kd6 26. Nf7#
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Checkmate in Seven

In one of the quickest club-based Correspondence Chess games I’ve ever played, I checkmated the opposing Black King a few days ago with my White Queen on the seventh move.

The final board position of the game is above, at the top of this post, and the move record follows:

1. Nf3 f6 2. d4 Nc6 3. Nc3 a6 4. e4 g5 5. d5 Ne5 6. Nxe5 fxe5 7. Qh5#
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Four Piece Combination Checkmate

The Bishop pair, a Rook, and a Knight were all involved in my checkmate of the Black King in this Fischer Random correspondence game recently concluded. As this was played under Fischer Random rules, the major pieces at the opening are positioned differently than in a standard game. This game’s opening board is displayed before the move record here, and the position of pieces at game’s end is shown after.

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1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 g6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. O-O-O f5 5. d4 exd4 6. Nd5 fxe4 7. Nd2 Qd6 8. Nxc7 Kxc7 9. g3 Nf6 10. b3 Ng4 11. Nc4 Qc5 12. Bxe4 Nxh2 13. Qh3 Qh5 14. Qxh5 gxh5 15. f3 d5 16. Bxd5 Rxe1 17. Rxe1 Nb4 18. Re7+ Kd8 19. Rxh7 b5 20. Rxh8+ Kc7 21. Rh7+ Kc8 22. Be6+ Kd8 23. Bxd4 Bxf3 24. Bf6+ Ke8 25. Nd6+ Kf8 26. Be7#
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