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#

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

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.

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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#