A Fischer Random Win – you can start hating me now.

Okay, this is an experiment to see if I can save my chess games as animated gif files and post them on the blog. This is a correspondence club game I won last week.

Note the unorthodox opening position of the pieces. That makes it a FRC (Fischer Random Chess) game. Other than that, the game is played with standard rules. We each started with 30 days on our game clocks, and we gained an extra day with each move we made. That’s pretty standard for correspondence play in the club where this game was played.

Yes, I won by Queen-King checkmate with the white pieces.

If past performance is any guide, folks start hating me when I start posting my chess games. Ha! Now that I can post them in this animated format, they’ll probably be appearing here rather frequently. Ha! 🙂

Another Win With White

As has been the case for the past many years, I have several correspondence games in progress at any one time. Depending on the time controls being used, each game can take days, weeks, or even months to play.

These days I restrict my play to Fischer Random Chess which is played with the standard rules and unorthodox starting positions of the major pieces.

This is a game I won a few days ago playing White when my opponent with the Black pieces resigned after my 32nd move. The opening board we were assigned, our complete move record, and position of pieces at game’s end are below:
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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.