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Old August 15th 04, 06:47 AM
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Default 3...f6 Philidor, knight sacs, Queens en prise, and a cute mate

It's been said often that a chess game is won by the second to last player
to make a blunder. Well, at my level, sometimes it's more accurate to say
that a chess game is won by the first player to stop repeating the same
blunder over and over.

Witness:

White: Frazier, Glenn M (FICS 1444; USCF 1166)
Black: NN (FICS 1541)
Event: FICS Standard Championships 2004 Semifinal U1800, freechess.org (2)
Date: 2004-08-11
(C41 Philidor D)

1 e4 e5
2 Nf3 d6
3 d4 f6?!

This move doesn't make sense. It loosens up the king's position while also
mucking up any plans for developing the kingside minor pieces. But can it be
punished right away?
3 ... Nf6 4 dxe5 (4 Nc3 Nbd7 5 Bc4 Be7 6 O-O O-O 7 a4 ) 4 ... Nxe4 5 Qd5 Nc5
6 Bg5 ;
3 ... Nd7 4 Bc4 c6 (4 ... Be7 5 dxe5 Nxe5 6 Nxe5 dxe5 ) 5 dxe5 dxe5 6 Ng5
Nh6 7 O-O Be7 8 Ne6 fxe6 9 Bxh6 Nb6 10 Qh5+ Kf8 11 f4 Bc5+ 12 Kh1 Kg8 13 f5
gxh6 14 fxe6 Qe7 15 Rf7 Qg5 16 Rf8+ ;
3 ... f5 4 exf5 e4 5 Ng5

4 Bc4 Ne7

4 ... g6 5 O-O Qe7 6 Qd3 was Delchev, A (2515) - Karlusic, Ma, Open, Kastel
Stari CRO (1) 1997 6 ... Nd7 7 Nc3 c6 8 a4 Nb6 9 Ba2 Be6 10 a5 Nd7 11 Bxe6
Qxe6 12 a6 b6 13 d5 cxd5 14 Nxd5 Rc8 15 Be3 Ne7 16 c4 Nc5 17 Bxc5 dxc5 18
Rfd1 Nc6? (18 ... Qd6 holds. ) 19 Nxf6+! Ke7 (19 ... Qxf6?? 20 Qd7# ) 20
Nd5+ Ke8? (20 ... Kd8 21 Ng5 Qd7 ) 21 Ng5 Qd6 22 Nf6+ Black resigned, rather
than face 22 ... Kd8 (22 ... Qxf6 23 Qd7# ; 22 ... Ke7 23 Qxd6# ) 23 Ne6+
Ke7 24 Qxd6+ ;
4 ... Qe7 5 O-O Nc6 (5 ... g6 6 Qd3 transposes to Delchev - Karlusic, above.
) 6 Nc3 was McKenzie - Ferrin, New York 1868, which ended swiftly: 6 ... Bg4
7 Nd5 Qd8 8 c3 Nge7 9 dxe5 Nxe5? (9 ... dxe5 10 h3 Bd7 ) 10 Nxe5!! Bxd1? (10
.... fxe5 11 Qxg4 Nxd5 12 Bxd5 c6 13 Qe6+ Qe7 14 Bg5 Qxe6 15 Bxe6 ) 11 Nxf6+!
gxf6 12 Bf7# ;
4 ... Nc6 5 Nh4 Bd7? 6 Qh5+ was Kupfer - Silski, Walka 1881, which also
ended quickly: 6 ... g6 7 Nxg6 Bg4? (7 ... Qb8 8 Nxh8+ Kd8 9 Qf7 Nxd4 10
Qxf8+ Be8 ) 8 Bf7+ Kxf7 9 Nxe5+ Ke6 Where the king flees makes no
difference. 10 Qf7#

5 O-O

5 dxe5! Nbc6 (5 ... fxe5? 6 Nxe5! This sac shows up again and again in this
game. How many times can two lower club players miss this same sacrifice,
over and over again? Well, once back to the game, you can count it up. 6 ...
d5 (6 ... dxe5 7 Bf7+! Kxf7 8 Qxd8 ) 7 Qf3 Be6 8 exd5 Nxd5 9 Qh5+ g6 10 Nxg6
Nf6 11 Qb5+ c6 etc. ) 6 exf6 gxf6

5 ... Bg4
6 h3 Bh5?!

6 ... Bxf3 7 Qxf3 exd4 (7 ... Ng6!? ) 8 Qh5+

7 dxe5 fxe5?

With this wrong capture, we start our count for moves made while blind to
the same pretty sacrifice., over and over and over again.
7 ... dxe5 8 Qxd8+ Kxd8 9 Rd1+ Ke8 is annoying for Black, but not
fatal...and that's the key, right?

8 Bg5?

8 Nxe5!! dxe5 (8 ... Bxd1 9 Bf7# ) 9 Qxh5+ Ng6

8 ... h6?

(8 ... Qc8 (is good; so is) ;
8 ... Bg6 )

9 Bh4?

9 Nxe5!! dxe5 (9 ... Bxd1?? 10 Bf7# ) 10 Qxh5+

9 ... Nbc6?

(9 ... Qc8 )

10 Nc3?

10 Nxe5!! Nxe5 (10 ... Bxd1?? 11 Bf7# ) 11 Qxh5+

10 ... g5
11 Bg3 Nd4

(11 ... Bg7 looks very passive, but would have prevented a world of pain for
Black. )

12 Nd5?

12 Nxe5!! Bg6! (12 ... Bxd1?? 13 Bf7# ) 13 Nxg6 Nxg6 14 Qxd4

12 ... Nxf3+?

12 ... Nxd5 13 Bxd5

13 gxf3?

13 Qxf3!! Bxf3 (13 ... Qd7! 14 Nf6+ Kd8 15 Nxh5 ) 14 Nf6#

13 ... Bf7??

13 ... Bg7 Even now, this would have given Black a good game.

14 Nf6# 1-0

I practically stumbled onto this mate. Pretty, no? I might try claiming I
intentionally ignored the knight sac opportunities because I was waiting for
something more interesting to come along, I suppose...



--
Glenn 'Mac' Frazier
USCF#12721233, FICS:'Frazier', RedHotPawn.com:'GMF'
mailto: [ my 3-letter name ] @thefraziers.org, http://mac.thefraziers.org/



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