Saturday, November 7, 2015

Chess Log: What?!

5-0 blitz, I played White:

1. e4 c5 2. ♘f3 ♘c6 3. d4 ♕b6 4. d5 ♘b8 5. b3 d6 6. ♗e3 g6 7. ♘bd2 ♘d7 8. ♘c4 ♕c7 9. ♗f4 ♗g7 10. e5 ♘xe5 11. ♘cxe5 dxe5 12. ♗g3 ♕a5 13. ♘d2 e4 14. ♗e2 ♗xa1 15. ♕xa1 ♘f6 16. c3 O-O 17. ♘c4 ♕d8 18. O-O b5 19. ♘e5 a6 20. ♖d1 ♗b7 21. c4 b4 22. ♘c6 ♗xc6 23. dxc6 ♕c8 24. c7 ♖a7 25. ♕e5 ♖e8 26. ♕xc5 ♘h5 27. ♕xa7 ♘xg3 28. fxg3 e5 29. c5 ♖e7 30. ♖d8 1-0 {Black resigns}

Black's strongest move would have been to move the King and allow White to capture the Black Queen, and continue on with 1 Rook and 7 Pawns against White's Queen, 1 Rook, 1 Bishop and 7 Pawns. If Black captures the Rook, White re-takes with the Pawn, gets a 2nd Queen and takes Black's Rook as well, leaving Black with no pieces and 7 Pawns against White's 2 Queens, 1 Bishop and 6 Pawns.

I'm used to playing opponents rated hundreds of points higher than I and being stunned by the finish. But up until now it was always the higher-rated opponent who provided the stunning finish. Honestly, I cannot account for how I did this. I'm stunned.

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