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EZBeet
13-07-2006, 03:15 PM
We've all had 'em, we've all fallen victim to 'em - let's see some of 'em :)

To start the ball rolling, here is one of my favorites -

EZBeet
13-07-2006, 03:29 PM
Event: Gold Coast Championships
Site: Robina Town Centre
Date: 2004.6.28
Round: 6
Board: 7
White: J Obst
Black: J O'Brien
White_Rating: 1891
Black_Rating: 1620
TimeControl: 3600 +10
Result: 0-1

1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Nbd2 cxd4 7. cxd4
e6 8. Qa4 Bxf3 9. Nxf3 Bb4+ 10. Bd2 Bxd2+ 11. Kxd2 Nf6 12. Bc4 Qa5+ 13.
Qxa5 Nxa5 14. Bb5+ Nc6 15. Ne5 O-O 16. Bxc6 bxc6 17. Nxc6 Rfe8 18. Rac1 Nd5 19. Rc5 g6 20. Rhc1 Kg7 21. b4 a6 22. a4 h5 23. b5 axb5 24. axb5 Ra2+ 25. R1c2 Rea8 26. Rxa2 Rxa2+ 27. Kc1 Rxf2 28. Rxd5 exd5 29. b6 Rf6!!! 30. Ne5 Rxb6 31. Kc2 f6 32. Nd3 Kf7 33. Nf4 g5 34. Nxh5
Ra6 35. Kb3 Rc6 36. Ng3 Ke6 37. Ne2 f5 38. g3 Rc7 39. h4 gxh4 40. gxh4 Rg7 41. Nf4+ Kd6 42. h5 Rg4 43. Ng6 Rg3+ 44. Kc2 Rh3 45. Kd2 Rxh5 46. Ke3 Rg5 47. Ne5 Rg1 48. Kf4 Rf1+ 49. Ke3 Re1+ 50. Kf4 Rxe5 51. dxe5+ Ke6 *


Swindle supreme, moves like 10 ...Qa5+ and 14 ...Nc6 should have lost me the game. As for 17 ...Rfe8 I grabbed the rook and was going to drop it on c8, then I saw the forks everywhere and had to settle for e8. 28 Rxe5 looks winning but 29 ...Rf6 came as a complete surprise for young Jimmy.

Kevin Bonham
14-07-2006, 02:42 AM
How many do you want? :D

Bonham - Frame, 2001 Tas Champs

I was on 2/3 and a loss would have put me almost out of contention. After this escape I won with 6.5/8.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0-0 0-0 5.d4 d5 6.Nbd2 c6 7.Re1 Nbd7 8.c3 Nb6 9.b3 Bd7 10.Ne5 Qc8 11.Nxd7 Qxd7 12.Qc2 Rfe8 13.e4 dxe4 14.Nxe4 Nxe4 15.Bxe4?! Nd5 16.Bxd5 cxd5 17.Bf4 Rac8 18.Qd3 Rc6 19.Rac1 Rec8 20.Rc2 a6 21.a4 Rb6 22.Rb1 Re6 23.Rbc1 h5 24.Qd2 Kh7 25.h4 Re4 26.Re1? Rxe1+ 27.Qxe1 Bxd4 28.Qd2 Bg7 29.Rc1 e5 30.Be3 Qc6 31.Rd1 Rd8 32.Kh2 Bf6 33.Bg5 Bxg5 34.Qxg5 f6 35.Qe3 Rc8 36.Qf3 Rd8 37.g4 hxg4 38.Qxg4 Qxc3 39.Qe6 Qc6?? 40.Qe7+ Kh6 41.Qxd8 d4 42.Qh8# 1-0

Kevin Bonham
14-07-2006, 02:52 AM
Ledger - Bonham, Tas Open 2001

I'd just lost in round 1 for the first time in my last 20-something tournaments in a massive upset. Lose this puppy and it's 0/2 for me, so what do I do? Walk into a Greek Gift, expose my king into a dead lost position, allow my opponent the option of a queen swap, and ... win the game!

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 b6 3.d4 Bb7 4.Bd3 c5 5.c3 d5 6.exd5 Bxd5 7.Qe2 cxd4 8.cxd4 Nc6 9.Be3 Nf6 10.Nc3 Be7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Nxd5 Nxd5 13.Rfd1 Bd6 14.Bxh7+! Kxh7 15.Qc2+ g6 16.Qxc6 Rc8 17.Qa4 Nxe3 18.fxe3 Kg7 19.d5 e5 20.Rac1 Bc5 21.Qe4 Qf6 22.Kh1 Rce8 23.Rd3 Qe7 24.Rdc3 f5 25.Qc2 e4 26.Nd4 Rh8 27.Ne6+ Kf7 28.Nxc5 bxc5 29.Rxc5 Qe5 30.Rc7+ Kf6 31.Qc3 Kg5 32.h3 Qg3 33.Qd2 Rh6 34.Qe1? Rxh3+ 35.gxh3? Qxh3+ 36.Kg1 Rh8 37.R1c2 Qh1+ 0-1

Kevin Bonham
14-07-2006, 03:08 AM
Bonham - Frame 2002 Tas Champs. To rub it in I got 6/6 in this.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 g6 4.Bb5+ Bd7 5.Bxd7+ Qxd7 6.0-0 Bg7 7.d4 e6 8.Nbd2 Ne7 9.Nc4 b5 10.Ne3 0-0 11.e5 cxd4 12.cxd4 dxe5 13.Nxe5 Qb7 14.N3g4 Nf5 15.Ne3 Nxe3 16.Bxe3 Nd7 17.f4 Nf6 18.Qd3 Rfd8 19.Rac1 Rac8 20.Rc3 Nd5 21.Rc5? Nxe3 22.Qxe3 Bf8 23.Rc3 b4 24.Rxc8 Rxc8 25.Rc1 Rxc1+ 26.Qxc1 Qe4 27.Nc6 Bg7?? Now it's a draw. 28.Ne7+ Kf8 29.Qc8+ Kxe7 30.Qc7+ Kf6?? Now White wins 31.Qd8+ 1-0

Kevin Bonham
14-07-2006, 03:13 AM
Brown - Bonham 2002 Launceston Weekender. Victory from extremely lost rook ending in round 4 game against co-leader. 6/6 in this one too.

1.f4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.e3 d5 4.d4 Bg7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 cxd4 7.exd4 Ne4 8.Be3 Nd7 9.Nbd2 Ndf6 10.Nxe4 dxe4 11.Bb5+ Bd7 12.Bxd7+ Qxd7 13.Ne5 Qb5 14.Qb3 Qxb3 15.axb3 Nd5 16.Ke2 Nxe3 17.Kxe3 f5 18.Ra5 0-0 19.Rha1 a6 20.b4 Rac8 21.b5 Bxe5 22.fxe5 axb5 23.Rxb5 Rc7 24.Ra7 Rb8 25.Rb4 Kf7 26.c4 Ke6 27.b3 Kd7 28.d5 b6 29.Rba4 h6 30.Rxc7+ Kxc7 31.Ra7+ Kd8 32.e6 g5 33.Rd7+ Ke8 34.g3 Kf8 35.Ra7 h5 36.Ra6 Kg7 37.Ra7 Kf6 38.Kd4 h4 39.b4 hxg3 40.hxg3 Rh8 41.c5 bxc5+ 42.bxc5 Rh1 43.c6 Rd1+ 44.Kc4 e3 45.Kb5 e2 46.c7 Rc1 47.c8=Q Rxc8 48.Ra1 f4 49.Re1 f3 50.g4 Ke5 51.Kb6 Kxd5 52.Kb7 Rc2 0-1

Kevin Bonham
14-07-2006, 03:16 AM
Bonham - Myers 2002 Tas Open. All I need for outright first is a draw, while a loss is only good for second. A $200 swindle (I also swindled another draw earlier in the event).

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.Nf3 e5 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Bc4 h6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Re1 c6 9.a3 a5 10.b3 0-0 11.Bb2 Qc7 12.Qe2 b5 13.Bd3 Nc5 14.Nd1 Nxd3 15.Qxd3 Bd6 16.c4 Re8 17.cxb5 cxb5 18.Rc1 Qb6 19.Ne3 Ba6 20.Nd5 Nxd5 21.Qxd5 Bb7 22.Qd3 Rad8 23.Qe2 b4 24.axb4 Bxb4 25.Bc3 Ba6 26.Qa2 f6 27.Bxb4 axb4 28.Qa4 Rc8 29.Rxc8 Rxc8 30.Rd1 Rc2 31.Qe8+ Kh7 32.Kh1 Qxf2 33.Rg1 Bf1 34.Nh4 Qxh4 35.Rxf1 Qxe4 36.Rg1 Qd5 37.Qh5 Qxb3 38.Qf5+ Kh8 39.Rd1 Kg8 40.Rd8+ Kf7 41.Qd7+ Kg6 42.Qg4+ Kf7 43.Qd7+ Kg6 44.Qg4+ Kf7 45.Qd7+ Drawn

Kevin Bonham
14-07-2006, 03:30 AM
Just to show that I can sometimes fall for them too, this one was exceptionally painful.

Bonham - Lucas 2003 Tas Champs. From an easily won position in which I could have been two pawns up, I go rook-hunting and walk into an en passant I'd forgotten about. But instead of being snuffed out on the spot, I get to miss lines leading to likely draws in the middlegame and then swap off into an OCB endgame with even pawns ... which turns out, of course, to be hopelessly lost. I'd already lost a game so this put me out of business for that one.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Be2 g6 5.0-0 Bg7 6.d3 Nc6 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.Re1 e5 9.Nc4 Nh5 10.Bg5 f6 11.Be3 Nf4 12.Bxf4 exf4 13.d4 cxd4 14.Nxd4 Ne5 15.Nb5 f5 16.Qd5+ Kh8 17.Nbxd6 Qe7 18.Nxe5 Bxe5 19.Nxc8 Raxc8 20.exf5 Rxf5 21.Bg4 Rd8 22.Qe4 Rg5 23.Bf3 h5 24.h4 Rf5 25.g4?? fxg3 26.fxg3 Rd2 27.Qe3 Qd6 28.Be4 Rf6 29.Bxb7 Bxg3 30.Qh6+ Kg8 31.Re8+ Kf7 32.Rf8+ Qxf8 33.Qxd2 Qc5+ 34.Kh1 Rf2 35.Qd5+ Qxd5+ 36.Bxd5+ Kf6 37.b3 Bxh4 38.Kg1 Bg3 39.Rf1 Rxf1+ 40.Kxf1 g5 41.Kg2 Be1 42.c4 Bb4 43.Bc6 Kf5 44.Bd7+ Kf4 45.Kh3 Be7 46.Be8 g4+ 47.Kg2 h4 48.Bc6 Bd6 49.Bd5 Ke3 50.Be6 h3+ 51.Kh1 Kf3 52.Bd5+ Kg3 53.Be6 Kh4 54.Bd5 g3 55.Bc6 and resigns 0-1

Kevin Bonham
14-07-2006, 03:41 AM
Bonham - Lin, Mt Buller 2005.

I'd picked an offbeat opening and my young junior opponent (a) knew more theory than I did (b) quickly gained a 40-minute lead on the clock (c) refused my draw offer despite being lower-rated (d) acquired a won position after I blundered ...

and fortunately (e) with 1 hr 22 plus one minute per move add-on on the clock, spent about 30 seconds playing 29...f5 losing instead of 29...f6 winning. Phew!

1.Nc3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.Nf3 g6 5.Qd3 Bg7 6.e4 dxe4 7.Nxe4 Nxe4 8.Qxe4 Nf6 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.Bc4 c6 11.c3 Bf5 12.Qf4 Qd6 13.Ne5 Be6 14.Bxe6 Qxe6 15.0-0 Bxe5 16.Qxe5 Qxe5 17.dxe5 0-0-0 18.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Rd8 20.Rxd8+ Kxd8 21.f4 Kd7 22.Kf2 Ke6 23.Ke3 Kf5 24.Kf3 h5 25.h3 h4 26.g4+ hxg3 27.Kxg3 g5 28.fxg5 Kxg5 29.e6 f5 30.h4+ Kf6 31.Kf4 Kg6 32.Ke5 [32.h5+ Kh6 33.Kxf5 Kxh5] 32...b6 33.c4 c5 34.a3 a6 35.a4 a5 36.Kf4 [36.h5+ Kxh5 37.Kxf5 Kh6 38.Ke5 Kg7 39.Kd5 Kf6] 36...Kf6 37.h5 Kxe6 38.Kg5 1-0

Kevin Bonham
14-07-2006, 03:50 AM
Chadwick - Bonham, Tas Open 2005

Final round game with me needing a win for =1st. I not only lose my queen for rook, but after swindling my way back from there, blunder into a lost position again, but still win in a rather unusual way.

1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.e4 Bb7 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bd3 g6 6.Nf3 f5 7.exf5 exf5 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Re1+ Be7 10.Bh6 Rg8 11.d5 Na6 12.Qd2 Nc5 13.b4 Nxd3 14.Qxd3 Kf7 15.Ng5+ Ke8 16.h3 d6 17.Re2 Kd7 18.Rae1 Nxd5 19.Nf7 Nxc3 20.Nxd8 Nxe2+ 21.Qxe2 Be4 22.Nf7 Rae8 23.f3 Bh4 24.Qd2 Bxe1 25.Qxe1 Bd5 26.Qd1 Bxf7 27.Qa4+ Kc8 28.c5 dxc5 29.bxc5 bxc5 30.Qxa7 g5 Draw offered by Black 31.h4 gxh4 32.Bf4 Re7 33.Qa8+ Kd7 34.Qb7 Rc8 35.Qb5+ c6 36.Qb7+ Kd8 37.Bg5 Rcc7 38.Qb8+ Kd7 39.Bxe7 Kxe7 40.Qxc7+ Draw offered by White Kf8 Time 0-1

What happened was that when White offered his final draw he had two seconds left on his clock. Since he had declined my draw offer earlier while in time trouble, I declined his, reasoning that if he managed to stop the clock within two seconds and claim a 10.2 he could have it. As it turned out in the heat of battle he'd forgotten 10.2 existed.

Kevin Bonham
14-07-2006, 03:56 AM
and this shows how badly I can play and what I can fall for in a G60 when I've been up watching the World Cup final and have only got 2 hours sleep.

J O'Mara - Bonham, 2006 HICC One Hour. I was basically waiting for him to lose on time or on the board since he seemed doomed on either and then I was taken aback by the threats created by the swindle try 37.Nf3 and promptly threw away a rook! (As he was down to his last minute or two I salvaged half a point.)

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 c6 5.e3 Be7 6.Nf3 0-0 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bd3 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.Qc2 Bg6 11.Bxg6 fxg6 12.0-0 Nbd7 13.Rac1 Ne8? 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Ne2?! [15.Qb3! Nd6 16.e4] 15...Nd6 16.Ng3 Rf6 17.Nh2 Raf8 18.Ng4 R6f7 19.Qd3 Nf5 20.Ne2 Qb4 21.Rc2 a6 22.a3 Qe7 23.Qb3 Nd6 24.Nc3 h5 25.Nh2 Nf6 26.Nf3 Nfe4 27.Ne5 Rf6 28.Na4 Kh7 29.Nc5 Nxc5 30.Rxc5 Ne4 31.Rc2 Ng5 32.Qd3 Qe6 33.f4 Ne4 34.Qe2?? Ng3 35.Qf2 Nxf1 36.Kxf1 g5 37.Nf3! Rf5?? [37...Rg6 38.Ne5 gxf4 39.Nxg6 Qxg6 40.exf4 Rxf4-+] 38.g4 hxg4 39.hxg4 Qh6 40.gxf5 Qh1+ 41.Ke2 gxf4 42.Qh2+ [42.Ng5+ Kg8 43.Qxf4+-] 42...Qxh2+ 43.Nxh2 Rxf5 44.exf4 Rxf4 45.Nf3 and game drawn by agreement in White's extreme time trouble several moves later. ½-½

(Those will do for now, I have literally dozens more!)

Alan Shore
14-07-2006, 03:56 AM
KB's quite the swindler!

I just leafed through all the tournament games I've ever played and there is only one true massive comeback I have performed.. I play very solidly in long time controls despite a real penchant for swindles in lightning.

Daryl Johansen remarked to me after the game that my opponent 'did everything in his power to lose that game', lucky me.

As it was the first round and my opponent was only rated about 1000 I gave him no respect at all and was very fortunate to win.

[Event Adelaide Uni Open]
[Date "2003.07.14"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Michael Hill"]
[Black "Dion Sampson"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 d6 3. Nf3 Nbd7 4. Nc3 c6 5. d5 Qc7 6. e4 g6 7. Bd3 Bg7 {This was the first and last time I played a King's Indian setup.} 8.
O-O Nc5 9. Re1 Nh5 10. Qd2 Nxd3 11. cxd3 Nxf4 12. Qxf4 Bxc3 13. bxc3 cxd5
14. exd5 O-O {At the end of all the swapping I had planned on Qxc3 only to discover white's Qxd6 would rain on my parade.} 15. Qh4 f6 16. g4 Qxc3 {greed!} 17. Rac1 Qxd3 {ridiculous greed!} 18. Rxe7 g5 19. Qh6 Qg6
20. Qxg6+ hxg6 21. Rcc7 Rd8 {White has a draw but elects to play on, as he should} 22. Rg7+ Kh8 23. Rh7+ Kg8 24. Rhg7+ Kh8 25.
Rxg6 Bxg4 26. Rxf6 Bxf3 27. Rxf3 b5 {bottom of the barrel stuff now} 28. Rg3 a5 29. Rxg5 b4 30. Rc4 Rd7 31.
Rg6 Rg7 32. Rh4+ Kg8 33. Rh6 Rb8 34. Rxg7+ Kxg7 35. Rxd6 a4 36. Ra6 b3 37.
axb3 axb3 38. Ra1 Kf6 39. Rb1 Ke5 40. Kf1 Kxd5 41. Ke2 Kc4 42. Kd2 Rd8+ 43.Kc1 Kc3 44. h4 Rg8 0-1

Basil
14-07-2006, 06:46 AM
Bonham - Frame, 2001 Tas Champs

Yes. Ahem. I'll need some time before I can have a look at the others :)

EZBeet
14-07-2006, 09:38 AM
KB, you are one lucky son :)

i saw a friend of mine win a tournament game where his opponent had an extra rook and two passed pawns on the 6th. He pushed a pawn to the 7th and my friend mated him with his rook and last two pawns. Wish I had the score to that one.

can't get enough of these :)

Post your favourites and maybe we can have a poll after to find the BBs best swindler.

Garvinator
14-07-2006, 09:58 AM
KB, you are one lucky son :)

i saw a friend of mine win a tournament game where his opponent had an extra rook and two passed pawns on the 6th. He pushed a pawn to the 7th and my friend mated him with his rook and last two pawns. Wish I had the score to that one.

can't get enough of these :)

Post your favourites and maybe we can have a poll after to find the BBs best swindler.
KB does have much more 'opportunity' for swindles since in Tas they play guillotine time controls;)

EZBeet
14-07-2006, 11:15 AM
Belty, that's a good swindle too.

I would expect to see quite a few examples of lower rated players throwing away the win in a rook endgame.

This type of endgame is very fertile ground for sowing the swindle tree seeds.

Desmond
14-07-2006, 11:59 AM
Another common "swindle" is when a high rated player escapes with a draw in a lost position. The lower rated player can get nervous and become "afraid of ghosts" to quote Solo. I'll try to dig up a game where I offered a draw and should have won instead.

Garvinator
14-07-2006, 12:11 PM
Event: 2005 Nell Van Der Graff Classic
Round: 1
White: Garvin Gray
Black: Stephen Solomon
Result: 0-1

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Nc6 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. e5 h6 10. Bh4 g5 11. fxg5 Nd5 12. Nxd5 exd5 13. Qh5 Bg7 14. gxh6 Qa5+ 15. c3 Bxh6 16. Bg5 Bg7 17. Qf3 dxe5 18. Bf6 e4 19. Qf4 Bxf6 20. Qxf6 Rh5 21. Qxc6+ Ke7 22. Qxa8 Qc5 23. O-O-O Qe3+ 24. Kc2 Be6 25. Bxa6 Rg5 26. Rd2 f5 27. h4 Rg8 28. Qb7+ Kf6 29. Qb4 f4 30. Qd4+ Qxd4 31. cxd4 e3 32. Re2 Bf5+ 33. Bd3 Rc8+ 34. Kd1 Bxd3 35. Rhe1 Rc4 36. g3 Rxd4 37. gxf4 Bg6+ 38. Kc1 Rc4+ 39. Kd1 Bh5 40. a3 d4 41. Rg1 d3 42. Rg5 dxe2+ 0-1

I have put this game up before, but it does apply here as well.
http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=2936

EZBeet
14-07-2006, 12:49 PM
Ouch, that must have hurt.

I bet there was quite a crowd gathering after you took the rook on a8 :owned:

Basil
14-07-2006, 01:27 PM
Ouch from here too. Nice work to get there, though.

Garvinator
14-07-2006, 01:36 PM
Ouch, that must have hurt.

I bet there was quite a crowd gathering after you took the rook on a8 :owned:

A few ppl walking by quite regularly, but not the crowd you would expect because we werent one of the last to finish. Stephen I had only used 15 mins each up until move 20.


Ouch from here too. Nice work to get there, though. Learnt a few things from the game.

Rincewind
14-07-2006, 02:07 PM
I bet there was quite a crowd gathering after you took the rook on a8 :owned:

A shallow assessment of the game is that Solomon lost a rook and swindled a win from a theoretically lost position. What actually happened is that white played accurately and could almost force a draw. The best line without a forced draw involved black losing the rook and going into a theoretically lost position.

However, Solo back himself to go the rook down and outplay his opponent for a win which is exactly what happened. :clap:

Kevin Bonham
14-07-2006, 02:40 PM
KB does have much more 'opportunity' for swindles since in Tas they play guillotine time controls;)

This is true. However as well as the really outrageous swindle against Lin above I also swindled Zileski who missed 3 chances to go a clear pawn up before losing - both of these at Mt Buller (90 mins + 1 minute/move).

I should also stress that those posted are only a small minority of the swindles I have inflicted in the 21st century. I have left others out, because I have won so many swindles that I cannot possibly remember them all, because most wins where the opponent loses a won game on the clock don't really count, and because it would be unsporting and mean to post half a dozen or more swindles against the same opponent. And if we go back into the 20th century, well then my talents were really at their peak. :eek:

Garrett
14-07-2006, 07:12 PM
Garvin I am truly sorry that you lost that game against Solomon. I would have trouble sleeping for about 3 weeks after that sort of sorrow, I may even need antidepressants.

EZBeet
14-07-2006, 08:08 PM
...The best line without a forced draw involved black losing the rook and going into a theoretically lost position...

Wonder how much I could get on Ebay for this sack of horse feathers:hmm:


Garvin was bringing it home until 33. Bd3 (which I am sure he knows - sorry GG) when drawing chances appear for Solo.

This game is truly one of the great swindles of the 21st century!

Kevin Bonham
11-09-2006, 10:21 PM
In assessing this Swindle, consider the following:

* The strength of the opponent.
* How early in the game I was lost and how long I was lost for.
* The shockingness of the elementary blunder that placed me in a lost position in the first place. Any player with a four-figure rating would be suitably ashamed.
* The fact that even after the initial Swindle, I was still lost and had to rely on another mistake to save half a point.
* The fact that I had Swindled my previous opponent too.

(OK it was only a G60).

Given that I had twelve minutes to four and a half I seriously considered playing on and trying to get a full point for my Swindle, but wimped out on the grounds that I was scared of his a-pawn and that if I still lost after a Swindle of such magnitude it would have been sadly wasted.

Without further ado I bring you Bonham (1966)-Dowden (2167), Lton Weekender yesterday.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b6 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.c4 e6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 0-0 7.Nc3 c5 8.Bf4 d6 9.Re1 Nc6 10.e4 Nd7 11.d4?? cxd4 12.Nxd4? Nxd4 13.Qxd4 e5 14.Qd2 exf4 15.gxf4 Re8 16.Rad1 a6 17.e5 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Bf8 19.exd6 Rxe1 20.Qxe1 Rc8 21.Qe4 Nf6 22.Qb7 Qd7 23.Qxd7 Nxd7 24.b3 Rc6 25.Ne4 f5 26.Ng5 Rxd6 27.Re1 h6 28.Nf3 Kf7 From little seeds, big Swindles grow. 29.Re2 g6 30.h3 Bg7 31.Rc2 Nc5 32.b4 Ne4 33.a4 Bc3 34.c5 bxc5 35.bxc5 Rc6? 36.Rxc3! Rxc5? [36...Nxc3 37.Ne5+ Kf6 38.Nxc6 Nxa4 still wins] 37.Rb3! Ra5 Draw Agreed. ½-½

Aaron Guthrie
12-09-2006, 03:32 AM
What do people think counts as a swindle?
Is it just a win from a lost position?
I have always thought it meant something more than that. Does it mean win from a lost position via a trap? Does the trap have to be clever? Are the ratings important?

I ask this since I have had many games on both sides, but usually it seems to me that its really just the fault of the side that blundered, rather than the inspiration of the swindler. However there can be times when the swindle is really clever, or really blatant, which makes it rise to a level above.

My image of the perfect swindle is where you place your bishop en prise, slap your forehead, audibley lament the loss of said bishop, and then fork their king and queen when they take it.

Regarding Garvins loss to Solomon, I was sitting on the board next to him when this happened. I was watching for the point at which Garvin latched onto a way to win the position, until then it's always in doubt since Solomon can just compensate for his lack of a rook by outplaying him. I thought Garvin found the plan with h4! Aha, h4-h5-h6-h7-h8Q, good plan! Alas he didnt follow it through.

Kevin Bonham
12-09-2006, 03:43 AM
I think that if you get in a lost position then steadily outplay your opponent that isn't a swindle. There should be a feeling that the opponent was tricked/robbed/cheated of an otherwise natural result. Also there should be some kind of sneaky element to it - not just someone leaving a piece en prise while winning, but rather the sort of blunder that seems like a natural move until you look more closely.

Garvinator
12-09-2006, 04:11 AM
Regarding Garvins loss to Solomon, I was sitting on the board next to him when this happened. I was watching for the point at which Garvin latched onto a way to win the position, until then it's always in doubt since Solomon can just compensate for his lack of a rook by outplaying him. I thought Garvin found the plan with h4! Aha, h4-h5-h6-h7-h8Q, good plan! Alas he didnt follow it through.
sheesh, I have had that game looked through and commented on enough already;).

Stephen made a similar comment looking through the game afterwards about continuing to move the h pawn up the board.

Phil Bourke
12-09-2006, 11:27 AM
Has anyone noticed what appears below this thread in the Similar Threads department :) Ironic :)

Kevin Bonham
24-10-2006, 10:49 PM
To the disbelief of my eyes, this happened in a time scramble between two relatively strong juniors on board 1 of round 5 of a monster swiss (Chess Kids state teams finals) in Launceston today. Our guest swindler is Justin Hood who recently played at 1300 strength in his first rated event and ... well, I'm jealous. :D

8/8/7Q/8/6p1/7p/PPP4k/5K2 b - - 0 20

1...g3. White now had mate in three by 2.Qf4 Kh1 3.Qxg3 h2 4.Qg2# but instead tried 2.Qd2+??. Black responded ...g2+ 3.Ke1 Kh1 4.Qd5 Kh2 and gradually White realised there is no way to stop Black queening. 5.Qe5+ Kh1 6.Qe4 Kh2 and the spectators can barely believe it, yes Black has swindled a draw. But wait, there's more: 7.Qg4?? g1Q 8.Qxg1 Kxg1 and the h-pawn is a homer, mops up the white pawns, and wins.

Queen and three pawns 0 - two pawns 1.

Garrett
25-10-2006, 12:53 PM
Ouch

not even Garvo's game against Solo is that sad :wall:

eclectic
25-10-2006, 01:46 PM
I wouldn't call this a swindle for the winner rather a meltdown for the loser.

MichaelBaron
25-10-2006, 02:07 PM
To the disbelief of my eyes, this happened in a time scramble between two relatively strong juniors on board 1 of round 5 of a monster swiss (Chess Kids state teams finals) in Launceston today. Our guest swindler is Justin Hood who recently played at 1300 strength in his first rated event and ... well, I'm jealous. :D

8/8/7Q/8/6p1/7p/PPP4k/5K2 b - - 0 20

1...g3. White now had mate in three by 2.Qf4 Kh1 3.Qxg3 h2 4.Qg2# but instead tried 2.Qd2+??. Black responded ...g2+ 3.Ke1 Kh1 4.Qd5 Kh2 and gradually White realised there is no way to stop Black queening. 5.Qe5+ Kh1 6.Qe4 Kh2 and the spectators can barely believe it, yes Black has swindled a draw. But wait, there's more: 7.Qg4?? g1Q 8.Qxg1 Kxg1 and the h-pawn is a homer, mops up the white pawns, and wins.

Queen and three pawns 0 - two pawns 1.

All the juniors have to go through such disappointments due to lack of experience and difficulties to maintain concentration for a long time. I lost numerous games like this.

eclectic
25-10-2006, 02:16 PM
All the juniors have to go through such disappointments due to lack of experience and difficulties to maintain concentration for a long time. I lost numerous games like this.

It shows how important endgame technique is for finishing an opponent off especially if you are much lower rated because much higher rated players don't graciously resign if they are being embarrassed. They instead say to themselves that their opponent must have a low rating for a reason and that they will self destruct in good time.

Kevin Bonham
25-10-2006, 03:03 PM
I wouldn't call this a swindle for the winner rather a meltdown for the loser.

Probably correct actually, although if I had seen the lead-in play to get to this position in the first place I suspect it would qualify as a swindle.

Trent Parker
06-11-2006, 09:46 AM
Round 4 Alan Tankel - T. Parker
A swindle -- almost....



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.f3 Qa5+ 6.Bd2 Qxb5 7.Nc3 Qb6 8.e4 e6 9.Bc4 a5 10.Nge2 Ba6 11.Bxa6 Nxa6 12.Be3 Be7 13.dxe6 fxe6 14.e5 Nh5 15.g4 Bh4+ 16.Kf1 O-O 17.Kg2 Rxf3 18.Kxf3 Qc6+ 19.Nd5 exd5 20.gxh5 d4+ 21.Kg4 Be7 22.Bf4 Qe6+ 23.Kg3 g5 24.hxg6 Qxg6+ 25.Kf2 Bh4+ 26.Bg3 Rf8+ 27.Ke1 Bg5 28.Rf1 Qe4 29.Rxf8+ Kxf8 30.Bf2 Qh1+ 31.Bg1 Bh4+ 32.Kd2 Bg5+ 33.Kc2 Qe4+ 34.Kb3

Now 34...Qb7+ is a draw. Instead i blundered and played Qd5+ then whites king finds safe haven on a3

I played alot more checks and the game ended on move 67. Mind you he was already down to a minute or two at the move 30 mark....

Round 6 Biggest ever get out of jail free card......
Mr M.B. v T. Parker

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 d5 4.Nbd2 Be7 5.e3 O-O 6.Bd3 Nbd7 7.h4 c6 8.Ne5 Nxe5 9.dxe5 Nd7 10.f4 f6 11.exf6 Nxf6 12.Bxf6 Rxf6 13.g4 Rf8 14.g5 Qb6 15.Bxh7+ Kh8?? 16.Qh5 Qxe3+ 17.Kd1 Bxg5 18.Bg6+???? Bh6 19.Bd3 Qxf4 20.Nb3 e5 21.Rf1 Bg4+

And then white sends pieces skittling accross the board in resignation.

Bereaved
07-11-2006, 11:11 AM
Hello, everyone,

This game was played on 26/05/92; it was in Round 5 of a thematic tournament with the Budapest Gambit; From memory, my opponent was on 4/4, and I was on 3.5/4. I bugger up the move order in the opening and end up losing about a million tempo on developing. The game was perhaps technically more of a meltdown for my opponent than a swindle for me, but it still gave me a bit of joy to see his face when I played 25...Qxd2, as he had forgotten that this was on.

I often wonder if the word Shadenfraude from German has every right to be added to terms such as Zugzwang and Zwischenzug, as an applicable chess term, because that seems to encapsulate the feeling much more succinctly than a large string of English words with the same purpose.



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Bf4 Bc5 5.e3 Bb4+ 6.Nc3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Nh6 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.Nf3 Ng8 10.O-O Nge7 11.Qc2 Ng6 12.Rad1 b6 13.Be4 Bb7 14.Rd2 Qe7 15.a4 O-O-O 16.Rb1 Nxf4 17.exf4 h6 18.Bxc6 Bxc6 19.Nd4 Bb7 20.a5 g5 21.axb6 axb6 22.Qa4 gxf4 23.Nb5 Qg5 24.g3 fxg3 25.hxg3 Qxd2 26.Rd1 Qg5 27.Na7+ Kb8 28.Ra1 Qxe5 29.Nb5 Qe4 30.Qa7+ Kc8 31.Qxb7+ Kxb7 32.Ra7+ Kb8 33.Rxc7 Qb1+ 34.Kg2 Qxb5

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

PS Like Kevin, I probably have a large collection of games on this theme that I could find should I wish

Kevin Bonham
13-11-2006, 09:47 PM
Gather ye round in disgust to curse and spit as our hero revolts the masses with another almighty swindle plucked from the deepest depths of very bad chess. I was Black. Time limit: rapid-rated G15/+10. Opponent's rating: c.1500. Opponent's name: suppressed.

1.Bb5 Nxd4?? With Rd5 I would have clearly won quickly but instead I came up with this totally unsound combination 2.Rxd4 Rxd4 3.Rxd4 Rc1+ 4.Kg2 Oops. I had completely failed to realise white could go there. 4...Qg5+ 5.Rg4 Qh6 Can't even recover the bishop without getting mated on g7, what's the world coming to? 6.Qd4 g6 7.Qe3 Well at least I get a pawn back now ... 7...Qxe3 8.fxe3 Rc3 9.Bc4 Rxe3 10.Re4 Rc3 11.Rd4

Alas black is still quite clearly lost. I managed to exchange b-pawns by pushing my b-pawn so that white's bishop took it, then taking white's b-pawn with my rook. White pushed the a-pawn up to a6, locking it down with a bishop at b7 and making nasty threats to capture it by putting a rook on a8. I just managed to get my king over to stop this, but it was at the cost of a pawn. Fortunately White had already swapped off one pawn, and I was just able to get White's remaining pawn off the board at the cost of my two surviving kingside pawns, leaving white with king, rook, bishop and pawn for my king rook and pawn.

I now felt I had some drawing chances, and I felt more confident of drawing when White's last pawn was blundered. White then cut my king off on the a-file, and tried very hard to win my a-pawn to get KRB vs KR (which given my bad king position may have been a win.) However these attempts only succeeded in driving my pawn up the board. We resume transmission with black now safe from losing, but surely he can't win this?

1.Re4 Kb1 2.Ka4 a2 3.Bd3+ Kc1 4.Re1+ Kd2 White can still draw here but played 5.Re2+?? Kxd3 6.Rxb2 a1=Q+ 7.Kb3

and Black, down to about a minute plus the increment, floundered about for a bit but duly delivered mate 22 moves later on move 114 (the clock had a move counter). :owned:

(On move 5, Ka3, Rf1, Rg1 and Rh1 all draw easily. 5.Ra1 Kxd3 6.Ka3 Rb8 is a swindle attempt since if 7.Rxa2 Kc3 wins, likewise 7.Kxa2 Kc2)

Basil
13-11-2006, 10:05 PM
Kevin, you are a criminal. I assume the name of your oppnent has been suppressed as the matter is currently before the courts.

Kevin Bonham
13-11-2006, 10:16 PM
I think I'll be investigated by FIDE for breaching 12.2 by receiving outside assistance from Satan for that one. :D

Kevin Bonham
18-12-2006, 09:34 PM
He's at it again folks. Tonight in the HICC rapid our anti-hero, having blundered a piece for two pawns in remarkably dumb fashion in the middlegame, eventually found himself with a king, a knight and four pawns for a king, knight, a bishop and four pawns. No problem, our Swindler simply exchanged off two sets of pawns then (and it was avoidable had the opponent twigged to the plan) sacrificed his knight for his opponent's remaining two pawns, leaving the poor opponent to try to win KNB vs K with not much time left on his clock and only 10 second increments. This the opponent quickly admitted he would not be able to do, and the Swindler escapes with a 2-point lead in the event, when it should have been cut to 1.

A Swindle well worth knowing about, but this is the first time I have pulled it off (and indeed the first time I have been in a game with the infamous KNB vs K on the board.)

Capablanca-Fan
01-05-2007, 05:40 PM
Without further ado I bring you Bonham (1966)-Dowden (2167), Lton Weekender yesterday.

I never thought that a player of Dowden's class would let anyone in Australia off the hook like that (he's played for NZ in two Olympiads).

Kevin Bonham
01-05-2007, 09:21 PM
I never thought that a player of Dowden's class would let anyone in Australia off the hook like that (he's played for NZ in two Olympiads).

That is the glory of the Swindle. Class is little barrier once the seeds begin to form. (Actually I don't think Tony likes fast time limits).

Stretching the thread concept a little to include the last month of the 20th century, here's another strong opponent self-swindling against me:

(This person is now an IM) - Bonham, G60, 2000

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bg2 c6 5.Bb2 d5 6.Nf3 0-0 7.0-0 Qc7 8.Na3 Nbd7 9.Rc1 e5 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.d3 Re8 12.Ng5 Qd8 13.Ne4 N7f6 14.Nc4 Nxe4 15.dxe4 Nb6 16.Qxd8 Rxd8 17.Bxe5 Nxc4 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.bxc4 Be6 20.Rc2 Rd4 21.Rfc1 Rad8 22.f4 Rd1+ [22...c5 was good here] 23.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 24.Kf2 Rd4 25.c5 Ra4 26.Rb2 Rxa2? [26...Bc8 looks tenable but now black's queenside pawns are easy targets] 27.Rxb7 Bc4 28.Bf3 Ra5 29.Ke3 Bb5 30.Kd4 a6 31.Ke5 Ra2 32.Rb6 [32.f5! is crushing] 32...Rc2 33.Kd6 Rd2+ 34.Kc7 Rc2 35.Rxc6? [too imaginative for his own good, although by now a lot of White's advantage is gone anyway] 35...Bxc6 36.Kxc6 a5 37.e5 [37.Kb5 draws] 37...a4 38.Kb6 [38.Bd5 still appears to draw, this doesn't - for a very subtle reason] 38...a3 39.Bd5 Rd2! [and there it is, 39...a2 would only have drawn, but now black can force the king to either the a or c file with critical gain of tempo] 40.Bc4 Rd4 41.Ba2 Rb4+ 42.Kc7 Rb2 43.Bd5 a2 44.Bxa2 Rxa2 45.c6 Kf8 46.Kb8 Rb2+ 47.Kc8 Ke7 48.e4 Rb4 49.c7 Rxe4 50.Kb8 Rb4+ 51.Kc8 h5 52.h4 Rb3 53.e6 fxe6 54.f5 gxf5 55.g4 Rc3 56.gxf5 exf5 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
08-05-2007, 12:11 AM
Without further ado I bring you Bonham (1966)-Dowden (2167), Lton Weekender yesterday.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b6 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.c4 e6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 0-0 7.Nc3 c5 8.Bf4 d6 9.Re1 Nc6 10.e4 Nd7 11.d4?? cxd4 12.Nxd4? Nxd4 13.Qxd4 e5 14.Qd2 exf4

Compare J. Buciu - J. Sarfati, Logan City Chess Club:
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 c5 3.Nf3?! cxd4 4.Nxd4? e5! 5.Bxe5 Qa5+

and won easily.

frog
08-05-2007, 01:51 AM
Hi Kevin,

Is that is a swindle or just a blunder?

Basil
08-05-2007, 03:56 AM
Not technically a swindle. Aurel John should present himself front and centre and present himself and the game prostrate in 'Pits & Shockers' for that one.

Capablanca-Fan
08-05-2007, 07:21 AM
Not technically a swindle. Aurel John should present himself front and centre and present himself and the game prostrate in 'Pits & Shockers' for that one.

No, it was merely a parallel game to one of the swindle examples Kevin gave. Actually I saw Tony Dowden trap someone else the same way back in NZ in the early 1980s, and that time he made sure of the win.

Basil
08-05-2007, 01:22 PM
And closely allied to the hanging 'Tromp Bishop' trap - not that I would know anything about that :uhoh:

Capablanca-Fan
08-05-2007, 04:31 PM
And closely allied to the hanging 'Tromp Bishop' trap - not that I would know anything about that :uhoh:
Could someone who does know please explain this? :confused:

Aaron Guthrie
08-05-2007, 04:44 PM
Could someone who does know please explain this? :confused:I presume he is referring to any Qa5+ that wins the g5 bishop. For example. 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c6 3.e3?? Qa5+

Basil
08-05-2007, 05:26 PM
I presume he is referring to any Qa5+ that wins the g5 bishop. For example. 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c6 3.e3?? Qa5+
Right on. Hypothetically, of course :eek:

Kevin Bonham
08-05-2007, 09:14 PM
I have a nasty habit of blundering into pawn forks like that one against Dowden late in the opening. That was probably about the fifth time I've done it in a rated game.

Capablanca-Fan
09-05-2007, 11:26 AM
I have a nasty habit of blundering into pawn forks like that one against Dowden late in the opening. That was probably about the fifth time I've done it in a rated game.
:wall: Yeah, the B on f4/f5 is not usually well placed unless the d pawns are fixed. Even aside from the fork, the opponent can play e5/e4 with gain of tempo.

Basil
06-01-2008, 03:16 PM
I have a nasty habit of blundering into pawn forks
I have no idea what you're talking about, I'm sure :wall: Herewith, one pawn fork and one Great Swindle Of The 21st Century.

[Event "Aus Champs 08 - Minor"]
[Site "Parramatta"]
[Date "2008.01.03"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Howard Duggan"]
[Black "Tony Baldwin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "1524"]
[BlackElo "1359"]
[ECO "A45"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. e4 h6 4. Bxf6 Qxf6 5. e5 Qd8 6. f4 c5 7. c3 cxd4 8. cxd4 Bb4+ 9. Nd2 Qa5 10. Nf3 Nc6 11. a3 Bxd2+ 12. Qxd2 Qxd2+ 13. Kxd2 b6 14. b4 Bb7 15. Bd3 O-O 16. Be4 Rfd8 17. b5 Na5 18. Bxb7 Nxb7 19. Rac1 Na5 20. Rc3 d6 21. Rhc1 dxe5 22. fxe5 Nb7 23. Ke3 a6 24. Rc7 Na5 25. bxa6 Rxa6 26. Re7 b5 27. Rcc7 Nc4+ 28. Kf4 Rf8 29. Nh4 g5+ 30. Kg4 gxh4 31. Kxh4 Rxa3 32. g4 Ne3 33. g5 Nf5+ 34. Kg4 Nxe7 35. Rxe7 hxg5 36. Kxg5 b4 37. h4 Rd8 38. Kh6 Rd3 39. Ra7 R3xd4 40. h5 b3 41. Ra1 Rd1 42. Ra4 Rg1 43. Rg4+ 1/2-1/2

Aaron Guthrie
06-01-2008, 03:21 PM
You got a draw with the Tromp!? Quite a swindle indeed.

Capablanca-Fan
06-01-2008, 05:36 PM
[Event "Aus Champs 08 - Minor"]
[Site "Parramatta"]
[Date "2008.01.03"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Howard Duggan"]
[Black "Tony Baldwin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "1524"]
[BlackElo "1359"]
[ECO "A45"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. e4 h6 4. Bxf6 Qxf6 5. e5 {too early; makes the pawn centre a sitting target} 5... Qd8 6. f4 c5 7. c3 cxd4 (8... Qb6) 8. cxd4 Bb4+ 9. Nd2 Qa5 10. Nf3 Nc6 11. a3 Bxd2+ 12. Qxd2 Qxd2+ 13. Kxd2 {but after Black's slack play, White is OK} 13... b6 14. b4 Bb7 15. Bd3 O-O 16. Be4 Rfd8 17. b5 Na5 18. Bxb7 Nxb7 19. Rac1 Na5 20. Rc3 d6 21. Rhc1 dxe5 22. fxe5 Nb7 23. Ke3 a6 24. Rc7 Na5 25. bxa6 {here, why not support the cramping P with a4, then go after his Pb6} 25... Rxa6 26. Re7 b5 27. Rcc7 Nc4+ 28. Kf4 Rf8 29. Nh4 {:eek:} 29... g5+ 30. Kg4 gxh4 31. Kxh4 Rxa3 32. g4 Ne3 33. g5 {another one :wall:} 33... Nf5+ 34. Kg4 Nxe7 35. Rxe7 hxg5 36. Kxg5 b4 37. h4 Rd8 38. Kh6 Rd3 39. Ra7 R3xd4 40. h5 b3 41. Ra1 Rd1 42. Ra4 Rg1 43. Rg4+ {and as we analysed elsewhere (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=7262&page=4), Black still has good chances for a win with 43.. Kf8, but evidently this nice stalemate trap shocked him)}1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
17-03-2008, 11:54 PM
Oh dear, here's another one.

Bonham - Bettiol
HICC 2008

1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d6 3.d4 g6 4.Nf3 [Having overpressed (but still won) the last time I played 4.f4 I was in the mood for a quieter approach this time.] 4...Bg7 5.Bd3 0-0 6.0-0 Nbd7 7.Bg5 a6?! [7...c5 is good, it is also good for the next two moves.] 8.Qd2 c6 9.Rfe1 Qc7? Now I win a pawn. 10.e5 dxe5 11.dxe5 Ng4 12.Bxe7 Re8 13.Bd6 Qa5? 14.Qf4! This is a good move, despite giving up the pawn because I couldn't count past four. It's the follow-up that sucks. 14...Ngxe5 15.b4? [15.Bc4! Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 Rxe1+ 17.Rxe1 Qf5 (17...Bf6 18.Re7!) 18.Re8+ Bf8 19.Qe3 Kg7 20.Qd4+ winning overwhelmingly] 15...Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3? [16.gxf3 Qd8 17.Bc7 Rxe1+ 18.Rxe1±] 16...Qd8 17.Bc4 Nf6! After several minutes thought I come up with an ambitious plan to exploit Black's queen position possibly via Bf8-xg7 weakening the kingside. 18.Red1?? which of course is refuted by a beginner-level pin 18...Bg4 19.Qf4 Bxd1 20.Rxd1 Qc8! 21.h3 b5! 22.Bb3 Ra7 23.Nb1?! Making a lost position more so in a desperate attempt to get something going 23...Rd7 24.Nd2 Nh5 [or 24...g5! 25.Qh2 Qd8 wins piece] 25.Qh2 [25.Qf3 Rxd6 26.Bxf7+ Kh8 27.Bxe8 Qxe8 is still dead lost] 25...Bf8 26.Bxf8 Rxd2! I totally missed this sandshoe-crusher and spent at least ten minutes here thinking about whether to resign. 27.Rf1 Kxf8?! [A trivial inaccuracy but the first small seed of the oncoming swindle. 27...Rxf8 28.g4 Ng7] 28.g4 Nf6?! 29.Qf4 Re7?? Missing the backwards pawn capture. [29...Qd8 30.g5 Rd6 white recovers piece for pawn but is still lost.] 30.Qxd2 Nxg4?! This was a very nasty shock at first since if I take the knight, black has at least a forced draw (oh the arrogance, to be thinking of a win when just last move one was minus six point five) and I was too short of time to work out if he has more. Luckily for me it is unsound. 31.Qf4! Ne5? 32.Qf6 Ke8 33.Rd1 Nd7 34.Bxf7+! Kd8 35.Be6 1-0

bgriffenchop
18-03-2008, 10:20 AM
I was playing in Queensland lightning and sat down and I saw, chess olympian on his shirt. Not what you want to see in the 2nd round. believe me.

we played some sort of english and I was on a massive queen hunt (yes, trying to get my rook behind his continually checked king). The moment I got it I just took his queen. Then I got mated...back rank with rook. His King was on g3 in front of one of my pawns on g2 and my king on g1. I had chased his king SOO much he had a mate in 1 and in the time control (5+0) I was mated. Talk about angry. You have no idea.

C.Antolis
18-03-2008, 05:54 PM
Here is a 5-minute game I played on ICC. After blundering a rook and a piece, I managed to win (I won on time, but in a good position). I don't know if this could be called a "great swindle" as it was just a 5-minute game.

[Event "ICC 5 0"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2008.02.03"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Me"]
[Black "The-Playboy"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black forfeits on time"]
[WhiteElo "2103"]
[BlackElo "2226"]
[Opening "Sicilian defense"]
[ECO "B32"]
[NIC "SI.32"]
[Time "02:47:58"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qb6 5. Nb3 Nf6 6. Nc3 e6 7. Bd3 d6 8.
O-O a6 9. Kh1 Qc7 10. f4 Be7 11. f5 Ne5 12. a4 b6 13. Nd4 O-O 14. Bg5 Bd7
15. Qe2 Nxd3 16. cxd3 Rac8 17. Rac1 Qb7 18. Qf3 b5 19. axb5 axb5 20. Qh3 e5
21. Bxf6 Bxf6 22. Nde2 Bc6 23. Ng3 b4 24. Nce2 Bg5 25. Rc2 f6 26. Qg4 Bb5
27. h4 Rxc2 28. hxg5 fxg5 29. Qxg5 Bxd3 30. f6 Bxe2 31. Nxe2 Rxe2 32. Qg4
Rxe4 33. Qe6+ Qf7 34. fxg7 Rh4+ 35. Kg1 Kxg7 36. Rxf7+ Rxf7 37. Qxd6 Rh5 38.
Qxb4 Rhf5 39. Qg4+ Kf6 40. Qh4+ Ke6 41. Qh6+ R7f6 42. Qd2 Rf1+ 43. Kh2 R1f5
44. b4 Rf2 45. Qe3 R6f3 46. Qh6+ Rf6 47. Qh3+ Kd5 48. Qd3+ Ke6 49. Qc4+ Ke7
50. Qc7+ Kf8 51. Qd8+ Kg7 52. Qe7+ Kg6 53. Qxe5 R2f5 54. Qg3+ Rg5 55. Qd3+
Kh6 56. Kg1 Rh5 57. Qd2+ {Black forfeits on time} 1-0

Kai
29-08-2008, 01:25 PM
ICC 5 min W: korgpa Rating: 1586 B: anon Rating: 1785

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 c6 4.e3 h6 5.Bxf6 exf6 6.c4 Bf5 7.Nc3 Na6 8.cxd5 Nb4 9.e4 Bg4 10.Be2 cxd5 11.a3 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Nd5 13.Bb5+ Bd7 14.Qa4 Nb6 15.Bxd7+ Nxd7 16.O-O Be7 17.Rac1 O-O 18.Rc3 Nb6 19.Qc2 Nd5 20.Rc4 b5 21.Rc6 f5 22.Nc3 Qd7 23.Nxb5 a6 24.Ne5 Qd8 25.Nc7 Rc8 26.Nxd5 Rxc6 27.Nxe7+ Qxe7 28.Qxc6 Re8 29.Rc1 f6 30.Nf3 g5 31.Qd5+ Kg7 32.Qxf5 Qe2 33.h3 Re7 34.Re1 Qxe1+ 35.Nxe1 Rxe1+ 36.Kh2 Re7 37.d5 Re5 38.Qd7+ Kg6 39.g4 Re2 40.Kg3 Rxb2 41.Qe8+ Kg7 42.d6 Rb3+ 43.f3 f5 44.d7 Rb2 45.d8=Q f4+

This was a 5 min ICC game, so may not count in this thread, but a very funny swindle by my son, who was playing Black and being thrashed:uhoh:

Kevin Bonham
29-08-2008, 09:15 PM
This was a 5 min ICC game, so may not count in this thread

We'll take anything on this thread. :D

This is the commonest form of swindle: victim totally overlooks opponent's threats when the slightest caution results in an easily won game. Especially funny because white had four moves to smell the coffee and refute the mate. However, was white critically short of time?

Kai
29-08-2008, 10:15 PM
We'll take anything on this thread. :D

This is the commonest form of swindle: victim totally overlooks opponent's threats when the slightest caution results in an easily won game. Especially funny because white had four moves to smell the coffee and refute the mate. However, was white critically short of time?

White had 35 secs left / Black had nearly 2 mins - but 35 secs is not really critical in a 5 min game situation in that overwhelming position. Unfortunately, unlike my son - or others in this thread - I seem to be perpetually the victim rather than the perpetrator of swindles :wall:

Trent Parker
08-09-2008, 10:27 AM
I got one to post when i get home!

Aaron Guthrie
08-09-2008, 11:33 AM
I got one to post when i get home!Well I certainly feel swindled! :P

Trent Parker
08-09-2008, 12:19 PM
Ok i found it here...... Lunchtime now!

Parker - Kojic, Blayney open round 6
1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 d5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.c4 c6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Qb3 Bxf3 7.Qxb7 Bxg2 8.Bxg2 Nbd7 9.Qxc6 Rc8 10.Qb7 Rc7 11.Qa6 Rxc4 12.Qxa7 Bb4 13.Bd2 O-O 14.a3 Ba5 15.Ne4 Bb6 16.Nxf6+ Nxf6 17.Qa6 Qc7 18.Bf1 Qc6 19.Bxc4 dxc4 20.d5 exd5 21.a4 Ra8 22.Qxa8+ Qxa8 23.a5 Ba7 24.Rg1 Ne4 25.Bc3 f6 26.Ke2 Qe8 27.Rab1 Qh5+ 28.Kf1 Qxh2 29.Be1 Qh3+ 30.Ke2 Qf5 31.Ra1 Qh5+ 32.Kf1 Qf3 33.Rg2 Bxe3 34.a6 Ba7 35.Ra3 Qd1 36.f3 Nc5 37.Rd2 Qc1 38.Re3 Nd3 39.Re8+ Kf7 40.Rde2 Nxe1 41.Rxe1 Bd4 42.Rxc1 Bxb2 43.a7

Time Pressure: a love hate relationship..... :D

Kevin Bonham
25-01-2009, 10:43 PM
Bonham - Rezaie, Lton Weekender 2009.

I was feeling like an ungracious goose being deservedly punished for disdainfully rejecting a reasonable draw offer in this game as I sat there in an increasingly lost position. However my opponent (not for the first time in recent history) succumbed to one of the commonest swindle forms: getting mated while trying to avoid perpetual check.

Very unlucky and undeserved for the opponent, but these things cancel out as this is the same opponent who I lost to when my flag fell as I was delivering mate in KQ vs KR in 2005.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 e5 4.e4 Be7 5.d4 exd4 6.Nxd4 c5 7.Nf3 [7.Nf5 is more ambitious] 7...Bg4 8.Be2 Nc6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Bf4 Nh5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.Re1 Re8 13.a3 Qd7 14.Qc2 Bxf3 15.Bxf3 Nd4 16.Qd1?! [I rejected 16.Qd3! too hastily thinking that 16...Nb3 was annoying but after 17.Rad1 black has nothing to show but wasted time.] 16...Bf8 17.Be3 Nxf3+ 18.Qxf3 Qc6 19.Bf4 [19.Bg5! Be7 20.Rad1 and black has big problems. But I failed to see that I have Nd5 as a safe move in that line - I did not notice that the trick of winning a piece by ...Nxd5 fails because white retakes with a pawn hitting the queen.] 19...Rad8 20.Nd5?! Nxd5 21.exd5 What advantage white has now was not worth closing the half-open file for. 21...Qd7 22.h3 h6 23.Qg3 Kh8 24.Bd2 Be7 25.Bc3 Bf8 26.Kf1 [26.Re3! with tempo since 26...Rxe3 27.Qxe3 threatens h6] 26...Qa4 27.b3! Qd7 28.Rxe8 Rxe8 29.Re1 Rxe1+ Draw offered. I declined immediately thinking I had all the chances here and that those chances were fairly good ... and immediately rendered them otherwise. 30.Kxe1? [30.Bxe1 avoids what happens next] 30...Qf5! 31.Qe3? Qb1+ 32.Ke2 Kg8? [I assume black avoided 32...Qa2+ 33.Kf3 Qxa3 because of 34.Qxh6+ but after 34...Kg8 white loses on the queenside] 33.Bd2! Qb2 34.b4 b6 [34...a6!] 35.Qc3 Qa2! Black may be able to survive the ending with queens off, but why find out? 36.Kf3 Qb1 [36...cxb4! 37.axb4 b5] 37.Kg3 Qf5 38.Be3 Be7 39.bxc5 bxc5 40.Qc1 g5 41.Kh2 Bf6 With two loose pawns and some threats on the king-side white is now getting very tied down. 42.Kh1 Be5 43.Kg1 f6? First seed of the swindle! 44.Kf1? [44.Qd1 first should secure a perpetual] 44...Qd3+ 45.Kg1 a5! 46.g3 a4 47.Kh2 Qb3 48.Qd2 In desperation white activates swindle mode. 48...Qxa3? The wrong pawn! [After 48...Qxc4 49.Qa5 Qxd5 white is lost as there is no perpetual.] 49.Qa5 Qb3 50.Qd8+ Kf7 51.Qd7+ Kg6 52.Qe8+ Kf5 53.f3! This and only this holds! [53.Qf7?? Ke4! 54.Qg6+ f5] [53.Qe6+? Ke4 54.Qg4+ Kd3 and black escapes] 53...Qc2+ [53...Qxe3?? not merely doesn't win, but gets mated] 54.Kg1 Qd1+? [Now it is white who needs to be accurate since only 54...Bxg3! draws] 55.Kg2 Here black offered a draw on my turn, but I can no longer lose, so I said "your move". 55...Qe2+? [55...Qc2+ 56.Bf2 Bxg3 57.Qe6+ Kg6 58.Qg8+ Kh5 59.Kxg3 etc and with accurate play white wins] 56.Bf2 a3?? [56...h5 57.Qxh5 Bxg3 58.Kxg3 Qxc4 59.Qh7+ Ke5 60.Qe7+ Kf5 61.Qe6+] 57.Qe6+ Kg6 58.Qg8+ Kf5 [58...Kh5 59.g4# (or 59.Qe8# ) ] 59.Qh7# 1-0

Jesper Norgaard
22-02-2009, 01:23 PM
I was an ambitious 14 year old just having advanced from third category
to play my first tournament in second category. I knew I was in for some
trouble, so my 3˝/7 was not a bad debute, but it would even have been
4˝ if I had taken a bit more care in the last round, Norgaard-Dittman Denmark 1977:

57.Ke4 Not really necessary since [57.Nd8 Bxd5 58.b7 Bxb7 59.Nxb7 wins easily, but then we would not have seen this hilarious swindle in action]
57...Kg6! 58.Na5! Bc8 maybe you have already seen it coming, I didn't! 59.b7?? [Completely clueless, the simple 59.Kd3 wins of course.] [If 59.h5+ Black would
probably keep the swindle mode with 59...Kf6] 59...Bf5# My opponent looked a little embarrassed at me and then said "I think it is check mate!?"
with a shrug

Perhaps I can quote Magnus Carlsen when he lost to Kasparov at the
tender age of 13 years, without a trace of irony: "I played like a child".
Well so did I.

We are blessed who can laugh at ourselves, because we will never seize
to be amused :owned:

PD: Sorry for getting the century wrong, this was from the 20.th. century :eh:

Basil
22-02-2009, 01:28 PM
Yes definitely qualifies ;) :clap: And congratulations on your English.

ER
22-02-2009, 11:35 PM
I do not really know if this can be classified as my greatest ever swindle or Slobo's worst ever blunder, but, anyway, here it is:

Event: 2008 CV INTERCLUB
Venue: Box Hill Chess Club
Date: 2008.08.16
White RENZIES, ELLIOTT
Black RADOVANOVIC, SLOBODAN
Result 1-0
ECO C60

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Qe7 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. O-O d6 6. Nd5 Qd8 7. d4 exd4 8. Nxd4 Bd7 9. Bg5 Be7 10. Re1 Nxd4 11. Bxd7 Qxd7 12. Nxe7 Nxc2 13. Qxc2 Qxe7 14. Rad1 O-O-O 15. Qa4 Kb8 16. Be3 b6 17. Rd3 Qxe4 18. Rd4 Qb7 19. Rc1 Nd7 20. b4 f6 21. Qc2 Ne5 22. a4 c5 23. bxc5 dxc5 24. Re4 Nd3 25. Bf4 Ka8 26. a5 Nxc1 27. axb6 Qxe4 {???} 28. Qxe4

1-0
I really felt sorry (almost guilty) after this but then I remembered all the presents I have given to opponents through two centuries of Chess and calmed down! Slobodan, on the other hand, being the gentleman he is, took all this with a laugh and joked about it!

Kevin Bonham
23-02-2009, 12:07 AM
It's a blunder (OK, you were working to draw the error with a5 and axb6, but anything else except taking back with the a-pawn still wins easily), but specifically it looks like a self-swindle.

I'm guessing he knew full well that your queen would take back but thought he would back-rank mate you. He just failed to realise it would be check when your queen took back, so he would get mated not you!

Capablanca-Fan
23-02-2009, 09:13 AM
Event: 2008 CV INTERCLUB
Venue: Box Hill Chess Club
Date: 2008.08.16
White RENZIES, ELLIOTT
Black RADOVANOVIC, SLOBODAN
Result 1-0
ECO C60

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Qe7 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. O-O d6 6. Nd5 Qd8 7. d4 exd4 8. Nxd4 Bd7 9. Bg5 Be7 10. Re1 Nxd4 11. Bxd7 Qxd7 12. Nxe7 Nxc2 13. Qxc2 Qxe7 14. Rad1 O-O-O 15. Qa4 Kb8 16. Be3 b6 17. Rd3 Qxe4 18. Rd4 Qb7 19. Rc1 Nd7 20. b4 f6 21. Qc2 Ne5 22. a4 c5 23. bxc5 dxc5 24. Re4 Nd3 25. Bf4 Ka8 26. a5 Nxc1 27. axb6 Qxe4 {???} 28. Qxe4 1-0

3... Qe7 is dreadful. No need to chase it right away with Nd5 since it's badly placed where it is. Leave that in reserve and play d4, Bg5 and threaten Nd5.

12... Nxc2 would have rebounded if White had played 13. Bxf6 (threatening to corner the R with Bxg7) 13... gxf6 14. Nd5 threatening both the fork on f6 and taking the Nc2.

Desmond
08-03-2009, 10:04 PM
[Event "Friendly Game, 5m + 0s"]
[Site "Café"]
[Date "2009.03.08"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Guest588121"]
[Black "Boris"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D88"]
[PlyCount "99"]
[EventDate "2009.03.08"]

1. d4 {0} Nf6 {1} 2. c4 {1} g6 {1} 3. Nc3 {1} d5 {2} 4. cxd5 {2} Nxd5 {2} 5. e4
{0} Nxc3 {1} 6. bxc3 {0} Bg7 {0} 7. Bc4 {1} c5 {2} 8. Be3 {1} O-O {9} 9. Ne2 {2
} Nc6 {6} 10. O-O {1} cxd4 {29} 11. cxd4 {0} a6 {8} 12. Rc1 {5} Qa5 {5} 13. d5
{10} Ne5 {9} 14. Bb3 {1} Bd7 {12} 15. Rc5 {7} Qb4 {18} 16. h3 {2} Qxe4 {7} 17.
Bc2 {20} Qb4 {10} 18. Rc7 {13} Rac8 {6} 19. Rxc8 {16} Rxc8 {2} 20. Bb3 {2} Bb5
{5} 21. f4 {12} Nc4 {12} 22. Bd4 {6} Bxd4+ {5} 23. Qxd4 {2} Qc5 {6} 24. Qxc5 {
17} Rxc5 {2} 25. Rc1 {3} b6 {6} 26. a4 {3} Nd2 {8} 27. Rxc5 {10} Bxe2 {8} 28.
Rc8+ {6} Kg7 {1} 29. Ba2 {3} Ne4 {11} 30. Rc7 {12} Kf6 {4} 31. g4 {2} h6 {13}
32. Kg2 {4} Nd6 {6} 33. Kf2 {4} Bd3 {2} 34. Ke3 {2} Bf1 {1} 35. h4 {4} e6 {18}
36. g5+ {7} hxg5 {2} 37. hxg5+ {1} Kf5 {1} 38. Bb1+ {3} Kg4 {5} 39. dxe6 {1}
fxe6 {1} 40. Bxg6 {2} Nc4+ {11} 41. Kd4 {4} Kxf4 {6} 42. Rxc4 {4} Bxc4 {8} 43.
Kxc4 {4} b5+ {1} 44. axb5 {5} axb5+ {1} 45. Kxb5 {1} Kxg5 {1} 46. Bf7 {1} e5 {2
} 47. Kc5 {1} e4 {2} 48. Kd4 {1} e3 {1} 49. Bc4 {6} e2 {1} 50. Bxe2 {
(Lag: Av=0.95s, max=2.8s) 1} 1/2-1/2

Garvinator
08-03-2009, 10:13 PM
I think there needs to be a minimum time control criteria of at least a 30 minute game for this thread.

Desmond
09-03-2009, 08:58 AM
I think there needs to be a minimum time control criteria of at least a 30 minute game for this thread.Why don't you post one then?

Spiny Norman
09-03-2009, 10:02 AM
This is an online game of mine. I obviously wasn't paying sufficient attention in the opening, dropping material early ... but figured if it could happen to me then my opponent might get lazy and ... well ... see for yourself ... I'm playing Black:

[White "NN"]
[Black "The Snail King"]
[Result "0-1"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Nc3 d6 5.h4 Nge7 6.Ng5 0-0 7.Qh5 h6 8.Nxf7 Rxf7 9.Bxf7+ Kh8 10.d3 Ng8
11.Bd2 Nd4 12.0-0-0 Be6 13.Bxe6 Nxe6 14.Ne2 Nf6 15.Qg6 Qe7 16.Ng3 Nf8 17.Qf5 g6 18.Qh3 h5 19.Nf5 gxf5 20.Qxf5 N8h7
21.c3 Rf8 22.Bh6 Rf7 23.Qc8+ Ng8 24.Be3 Bxe3+ 25.fxe3 b6 26.g4 hxg4 27.Qxg4 Ngf6 28.Qc8+ Rf8 29.Qh3 Rg8 30.h5 Rg5
31.Qh4 Rxh5 32.Qf2 Rxh1 33.Rxh1 Kg8 34.Qf5 Qd7 35.Qg6+ Kf8 36.Kb1 Qe8 37.Qh6+ Ke7 38.Qg7+ Qf7 39.Qg3 Kd7 40.Qg2 Kc8
41.d4 Qe7 42.a3 Nd7 43.d5 Nhf6 44.Qf3 Kb7 45.b4 Qg7 46.Qf5 Qg2 47.Rh8 Qg1+ 48.Kb2 Qxe3 49.Rd8 Qd2+ 50.Kb3 Qc1
51.Rxd7 b5 52.Qf2 Qb1+ 53.Qb2 Qxb2+ 54.Kxb2 Nxd7 55.Kc2 Nf6 56.Kd3 Kb6 57.Ke3 a5 58.Kd3 a4 59.Ke3 c6 60.dxc6 Kxc6
61.Kd3 Nd7 62.Ke3 Nb6 63.Kf3 Nc4 64.Ke2 Nxa3 65.Kd2 Nc4+ 66.Kc2 a3 67.Kb3 Kd7 68.Ka2 Ke6 69.Kb3 d5 70.exd5+ Kxd5 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
09-03-2009, 11:04 AM
Yeah, don't play ... Ne7 in such positions. Even aside from the winning Ng5, what's it going to do from e7? ... Ng6 just encourages h5. Seems that White threw away his N on f5 for nothing, then his K got into trouble and he made another unforced error with 52. Qf2 losing without a fight.

Kevin Bonham
06-10-2009, 12:09 AM
Copied from Croydon "The Anand" weekender thread:


1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 e6 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.Bf4 Nh5 8.Bg3 Nxg3 9.hxg3 h6 10.Nbd2 Be7 11.Qe2 Qc7 12.O-O-O Bd7 13.Kb1 a6 14.c4 dxc4 15.Nxc4 b5 16.Nce5 Qa7 17.Be4 Rc8 18.d5 Nxe5 19.Nxe5 Bf6 20.dxe6 Bxe6 21.Bc6+ Rxc6! 22.Nxc6 Qc5 23.Rc1 Qd5 24.Nb4 Qf5+ 25.Ka1 O-O 26.Nd3? Bc4 27.Rxc4 bxc4 28.Nf4 c3! 29.Qd3 Qc5? 30.Nd5 cxb2+ 31.Kb1 Qd4 32.Qf5 Bg5 33.f4 g6? 34.fxg5! gxf5 35.Ne7+{1-0}

So I was winning then he was winning, and luckily for me he missed a forced win, then I swindled my way to victory. I really enjoyed this game and Franz definitely deserves applause for his comeback. Can this also be put in the swindles thread?

Done. This is a very striking Swindle with the counterattack 34...g6 critically unprotecting h6. The capture of the g5 bishop by the f-pawn thus sets up a fork that in conjunction with the rook's ability to take on h6, allows white to leave the queen to be taken and win it back with interest. Extra points for having tripled pawns in the final position.

michael.mcguirk
05-11-2009, 10:41 PM
Ryde-Eastwood Open, 3/10/09
Round 2, Board 11
White: Michael McGuirk (1643)
Black: Blair Mandla (2095)
Result: 1-0

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d6 cxd6 4.d4 g6 5.Bc4 Bg7 6.c3 O-O 7.Ne2 Nc6 8.O-O Bg4 9.f3 Bf5 10.Ng3 Bxb1 11.Rxb1 d5 12.Bd3 e5 13.dxe5 Qb6+ 14.Kh1 Nxe5 15.Re1 Rfe8 16.Be3 Nxd3 17.Qxd3 Qa5 18.a3 Rad8 19.Ne2 Nd7 20.Bd4 Bxd4 21.Qxd4 Qb5 22.Nf4 Nb6 23.b4 Qc4 24.h3 Qxd4 25.cxd4 Rxe1+ 26.Rxe1 Rd7 27.Rc1 Kg7 28.Kg1 Kf6 29.Kf2 Ke7 30.g3 Kd6 31.Rc5 g5 32.Ng2 Na4 33.Rc2 Nb6 34.Rc5 Na8 35.Ne3 Nc7 36.b5 b6 37.Nf5+ Ke6 38.Rc6+ 1-0


His first tournament back in a while, yet was for me too I suppose :P Draw offered by me after 31. g3. His 'never accept draws' attitude made him stir up trouble where there was none. Suppose though accepting that the board is showing you a drawn game when you're playing a person 450 below you is a hard thing to do. So I do understand on that respect.

Desmond
06-11-2009, 10:34 AM
Nice finish. Not sure if its a swindle, you were better for most of the game IMO.

ElevatorEscapee
07-11-2009, 04:10 PM
Pretty mating pattern at the end, I can see how black could have overlooked that. :)

Kevin Bonham
07-11-2009, 05:54 PM
Nice finish. Not sure if its a swindle, you were better for most of the game IMO.

I wouldn't call it a swindle either since in the position in which it occurs white is probably slightly better anyway. Had it occurred in a dead drawn position I would call it a swindle. As it is, it's a blunder that allows a very neat mating pattern.

Tony Dowden
14-11-2009, 07:51 AM
Bonham - Lin, Mt Buller 2005.

I'd picked an offbeat opening and my young junior opponent (a) knew more theory than I did (b) quickly gained a 40-minute lead on the clock (c) refused my draw offer despite being lower-rated (d) acquired a won position after I blundered ...

and fortunately (e) with 1 hr 22 plus one minute per move add-on on the clock, spent about 30 seconds playing 29...f5 losing instead of 29...f6 winning. Phew!

1.Nc3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.Nf3 g6 5.Qd3 Bg7 6.e4 dxe4 7.Nxe4 Nxe4 8.Qxe4 Nf6 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.Bc4 c6 11.c3 Bf5 12.Qf4 Qd6 13.Ne5 Be6 14.Bxe6 Qxe6 15.0-0 Bxe5 16.Qxe5 Qxe5 17.dxe5 0-0-0 18.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Rd8 20.Rxd8+ Kxd8 21.f4 Kd7 22.Kf2 Ke6 23.Ke3 Kf5 24.Kf3 h5 25.h3 h4 26.g4+ hxg3 27.Kxg3 g5 28.fxg5 Kxg5 29.e6 f5 30.h4+ Kf6 31.Kf4 Kg6 32.Ke5 [32.h5+ Kh6 33.Kxf5 Kxh5] 32...b6 33.c4 c5 34.a3 a6 35.a4 a5 36.Kf4 [36.h5+ Kxh5 37.Kxf5 Kh6 38.Ke5 Kg7 39.Kd5 Kf6] 36...Kf6 37.h5 Kxe6 38.Kg5 0-1
Should be 1-0

Tony Dowden
14-11-2009, 08:08 AM
In assessing this Swindle, consider the following:

* The strength of the opponent.
* How early in the game I was lost and how long I was lost for.
* The shockingness of the elementary blunder that placed me in a lost position in the first place. Any player with a four-figure rating would be suitably ashamed.
* The fact that even after the initial Swindle, I was still lost and had to rely on another mistake to save half a point.
* The fact that I had Swindled my previous opponent too.

(OK it was only a G60).

Given that I had twelve minutes to four and a half I seriously considered playing on and trying to get a full point for my Swindle, but wimped out on the grounds that I was scared of his a-pawn and that if I still lost after a Swindle of such magnitude it would have been sadly wasted.

Without further ado I bring you Bonham (1966)-Dowden (2167), Lton Weekender yesterday.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b6 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.c4 e6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 0-0 7.Nc3 c5 8.Bf4 d6 9.Re1 Nc6 10.e4 Nd7 11.d4?? cxd4 12.Nxd4? Nxd4 13.Qxd4 e5 14.Qd2 exf4 15.gxf4 Re8 16.Rad1 a6 17.e5 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Bf8 19.exd6 Rxe1 20.Qxe1 Rc8 21.Qe4 Nf6 22.Qb7 Qd7 23.Qxd7 Nxd7 24.b3 Rc6 25.Ne4 f5 26.Ng5 Rxd6 27.Re1 h6 28.Nf3 Kf7 From little seeds, big Swindles grow. 29.Re2 g6 30.h3 Bg7 31.Rc2 Nc5 32.b4 Ne4 33.a4 Bc3 34.c5 bxc5 35.bxc5 Rc6? 36.Rxc3! Rxc5? [36...Nxc3 37.Ne5+ Kf6 38.Nxc6 Nxa4 still wins] 37.Rb3! Ra5 Draw Agreed. ˝-˝

I don't know if this is really a swindle KB. I thought I just blundered a piece - although I admit this is preceded by some lazy/sloppy technique on my part.

PS Look at our ratings now :(

Igor_Goldenberg
18-11-2009, 01:00 PM
Event: ICC
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2009.11.18
White: Russian
Black: IgorG
Result: *
TimeControl: 300+0

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6
6. Bg5 Bd7 7. f3 Qa5 8. h4 Rc8 9. Qd2 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 a6
11. O-O-O e6 12. Kb1 Be7 13. g4 b5 14. Be3 b4 15. Ne2 e5
16. Qd2 Be6 17. Nc1 O-O 18. g5 Nh5 19. Nb3 Qa4 20. Rg1 Rfd8
21. Be2 d5 22. exd5 Bxd5 23. Qc1 Qc6 24. f4 Nxf4 25. Bxf4 exf4
26. Bd3 a5 27. Qxf4 a4 28. Nd4 Qc5 29. Nf5 Bf8 30. Nh6+ Kh8
31. Nxf7+ Bxf7 32. Qxf7 a3 33. h5 axb2 34. h6 Rc7 35. hxg7+ Bxg7
36. Qh5 Bc3 37. Rh1 {white is much better now , last trap} Qd5 38. Be2? (38.Bc4!! +-) 38...Qxa2+! 39. Kxa2 Ra8+ 40. Kb3 Ra3#

Capablanca-Fan
18-11-2009, 05:17 PM
Event: ICC
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2009.11.18
White: Russian
Black: IgorG
Result: *
TimeControl: 300+0

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6
6. Bg5 Bd7 7. f3 Qa5 8. h4 Rc8 9. Qd2 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 a6
11. O-O-O e6 12. Kb1 Be7 13. g4 b5 14. Be3 b4 15. Ne2 e5
16. Qd2 Be6 17. Nc1 O-O 18. g5 Nh5 19. Nb3 Qa4 20. Rg1 Rfd8
21. Be2 d5 22. exd5 Bxd5 23. Qc1 Qc6 24. f4 Nxf4 25. Bxf4 exf4
26. Bd3 a5 27. Qxf4 a4 28. Nd4 Qc5 29. Nf5 Bf8 30. Nh6+ Kh8
31. Nxf7+ Bxf7 32. Qxf7 a3 33. h5 axb2 34. h6 Rc7 35. hxg7+ Bxg7
36. Qh5 Bc3 37. Rh1 {white is much better now , last trap} Qd5 38. Be2? (38.Bc4!! +-) 38...Qxa2+! 39. Kxa2 Ra8+ 40. Kb3 Ra3#

Seems like Black was better for most of the game, until the silly N came into play suddenly.

Desmond
18-11-2009, 05:26 PM
Anything wrong with 34...Rxd3 threatening mate on c2?

Capablanca-Fan
18-11-2009, 05:29 PM
Anything wrong with 34...Rxd3 threatening mate on c2?
Well spotted :clap:

Igor_Goldenberg
19-11-2009, 10:14 AM
Seems like Black was better for most of the game, until the silly N came into play suddenly.
It's a blitz game, don't judge too harshly:D

Anything wrong with 34...Rxd3 threatening mate on c2?
It's a blitz game, don't judge too harshly:D
33...Rxd3 must work as well, but I didn't see it either.

Kevin Bonham
02-10-2010, 12:21 AM
Much more a self-swindle by black than a swindle by white, but in the general department of winning from an incredibly lost position we are proud to bring you, direct from Siberia:

Caoili (2243) - Hernandez Guerrero (2160)

For extra points it should be noted that white used more than an hour (of G40/90+30+30 secs/move) getting to move eight, by which point she was already in serious trouble - and played most of the tricky winning minor piece ending surfing the 30 second increment.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 d6 4.Bg2 e5 5.0-0 Be7 6.h3 h5 7.c3 g5 8.Qb3 g4 9.hxg4 hxg4 10.Nh2 a6 11.Na3 Be6 12.Qd1 Nf6 13.Nc2 d5 14.exd5 Bxd5 15.Ne3 Be6 16.Nhxg4 Nxg4 17.Nxg4 Qd7 18.Nh2 0-0-0 19.Re1 c4 20.b3 Bc5 21.Nf1 Bh3 22.Qf3 f5 23.Bxh3 Rxh3 24.bxc4 Rdh8 25.d3 Rh1+ [25...e4 and white can lose lots of material or 26.dxe4 Ne5 27.Qg2 Qh7 mating] 26.Qxh1 Bxf2+ 27.Kxf2 Rxh1 28.Re3 f4 29.Rf3 Qg4 [29...Nd4! 30.cxd4 Qxd4+ 31.Ke2 Qxa1 winning easily] 30.Ba3 fxg3+ [30...Nd4 still works 31.cxd4 fxg3+ 32.Rxg3 (32.Kg2 Qh3#) 32...Qxd4+ again gets the rook] 31.Rxg3 Qf4+ 32.Kg2 Qh4 33.Re1 Kd7 34.Re4 Qh5 35.Reg4 Kc7 36.Bc5 Nd8 37.Rg5 Qe2+? Black has been drifting and after this is now worse 38.Kxh1 Qxf1+ 39.Bg1 Ne6 40.Rxe5 Kd6 41.d4 Nf4 42.Rf5 Ke6 43.Re5+ Kf6 44.Ree3 Kf5 45.Ref3 Qd1 46.Rf2 Ke4 47.Re3+ [47.d5 is less clear but possibly stronger] 47...Kxe3 48.Rf1+ Ke2 49.Rxd1 Kxd1 50.Be3 Ng6 51.d5 Ke2? [51...Kc2 52.Bd4 Kb2 53.Kg2 Kxa2 54.Kf3 Kb3 etc and black still has hope of holding] 52.Bd4 Kd3 53.c5 Kc4 54.c6 bxc6 55.dxc6 Ne7 56.c7 Kd5 57.Kg2 Kc6 58.Be5 Kd5 59.Bf6 Nc8 60.Kf3 Kd6 61.Bd8 Kd5 62.Ke3 Kc4 63.Bf6 Nd6 64.Be5 Nc8 65.Ke4 a5 66.Kf5 Kc5 67.Ke6 Kc6 68.Bf4 a4 69.a3 Nb6 70.Ke7 Nc8+ 71.Kd8 Kb7 72.Be3 Ka8 73.Kd7 Kb7 74.c4 Ka8 75.c5 Kb7 76.c6+ Ka8 77.Kd8 Ne7 78.Kd7 Nc8 79.Bf4 Nb6+ 80.Kd8 1-0

Agent Smith
15-12-2011, 05:38 AM
This is a great swindle and two move finish by a 13 year old Magnus Carlsen
[Event "ECC"]
[Site "Rethymnon GRE"]
[Date "2003.10.04"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Black "Gretarsson, H"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2385"]
[BlackElo "2513"]
[ECO "D45"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4 Nxg4 8.Rg1 Qf6
9.Rxg4 Qxf3 10.Rxg7 Nf6 11.Bg2 Qh5 12.e4 dxe4 13.Bg5 Bf8 14.Bxf6 Bxg7 15.
Bxg7 Rg8 16.Nxe4 Qa5+ 17.Kf1 Rxg7 18.Qc1 Qd8 19.Qf4 Kf8 20.Qe5 Rg6 21.Qh8+
Ke7 22.Qxh7 Qg8 23.Qh4+ f6 24.Bf3 e5 25.b3 exd4 26.Ng3 Bg4 27.Re1+ Kf7 28.
Be4 Rg7 29.h3 Bd7 30.Qh5+ Kf8 31.Qc5+ Kf7 32.Bg6+ 1-0

I was playing a very casual game the other night. It's a pretty ordinary (i have no openings ;>), and i had an awful position but it turned around quickly after after my "draw" was declined on move 21. I probably spent only a couple of minutes on the rest of the game.

[Event "Fics unrated standard 30 4"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.12.12"]
[Round "?"]
[White "farenushbdl"]
[Black "stevenaaus"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1301"]
[BlackElo "1670"]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 3.cxd5 Nxd5
4.Nf3 Nc6 5.e4 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 7.Bb5 Bd7 8.O-O a6 9.Bc4 Bb4 10.Qd3 Bxc3 11.
bxc3 Na5 12.e5 Nd5 13.Bg5 Ne7 14.Rfb1 h6 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Bb3 O-O 17.Bc2 g6
18.Qe3 Kg7 19.Be4 Rab8 20.Rb4 Nc6 21.Rb3 Na5 22.Rb2 Nc4 23.Qe2 Nxb2 24.Qxb2 Bc6 25.Bxc6 bxc6 26.Qe2 Qa3 27.c4 Rb2 28.
Qe3 Qxe3 29.fxe3 Rfb8 30.Rf1 Rxa2 31.h4 Rbb2 32.Ne1 Re2 33.g4 Rxe3 34.g5
Rg3+ 35.Kh1 hxg5 36.hxg5 Rxg5 37.Nf3 Rh5+ 38.Kg1 Rf5 39.Rf2 Ra1+ 40.Rf1
Rxf1+ 41.Kxf1 Rxf3+ 42.Kg2 Rd3 43.d5 cxd5 44.c5 a5 45.c6 a4 46.Kf2 a3 47.
Ke2 Rc3 48.Kd2 d4 0-1

Kevin Bonham
12-04-2012, 09:27 PM
Illingworth - Ikeda, SIO. I haven't copied all of it but this should be enough. When I first saw this they were both terribly short of time, conditions in which Ikeda routinely finds himself and usually excels (unless his flag falls!)

This is a master course in the dark arts and the moral of this story is no matter how lost it gets you must maintain some kind of counterplay

1...Kg8 2.Qc4 Kh8 3.Qd5 Bc8 4.Qxa5 Qg6 5.Qe1 Bb7 6.Nh4 Qf7 7.Qb1 f3 8.Ng6+ Kg8 9.Nxf8 f2+ 10.Kf1 Ng5 11.Qd3 Qxf8 12.Qe2 [12.Rd7] 12...Qf5 13.Rd4 Ne6 14.Rb4 Bd5 15.g4 Qb1+ 16.Kxf2 Ng5 17.Ke3 Nf3 18.e6 Qg1+ 19.Kf4 [19.Qf2!] 19...g5+ 20.Kf5 Qa7 21.e7 [21.Kg6 of all things wins completely][and the second best move is the even odder 21.Bh8 ] 21...Qd7+ 22.Kg6 Qd6+ 23.Kf5 Nh4# 0-1

Sir Cromulent Sparkles
14-04-2012, 11:57 PM
"adventures with the najdorf !"

Heres a fics game of mine that i thought was losing at move 16.

25 ... Na4 is a much better move and one i noticed immediately after b4.

26 Ra1 wins !!


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8.
f3 Nbd7 9. Qd2 b5 10. O-O-O Be7 11. g4 O-O 12. h4 Bxb3 13. cxb3 Qa5 14. Kb1
Rfc8 15. h5 Nc5 16. g5 Nfd7 17. g6 Nb6 18. gxh7+ Kh8 19. h6 g6 20. Be2 Ra7
21. Rhg1 Rac7 22. Rg4 Nxb3 23. axb3 Rxc3 24. bxc3 Rxc3 25. Kb2 b4 {(should have played 25.. Na4 !)} {blssurfer
forfeits on time} 0-1

Kevin Bonham
15-04-2012, 02:12 AM
Yes, white had a huge attack there and was just trying to fritter it away all by himself when you launched the swindle-attempt sac. ...Na4+ would have made a rather nice swindle image but opponent timing out in clearly won position is also funny.

White missed something nice the move before: 25.Bd4! limits the damage to a few pawns for the rook.

Sir Cromulent Sparkles
15-04-2012, 02:23 AM
Yes, white had a huge attack there and was just trying to fritter it away all by himself when you launched the swindle-attempt sac. ...Na4+ would have made a rather nice swindle image but opponent timing out in clearly won position is also funny.

White missed something nice the move before: 25.Bd4! limits the damage to a few pawns for the rook.

17.. Nb6 ??

i was waiting for 18 Nd5 Qxd2 19 Nxe7+ Kf8 20 Rxd2 Kxe7

funny game indeed........

Sheroff
20-04-2012, 09:29 PM
Just played this one on ICC last night. After I play a fairly horrible opening (I'm sure I was lost at more than one stage), my opponent 'forces' me into a very nice combination which results in the unstoppable win of his queen in 8 moves. I saw the combo within about 15 seconds after he played 31.Rc1 (it was a 5 minute blitz game), and was quite happy - it's quite an aesthetically pleasing tactical theme.

White: LeonidP Black: Sheroff (Kevin Casey)
1.e4 c5 2.d4 e6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.f4 cxd4 6.cxd4 d6 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.Nc3 Nxc3
9.bxc3 dxe5 10.fxe5 Be7 11.Bd3 b6 12.h4 Bb7 13.Ng5 h6 14.Qh5 Bxg5 15.hxg5 Nxe5!? 16.Bb5+ Nc6 17.gxh6 g6 18.Qf3 Qd7 19.Qf6 Rh7 20.Bg5 a6 21.Be2 Ne7 22.0-0 Ng8 23.Qf4 Rc8 24.c4 Ne7 25.d5 exd5 26.cxd5 Qxd5 27.Bf3 Qc5+ 28.Kh1 Bxf3 29.Rxf3 Nf5 30.Qe4+ Kf8 31.Rc1? (Allowing a devastating combo) ...Qxc1+! 32.Bxc1 Rxc1+ 33.Kh2 Rxh6+ 34.Rh3 (Here White no doubt heaved a huge sigh of relief. However, he's in for a shock) ...Rh1+!! 35.Kxh1 Rxh3+! (the immediate knight check isn't correct because my rook then hangs at h6 after I take his queen) 36.Kg1 (Not 36.gxh3 Ng3+) ...Rh1+!! (same sac square, different rook!) 37.Kf2 (taking the rook allows the deadly fork) ...Rf1+!! White resigns. His only two choices are 38.Kxf1 or 38.Ke2, both of which lose to the knight fork on g3. Fun times....

Cheers, Kevin Casey
www.remoteriverman.com

Kevin Bonham
20-04-2012, 10:05 PM
1.e4 c5 2.d4 e6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.f4 cxd4 6.cxd4 d6 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.Nc3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 dxe5 10.fxe5 Be7 11.Bd3 b6 12.h4 Bb7 13.Ng5 h6 14.Qh5 Bxg5 15.hxg5 Nxe5!? 16.Bb5+ Nc6 17.gxh6 g6 18.Qf3 Qd7 19.Qf6 Rh7 20.Bg5 a6 21.Be2 Ne7 22.0-0 Ng8 23.Qf4 Rc8 24.c4 Ne7 25.d5 exd5 26.cxd5 Qxd5 27.Bf3 Qc5+ 28.Kh1 Bxf3 29.Rxf3 Nf5 30.Qe4+ Kf8 31.Rc1? (Allowing a devastating combo) 31...Qxc1+! 32.Bxc1 Rxc1+ 33.Kh2 Rxh6+ 34.Rh3 (Here White no doubt heaved a huge sigh of relief. However, he's in for a shock) 34...Rh1+!! 35.Kxh1 Rxh3+! (the immediate knight check isn't correct because my rook then hangs at h6 after I take his queen) 36.Kg1 (Not 36.gxh3 Ng3+) 36...Rh1+!! (same sac square, different rook!) 37.Kf2 (taking the rook allows the deadly fork) 37...Rf1+!! White resigns.

Fantastic combo!

Rincewind
20-04-2012, 10:07 PM
Nice.

Max Illingworth
20-04-2012, 10:53 PM
That was close to the epitome of tactical chess aesthetics. The game should definitely feature in the second edition of 'Forcing Chess Moves' ;)

Sheroff
20-04-2012, 11:10 PM
Thanks guys. I can't remember which IM it was in the States who once told me, about 25 years ago: "Kevin, you play openings like a 2100 player, combinations like a 2600 player, and endgames like a 1500 player..." ;) Though I think in this particular game I played the opening like a 1200 player...

Cheers,
Kevin Casey

Garrett
22-04-2012, 03:55 PM
Nice one !

Capablanca-Fan
23-04-2012, 08:35 AM
1.e4 c5 2.d4 e6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.f4 cxd4 6.cxd4 d6 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.Nc3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 dxe5 10.fxe5 Be7 11.Bd3 b6 12.h4 Bb7 13.Ng5 h6 14.Qh5 Bxg5 15.hxg5 Nxe5!? 16.Bb5+ Nc6 17.gxh6 g6 18.Qf3 Qd7 19.Qf6 Rh7 20.Bg5 a6 21.Be2 Ne7 22.0-0 Ng8 23.Qf4 Rc8 24.c4 Ne7 25.d5 exd5 26.cxd5 Qxd5 27.Bf3 Qc5+ 28.Kh1 Bxf3 29.Rxf3 Nf5 30.Qe4+ Kf8 31.Rc1? (Allowing a devastating combo) 31...Qxc1+! 32.Bxc1 Rxc1+ 33.Kh2 Rxh6+ 34.Rh3 (Here White no doubt heaved a huge sigh of relief. However, he's in for a shock) 34...Rh1+!! 35.Kxh1 Rxh3+! (the immediate knight check isn't correct because my rook then hangs at h6 after I take his queen) 36.Kg1 (Not 36.gxh3 Ng3+) 36...Rh1+!! (same sac square, different rook!) 37.Kf2 (taking the rook allows the deadly fork) 37...Rf1+!! White resigns.

Fantastic combo!
Indeed, a nice version of the "immortal rook". Note though that 31... Qxc1+ is not a sacrifice but an even exchange even without the fork (QvRBP), and if it is not played, Black can resign.

Kevin Bonham
10-07-2012, 05:09 PM
The age-old "rambling rook" is still reaping its harvest of undeserved draws.

Antolis - Chew, Vic Junior just posted to that thread:

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4 c6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.Nge2 0-0 8.0-0 Qc7 9.h3 Be6 10.c5 Be7 11.b4 Qd7 12.Ng3 Re8 13.f4 Qc7 14.Qf3 Na6 15.f5 Bd7 16.Bf4 Qc8 17.a3 Bd8 18.Be5 Nc7 19.a4 h6 20.Nge2 Nh7 21.g4 Ng5 22.Qg2 Na6 23.h4 Nh7 [23...Nxb4] 24.g5 hxg5 25.hxg5 f6 26.g6 Ng5 27.Bg3 Nxb4 28.Bb1 Bc7 29.Bh4 Qd8 30.Bxg5 [30.Qh1! forces 30...Nf7 31.gxf7+ Kxf7 32.Nf4 and white is winning] 30...fxg5 31.Qh3 Qf6 32.Re1 Qxg6 33.Na2 Nxa2 34.Rxa2 Qh6 35.Qg2 Qh4 36.Rf1 Re3 37.Rf3 Rxf3 38.Qxf3 Qe1+ 39.Qf1 Qxf1+ 40.Kxf1 Rf8 41.Kg2 Bxf5 42.Bxf5 Rxf5 43.Rb2 b6 44.a5 bxc5 45.Rb7 Bxa5 46.Rxa7 Be1 47.Re7 c4 48.Re6 Rf6 49.Re5 c3 50.Re3 c2 51.Rd3 Rf2+ 52.Kh3 Rxe2 53.Kg4 c1=Q 54.Rf3 Rg2+ 55.Kh5 Qc2?? [55...Kh7 is mate in two] 56.Rf8+ 1/2-1/2

Another notable recent stalemate swindle at a high level:

Zhao - Brown, NSW Open.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 d6 4. Bc4 e5 5. d3 h6 6. O-O Be7 7. a3 Bg4 8. h3 Bh5 9. b4 Nf6 10. bxc5 dxc5 11. g4 Nxg4 12. hxg4 Bxg4 13. Kh2 Bg5 14. Rg1 Bh5 15. Bb5 Qa5 16. Nd5 O-O-O 17. Bxc6 bxc6 18. Ne3 Qc7 19. Nf5 Rdg8 20. Kg2 g6 21. Ng3 Bg4 22. Qe1 f5 23. Nh2 Be7 24. f3 Bh5 25. Nxh5 gxh5+ 26. Kh1 f4 27. Bd2 Rg5 28. Qf1 Qd7 29. Be1 Rhg8 30. Bf2 Rxg1+ 31. Bxg1 Kb7 32. Rb1+ Ka8 33. Bf2 Qe6 34. c4 h4 35. Qe2 Qh3 36. Be1 h5 37. Qb2 Qd7 38. Bc3 Bd6 39. Bxe5 Bxe5 40. Qxe5 Qxd3 41. Qb2 Qd7 42. a4 h3 43. a5 h4 44. a6 Qd1+ 1/2-1/2

and as posted on the World Rapid thread this wonderful self-destruct:

Tkachiev-Topalov

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bd3 Bd6 6. O-O O-O 7. Bg5 Bg4 8. Nbd2 Re8 9. c3 Nbd7 10. Qc2 h6 11. Bh4 c6 12. Rae1 Qc7 13. Bg3 Nh5 14. Bh7+ Kf8 15. Bxd6+ Qxd6 16. Bf5 Bxf5 17. Qxf5 g6 18. Qb1 Nhf6 19. g3 a5 20. a4 Rxe1 21. Rxe1 Re8 22. Rxe8+ Nxe8 23. Qd1 Qe6 24. Nb3 b6 25. Nc1 Nd6 26. Nd3 Kg7 27. Nfe5 Nxe5 28. Nxe5 Nf5 29. Qg4 c5 30. h4 cxd4 31. cxd4 h5 32. Qf4 f6 33. Nf3 Qd6 34. Qxd6 Nxd6 35. Kf1 Kf7 36. Ke2 Ke6 37. b3 Kf5 38. Nd2 Kg4 39. Nb1 Nf5 40. Nc3 Nxd4+ 41. Kf1 Nxb3 42. Nxd5 Kf3 43. Nxb6 Nd2+ 44. Kg1 Ne4 45. Nc4 Nxf2 46. Kh2 Ng4+ 47. Kg1 Kxg3 48. Nxa5 Ne5 49. Nb7 Kxh4 50. a5 Nc6 51. Kf2 g5 52. a6 g4 53. Nd8 Na7 54. Ne6 g3+ 55. Kf3 Kh3 56. Nf4+ Kh2 57. Ng2 Nc6 58. Nh4 Kh3 59. Ng2 h4 60. Ne3 f5 61. Ng2 Na7 62. Ne3 Nb5 63. Ng2 Nd4+ 64. Ke3 Nb5 65. Kf3 Nc7 66. a7 Na8 67. Ne3 f4 68. Ng2 Kh2 69. Nxh4 Nc7 70. Ng2 Kh3 71. Nxf4+ Kh2 72. Ng2 Kh3 73. Ne3 Na8 74. Ke4 Nc7 75. Kd3 Kh2 76. Kc4 Kg1 77. Nf5 Kf2 78. Nxg3 Kxg3 79. Kc5 Kf4 80. Kc6 Na8 81. Kb7 1-0

Sutek
12-07-2012, 08:07 AM
from a CC game..

Steve Kerr v Carol-Peter Gouw
Purdy Jubilee A

1. c4 f5 2. g3 d6 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nc3 e5 5. d3 Be7 6. e4 c6 7. Nge2 O-O 8. O-O Na6 9. h3 fxe4 10. dxe4 Nc5 11. Be3 Be6 12. b3 Qc8 13. g4 a6 14. f4 b5 15. f5 Bf7 16. g5 Nh5 17. Bf3 b4 18. Na4 Nxa4 19. bxa4 Nf4 20. Nxf4 exf4 21. Bxf4 Bxc4 22. Re1 d5 23. Kg2 Ra7 24. Bg4 Qd8 25. Qc1 Bd3 26. Qxc6 Bxe4+ 27. Rxe4 dxe4 28. Rd1 Qa8 29. Qb6 Kh8 30. h4 Bd8 31. Qxb4 Raf7 32. Bd6 Re8 33. Qb3 Rb7 34. Qc3 e3! 35. Bf3 Ba5 36. Qxa5 Rb2+ 37. Kg3 e2 38. Rd3 Qd8 39. Qe1 Rb1 40. Qxb1 e1=Q+ 41. Qxe1 Rxe1 42. Rd5 Kg8 43. a5 Qc8 44. Bc5 Rf1 45. h5 Qc7+ 46. Kg4 Qxa5 47. g6 Qc7 48. Be3 Rb1 49. a3 h6 50. Bf4 Qc8 51. Re5 Rb5 52. Rxb5! axb5 53. Bd6 Qc4+ 1/2-1/2
White holds by means of a "fortress". After 54.Kg3 Qd3 55.Bb4 Qxf5 black's king is trapped in the corner and the lone queen can make no progress against white's king and white squared bishop.

Saragossa
20-10-2012, 02:32 PM
[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2012.10.19"]
[White "Private_Learoyd"]
[Black "GreggStanley"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1817"]
[BlackElo "1844"]
[TimeControl "5|0"]
[Termination "Private_Learoyd won by checkmate"]

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.h3 Nc6 5.Nc3 e5 6.d5 Nce7 7.Bc4 f5 8.O-O h6 9.Re1 f4 10.Kh2 g5
11.g3 Ng6 12.Rg1 Kf7 13.gxf4 gxf4 14.Qf1 Nh4 15.Nxh4 Qxh4 16.Qg2 Bf6 17.Nb5 Ne7 18.Nxc7 Rg8 19.Ne6 Rxg2+ 20.Rxg2 Ng6
21.Bd2 f3 22.Rg4 Qxf2+ 23.Kh1 Qxd2 24.Rag1 Nf4 25.Rg7+ Bxg7 26.Rxg7+ Ke8 27.Bb5+ Bd7 28.Bxd7#

Kevin Bonham
29-10-2012, 01:04 AM
Hughes - Bonham Burnie Shines round 6. Truly dreadful play by me for most of the game coming off a long loss the previous round but another example of what to do in lost positions: create counterplay - and what not to do in won positions: allow it.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 c6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 g5 [6...dxc4 7.e4 g5 is the correct move order] 7.Bg3 dxc4 8.a4 [8.e4 is the main line] 8...Bb4 [8...Qb6 may be correct] 9.e3 b5 10.Be2 Ne4?! 11.Qc2 Nxc3? 12.bxc3 Bd6 Black's position is already bad. 13.axb5 cxb5 14.Qb2 [14.Qe4! which both sides missed just wins exchange eg 14...Bxg3 15.Qxa8 Bd6 16.Rxa7 0-0 17.h4] 14...a6 15.Nd2 Bxg3 16.hxg3 Bd7 [16...Bb7 17.Nxc4 Bxg2 18.Rh2 Bd5] 17.Bf3 Bc6 18.Bxc6+ Nxc6 19.Ne4 Qb6? [19...Kf8 20.Nc5 Kg7 and the pawn is immune eg 21.Nxa6 Qb6 22.Nc5 Rxa1+ 23.Qxa1 b4] 20.Nxg5 Completely overlooked this focusing on white's other ideas 20...Ke7 21.Ne4 a5 22.Nd2 Qa6 23.Rh5 Tony Dowden says I looked very miserable at this point. 23...Rab8 [23...b4 24.Rc5] 24.Qa3+ Kf6 [24...b4 25.cxb4 Nxb4 26.Rxa5!] 25.Qc5?! Wastes tempo. 25...Qb6 [25...Kg7] 26.Ne4+ Kg7 [26...Kg6?? 27.Rg5+! hxg5 28.Qxg5+ Kh7 29.Nf6#] 27.Qd6 b4 28.Qf4 f5 29.Nc5 Rbe8 30.g4 [30.Qd6! wins comfortably in all lines] 30...bxc3! Black must play for counterplay quickly since white will soon win otherwise. 31.gxf5 Best 31...Qb2 32.fxe6?? Disaster Move! [32.Qg4+ Kf8 33.fxe6 still wins. The point is to be able to get the king out from the otherwise mating queen checks without getting the queen pinned on it; forcing the king to the f-file will do the trick] 32...Qxa1+ 33.Ke2 Qb2+ 34.Kf3 Ref8 35.Rf5 Rxf5 36.Qxf5 Rf8 0-1

Jesper Norgaard
11-02-2013, 06:46 PM
White to move and ... swindle! In the most exquisite way. Black just moved ...Be2??

5rk1/4RNb1/1q1p2p1/3Pp2p/4P3/6P1/1r2b1BP/2Q2R1K w - - 0 1

Extra points for guessing who was Black. And more for figuring out a good move that would win instead of Bg4-e2??

Kevin Bonham
11-02-2013, 07:09 PM
I've seen either this position or one very similar to it somewhere recently but can't remember who the victim was.

Jesper Norgaard
11-02-2013, 07:19 PM
I've seen either this position or one very similar to it somewhere recently but can't remember who the victim was.

I'm pretty sure it was the same one - he, he! :lol:

Sir Cromulent Sparkles
11-02-2013, 07:23 PM
qh6

i guess black should really be playing Bxf1.

it looks like it might have resulted from a k.i.d. so ill take a punt and guess radjabov.

Jesper Norgaard
11-02-2013, 07:37 PM
qh6

i guess black should really be playing Bxf1.

it looks like it might have resulted from a k.i.d. so ill take a punt and guess radjabov.

Answer in white.


So what refutes Bxf1?. It wasn't Radjabov. I don't know the opening, so I don't know if it was KID (in the Australian Open (Tennis) I saw KIA all over the place, making me cheer Kings Indian Attack!)

Sir Cromulent Sparkles
11-02-2013, 08:00 PM
Answer in white.


So what refutes Bxf1?. It wasn't Radjabov. I don't know the opening, so I don't know if it was KID (in the Australian Open (Tennis) I saw KIA all over the place, making me cheer Kings Indian Attack!)

my Bxf1 is also wrong because ive forgotten that the bishop was originally on g4 not e2. :confused:

ill have another think about this.

Sheroff
11-02-2013, 08:04 PM
The player who was Black here won this game, but shouldn't have - White missed an awesome tactical shot. The Black player used to live 4 kms from my house in Brisbane....

Cheers, Kevin Casey

Capablanca-Fan
11-02-2013, 11:55 PM
White to move and ... swindle! In the most exquisite way. Black just moved ...Be2??

5rk1/4RNb1/1q1p2p1/3Pp2p/4P3/6P1/1r2b1BP/2Q2R1K w - - 0 1


1. Qh6 (threatens 2.Qh8+ Bxh8 3. Nh6#) 1... Bxh6 [1... Rxf7 2. Re8+ mates] 2. Nxh6+ Kh8 3. Rxf8#.

I don't see why this was a "swindle". Normally this means turning around a dead loss into a win. Here it's a case of mutual attacks.

Also, Marshall himself, the great "swindler", said that an important ingredient is attention. Many players would see it if prompted "White to play and win" but would miss it in a game.

Jesper Norgaard
12-02-2013, 03:58 AM
1. Qh6 (threatens 2.Qh8+ Bxh8 3. Nh6#) 1... Bxh6 [1... Rxf7 2. Re8+ mates] 2. Nxh6+ Kh8 3. Rxf8#.

I don't see why this was a "swindle". Normally this means turning around a dead loss into a win. Here it's a case of mutual attacks.

Also, Marshall himself, the great "swindler", said that an important ingredient is attention. Many players would see it if prompted "White to play and win" but would miss it in a game.

Answer in white.

1. Qh6!! (threatens 2.Qh8+!! Bxh8 3. Nh6#) 1... Bxh6 [1... Rxf7 2. Re8+ mates] 2. Nxh6+ Kh8 3. Rxf8#.

Correct.

In fact after all these queen sacrifices, it is peculiar that Black's only option for continuing the game is another queen sacrifice 1...Qe3!! 2.Qxe3 Bxf1 3.Bxf1 Rxf7 4.Rxf7 Kxf7 and Black has only a rook against the queen, pretty hopeless. The point of 1...Qe3 is that it is the only move that avoids 2.Qh8+ Bxh8 3.Nh6+ by way of 3...Qxh6.

The reason it is a swindle (a little far fetched, I admit) is that Black (who is Black?) swindled himself the move before. Instead of 0...Bg4-e2?? there is at least one winning move. I will have to examine more closely, but I think there is only one move that wins convincingly instead of 0...Bg4-e2?? So the question is which move wins for Black (the move before the diagram position)?

Of course I agree that in the diagram position, white just wins with the hammer blow 1.Qh6!! and Black's position is hopeless. Still I think the move is easier to find if you look for swindles.

Incidentally White played the completely hapless 1. Nh6+?? Bxh6 and resigned, spoiling all the fun for himself (2.Qxh6 Rxf1+ 3.Bxf1 Bf3+ 4.Bg2 Bxg2+ mate).

Sir Cromulent Sparkles
12-02-2013, 08:35 AM
what black should have played

...qb5 , qh6 qxf1+, Bxf1 bf3+, kg1 bxh6

and black is sitting pretty

Jesper Norgaard
12-02-2013, 10:28 AM
what black should have played

...qb5 , qh6 qxf1+, Bxf1 bf3+, kg1 bxh6

and black is sitting pretty

Answer in white.



You are right, 0...Qb5! allows for a complete refutation of 1.Qh6?? Qxf1+ as mentioned but perhaps even easier just 1...Rxf7! because Re8+ is cancelled out.

0...Qb5! seems to be the only real try for a win. Another candidate move 0...Rf2 allows 1.h3 Rc8 2.Qe1 Rcc2 3.Rxf2 Rxf2 4.hxg4 and it fizzles out to only a slight advantage for Black. The great difference is 0...Qb5! 1.h3 Qe2! and White is obliged to give up the queen with 2.Qxb2 Qxb2 3.hxg4 hxg4 and although it is still not clearcut how Black can overcome the fortress it seems that a win can be squeezed out of it. For instance 4.Rd7 Qd2 5.Kh2 Ra8 6.Rd8+ Rxd8 7.Nxd8 Qg5 8.Ne6 Qh5+ 9.Kg1 Bh6 intending Be3+ etc.

And the fortunate Black player was GM David Smerdon, who avoided being victim of a beauty prize, and in any case a victim of his own carelessness in an explosive situation. You can check out his blog with article "Nearly Miraculous" http://www.davidsmerdon.com/?p=950 which reveals his opponent was a 2200+ player Donald Mason.

Kevin Bonham
12-02-2013, 10:48 AM
Yep, that's where I saw it. Quite amazing. I wonder if Mason knows about it.

Jesper Norgaard
13-02-2013, 03:26 AM
Yep, that's where I saw it. Quite amazing. I wonder if Mason knows about it.

If he doesn't, that would be "aMasoning"!

Lachlan.P
17-06-2013, 12:00 PM
This is a game I played at the Australian Juniors in 2007. First round I was up against James Morris and to my surprise got ahead in the game, but he managed to complicate things and I missed a perpetual by him in the end (I was only a junior but just totally missed it). I think this might be classed as a swindle by James? I'll let you guys decide.

Event: Australian Junior Championships - Under 18
Site: ?
Date: 2007.01.14
Round: 1
White: Pedersen-Lee, Lachlan
Black: Morris, James
Result: 1/2-1/2
BlackElo: 1927
ECO: C01
Opening: French
Variation: Exchange, 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 c6
WhiteElo: 1258

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Bd3 O-O 7. Ne2 c6 8.
O-O dxc4 9. Bxc4 b5 10. Bb3 a6 11. Bc2 Re8 12. Be3 Bb7 13. a3 Bf8 14. Bg5
Nbd7 15. Qd3 g6 16. Ne4 Bg7 17. Nd6 Qc7 18. Nxe8 Rxe8 19. Ng3 h6 20. Bd2 c5
21. Bc3 Nd5 22. Rac1 Nf4 23. Qd2 Nxg2 24. dxc5 Nh4 25. Bd1 Qc6 26. f3 Bxc3
27. Rxc3 g5 28. Ne4 Rxe4 29. fxe4 Qxe4 30. Bf3 Nxf3+ 31. Rcxf3 Ne5 32. Qd8+
Kh7 33. Rxf7+ Nxf7 34. Rxf7+ Kg6 35. Rxb7 Qe1+ 1/2-1/2

Jesper Norgaard
23-10-2013, 10:14 AM
This is a game I played at the Australian Juniors in 2007. First round I was up against James Morris and to my surprise got ahead in the game, but he managed to complicate things and I missed a perpetual by him in the end (I was only a junior but just totally missed it). I think this might be classed as a swindle by James? I'll let you guys decide.


Well 16.Ne4 Bg7 17.Nd6 was a nice swindle that he could have avoided several ways. After losing the exchange the game became muddled, especially after Nf4 and Nxg2. In the final position however with 35.Qf6+! Kh5 36.Rxb7 Qxb7 37.c6 you will apparently get a winning position, for instance had it been a correspondence game. But the win is very complicated, I doubt you would have pulled it off. Still a draw for a 1258 player is still nice against one of the most talented juniors Australia has had.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Bd3 O-O 7. Ne2 c6 8.
O-O dxc4 9. Bxc4 b5 10. Bb3 a6 11. Bc2 Re8 12. Be3 Bb7 13. a3 Bf8 14. Bg5
Nbd7 15. Qd3 g6 16. Ne4 Bg7 17. Nd6 Qc7 18. Nxe8 Rxe8 19. Ng3 h6 20. Bd2 c5
21. Bc3 Nd5 22. Rac1 Nf4 23. Qd2 Nxg2 24. dxc5 Nh4 25. Bd1 Qc6 26. f3 Bxc3
27. Rxc3 g5 28. Ne4 Rxe4 29. fxe4 Qxe4 30. Bf3 Nxf3+ 31. Rcxf3 Ne5 32. Qd8+
Kh7 33. Rxf7+ Nxf7 34. Rxf7+ Kg6 {analysis starts here} 35. Qf6+! Kh5 36. Rxb7 Qxb7
{36...Qe1+ doesn't work because of an eventual possibility of Qf3+ stalls the perpetual
checks} 37.c6 Qh7 38.Qf3+ g4 39.Qd5+ Kh4 40.Qd4! {with the idea of protecting b2, but
more importantly allow for an in-between check with Qf2+, and Houdini considers this
winning for white, although the proof was quite long:}
40...Qb1+ 41.Kg2 Qg6 42.Qd8+ Kh5 43.c7 Qe4+ 44.Kf2 Qf3+ 45.Ke1 Qe3+ 46.Kd1 Qg1+
47.Kc2 Qc5+ 48.Kd3 Qc4+ 49.Ke3 Qc1+ 50.Ke4 Qh1+ 51.Kf5 Qf3+ 52.Ke5 Qe3+
53.Kd5 Qd2+ 54.Kc6 Qc2+ 55.Kb6 Qf2+ 56.Kxa6 +-

James Peirce
05-03-2014, 09:05 AM
This is a link to a very interesting swindle of mine where the opponent putting my king in check 4 moves in a row lost him the game

http://chessmicrobase.com/g/wfi0dkfk

Kevin Bonham
05-03-2014, 09:25 AM
This is a link to a very interesting swindle of mine where the opponent putting my king in check 4 moves in a row lost him the game

http://chessmicrobase.com/g/wfi0dkfk

That whole game is rather interesting. But it's not the four checks in a row that lose; it's 60...Ra4 instead of 60...Kd2. Of course a different third check with ...Nd1+ and mate in 2 instead of ...Nc4+ would have been even better for black!

Sheroff
06-03-2014, 04:58 PM
I was White in this ICC game:

1.d4 Nf6
2.c4 g6
3.Nc3 d5
4.Bg5 Ne4
5.Bh4 Nxc3
6.bxc3 dxc4
7.Qa4+ Qd7
8.Qxc4 b6
I think Black has the better game here.
9.Ne5 Bxe5
10.dxe5 Ba6
11.Qe4 Nc6
Offering Doctor Casey the chance to perform an emergency bamboozle-ectomy.
12. Rd1 Qe6
Here it comes... wait for it...
13.Rd6!!
Now if I had been Black in this position, I would just play ...cxd6, 14.Qxc6+ Kf8 15.Qxa8+ Kg7 and, despite the fact that he's a piece down, my own development is non-existent, my king is stuck in the centre and I think Black has some definite chances (my a-pawn will get munched). Instead, he plays:
13... Qc4
This is pretty tricky. If White is hasty and plays 14.Qxc6+? Qxc6 15.Rxc6, after ...Kd7! my rook is trapped and lost. Trying to out-swindle the swindler. However, White's advantage is clear after:
14.Qxc4 Bxc4
15. Rxc6 Bxa2
16. Rxc7 and White eventually wins with his extra piece.

This is not the best way to play the white side of a Gruenfeld, however!! Dubious, at best.

Cheers,
Kevin Casey

Capablanca-Fan
07-03-2014, 04:22 AM
Kevin Casey vs. Anon, ICC
[as above ^^^ but with a pair of missing moves inserted]
1.d4 Nf6
2.c4 g6
3.Nc3 d5
4.Nf3 Bg7
5.Bg5 Ne4
6.Bh4 Nxc3
7.bxc3 dxc4
8.Qa4+ Qd7
9.Qxc4 b6
10.Ne5 Bxe5
11.dxe5 Ba6
12.Qe4 Nc6
13. Rd1 Qe6
14.Rd6!! Qc4 [14...cxd6{!} 15.Qxc6+ Kf8 16.Qxa8+ Kg7]
15.Qxc4
[15.Qxc6+? Qxc6 16.Rxc6 Kd7{!}]
15... Bxc4
16. Rxc6 Bxa2
17. Rxc7 {and White eventually wins with his extra piece.}

Kevin Bonham
31-07-2014, 02:37 PM
Swindled draw by a Columbian WIM (2208) against Neil Markovitz from the Andorra tournament. Notes by Neil.

1...Kd6! [She thought 1...Kf5 won but 2.Ng3+ Kg5 3.Kxe4 Kh4 4.Nh1 Kh3 5.Kf4 Kg2 6.Ng3= So with little time left I played the correct [move]] 2.Kd4!? e3 3.Kxe3 Kc5 4.Kd3 Kb4 Wondering why she didn't resign and should have been tipped off by her long think on move two 5.Kd4 Kxa4 6.c5!! bxc5+?? [6...Kb5! wins] 7.Kc4 and my king can never escape the box, though I tried for some moves

MichaelBaron
31-07-2014, 11:20 PM
Swindled draw by a Columbian WIM (2208) against Neil Markovitz from the Andorra tournament. Notes by Neil.

1...Kd6! [She thought 1...Kf5 won but 2.Ng3+ Kg5 3.Kxe4 Kh4 4.Nh1 Kh3 5.Kf4 Kg2 6.Ng3= So with little time left I played the correct [move]] 2.Kd4!? e3 3.Kxe3 Kc5 4.Kd3 Kb4 Wondering why she didn't resign and should have been tipped off by her long think on move two 5.Kd4 Kxa4 6.c5!! bxc5+?? [6...Kb5! wins] 7.Kc4 and my king can never escape the box, though I tried for some moves

Nice trick.

James Peirce
15-10-2014, 11:01 AM
Not sure if this classifies as a swindle but i definetely had a horrible position for most of the game
Link here http://chessmicrobase.com/g/a7sjl4ku

Kevin Bonham
15-10-2014, 05:03 PM
Perhaps not a swindle as such as no real trick involved, just opponent ignoring obvious danger.

I was thinking when playing through it that I win from positions that look a bit like that fairly often. But actually, mine aren't that bad. For instance with 16.Qg3 white is clearly winning.

I would not have let white get both e5 and c5 (c5 by itself is no problem and often actually bad for white, but e5 too is a different story.) There is nothing urgent about castling in that position.

James Peirce
16-10-2014, 09:19 AM
Perhaps not a swindle as such as no real trick involved, just opponent ignoring obvious danger..

I have been reading Kotov's Think Like A Grandmaster he calls this 'dizziness due to sucess' getting carried away in self-congratulation at being in such a fantastic position

Kevin Bonham
27-10-2014, 10:42 PM
Bonham - Lin, Mt Buller 2005.

[..]

1.Nc3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.Nf3 g6 5.Qd3 Bg7 6.e4 dxe4 7.Nxe4 Nxe4 8.Qxe4 Nf6 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.Bc4 c6 11.c3 Bf5 12.Qf4 Qd6 13.Ne5 Be6 14.Bxe6 Qxe6 15.0-0 Bxe5 16.Qxe5 Qxe5 17.dxe5 0-0-0 18.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Rd8 20.Rxd8+ Kxd8 21.f4 Kd7 22.Kf2 Ke6 23.Ke3 Kf5 24.Kf3 h5 25.h3 h4 26.g4+ hxg3 27.Kxg3 g5 28.fxg5 Kxg5 29.e6 f5 30.h4+ Kf6 31.Kf4 Kg6 32.Ke5 [32.h5+ Kh6 33.Kxf5 Kxh5] 32...b6 33.c4 c5 34.a3 a6 35.a4 a5 36.Kf4 [36.h5+ Kxh5 37.Kxf5 Kh6 38.Ke5 Kg7 39.Kd5 Kf6] 36...Kf6 37.h5 Kxe6 38.Kg5 1-0

For almost ten years I've believed my opponent's 29...f5 was losing in this game but I was showing this thread to Kam Lee tonight and Stockfish alleges convincingly that after 29...f5 30.h4+ Kh5! still saves half a point for white.

Capablanca-Fan
28-10-2014, 11:00 AM
Is that meant to be 1-0?

Kevin Bonham
29-10-2014, 02:37 PM
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James Peirce
05-11-2014, 08:27 AM
Not sure if this qualifies as a swindle but it seems certain that my opponent wasn't expecting a mating attack in the endgame!:)
http://chessmicrobase.com/g/pi2pyk20

James Peirce
17-07-2015, 04:33 PM
Pretty sure a rook endgame 4 pawns down qualifies as a swindle, help with PGN viewer would be appreciated.
[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2015.07.16"]
[White "nestrosales"]
[Black "j-rules"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "1718"]
[BlackElo "1593"]
[TimeControl "10|0"]
[Termination "Game drawn by agreement"]

1.c4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 e6 4.d4 Be7 5.e3 O-O 6.Be2 d6 7.O-O Nc6 8.Bd2 Ne4 9.d5 exd5 10.cxd5 Nxc3
11.Bxc3 Ne5 12.Nxe5 dxe5 13.Bxe5 c6 14.dxc6 bxc6 15.Bc4+ Kh8 16.Qxd8 Rxd8 17.Rfd1 Bb7 18.h3 h5 19.Be6 Bc8 20.Rxd8+ Bxd8
21.Bf7 Bf6 22.Bxf6 gxf6 23.Bxh5 Be6 24.b3 Rd8 25.Rc1 Bd5 26.Bf3 Bxf3 27.gxf3 Rd6 28.Rc5 f4 29.exf4 Kg7 30.Kg2 Kg6
31.h4 Kh6 32.Kg3 Kg6 33.Kg4 Kf7 34.Ra5 Rd7 35.Ra6 c5 36.Ra5 Rc7 37.Kf5 Kg7 38.Ra6 c4 39.bxc4 Rxc4 40.Rxa7+ Kh6
41.Ra8 Rc2 42.Kxf6 Rc6+ 43.Kf5 Rc2 44.Ke4 Rxf2 45.f5 Re2+ 46.Kf4 Rb2 47.a4 Rb4+ 48.Kg3 Kg7 49.f4 Kf6 50.Kg4 Rb1
51.Ra6+ Kg7 52.Rg6+ Kf7 53.a5 Rg1+ 54.Kh5 Rf1 55.a6 Rxf4 56.f6 Ra4 57.Rg7+ Kxf6 58.Rg6+ Kf7 59.Kg5 Ra5+ 60.Kh6 Ra4
61.Rb6 Rxh4+ 62.Kg5 Ra4 63.Kf5 Ra5+ 64.Ke4 Ke7 65.Kd4 Kd7 66.Kc4 Kc7 67.Rh6 Ra4+ 68.Kb5 Ra1 69.Rh7+ Kb8 70.Rb7+ Ka8
71.Rb6 Rb1+ 72.Kc6 Rc1+ 73.Kd7 Ka7 74.Rh6 Ra1 75.Kc7 Rxa6 76.Rh5 Ra1 77.Rb5 Rc1+ 78.Kd6 Ka6 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
17-07-2015, 06:32 PM
Pretty sure a rook endgame 4 pawns down qualifies as a swindle, help with PGN viewer would be appreciated.

Just put {pgn} at the start of the moves (take the headers out) and {/pgn} at the end but replace the {}s with []s. Click on quote on this post to see what I've done here.

1.c4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 e6 4.d4 Be7 5.e3 O-O 6.Be2 d6 7.O-O Nc6 8.Bd2 Ne4 9.d5 exd5 10.cxd5 Nxc3
11.Bxc3 Ne5 12.Nxe5 dxe5 13.Bxe5 c6 14.dxc6 bxc6 15.Bc4+ Kh8 16.Qxd8 Rxd8 17.Rfd1 Bb7 18.h3 h5 19.Be6 Bc8 20.Rxd8+ Bxd8
21.Bf7 Bf6 22.Bxf6 gxf6 23.Bxh5 Be6 24.b3 Rd8 25.Rc1 Bd5 26.Bf3 Bxf3 27.gxf3 Rd6 28.Rc5 f4 29.exf4 Kg7 30.Kg2 Kg6
31.h4 Kh6 32.Kg3 Kg6 33.Kg4 Kf7 34.Ra5 Rd7 35.Ra6 c5 36.Ra5 Rc7 37.Kf5 Kg7 38.Ra6 c4 39.bxc4 Rxc4 40.Rxa7+ Kh6
41.Ra8 Rc2 42.Kxf6 Rc6+ 43.Kf5 Rc2 44.Ke4 Rxf2 45.f5 Re2+ 46.Kf4 Rb2 47.a4 Rb4+ 48.Kg3 Kg7 49.f4 Kf6 50.Kg4 Rb1
51.Ra6+ Kg7 52.Rg6+ Kf7 53.a5 Rg1+ 54.Kh5 Rf1 55.a6 Rxf4 56.f6 Ra4 57.Rg7+ Kxf6 58.Rg6+ Kf7 59.Kg5 Ra5+ 60.Kh6 Ra4
61.Rb6 Rxh4+ 62.Kg5 Ra4 63.Kf5 Ra5+ 64.Ke4 Ke7 65.Kd4 Kd7 66.Kc4 Kc7 67.Rh6 Ra4+ 68.Kb5 Ra1 69.Rh7+ Kb8 70.Rb7+ Ka8
71.Rb6 Rb1+ 72.Kc6 Rc1+ 73.Kd7 Ka7 74.Rh6 Ra1 75.Kc7 Rxa6 76.Rh5 Ra1 77.Rb5 Rc1+ 78.Kd6 Ka6 1/2-1/2

Agent Smith
19-07-2015, 12:52 PM
I think winning at rapid isn't really a swindle. Time control is an important part of the game - at which i suck incidentally :)

James Peirce
19-07-2015, 03:01 PM
He had about 7mins to my 4 when the last black pawn disappeared.

ElevatorEscapee
24-07-2015, 09:24 PM
Edit - ignore below post, I had got to the end of page 9, and not seen the posts on page 10! :oops:


Hi James, just wrap the tags:


around your game score.

1.c4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 e6 4.d4 Be7 5.e3 O-O 6.Be2 d6 7.O-O Nc6 8.Bd2 Ne4 9.d5 exd5 10.cxd5 Nxc3
11.Bxc3 Ne5 12.Nxe5 dxe5 13.Bxe5 c6 14.dxc6 bxc6 15.Bc4+ Kh8 16.Qxd8 Rxd8 17.Rfd1 Bb7 18.h3 h5 19.Be6 Bc8 20.Rxd8+ Bxd8
21.Bf7 Bf6 22.Bxf6 gxf6 23.Bxh5 Be6 24.b3 Rd8 25.Rc1 Bd5 26.Bf3 Bxf3 27.gxf3 Rd6 28.Rc5 f4 29.exf4 Kg7 30.Kg2 Kg6
31.h4 Kh6 32.Kg3 Kg6 33.Kg4 Kf7 34.Ra5 Rd7 35.Ra6 c5 36.Ra5 Rc7 37.Kf5 Kg7 38.Ra6 c4 39.bxc4 Rxc4 40.Rxa7+ Kh6
41.Ra8 Rc2 42.Kxf6 Rc6+ 43.Kf5 Rc2 44.Ke4 Rxf2 45.f5 Re2+ 46.Kf4 Rb2 47.a4 Rb4+ 48.Kg3 Kg7 49.f4 Kf6 50.Kg4 Rb1
51.Ra6+ Kg7 52.Rg6+ Kf7 53.a5 Rg1+ 54.Kh5 Rf1 55.a6 Rxf4 56.f6 Ra4 57.Rg7+ Kxf6 58.Rg6+ Kf7 59.Kg5 Ra5+ 60.Kh6 Ra4
61.Rb6 Rxh4+ 62.Kg5 Ra4 63.Kf5 Ra5+ 64.Ke4 Ke7 65.Kd4 Kd7 66.Kc4 Kc7 67.Rh6 Ra4+ 68.Kb5 Ra1 69.Rh7+ Kb8 70.Rb7+ Ka8
71.Rb6 Rb1+ 72.Kc6 Rc1+ 73.Kd7 Ka7 74.Rh6 Ra1 75.Kc7 Rxa6 76.Rh5 Ra1 77.Rb5 Rc1+ 78.Kd6 Ka6

Looking at it superficially,
29.exf4 seemed unnecessary for White, 57.Rg7+ was a shocker, and 61.Rb6 gave up the h pawn for no reason. There should still have been some winning chances for White - but well done on sticking in there and pulling a half point from the fire. :D

Tyson
25-07-2015, 12:52 PM
[Event "Oceania Zonal"]
[Date "2015.07.09"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Thomas Xuan"]
[Black "Tyson Walker"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2023"]
[BlackElo "1872"]
[Annotator "Walker,Tyson"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 e6 6. O-O d6 7. d4 cxd4 8. Qxd4
a6 9. Rd1 Nbd7 10. b3 Qc7 11. Ba3 Nc5 12. Rac1 Be7 13. b4 Ncd7 14. e4 O-O 15.
Nd2 Rfd8 (15... a5 16. Nb5 Qb8 17. bxa5 Rxa5) 16. Bb2 Rac8 17. h3 Qb8 18. Kh2
Ba8 19. a4 Ne5 20. b5 a5 21. f4 Ng6 22. Qe3 h5 {I had about a minute left at
this point, and had to make 8 moves to get to the next time control} 23.
Ne2 e5 {I was worried about a piece getting into d4, but this wasn't bad for
me, so e5 is a bit weakening for me and allowed white to lock the centre} (
23... h4 24. g4 Nd7) 24. f5 Nf8 25. Nc3 N8d7 26. Ba3 Nf8 27. Bf3 h4 {I made
this move with 3 seconds on my clock} 28. gxh4 N6h7 29. Rg1 Bxh4 30. Rg4 g5
31. Rxh4 gxh4 32. Qh6 Kh8 33. Rg1 Ng6 34. fxg6 fxg6 35. Rxg6 Qc7 36. Bxd6 Rxd6
37. Rxd6 Rg8 38. Rg6 Rf8 39. Nd5 Bxd5 40. cxd5 Qd7 41. Bg4 Rf2+ 42. Kg1 Qf7 43.
Rg7 Rf1+ 44. Nxf1 Qxf1+ 45. Kxf1 1/2-1/2

Basil
28-07-2015, 08:26 AM
Yep. That qualifies.

Kevin Bonham
28-07-2015, 11:58 AM
That's world class.

Capablanca-Fan
04-08-2015, 01:07 PM
Very good alertness, finding a stalemate with so many pieces on the board.

Tyson
04-08-2015, 05:49 PM
Very good alertness, finding a stalemate with so many pieces on the board.

Thanks (^.^). It's the only reason I played on. I saw the idea when I realised I was going to lose my d-pawn. I knew it was a very long shot, but when he played 39...Nd5 I had a really strong suspicion he hadn't seen the idea (especially when he recaptured with the c-pawn).

Bill Gletsos
04-08-2015, 06:26 PM
The annotation to move 22 about needing 8 moves to reach the time control doesn't seem to make sense as the zonal time control was 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move from move 1.
Hence move 30 has no significance.

Tyson
05-08-2015, 11:51 AM
The annotation to move 22 about needing 8 moves to reach the time control doesn't seem to make sense as the zonal time control was 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move from move 1.
Hence move 30 has no significance.

Yeah, that's a typo, should say 18 instead of 8.

Bill Gletsos
05-08-2015, 02:37 PM
Yeah, that's a typo, should say 18 instead of 8.tThat makes more sense.
Thanks.

Kevin Bonham
05-10-2015, 07:58 PM
I gave a lecture on this subject at the club tonight and used Xuan-Walker, Illingworth-Ikeda (both on this thread) and Michalik-Solomon (Istanbul ol 2012) as my main in-depth examples.

Kevin Bonham
04-01-2017, 10:19 AM
Posting link here to Parle-Smirnov (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?16458-2017-Australian-Open-Brisbane&p=418933&viewfull=1#post418933) where an upset against a much higher rated player (who had a bad loss in the previous round) goes begging.

I think it falls under the heading of "self-swindle". Who can believe that taking a pawn with check is bad, yet 35.Qxe6+ doesn't win in a position where many other moves do.

Kevin Bonham
15-01-2017, 09:19 PM
Dale-Reilly NZ Champs

1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 f5 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nc3 c6 8.d5 e5 9.dxe6 Bxe6 10.b3 Na6 11.Bb2 Qe7 12.Qc2 Kh8 13.Rad1 Rad8 14.e3 Nc5 15.Nd4 Bg8 16.Rfe1 Nce4 17.f3 Nxc3 18.Qxc3 c5 19.Ne2 d5 20.cxd5 Nxd5 21.Qxg7+ Qxg7 22.Bxg7+ Kxg7 23.e4 fxe4 24.fxe4 Ne3 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.Nf4 Nxg2 27.Kxg2 Rd2+ 28.Kh3 g5 29.Nh5+ Kg6 30.g4 Rxa2 31.Rd1 Bxb3 32.Rd7 Be6 33.Rg7+ Kh6 34.Re7 Ra6 35.e5 c4 36.Rxb7 Ra3+ 37.Ng3 Kg6 38.Re7 Bd5 39.Rd7 Be4 40.e6 Kf6?? 41.Rf7+ Kxe6 42.Re7+ Kxe7 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
16-01-2017, 02:06 PM
Yang - Parle Aus Junior, rambling rook swindle

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Qa4+ c6 8.Nf3 0-0 9.Bg5 h6 10.Be3 Nd7 11.Qa3 b6 12.Rd1 Bb7 13.Be2 c5 14.dxc5 Qc7 15.Nd4 Bxe4 16.Nb5 Qb7 17.f3 Bc6 18.cxb6 Nxb6 19.Nd4 Nd5 20.Bd2 Rfd8 21.0-0 Qb6 22.Kh1 Bxd4 23.cxd4 Qxd4 24.Ba5 Qa4 25.Qxa4 Bxa4 26.Bxd8 Bxd1 27.Rxd1 Rxd8 28.Bc4 e6 29.Kg1 Kf8 30.Kf2 Ke7 31.Rb1 Nc3 32.Rb3 Nd5 33.a4 Kd6 34.Bxd5 exd5 35.Ke3 Rc8 36.Rb7 Rc7 37.Rb5 Rc3+ 38.Kd2 Ra3 39.Ra5 Ke5 40.Rxa7 f6 41.Re7+ Kd4 42.Re6 Rxa4 43.Rxf6 Ra2+ 44.Ke1 Rxg2 45.h4 Ke3 46.Kd1 d4 47.Re6+ Kxf3 48.h5 gxh5 49.Rxh6 Rh2 50.Rd6 Ke3 51.Re6+ Kd3 52.Ke1 h4 53.Ra6 h3 54.Ra3+ Ke4 55.Rg3 d3 56.Rg8 Re2+ 57.Kf1 h2?? [57...Rc2 wins quickly] 58.Re8+ Kd4 59.Rd8+ Ke5 60.Re8+ Kf4 61.Rf8+ Ke3 62.Rf3+ Ke4 63.Rf4+ Kd5 64.Rd4+ Ke5 65.Rd5+ Ke4 66.Rd4+ Kf5 67.Rf4+ Ke5 68.Rf5+ Kd6 69.Rd5+ Ke6 70.Rd6+ Kf7 71.Rf6+ Ke8 72.Rf8+ Kd7 73.Rd8+ Kc6 74.Rd6+ Kb5 75.Rd5+ Kc4 76.Rd4+ Kc3 77.Rxd3+ Kc4 78.Rh3 Ra2 79.Rh8 Kd5 80.Rh7 Ke6 81.Rh8 Kf6 82.Rh7 Kg6 83.Rh8 Kg5 84.Rg8+ Kf4 85.Rf8+ Ke3 86.Re8+ Kd2 87.Rd8+ Kc1 88.Rc8+ Kb1 89.Rb8+ Ka1 90.Rh8 Rb2 91.Rh7 Kb1 92.Rh8 Rc2 93.Rb8+ Kc1 94.Rh8 Rd2 95.Rc8+ Kd1 96.Rh8 Kc1 1/2-1/2

MichaelBaron
16-01-2017, 10:40 PM
Dale-Reilly NZ Champs

1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 f5 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nc3 c6 8.d5 e5 9.dxe6 Bxe6 10.b3 Na6 11.Bb2 Qe7 12.Qc2 Kh8 13.Rad1 Rad8 14.e3 Nc5 15.Nd4 Bg8 16.Rfe1 Nce4 17.f3 Nxc3 18.Qxc3 c5 19.Ne2 d5 20.cxd5 Nxd5 21.Qxg7+ Qxg7 22.Bxg7+ Kxg7 23.e4 fxe4 24.fxe4 Ne3 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.Nf4 Nxg2 27.Kxg2 Rd2+ 28.Kh3 g5 29.Nh5+ Kg6 30.g4 Rxa2 31.Rd1 Bxb3 32.Rd7 Be6 33.Rg7+ Kh6 34.Re7 Ra6 35.e5 c4 36.Rxb7 Ra3+ 37.Ng3 Kg6 38.Re7 Bd5 39.Rd7 Be4 40.e6 Kf6?? 41.Rf7+ Kxe6 42.Re7+ Kxe7 1/2-1/2

Cute finish..but not sure why white could not simply play 28.Re2

Desmond
08-05-2020, 02:48 PM
Something very satisfying about this one.

1.d4 Nf6
2.c4 g6
3.Nc3 d5
4.Bg5 c6
5.Nf3 Bg7
6.e3 O-O
7.Qb3 dxc4
8.Bxc4 Nbd7
9.Bxf6 Bxf6
10.Ne5 Nxe5
11.dxe5 Bxe5
12.O-O Qb6
13.Qc2 Bg7
14.Ne2 Qc7
15.Ng3 b6
16.f4 e6
17.e4 Bb7
18.f5 Bd4+
19.Kh1 e5
20.fxg6 hxg6
21.Qe2 Kg7
22.Qg4 Rh8
23.Rxf7+ Qxf7
24.Bxf7 Kxf7
25.Qd7+ Kf6
26.Qxb7 Bf2
27.Qxc6+ [27.Nf1 and white is winning, obvsly] 27...Kg5
28.Qc1+ Kf6
29.Qf1 Rxh2+
30.Kxh2 Rh8+
31.Nh5+ Rxh5#

Sutek
08-05-2020, 03:40 PM
I thought this was this the greatest swindle? :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWiAMeAS7bM
sk

Tom M
08-05-2020, 08:56 PM
This is easily the dirtiest swindle of my career thus far. After blundering badly in the middlegame I managed four or five favourable transitions in a dead lost endgame until it was winning, screwed up the win, and then profited from a very late blunder (62. Kg5??) I felt physically unclean after this one.


[Event "2019 Doeberl Cup"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2019.04.20"]
[Round "5.16"]
[White "Marsden, John A"]
[Black "Maguire, Tom"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B18"]
[WhiteElo "1916"]
[BlackElo "2125"]
[PlyCount "126"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. Nf3 Nd7 7. Bd3 Ngf6 8.
O-O e6 9. Re1 Be7 10. c3 O-O 11. Bxg6 hxg6 12. Bg5 c5 13. Qb3 Qc7 14. Rad1 c4
15. Qc2 Nb6 16. Ne4 Nbd5 17. Bh4 b5 18. Neg5 Bd6 19. Ne4 Nxe4 20. Rxe4 b4 21.
Bg3 bxc3 22. bxc3 Bxg3 23. hxg3 Qa5 24. Rc1 Rab8 25. Ne5 Rfc8 26. Rg4 Qa3 27.
Nxf7 Qxc3 28. Qxg6 Qxc1+ 29. Kh2 Kf8 30. Qxg7+ Ke8 31. Nd6+ Kd8 32. Rh4 Ne7 33.
Rh7 Kd7 34. Qxe7+ Kc6 35. Qd7+ Kd5 36. Nxc8+ Ke4 37. Qxe6+ Kd3 38. Re7 Rb1 39.
Qe3+ Qxe3 40. Rxe3+ Kxd4 41. Nxa7 Rb6 42. g4 c3 43. Rxc3 Kxc3 44. Kg3 Kb4 45.
Nc8 Re6 46. f4 Kc5 47. f5 Re8 48. Na7 Ra8 49. Kf4 Rxa7 50. Kg5 Ra4 51. Kh5 Kd6
52. g5 Ke7 53. g4 Kf8 54. g6 Rxa2 55. f6 Kg8 56. g5 Ra4 57. g7 Kf7 58. g6+ Kg8
59. Kh6 Rh4+ 60. Kg5 Rh1 61. Kf5 Re1 62. Kg5 Rf1 63. Kh6 Rxf6 0-1

Patrick Byrom
09-05-2020, 08:47 PM
This is easily the dirtiest swindle of my career thus far. After blundering badly in the middlegame I managed four or five favourable transitions in a dead lost endgame until it was winning, screwed up the win, and then profited from a very late blunder (62. Kg5??) I felt physically unclean after this one. ...
Is that THE John Marsden (https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/john-marsdens-candlebark-chess-champions-take-on-the-nations-best-and-win-20151224-gluohy.html)?

Capablanca-Fan
11-05-2020, 03:26 AM
Something very satisfying about this one.

1.d4 Nf6
2.c4 g6
3.Nc3 d5
4.Bg5 c6
5.Nf3 Bg7
6.e3 O-O
7.Qb3 dxc4
8.Bxc4 Nbd7
9.Bxf6 Bxf6
10.Ne5 Nxe5
11.dxe5 Bxe5
12.O-O Qb6
13.Qc2 Bg7
14.Ne2 Qc7
15.Ng3 b6
16.f4 e6
17.e4 Bb7
18.f5 Bd4+
19.Kh1 e5
20.fxg6 hxg6
21.Qe2 Kg7
22.Qg4 Rh8
23.Rxf7+ Qxf7
24.Bxf7 Kxf7
25.Qd7+ Kf6
26.Qxb7 Bf2
27.Qxc6+ [27.Nf1 and white is winning, obvsly] 27...Kg5
28.Qc1+ Kf6
29.Qf1 Rxh2+
30.Kxh2 Rh8+
31.Nh5+ Rxh5#

Cute, and really just turned the game back as opposed to turning it around. Black was winning from the opening, with an extra P and B-pair thanks to White's unforced error of 10.Ne5. White's attack should not have been able to get anywhere with Black's dark-square control, e.g. 18... Qe5. Black could have safely grabbed a second P with 14... Qxb2.

Capablanca-Fan
11-05-2020, 03:32 AM
This is easily the dirtiest swindle of my career thus far. After blundering badly in the middlegame I managed four or five favourable transitions in a dead lost endgame until it was winning, screwed up the win, and then profited from a very late blunder (62. Kg5??) I felt physically unclean after this one.


[Event "2019 Doeberl Cup"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2019.04.20"]
[Round "5.16"]
[White "Marsden, John A"]
[Black "Maguire, Tom"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B18"]
[WhiteElo "1916"]
[BlackElo "2125"]
[PlyCount "126"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. Nf3 Nd7 7. Bd3 Ngf6 8.
O-O e6 9. Re1 Be7 10. c3 O-O 11. Bxg6 hxg6 12. Bg5 c5 13. Qb3 Qc7 14. Rad1 c4
15. Qc2 Nb6 16. Ne4 Nbd5 17. Bh4 b5 18. Neg5 Bd6 19. Ne4 Nxe4 20. Rxe4 b4 21.
Bg3 bxc3 22. bxc3 Bxg3 23. hxg3 Qa5 24. Rc1 Rab8 25. Ne5 Rfc8 26. Rg4 Qa3 27.
Nxf7 Qxc3 28. Qxg6 Qxc1+ 29. Kh2 Kf8 30. Qxg7+ Ke8 31. Nd6+ Kd8 32. Rh4 Ne7 33.
Rh7 Kd7 34. Qxe7+ Kc6 35. Qd7+ Kd5 36. Nxc8+ Ke4 37. Qxe6+ Kd3 38. Re7 Rb1 39.
Qe3+ Qxe3 40. Rxe3+ Kxd4 41. Nxa7 Rb6 42. g4 c3 43. Rxc3 Kxc3 44. Kg3 Kb4 45.
Nc8 Re6 46. f4 Kc5 47. f5 Re8 48. Na7 Ra8 49. Kf4 Rxa7 50. Kg5 Ra4 51. Kh5 Kd6
52. g5 Ke7 53. g4 Kf8 54. g6 Rxa2 55. f6 Kg8 56. g5 Ra4 57. g7 Kf7 58. g6+ Kg8
59. Kh6 Rh4+ 60. Kg5 Rh1 61. Kf5 Re1 62. Kg5 Rf1 63. Kh6 Rxf6 0-1
Also a case of "do not hurry". White had no need to surrender his R for the c-P so early with 43. Rxc3. White should have waited for Black queening threatening to prevent White's R from sacrificing itself. Make Black spend more moves while White advances his Ps, and draw his K further away (c2 or c1 rather than c3).

Desmond
11-05-2020, 10:27 AM
Cute, and really just turned the game back as opposed to turning it around. Black was winning from the opening, with an extra P and B-pair thanks to White's unforced error of 10.Ne5. White's attack should not have been able to get anywhere with Black's dark-square control, e.g. 18... Qe5. Black could have safely grabbed a second P with 14... Qxb2.

Thanks CF. I didn't consider 14...Qxb2 or 18...Qe5 - both look strong. I should have made better use of the opportunities on the long diagonal.

I suspect 10.Ne5 was a pre-move blunder, anticipating 9...Nxf6 instead of 9...Bxf6.

Kevin Bonham
15-09-2020, 09:02 PM
Against any reasonable human being or even anyone with a vestigial understanding of what goth-rock actually is I would have resigned this on move 23 if not earlier. But no, there are some to whom we will never surrender.

RoySturgess (1762) - TheRealSleepycat (1805) [A00]
Live Chess Chess.com, 15.09.2020

1.g3 g6 2.Bg2 Nf6 3.d3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Be3 c5 7.h3 Nc6 8.Qd2 e6 9.Bh6 Rb8 10.h4 b5 [10...Bxh6 is fine 11.Qxh6 b5 12.h5 just ignore it, there's no threat] 11.h5 Nxh5?? 12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.g4 Qf6 14.gxh5 b4 15.Nd1 Ne5 16.f4 Ng4 17.Bf3 Nh6 18.Ne2 Bb7 19.hxg6 fxg6 20.d4 e5?? 21.fxe5 Qxf3 22.Qxh6+ Kf7 23.Rf1 Qxf1+ 24.Kxf1 Ke7+ 25.Ke1 dxe5 26.d5 Rf7 27.Qg5+ Kd7 28.Ne3 Rbf8 29.Qxe5 Rf2 30.Qe6+ Kd8 31.d6 Re8 32.Qc4 Rf6 33.Qxc5 Rf7 34.Rd1 Rxe4 35.Rd3 Re6 36.Nd5 Rd7 37.Ne7 [37.Rf3 mates in 7 or 8.] 37...h5 38.Kd2 h4 39.Qa5+ Ke8 40.Qxa7 Be4 41.Qb8+ Rd8 42.Qb5+ Kf7 43.Nc6 Rdxd6 44.Rxd6 Rxd6+ 45.Ke3 Bxc6 46.Qc5 Re6+ 47.Kd2 h3 48.Nd4 h2 49.Nxe6 h1=Q 50.Ng5+? [50.Nd8+ still wins] 50...Kf6 51.Nh7+ Now it's a draw. [51.Nh3! Qxh3 52.Qxc6+ with some winning chances] 51...Kg7 52.Qe7+ Kh6 53.Nf8 Qd5+ 54.Ke3 Qf3+ 55.Kd4 Qd5+ 56.Ke3 Qf3+ 57.Kd2 Qd5+ 58.Ke1 Qh1+ 59.Kd2 Qd5+ Game drawn by repetition ˝-˝

Patrick Byrom
16-09-2020, 02:49 PM
Against any reasonable human being or even anyone with a vestigial understanding of what goth-rock actually is I would have resigned this on move 23 if not earlier. But no, there are some to whom we will never surrender. ...
Doesn't 31...Re8 allow 32.Qxe8+ followed by 33.Kxf2? White's winning anyway, of course, but that practically forces resignation - even against a player lacking a vestigial understanding of goth-rock :(

Kevin Bonham
16-09-2020, 02:57 PM
Doesn't 31...Re8 allow 32.Qxe8+ followed by 33.Kxf2? White's winning anyway, of course, but that practically forces resignation - even against a player lacking a vestigial understanding of goth-rock :(

Yes I saw that and was surprised it was missed as he wasn't really in time trouble at that stage. At the end he was below 2 minutes so blunders like missing the knight fork were a bit more excusable.

Blunderbuss
16-09-2020, 03:11 PM
I assume you have some back history with Mr. R Sturgess AKA Axiom. It seems he is no longer a member of the chess.com TCA club.

Desmond
16-09-2020, 04:14 PM
I assume you have some back history with Mr. R Sturgess AKA Axiom. It seems he is no longer a member of the chess.com TCA club.

Oh is that who Axiom is?

Nice comeback there KB too.

Kevin Bonham
16-09-2020, 08:14 PM
Oh is that who Axiom is?

Just another of his many fake names. His real name remains unknown. "Roy Sturgess", like "Tom Crass" and others, is a character name he started using some time ago.

Desmond
17-09-2020, 10:28 AM
Just another of his many fake names. His real name remains unknown. "Roy Sturgess", like "Tom Crass" and others, is a character name he started using some time ago.Ah right, I'm with you now. For a moment I thought there must have been a big Axiom identity reveal that I had missed along the way.

Patrick Byrom
17-09-2020, 02:13 PM
Yes I saw that and was surprised it was missed as he wasn't really in time trouble at that stage. At the end he was below 2 minutes so blunders like missing the knight fork were a bit more excusable.His move (32.Qc4) is clearly the best move, according to Stockfish - although I'm sure most human players would rather have the simplification after 32.Qxe8+.

b.nancarrow
17-09-2020, 07:13 PM
His move (32.Qc4) is clearly the best move, according to Stockfish - although I'm sure most human players would rather have the simplification after 32.Qxe8+.

But unreasonable human players? ;)

b.nancarrow
17-09-2020, 11:38 PM
Just another of his many fake names. His real name remains unknown. "Roy Sturgess", like "Tom Crass" and others, is a character name he started using some time ago.

Axiom and his Apostulates! :lol:

antichrist
18-09-2020, 07:30 AM
Axiom and his Apostulates! :lol:

Well at least no one has accused him(?) of cheating - yet.

ER
18-09-2020, 07:52 AM
Just another of his many fake names. His real name remains unknown. "Roy Sturgess", like "Tom Crass" and others, is a character name he started using some time ago.

oh ok had forgotten about Mr. R. Sturgess long ago. Well, he bombarded me with a number of messages last night, first inquiring about the late start of the tournament and then complaining about his being blocked.
Only then I put two and two together and realised it was the man himself. Hadn't spoken to Ax for a long time! Well, it's good to know he is well! btw messages were sent through Chess.com platform!

MichaelBaron
18-09-2020, 11:40 PM
Against any reasonable human being or even anyone with a vestigial understanding of what goth-rock actually is I would have resigned this on move 23 if not earlier. But no, there are some to whom we will never surrender.

RoySturgess (1762) - TheRealSleepycat (1805) [A00]
Live Chess Chess.com, 15.09.2020

1.g3 g6 2.Bg2 Nf6 3.d3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Be3 c5 7.h3 Nc6 8.Qd2 e6 9.Bh6 Rb8 10.h4 b5 [10...Bxh6 is fine 11.Qxh6 b5 12.h5 just ignore it, there's no threat] 11.h5 Nxh5?? 12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.g4 Qf6 14.gxh5 b4 15.Nd1 Ne5 16.f4 Ng4 17.Bf3 Nh6 18.Ne2 Bb7 19.hxg6 fxg6 20.d4 e5?? 21.fxe5 Qxf3 22.Qxh6+ Kf7 23.Rf1 Qxf1+ 24.Kxf1 Ke7+ 25.Ke1 dxe5 26.d5 Rf7 27.Qg5+ Kd7 28.Ne3 Rbf8 29.Qxe5 Rf2 30.Qe6+ Kd8 31.d6 Re8 32.Qc4 Rf6 33.Qxc5 Rf7 34.Rd1 Rxe4 35.Rd3 Re6 36.Nd5 Rd7 37.Ne7 [37.Rf3 mates in 7 or 8.] 37...h5 38.Kd2 h4 39.Qa5+ Ke8 40.Qxa7 Be4 41.Qb8+ Rd8 42.Qb5+ Kf7 43.Nc6 Rdxd6 44.Rxd6 Rxd6+ 45.Ke3 Bxc6 46.Qc5 Re6+ 47.Kd2 h3 48.Nd4 h2 49.Nxe6 h1=Q 50.Ng5+? [50.Nd8+ still wins] 50...Kf6 51.Nh7+ Now it's a draw. [51.Nh3! Qxh3 52.Qxc6+ with some winning chances] 51...Kg7 52.Qe7+ Kh6 53.Nf8 Qd5+ 54.Ke3 Qf3+ 55.Kd4 Qd5+ 56.Ke3 Qf3+ 57.Kd2 Qd5+ 58.Ke1 Qh1+ 59.Kd2 Qd5+ Game drawn by repetition ˝-˝

Your opponent was ''sub-human''?

MichaelBaron
19-09-2020, 12:23 AM
Just another of his many fake names. His real name remains unknown. "Roy Sturgess", like "Tom Crass" and others, is a character name he started using some time ago.

Wow that means I did get play the legendary Axiom (in Lekko's invitational life blitz)! Now I just need to get a game against AC ....and I can retire from online chess with the feeling of my mission being accomplished :)

antichrist
19-09-2020, 12:35 AM
Wow that means I did get play the legendary Axiom (in Lekko's invitational life blitz)! Now I just need to get a game against AC ....and I can retire from online chess with the feeling of my mission being accomplished :)

I offered you a game months back but you wisely ignored. Since viewing your shocking end game in that loss recently I really don't think that you are up to my standard. I certainly would not be proving anything.

https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/melbourne-chess-club/games/fc8caffd-2837-4572-9611-71a51e2faa15/

antichrist
19-09-2020, 02:30 AM
Your opponent was ''sub-human''?

Axiom made the same mistake that M Baron makes - not leaving pawns around his king as well Axiom not castling of course.

James Peirce
04-12-2020, 09:36 AM
Not sure if this belongs here or the Shockers thread :)

[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2020.12.03"]
[Round "-"]
[White "pablo300557"]
[Black "JamesPeirce"]
[Result "0-1"]
[CurrentPosition "8/p7/2Pn1P2/b3k3/8/3B4/P1K5/8 w - -"]
[Timezone "UTC"]
[ECO "E61"]
[ECOUrl "https://www.chess.com/openings/Kings-Indian-Defense-Normal-Variation-4.Nf3-d6"]
[UTCDate "2020.12.03"]
[UTCTime "22:46:08"]
[WhiteElo "1500"]
[BlackElo "1633"]
[TimeControl "900+10"]
[Termination "JamesPeirce won on time"]
[StartTime "22:46:08"]
[EndDate "2020.12.03"]
[EndTime "23:28:45"]
[Link "https://www.chess.com/live/game/5880823637"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Nf3 d6 5. h3 O-O 6. Bf4 Nbd7 7. e3 c5 8. Be2
Nh5 9. Bh2 f5 10. Ng5 Ndf6 11. g4 fxg4 12. hxg4 h6 13. Nh3 cxd4 14. exd4 e5 15.
dxe5 dxe5 16. Qxd8 Rxd8 17. gxh5 Bxh3 18. hxg6 Ng4 19. Bxe5 Nxe5 20. Rxh3 Rd6
21. Rd1 Rxd1+ 22. Kxd1 Rd8+ 23. Kc2 Nxg6 24. Nd5 Ne5 25. Rg3 Kf7 26. Bh5+ Kg8
27. b3 Nc6 28. f4 Nd4+ 29. Kb1 Nf5 30. Rg1 b5 31. Bg6 Nd4 32. Rg4 bxc4 33. bxc4
Rb8+ 34. Kc1 Kf8 35. Rg2 Rc8 36. Bd3 Rc6 37. Rf2 h5 38. f5 Rh6 39. Nf4 h4 40.
Rh2 Kf7 41. Ng6 Bf6 42. Be4 Kg7 43. c5 Bd8 44. c6 Bc7 45. Rxh4 Rxh4 46. Nxh4 Kf6
47. Kb2 Nb5 48. Kc2 Nd6 49. Bd3 Kg5 50. Nf3+ Kf6 51. Nd4 Ke5 52. Kc3 Ba5+ 53.
Kc2 Kxd4 54. f6 Ke5 {-2.02} (54... Ke5 55. Bf1 Kxf6 56. c7 Bxc7 57. Bg2 Nf5 58.
Kc3) 0-1

White missed 19. Bg3 winning easily, as well as 52. Ne6. In the final position it should still be drawn if they didn't run out of time.

Kevin Bonham
24-06-2021, 10:50 PM
http://chessexpress.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-great-escape.html

Rambling rook strikes again ... 95...g3 was a blunder, after 96.Bxg3 it's a draw with best play whether black takes the bishop or not.

James Peirce
02-07-2021, 05:13 PM
Not quite from the 21st century (1904 in fact) but how can this position be saved?

1k6/1Pp4R/8/2N1b3/8/6PK/rp5P/8 w - - 0 1

James Peirce
12-07-2021, 06:41 PM
[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2021.07.12"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Capricorn9"]
[Black "JamesPeirce"]
[Result "0-1"]
[CurrentPosition "7k/3B3p/2p5/p2p4/2pP4/2N5/PP4RP/4q1K1 w - -"]
[Timezone "UTC"]
[ECO "A15"]
[ECOUrl "https://www.chess.com/openings/English-Opening-Anglo-Indian-Defense-2.g3"]
[UTCDate "2021.07.12"]
[UTCTime "08:26:51"]
[WhiteElo "2026"]
[BlackElo "1868"]
[TimeControl "180+2"]
[Termination "JamesPeirce won by checkmate"]
[StartTime "08:26:51"]
[EndDate "2021.07.12"]
[EndTime "08:33:12"]
[Link "https://www.chess.com/game/live/19817455965"]

1. c4 {[%clk 0:03:01.1]} 1... Nf6 {[%clk 0:03:00.3]} 2. g3 {[%clk 0:02:59.7]}
2... c5 {[%clk 0:03:01.1]} 3. Bg2 {[%clk 0:02:58.6]} 3... Nc6 {[%clk 0:03:02.3]}
4. Nc3 {[%clk 0:02:57.6]} 4... e6 {[%clk 0:03:02.8]} 5. Nf3 {[%clk 0:02:56.9]}
5... d5 {[%clk 0:03:03.4]} 6. cxd5 {[%clk 0:02:57.3]} 6... exd5 {[%clk
0:03:04.7]} 7. d4 {[%clk 0:02:56.4]} 7... c4 {[%clk 0:03:04.7]} 8. O-O {[%clk
0:02:52.1]} 8... Bf5 {[%clk 0:03:04.4]} 9. Ne5 {[%clk 0:02:52.7]} 9... Be7
{[%clk 0:02:56.8]} 10. Bg5 {[%clk 0:02:53.2]} 10... Be6 {[%clk 0:02:54.2]} 11.
Nxc6 {[%clk 0:02:49.8]} 11... bxc6 {[%clk 0:02:54.1]} 12. Bxf6 {[%clk
0:02:49.1]} 12... gxf6 {[%clk 0:02:50.6]} 13. e4 {[%clk 0:02:49.9]} 13... O-O
{[%clk 0:02:48.7]} 14. Qh5 {[%clk 0:02:45.2]} 14... f5 {[%clk 0:02:27.7]} 15.
exf5 {[%clk 0:02:42.4]} 15... Bd7 {[%clk 0:02:25.4]} 16. Rfe1 {[%clk 0:02:17.3]}
16... Bf6 {[%clk 0:02:25.4]} 17. Rad1 {[%clk 0:02:18.1]} 17... Rb8 {[%clk
0:02:22.5]} 18. Rd2 {[%clk 0:02:15]} 18... Kh8 {[%clk 0:02:21]} 19. f4 {[%clk
0:02:13.6]} 19... Rg8 {[%clk 0:02:09.9]} 20. g4 {[%clk 0:02:05.2]} 20... a5
{[%clk 0:01:27.5]} 21. g5 {[%clk 0:02:02.3]} 21... Bxg5 {[%clk 0:01:26.9]} 22.
fxg5 {[%clk 0:01:58.8]} 22... Rxg5 {[%clk 0:01:27.6]} 23. Qxf7 {[%clk
0:01:56.8]} 23... Rxf5 {[%clk 0:01:24.1]} 24. Qe7 {[%clk 0:01:55]} 24... Qc7
{[%clk 0:01:18.6]} 25. Bh3 {[%clk 0:01:42.7]} 25... Re8 {[%clk 0:01:00.8]} 26.
Bxf5 {[%clk 0:01:38.6]} 26... Rxe7 {[%clk 0:00:58.7]} 27. Rxe7 {[%clk
0:01:39.1]} 27... Qf4 {[%clk 0:00:57.2]} 28. Rf2 {[%clk 0:01:34.9]} 28... Qg5+
{[%clk 0:00:50.3]} 29. Rg2 {[%clk 0:01:14.2]} 29... Qxe7 {[%clk 0:00:44]} 30.
Bxd7 {[%clk 0:01:15.2]} 30... Qe1# {[%clk 0:00:39]} 0-1

James Peirce
22-07-2021, 09:06 PM
3mins+2 seconds with some disastrous moves surfing the increment for both players. (see move 103 and 142) :lol:
Funnily enough I do know a bit about KQ vs KR which made my 127.Rb5+ incredibly stupid :doh:

James Peirce vs [REDACTED]



1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. bxc3 dxe5 7. d5 e4 8. Ng5
Ne5 9. Nxe4 e6 10. c4 Bd7 11. c5 Qh4 12. Bd3 exd5 13. Bg5 Qg4 14. Qxg4 Nxg4 15.
Nc3 c6 16. f3 d4 17. Ne4 Ne3 18. Bxe3 dxe3 19. Ke2 Bf5 20. Nd6+ Bxd6 21. cxd6
Bxd3+ 22. cxd3 O-O-O 23. Kxe3 Rxd6 24. Rhe1 Rhd8 25. Rad1 b6 26. d4 c5 27. Ke2
c4 28. Ke3 Kb7 29. a4 Kc6 30. Rd2 Re6+ 31. Kf2 Rxe1 32. Kxe1 Rc8 33. d5+ Kd6 34.
Kd1 c3 35. Rd3 c2+ 36. Kc1 g6 37. g4 Rc4 38. h4 f5 39. gxf5 gxf5 40. h5 Rxa4 41.
Kxc2 Ra5 42. Re3 Rxd5 43. Re8 Rc5+ 44. Kb3 a5 45. Rh8 Rc7 46. Rf8 Ke5 47. Rb8
Rc6 48. Re8+ Kf4 49. Rf8 Rh6 50. Ka4 Kxf3 51. Rxf5+ Kg4 52. Rb5 Kh4 53. Kb3 Re6
54. Ka4 h6 55. Kb3 Rf6 56. Ka4 Kg4 57. Kb3 Rd6 58. Kc4 Rf6 59. Kb3 Rf1 60. Kc4
Rc1+ 61. Kd3 Rc6 62. Ke3 Kg3 63. Rf5 a4 64. Rf3+ Kg2 65. Rf8 a3 66. Ra8 Rc3+ 67.
Kd2 Rc5 68. Rxa3 b5 69. Ra8 Kf3 70. Rf8+ Kg4 71. Ra8 Kxh5 72. Ke2 b4 73. Rb8 Rc4
74. Kd3 Rh4 75. Ke2 Rd4 76. Ke3 Rc4 77. Kd2 Kg5 78. Ke3 h5 79. Kf3 Rc3+ 80. Kg2
b3 81. Rb5+ Kh6 82. Rb6+ Kg5 83. Rb5+ Kf6 84. Rb6+ Ke5 85. Rh6 Rc2+ 86. Kf3 Rh2
87. Kg3 b2 88. Rb6 Re2 89. Kh4 Rh2+ 90. Kg3 Rd2 91. Kh4 Kd4 92. Kxh5 Kc5 93. Rb8
Kd5 94. Kg4 Kd4 95. Kf3 Kd3 96. Rd8+ Kc4 97. Rc8+ Kd3 98. Rd8+ Kc4 99. Rc8+ Kd4
100. Rd8+ Kc5 101. Rc8+ Kb6 102. Rb8+ Kc7 103. Rb3 Rd3+ 104. Rxd3 b1=Q 105. Ke3
Qb4 106. Rd4 Qc3+ 107. Rd3 Qc4 108. Rd4 Qc5 109. Kd3 Kb8 110. Rc4 Qf2 111. Rb4+
Ka8 112. Ra4+ Kb7 113. Rb4+ Ka6 114. Kc4 Qc2+ 115. Kd5 Ka7 116. Rd4 Ka6 117. Ke5
Qb2 118. Kd5 Ka5 119. Ke4 Qg2+ 120. Ke5 Qb2 121. Ke4 Qe2+ 122. Kd5 Qf3+ 123. Ke5
Kb5 124. Rd5+ Ka4 125. Rd4+ Ka3 126. Rd5 Kb3 127. Rb5+ Kc3 128. Rc5+ Kb4 129.
Rd5 Qg3+ 130. Ke6 Qf4 131. Rf5 Qh6+ 132. Rf6 Qh7 133. Rf7 Qh8 134. Rf4+ Kc3 135.
Rf5 Qd4 136. Rd5 Qc4 137. Ke5 Kb2 138. Rd4 Qb5+ 139. Rd5 Qe2+ 140. Kd6 Qa6+ 141.
Ke5 Qe2+ 142. Kd6 Qh5 143. Rxh5 1-0