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Bereaved
28-09-2008, 02:36 AM
Hello everyone,

To qualify for this thread games must be less than 20 moves


Event: Recklinghausen
Site: ?
Date: 2000.??.??
Round: ?
White: Pusch
Black: Kern, A.
Result: 0-1
ECO: C02
Annotator: Pyke, Malcolm
PlyCount: 26
SourceDate: 2008.01.02

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 { so far so good, but now White employs one of the very uncommon responses.} 4. Qg4 {championed by Nimzovitch, this variation intends to give strong protection to the pawn on e5, and perhaps in some lines not recover the d4 pawn at all, It is a common thing to avoid developing the queen early... so that makes Blacks Reply cute in that regard.} Qa5+ {this move seeks to somehow compromise the white position , as most ways of blocking the check have their downside} 5. Nd2 {and here is a case in point, the Ng8 can go to h6 and kick the Qg4 as the Bc1 is now blocked. and now the harmony in the white position is seriously compromised} Nc6 { First black renews and enhances the pressure on d4, whilst also developing} 6. Ngf3 {White chooses to reinforce the pawn on e5 though this approach has it's own problems.} Nh6 {first black fulfills his queen kick, and also the path for this piece to f5 is also clear now.} 7. Qf4 {the early6 shortcomings of whites queen adventure are making themselves apparent. Other squares might have been chosen, but Whites queen would be awkward no matter what square he chose} Nb4 { the immediate threat to annex a rook for Black's favourite charity forces white into this king move to avoidit} 8. Kd1 { virtually the only way to make c2 defended} c4 {this moves serves to avoid the Bf1 becoming active, and to cramp the development of white's queenside in general.} 9. a3 {a rather empty threat unless white is willing to go an exchange down. Black ignores the pseudo threat and continues developing.} Bd7 { Black's bishop in and of itself does little to further the cause of attacking save for that most important clearance of c8 for theRa8} 10. b3 {to say whites play is insipid is an understatement; this does little to further the defence of the white king} Rc8 {Black's Roook appears on c8 and with it. little chance of much happiness for white in the near future.} 11. Bb2 {White finally manages to make a3xb4 a concrete threat, but it is far too little too late} ( 11. bxc4 dxc4 12. Nxc4 Qa4 {and there is little chance of a long defence of c2}
) 11... Nxc2 { this move is truly a crusher, white is left to contemplate ways of holding on} 12. Kxc2 ({both} 12. b4 Qa4) ({and} 12. Nxc4 dxc4 13. Kxc2 cxb3+ 14. Kb1 { do not help the dilemma}) 12... c3 {should lead to only a large advantage, but White's next is as good a sresignation.} 13. Kb1 {is a shocker... the two alternatives presented are also bad, but less worse as my dad would say} (13. Nb1 cxb2+ 14. Kxb2 { is quite grim, as the white king is very unsafe....but he is still surviving}) (13. Nc4 {is a far more radical method of trying to save the game, which also is of no help}) 13... cxb2 {there is no good advice after this. White must haemorrage material to try and survive somewhat. A hopeless effort with white.} 0-1


Take care and God Bless, Macavity


nb as far as I am aware have eliminated all of the returns, yet it still will not loud properly, so blah

Dougy
28-09-2008, 03:08 PM
How about this one?

[Event "Melbourne Cup Weekender"]
[Site "Elwood Primary School"]
[Date "2005.11.03"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Pyke, Malcolm"]
[Black "Stones, Douglas"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E08"]
[WhiteElo "2079"]
[BlackElo "1641"]
[PlyCount "29"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O Nbd7 7. Qc2 Ne4 8. Nc3
Ndf6 9. Ne5 Nxc3 10. bxc3 c6 11. a4 Qc7 12. Bf4 Bd6 13. c5 Bxe5 14. Bxe5 Qe7
15. Bd6 1-0

eclectic
28-09-2008, 03:45 PM
yes dougy that is a miniature ie it hasn't been turned into a saga by excessive annotation ;)

MichaelBaron
30-09-2008, 10:24 AM
Even draws can be exiting!

The following game was played yesterday in a Bosnian tournament.

GM Drashko - GM Heberla

1. Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b5 3. Bg2 Bb7 4. Na3 b4 5. Nc4 Bc5 6. a3 d5 7. Nce5 bxa3 8. Ng5 Qc7 9.d4 cxd4 10. Ngxf7 Nc6 11. Rxa3 Nxe5 12. Nxh8 Ned7 13. g4 e5 1/2-1/2.

Pity that the players decided to agree to a draw. Would be interesting to see how this interesting struggle would continue. I would rather be black here.

Capablanca-Fan
30-09-2008, 11:17 AM
GM Drashko - GM Heberla

1. Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b5 3. Bg2 Bb7 4. Na3 b4 5. Nc4 c5 6. a3 d5 7. Nce5 bxa3 8. Ng5 Qc7 9.d4 cxd4 10. Ngxf7 Nc6 11. Rxa3 Nxe5 12. Nxh8 Ned7 13. g4 e5 1/2-1/2.

Kevin Bonham
30-09-2008, 04:16 PM
Pity that the players decided to agree to a draw. Would be interesting to see how this interesting struggle would continue.

Very messy position. 14.Rh3 looks decent for white, with the idea of taking on h7 (shifting the knight if it doesn't take on g4 first). The knight can also go to h5 (...g6, g5 Nh5) but then white might sac the exchange for a pawn on h5 and put a bishop there to get a knight out via f7. However, black can instead respond to pressure on the h-file with pressure on the c-file (14.Rh3 Rc8 15.g5 Ne4) There are a lot of lines but I'm not certain that black even equalises.

Trent Parker
23-11-2008, 06:41 PM
Lol just played this little face massage on FICS.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Bd3 d5 6.Qa4+ Nc6 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bb5 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Bd7 10.Bxc6 Bxc6 11.Qxc6+ Ke7 12.Ba3+ 1-0

Saragossa
23-11-2008, 08:55 PM
Excellent he dosen't even get the bishop!

Geelong Grizzle
16-01-2015, 08:08 PM
Black has 5 pieces developed to only 2 - whoops, make that 1 !

Groningen 2014
White: Qun Ma 2621 Black: Danny Raznikov 2494
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e6 6.a3 Be7 7.g3 Qb6 8.Nb3 Ne5 9.e4 Nfg4 10.c5 Qxb3!! 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
17-01-2015, 02:04 PM
Game above is: Groningen 2014; White: Qun Ma 2621 Black: Danny Raznikov 2494
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e6 6.a3 Be7 7.g3 Qb6 8.Nb3 Ne5 9.e4 Nfg4 10.c5 Qxb3!! 0-1

Sheroff
30-01-2015, 10:17 AM
Might I humbly suggest both K. Casey - Piedmont (15 moves, from 1988), and M. Craven- K.Casey (18 moves, from the 1994 Noosa Open) as entertaining miniatures. They can both be found on chessgames.com, they're both under 20 moves, and, naturally, they both feature Casey-esque queen-saccing mayhem....

Cheers,
Kevin Casey

Capablanca-Fan
31-01-2015, 12:56 AM
Elegant games above.

James Peirce
01-04-2015, 01:10 PM
this is a 14 move win as white
link http://chessmicrobase.com/g/dbx25gzs

MichaelBaron
07-04-2015, 11:11 AM
this is a 14 move win as white
link http://chessmicrobase.com/g/dbx25gzs

Black should have played 6...d5

James Peirce
29-04-2015, 02:08 PM
two minatures in consecutive games! (both same opponent rated 1700+ time control 5mins+5 secs)
links below
http://chessmicrobase.com/g/uj15iub0 (20 moves)
http://chessmicrobase.com/g/xt3mtclf (17 moves)
comments are welcome and wanted.

Kevin Bonham
29-04-2015, 02:35 PM
First game earlier win missed by 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.e5. Also just 16.Qd4 wins a piece right away. Nd5 as played is also winning (and pretty cool) but 18...0-0! would have made you work harder for it.

I think you played the opening well there but black's decision to trade knights on d4 is instructively bad on principle, opening the position when he has both light square and dark square holes and is underdeveloped.

Second game just a total miscalculation by opponent who should have played just 10.Bxf6 (when he does get the pawn), which in turn could have been prevented by 9...Bg4!

James Peirce
26-08-2015, 11:56 AM
This shows that even 2000+ players can lose quickly(and as white)[Site "chess.com"]
[Date "2015.08.26"]
[White "navigator1(online opponent)"]
[Black "James W Peirce"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2005"]
[BlackElo "1696"]
[ECO "C10"]
[Opening "French: Rubinstein, 4...Nf6"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.c3 O-O 8.Nf3 b6
9.Qd2 Bb7 10.Bd3 Nd7 11.O-O-O c5 12.dxc5 Nxc5 13.Nxc5 bxc5 14.Qe2 Qa5 15.Kb1
Bxf3 16.gxf3 Rab8 17.Qe4?? Rxb2+!! 18.Kxb2 Qxc3+ {#R} 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
15-11-2016, 08:37 AM
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2016.8.18"]
[White "Sarfati_FM"]
[Black "Talofa"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Termination "Black resigned"]
[WhiteElo "2321"]
[BlackElo "1979"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[DateLastMove "2016.11.13"]
[ECO "D06"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6?! 3.cxd5 Qxd5 4.Nc3 Qd8 5.Nf3 Bg4?! 6.Ne5 h6 7.Nxg4 Nxg4 8.e4 Nf6 9.Qb3 Nc6? 10.Qxb7 Nxd4 11.Bb5+ Nxb5 12.Nxb5 Rc8 13.Bf4 c6 14.Nc7+ [14.Nc7+ Rxc7 15.Bxc7 Qd7 (15... Qd4 16.Qc8+) 16.Qa8+ Qd8 17.Qxd8#] {Black resigned} 1-0

ElevatorEscapee
18-11-2016, 08:32 AM
Victorian Country Chess Championship 2016
Nigel Barrow v Geoff Davis
Round 1

1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.cxd4 d6 5.Nf3 a6 6.Nc3 Be7 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.0-0 Qc7 9.Be3 Nf6 10.Rc1 Qb8 11.Bb1 h6 12.d5 Ne5 13.Na4 Ned7 14.dxe6 fxe6 15.Nd4 Kf7 16.Nxe6 Kxe6 17.Qb3+ d5 18.exd5+ Nxd5 19.Rfe1 1-0

MichaelBaron
18-11-2016, 06:19 PM
Victorian Country Chess Championship 2016
Nigel Barrow v Geoff Davis
Round 1

1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.cxd4 d6 5.Nf3 a6 6.Nc3 Be7 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.0-0 Qc7 9.Be3 Nf6 10.Rc1 Qb8 11.Bb1 h6 12.d5 Ne5 13.Na4 Ned7 14.dxe6 fxe6 15.Nd4 Kf7 16.Nxe6 Kxe6 17.Qb3+ d5 18.exd5+ Nxd5 19.Rfe1 0-1

Nice. I guess the result is given as 0-1 due to a typo. Looks like 1-0

Kaitlin
18-11-2016, 06:36 PM
Nice. I guess the result is given as 0-1 due to a typo. Looks like 1-0

A double hidden check pin .... nice :)

ElevatorEscapee
19-11-2016, 07:04 AM
Nice. I guess the result is given as 0-1 due to a typo. Looks like 1-0 Thanks Michael, good pickup - now edited to correct result. :)

James Peirce
23-12-2016, 09:16 PM
James Peirce vs Aidan Cox (Online Game)
How NOT to play the Scandinavian!

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 { B01 Scandinavian Defense: Mieses-Kotroc Variation } 3. Nc3 Qd8 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Be2 Nf6 6. O-O e6 7. d4 c6 8. Be3 Qb6 9. d5 Qxb2 10. dxc6 Nxc6 11. Nb5 Bxf3 12. Nc7+ Ke7 13. Bc5# { Black is checkmated } 1-0

James Peirce
17-01-2017, 12:41 PM
[Event "Casual game"]
[Site "https://lichess.org/uq55DYf1"]
[Date "2017.01.17"]
[White "sjb1218chess"]
[Black "JamesPeirce"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1938"]
[BlackElo "1909"]
[PlyCount "36"]
[Variant "Standard"]
[TimeControl "300+0"]
[ECO "B10"]
[Opening "Caro-Kann Defense"]
[Termination "Normal"]
[Annotator "lichess.org"]

1. e4 c6 { B10 Caro-Kann Defense } 2. f4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Nh6 8. h3 Bxf3 9. Bxf3 Be7?! { (-0.18 → 0.51) Inaccuracy. Best move was Nf5. } (9... Nf5 10. Bg4 Ng3 11. Rf3 Qh4 12. Qe1 Nf5 13. g3 Qd8 14. Bxf5 exf5 15. d3 h5 16. Nd2) 10. d4? { (0.51 → -0.62) Mistake. Best move was g4. } (10. g4 Qb6 11. d3 O-O-O 12. Na3 c4+ 13. d4 Bxa3 14. bxa3 Ng8 15. Bd2 Qb2 16. Qc1 Qxc1) 10... Qb6?! { (-0.62 → 0.02) Inaccuracy. Best move was cxd4. } (10... cxd4 11. g4 Bc5 12. Kh1 dxc3 13. Nxc3 Ng8 14. f5 Nge7 15. f6 gxf6 16. exf6 Ng6 17. Bh6) 11. Kh1? { (0.02 → -1.67) Mistake. Best move was c4. } (11. c4) 11... cxd4? { (-1.67 → -0.25) Mistake. Best move was Nf5. } (11... Nf5 12. dxc5 Ng3+ 13. Kh2 Nxf1+ 14. Qxf1 Bxc5 15. a4 a6 16. Na3 Be3 17. Nc2 Bxc1 18. Qxc1) 12. cxd4? { (-0.25 → -1.74) Mistake. Best move was g4. } (12. g4) 12... Nxd4? { (-1.74 → -0.58) Mistake. Best move was Nf5. } (12... Nf5) 13. Be3? { (-0.58 → -1.63) Mistake. Best move was Qa4+. } (13. Qa4+) 13... Bc5?! { (-1.63 → -1.01) Inaccuracy. Best move was Nhf5. } (13... Nhf5 14. Bxd4 Qxd4 15. Qxd4 Nxd4 16. Bd1 Rc8 17. Nc3 O-O 18. g4 Rc7 19. f5 a6 20. f6) 14. b4?! { (-1.01 → -1.53) Inaccuracy. Best move was Qa4+. } (14. Qa4+ Nc6) 14... Qxb4 15. a3?! { (-1.65 → -2.44) Inaccuracy. Best move was g4. } (15. g4 Nc2 16. Qxc2 Bxe3 17. Nc3 O-O 18. Ne2 Qa3 19. Qb3 Qxb3 20. axb3 Rfc8 21. Rfd1 Bb6) 15... Qb6?! { (-2.44 → -1.66) Inaccuracy. Best move was Qb2. } (15... Qb2 16. Nd2 Nhf5 17. Bf2 Nxf3 18. Qxf3 Bxf2 19. Qxf2 Qd4 20. Kg1 Rc8 21. Rfc1 Kd7 22. Rab1) 16. Nc3?! { (-1.66 → -2.62) Inaccuracy. Best move was g4. } (16. g4 O-O) 16... Nxf3? { (-2.62 → -1.29) Mistake. Best move was Nhf5. } (16... Nhf5 17. Bf2 Nxf3 18. Qxf3 Bxf2 19. Rxf2 Rc8 20. Rd2 Rc4 21. Rd3 O-O 22. Rb1 Qc7 23. Ne2) 17. Na4 Nf5 18. Nxb6?? { (-1.38 → Mate in 1) Checkmate is now unavoidable. Best move was Qxf3. } (18. Qxf3) 18... Ng3# { Black wins by checkmate. } 0-1

Alana
21-01-2017, 05:11 PM
Just like to point out here that the Oceania Zonal that just finished in Auckland had 5 prizes of $40 each for the players with the quickest checkmate. The fastest one was the well-know trap in the Budapest Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bf4 Bb4+ 6.Nbd2 Qe7 7. a3 Ngxe5 8. Nxe5 9. axb4 Nd3#) :)

Capablanca-Fan
24-01-2017, 01:00 AM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Date "2017.1.23 "]
[White "Phar Lap"]
[Black "Sarfati_FM"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1999"]
[BlackElo "2326"]

1. e2-e4 c7-c5 2. c2-c3 d7-d5 3. exd5 Ng8-f6 4. Qd1-a4 Nb8-d7 5. Qa4-b3 Nd7-b6 6. Bf1-b5 Bc8-d7 7. c3-c4 e7-e6 8. dxe6 fxe6 9. Ng1-f3 Bf8-d6 10. O-O O-O 11. Nb1-c3 Nf6-g4 12. d2-d3 Rf8xf3 13. gxf3 Qd8-h4 0-1

MichaelBaron
24-01-2017, 09:18 AM
Just like to point out here that the Oceania Zonal that just finished in Auckland had 5 prizes of $40 each for the players with the quickest checkmate. The fastest one was the well-know trap in the Budapest Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bf4 Bb4+ 6.Nbd2 Qe7 7. a3 Ngxe5 8. Nxe5 9. axb4 Nd3#) :)

Do not tell me the player who was white...eventually got a CM or IM title :). This trap is very old..but it still works. In fact on chess.com - I have seen a fairly strong player (2300+ internet rating) falling into it. Could be related to pre-move though.

FM_Bill
30-09-2019, 07:15 AM
Do not tell me the player who was white...eventually got a CM or IM title :). This trap is very old..but it still works. In fact on chess.com - I have seen a fairly strong player (2300+ internet rating) falling into it. Could be related to pre-move though.

No chance it was pre-move. Would you pre-move axb4??

Desmond
10-08-2020, 08:00 PM
My opponent preferred to go pawn hunting before developing.

1. d4 e6 2. c4 c5 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qc7 5. e4 Nc6 6. Nf3 a6 7. Nc3 b6 8. Be3 Bb7 9. Be2 Na5 10. O-O Nxc4 11. Bxc4 Qxc4 12. Bxb6 Bxe4 13. Ne5 Qb4 14. Qxd7# 1-0

Desmond
20-08-2020, 04:19 PM
Queen trap

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 e6 4. Nc3 f5 5. Bg5 Nf6 6. e3 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O Nbd7 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. Rc1 Bb8 11. Na4 Qa5 12. a3 Ne4 13. b4 1-0

Kevin Bonham
20-08-2020, 04:31 PM
Another queen trap, and a candidate for Shockers, the pits (etc) thread as well.

Zenmaster9000 (1744) - TheRealSleepycat (1801) [A40]
Live Chess Chess.com, 17.08.2020

1.d4 e6? I'm actually trying to give up this move now that everyone is playing the London against it. 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.Nd2 b6 4.e3 Bb7 5.Ngf3 c5 6.Nc4 d5?! [6...Nc6] 7.Nce5 Be7?? [7...Bd6] 8.Bb5+ Nbd7 9.Nxd7 Nxd7 10.Ne5 Bc8?? 11.Nc6 a6 12.Be2! Zenmaster9000 won by resignation.[12.Nxd8 axb5 13.Nc6 is also fine] 1-0

Desmond
20-08-2020, 05:22 PM
^ That 12. Be2 is real salt in the wound. Nice!

Desmond
28-08-2020, 04:37 PM
How not to play the Budapest
Desmond - Another 5+0

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Bf4 Nc6
5. Nf3 Qe7 6. Nc3 Ncxe5 7. Nxe5 Nxe5 8. Nd5 Qd6
9. Qd4 f6 10. c5 Qc6 11. Bxe5 fxe5 12. Qxe5+ Kd8
13. Rc1 Bxc5 14. Qg5+ Ke8 15. Rxc5 Qd6 16. Nxc7+ Kf7
17. Rf5+ Kg8 18. Qd8+ Qf8 19. Rxf8#

Desmond
28-09-2020, 05:42 PM
I missed some better moves but still managed to win rather tidily.

Desmond - Another 5+0

1. d4 f6 2. c4 d6 3. Nc3 c6 4. d5 e5 5. dxe6 Bxe6 6. e4 Ne7 7. Bf4 d5 8. exd5 cxd5 9. Nf3 [9.Qe2] 9. ... g5 10. cxd5 Nxd5 11. Bxb8 Rxb8 12. Bb5+ Kf7 13. O-O [13. Nd4] 13. ... Nxc3 14. bxc3 Qb6 [14. ... Qxd1] 15. Qe2 Rc8 16. Nd4 Bd5 17. Rfe1 Rxc3 18. Qe8+ Kg7 19. Nf5+ Kg8 20. Re7 Bc6 21. Rg7# 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
29-09-2020, 02:21 AM
I missed some better moves but still managed to win rather tidily.

Desmond - Another 5+0

1. d4 f6 2. c4 d6 3. Nc3 c6 4. d5 e5 5. dxe6 Bxe6 6. e4 Ne7 7. Bf4 d5 8. exd5 cxd5 9. Nf3 [9.Qe2] 9. ... g5 10. cxd5 Nxd5 11. Bxb8 Rxb8 12. Bb5+ Kf7 13. O-O [13. Nd4] 13. ... Nxc3 14. bxc3 Qb6 [14. ... Qxd1] 15. Qe2 Rc8 16. Nd4 Bd5 17. Rfe1 Rxc3 18. Qe8+ Kg7 19. Nf5+ Kg8 20. Re7 Bc6 21. Rg7# 1-0

9.Qb3 also looks like a hard move to meet. Exchanges on c4 would highlight the weaknesses on the a2–g8 diagonal, and there are threats of Rd1 or 0-0-0, Qxb7, and Nb5.

Patrick Byrom
29-09-2020, 02:35 PM
How not to play the Budapest ... You're supposed to play Bb4+ before Qe7 :(

Desmond
29-09-2020, 03:36 PM
You're supposed to play Bb4+ before Qe7 :(

Probably drifting a bit on the thread, but I get a lot of people mixing up their lines. One I've had a couple of time:

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Bf4 Bc5 5. e3 Nc6 6. Qxg4 oops!

Capablanca-Fan
30-09-2020, 12:11 AM
Probably drifting a bit on the thread, but I get a lot of people mixing up their lines. One I've had a couple of time:

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Bf4 Bc5 5. e3 Nc6 6. Qxg4 oops!

Here is another mixup of lines in a tournament game where I had white:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bf4 Bc5? [5... Bb4+ {as PB says above}] 6.e3 Qe7 7.Nc3 Ngxe5 8.Nxe5 Nxe5 9.Nd5 Bb4+? {Too late!} [9...Qd6 {with a horrible position was the best chance, at least avoiding serious material loss for the moment}] 10.Ke2! Qe6? {but Black could not avoid losing at least a piece} 11.Nxc7+

Desmond
30-09-2020, 09:51 AM
Here is another mixup of lines in a tournament game where I had white:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bf4 Bc5? [5... Bb4+ {as PB says above}] 6.e3 Qe7 7.Nc3 Ngxe5 8.Nxe5 Nxe5 9.Nd5 Bb4+? {Too late!} [9...Qd6 {with a horrible position was the best chance, at least avoiding serious material loss for the moment}] 10.Ke2! Qe6? {but Black could not avoid losing at least a piece} 11.Nxc7+

9.Nd5 is nice. Visually looks risky allowing Bb4 Ke2 but that Queen has more work than she can do.
I think if Black wants Bc5 he should do it on move 4. Particularly with 3.Nf3 instead of 3.Bf4, since the Bishop will lose that option.

Desmond
13-10-2020, 07:50 PM
Sucessful king hunt after trapping the white king in the centre with the "bad" French bishop.
Another - Desmond 5+0

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Bb5 Bd7 6. Bxc6 Bxc6 7. Nf3 cxd4 8. cxd4 [8.Nxd4] 8. ...Bb5 9. Nc3 Bb4 10. a3 Bxc3+ 11. bxc3 Rc8 12. Bb2 Ne7 13. Qb3 Ba6 14. h3 h6 15. Qa4+ Rc6 16. g4 [16.Qc2] 16. ...Qb6 17. Kd2 Qxb2+ 18. Ke3 Qe2+ 19. Kf4 Qxf2 20. Rh2 Ng6# 0-1

that Caesar guy
14-10-2020, 01:12 AM
https://lichess.org/tVBTOmMI/black#12
A completely unsound 2am special against some poor GM on lichess

Desmond
14-10-2020, 11:08 PM
It's not every day you drop a Queen cold on move 12 :doh: and mate on move 20. I think that will do for the night. :lol:

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. a3 Nf6 5. Nc3 c5 6. dxc5 Bxc5 7. h3 O-O 8. Nf3 Qb6 9. Qd2 Re8+ 10. Kd1 Bxf2 11. Na4 Qa5 12. Qxa5 Nc6 13. Qd2 Bg3 14. Bb5 Bd7 15. Bxc6 bxc6 16. Nd4 Ne4 17. Qb4 Nf2+ 18. Kd2 Nxh1 19. Kc3 Be1+ 20. Bd2 Re3# 0-1

Desmond
07-11-2020, 09:19 AM
Another - Desmond 5+0

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. f4 [5.Nf3 is normal. White's first 5 moves have been with pawns, and he's created some serious weaknesses] 5. ...Qb6 6. Nf3 Bd7 7. Be2 Nh6 8. dxc5 [It's already hard to suggest anything better. 8.Na3 cxd4 9.cxd4 Bxa3 10.bxa3 Nf5] 8. ... Bxc5 9. b4 Bf2+ 10. Kd2 [10.Kf1 had to be tried] 10. ...Nxb4 [Other moves are also strong, but this one has a rather specific threat] 11. Na3 [11.cxb4 Qxb4+ 12.Nc3 {12. Kc2 or 12.Kd3 are met by 12. ...Rc8 and a quick mate} 12. ...d4] 11. ...Qe3#

ER
07-11-2020, 03:41 PM
My first ever application of the Siberian Trap on an opponent caught unawares!

Event: Rapid 10'
Site Lichess
Date 5-11-20
Round 3
White RK
Black ER
Result 0-1
ECO C94

1. e4 c5 2. d4 Nc6 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. c3 dxc3 5. Nxc3 e6 6. Bc4 Qc7 7. O-O Nf6 8.
Bb3 Bb4 9. Bd2 Ng4 10. Qe2 (10. Nb5) 10... Nd4 11. Nb5 Nxf3+

Capablanca-Fan
08-11-2020, 04:20 AM
Another - Desmond 5+0

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. f4 [5.Nf3 is normal. White's first 5 moves have been with pawns, and he's created some serious weaknesses] 5. ...Qb6 6. Nf3 Bd7 7. Be2 Nh6 8. dxc5 [It's already hard to suggest anything better. 8.Na3 cxd4 9.cxd4 Bxa3 10.bxa3 Nf5] 8. ... Bxc5 9. b4 Bf2+ 10. Kd2 [10.Kf1 had to be tried] 10. ...Nxb4 [Other moves are also strong, but this one has a rather specific threat] 11. Na3 [11.cxb4 Qxb4+ 12.Nc3 {12. Kc2 or 12.Kd3 are met by 12. ...Rc8 and a quick mate} 12. ...d4] 11. ...Qe3#
I've seen White play over-extending and under-developing P moves against the French, but rarely seen him punished so harshly.

Capablanca-Fan
08-11-2020, 04:24 AM
My first ever application of the Siberian Trap on an opponent caught unawares!

Event: Rapid 10'
Site Lichess
Date 5-11-20
Round 3
White RK
Black ER
Result 0-1
ECO C94

1. e4 c5 2. d4 Nc6 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. c3 dxc3 5. Nxc3 e6 6. Bc4 Qc7 7. O-O Nf6 8.
Bb3 Bb4 9. Bd2 Ng4 10. Qe2 (10. Nb5) 10... Nd4 11. Nb5 Nxf3+

I learned something. I didn't realize that trap had a name.

I advise against that move order, because White could gain space with tempo compared to normal Benoni structures with 3.d5. Clearly you are not afraid of the Morra, so 2... cxd4 is fine.

Capablanca-Fan
13-11-2020, 01:58 AM
An early queen trap, not original to me but handy to know.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ Qxf6 6.Nf3 b6 7.Bd3
(7.Bg5 Qg6 8.Bd3 Qh5 9.h3)
7...Bb7 8.Bg5 Bxf3 9.Qd2! Bb4?!
(9...Qxd4 10.Bb5+)
(9...Bxg2 10.Bxf6 Bxh1 11.Be5 +-)
10.c3 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
11-03-2021, 04:22 AM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2021.3.4"]
[Round "NA"]
[White "Sarfati_FM"]
[Black "sacovalley"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Termination "Black resigned"]
[WhiteElo "2529"]
[BlackElo "1775"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[DateLastMove "2021.3.10"]
[ECO "E80"]
[Board "12009312"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e4 Bg7 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 b6 7.Qd2 c6 8.O-O-O a5 {This combination of P moves is too slow} 9.h4 h5 10.Bh6 Nbd7 11.g4 hxg4 12.h5 Nxh5? 13.Rxh5! Nf6 [13... gxh5 14.Qg5 {followed by 15.Qxg7#}] 14.Rh1 Nh5? 15.Rxh5! {second time's the charm} 15... gxh5 16.Qg5 {Black resigned} 1-0

Desmond
11-03-2021, 08:54 PM
Nice game CF. That's hilarious! playing the second knight to h5.

Capablanca-Fan
07-05-2021, 04:21 AM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[White "Barclays"]
[Black "Sarfati_FM"]
[Result "0-1"]

[DateLastMove "2021.5.6"]
[ECO "C33"]

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.Bxf7+ Kxf7 6.Ne5+ Ke8 7.Qxg4 Nf6 8.Qxf4 d6 9.Nf3 Nc6 10.O-O Be7 11.d4 Rf8 12.e5 dxe5 13.dxe5 Ng4 14.Qa4 Bc5+ 15.Kh1 Qh4 {the Q is immune, and is an ambush against the opposing Q, threatening the discovery ...Nf2+} 16.Qb5 Rxf3 17.Rxf3 Qxh2# {White king mated} 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
16-05-2021, 11:44 AM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2021.4.25"]
[Round "NA"]
[White "Spacetimethepirate"]
[Black "Sarfati_FM"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Termination "White king mated"]
[WhiteElo "2207"]
[BlackElo "2553"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[DateLastMove "2021.5.16"]
[ECO "C77"]
[Board "12057859"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Bc2 Bb7 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Rxe5 Bd6 {the trade of B moves has put the Black B on an improved diagonal while doing little for White} 13.Rh5 g6 14.Rxd5 Bxd5 15.d4 Qh4 16.h3 Rae8 17.Be3 Rxe3! 18.fxe3 Qg3 19.e4 Qh2+ 20.Kf1 Bc4+ 21.Bd3 Qh1+ 22.Ke2 Qxg2+ 23.Ke3 Qxh3+ 24.Ke2 Qg2+ 25.Ke3 f5 26.e5 {White could not survive long anyway} 26... f4# {White king mated} 0-1

Desmond
17-05-2021, 08:12 AM
^ Odd way for White to give the exchange, I would at least want to get one of those monster bishops for it. Nice pawn mate in the centre of the board to finish.

Kevin Bonham
25-05-2021, 11:17 AM
KB - NN, quick casual game, file under hazards of moving piece twice and hazards of not castling.

1.c4 c6 2.e4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 dxc4 [4...d4] 5.Bxc4 Nf6 6.Nf3 Bf5 7.0-0 e6 [7...Bd3 8.Bxd3 Qxd3 9.Qb3] 8.d4 Nc6 9.d5 exd5 10.Nxd5 Bg4 11.Re1+ Be7 12.Qb3 [better 12.Nxf6+ gxf6 13.Qb3 0-0 best 14.Bh6] 12...Bxf3 [12...Nxd5 13.Bxd5 0-0] 13.Nxf6+ gxf6 14.Bxf7+ Kf8 [14...Kd7 15.Qxb7+ Qc7 16.Be6+ Kd6 (16...Kd8 17.Qxa8+) 17.Bf4+ Ne5 18.Bxe5+ fxe5 19.Rad1+ Kxe6 20.Qxc7 mate to follow] 15.Bh6# 1-0

MichaelBaron
26-05-2021, 10:37 AM
International Master losing with White pieces in 13 moves last night and was lost after move 7!
Rujevic-Beaumont
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.Qg4 c5 6.Qxg7 Rg8 7.Qxh7 cxd4 8.a3 Qa5 9.Rb1 dxc3 10.Be3 d4 11. Bxd4 Qd5 12.Nf3 Nbc6 13.Be3 Qa2

Capablanca-Fan
28-05-2021, 05:40 AM
Rujevic-Beaumont
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.Qg4 c5 6.Qxg7 Rg8 7.Qxh7 cxd4 8.a3 Qa5 9.Rb1 dxc3 10.Be3 d4 11. Bxd4 Qd5 12.Nf3 Nbc6 13.Be3 Qa2

Desmond
28-05-2021, 02:13 PM
^ delaying a3 in this line is not great but black has to know what he's doing. It's not right to say white is lost by move 7. The mistake here was 9.Rb1. You can instead go 9.axb4 Qxa1 10.Nce2 and white is far from lost, in fact the black queen can into trouble if black isn't careful.

MichaelBaron
11-06-2021, 03:00 PM
https://lichess.org/mgEMuSLVGbMK

The GM Blundered early in the game.

Capablanca-Fan
12-06-2021, 08:05 AM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Date "2021.6.9"]
[White "Sarfati_FM"]
[Black "lm9823N"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Termination "Black king mated"]
[WhiteElo "2555"]
[BlackElo "1968"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[DateLastMove "2021.6.11"]
[ECO "B13"]
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.c3 Nbd7 6.Bf4 e6?! {gets a very cramped position} 7.Nf3 h6? {This doesn't just waste time, but can also be a target.} 8.Nbd2 a6 9.O-O b5 10.a3 Nb6 11.Ne5 Bb7 12.Ndf3 Nbd7 13.Qe2 Nxe5 14.dxe5 Nd7 15.Nd4 Be7 16.Qg4
(16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Bg6+ Kf8 18.Qg4 Qb6 19.Be3 Qc6 20.Qf4+ Nf6 21.Bd4 +- {computer line; assessment >+3. But the game move is almost as strong, and easier to play!} )
16...Bg5 17.Bg3
(17.Nxe6! fxe6 18.Bg6+ Kf8 19.Be3 Nxe5 20.Bc5+ Be7 21.Qf4+ Kg8 22.Qxe5 Bc8 23.Bxe7 Qxe7 24.Rfe1 Qf6 25.Qh5 {another computer line, +4 because Black is playing without his KR} )
17...h5
(17...Nc5 18.Bc2 h5 19.Qh3 {keeps Black's disadvantage to under +2. The reason the N move is necessary will soon become clear} )
18.Qh3 Rh6 19.f4 Be7 20.f5 g5 {presumably hoping to trap my Q, but he should have time} 21.fxe6
(21.fxg6! fxg6 22.Qxe6 {and Black can't last long} )
21...fxe6
(21...g4 22.Qxh5! Rxh5 23.exf7+ Kf8 24.Ne6#)
22.Nxe6??
(22.Qxh5+ Rxh5 23.Bg6# {The move in the game threatened 23.Qxh5+! Rxh5 Bg6#. This variation and the one in the previous note needed the N on e6 to cover f8, so I must have been rather fixated on that. But with the correct line, the R covers f8 instead.} )
22...Qb6+ 23.Bf2 Qc6!
(23...Qxe6 {White gets some pressure for the piece, but not enough; -1.56. Black misses his chance, and White gets another opportunity which he doesn't miss this time!} )
24.Qxh5+! Rxh5 25.Bg6#

ER
17-06-2021, 11:16 AM
I always thought this was a "cooked" sequence but it actually happened in a real (corr) game
M Warren vs Jan Selman
(1932) (correspondence), Dublin IRE - Amsterdam NL
Budapest Defense: Fajarowicz Variation (A51)

0-1

1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ne4 4.a3 d6 5.exd6 Bxd6 6.g3 Nxf2 0-1

FM_Bill
17-06-2021, 12:04 PM
I always thought this was a "cooked" sequence but it actually happened in a real (corr) game
M Warren vs Jan Selman
(1932) (correspondence), Dublin IRE - Amsterdam NL
Budapest Defense: Fajarowicz Variation (A51)

0-1

1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ne4 4.a3 d6 5.exd6 Bxd6 6.g3 Nxf2 0-1


Ian Rogers once had this position as black in a Vic Junior.

FM_Bill
17-06-2021, 12:06 PM
Bill Jordan versus Chris Kolak in an mcc Saturday Allegro.
White W.Jordan
Black Chris Kolak
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bc4 Nxe4{?!} 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Qe2{!?} dxc4{??} 7.Nf6#
1-0

ER
17-06-2021, 06:52 PM
Bill Jordan versus Chris Kolak in an mcc Saturday Allegro.
White W.Jordan
Black Chris Kolak
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bc4 Nxe4{?!} 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Qe2{!?} dxc4{??} 7.Nf6#
1-0

ER
18-06-2021, 01:37 PM
This type of smothered mates, known for 100s of years still occur in modern play as in your example vs Chris.
The late Narelle Kerner also used this trick to mate young Innes-Brown (*) in 6 moves

Kellner, Narelle
Innes Brown, Cathy
Event: AUS-ch (Women)
Cooma 1973
Caro-Kann, Steinitz variation (B17)
Score: 1-0

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Qe2 Ngf6 6.Nd6#

(*) Cathy recovered well to win the Australian girls championship in the next two consecutive years!
In 1974 outright and in 1975 = 1st with Cathy Depasquale and Karen Hancock

MichaelBaron
18-06-2021, 07:38 PM
This type of smothered mates, known for 100s of years still occur in modern play as in your example vs Chris.
The late Narelle Kerner also used this trick to mate young Innes-Brown (*) in 6 moves

Kellner, Narelle
Innes Brown, Cathy
Event: AUS-ch (Women)
Cooma 1973
Caro-Kann, Steinitz variation (B17)
Score: 1-0

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Qe2 Ngf6 6.Nd6#

(*) Cathy recovered well to win the Australian girls championship in the next two consecutive years!
In 1974 outright and in 1975 = 1st with Cathy Depasquale and Karen Hancock

This Trap goes back to Keres-Arlamovsky, 1950

MichaelBaron
18-06-2021, 07:39 PM
Bill Jordan versus Chris Kolak in an mcc Saturday Allegro.
White W.Jordan
Black Chris Kolak
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bc4 Nxe4{?!} 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Qe2{!?} dxc4{??} 7.Nf6#
1-0

No wonder, Chris was so satisfied when he took revansh on Bill in one of the Hjorth Memorials ((not sure what year it was)

MichaelBaron
02-07-2021, 08:33 PM
https://www.chess.com/game/live/18960344293

Things ended very suddenly...

Capablanca-Fan
06-07-2021, 04:21 AM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2021.7.1"]
[Round "NA"]
[White "PedrGwydd"]
[Black "Sarfati_FM"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Termination "White resigned"]
[WhiteElo "1904"]
[BlackElo "2556"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[DateLastMove "2021.7.5"]
[ECO "C77"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Qf3 Bg4 16.Qg2 Qh5 17.Qf1 Rae8 18.Bd2? Bh3 19.Qd3 Nf4! 20.Qc2 (20.gxf4 Bxf4 21.Kh1 Rxe1+ 22.Bxe1 Bf1 23.Qxf1 Qxh2#) 20...Qf3 {White resigned} 0-1

MichaelBaron
09-07-2021, 12:34 PM
https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1014389

1.e4c62.d4d53.Nc3dxe44.Nxe4Nd75.Bc4Ngf66.Ng5e67.Qe 2Nb68.Bd3h69.N5f3c510.dxc5Bxc511.Bd2O-O12.O-O-ONa413.Bb5Bd714.Bxd7Qxd715.Nh3Rac816.Kb1Qc617.Bc1N d518.Qc4Rfd819.Ka1b520.Qe4Be721.c3Qa622.Ne5Bf623.N g4Naxc324.bxc3Bxc3+25.Bb2Rc426.Qf3Bxb2+27.Kxb2Rc2+ 28.Kxc2Qxa2+29.Kd3Qc4+0-1
One of my all time favourites :).

Desmond
12-07-2021, 10:58 AM
Hello everyone,

To qualify for this thread games must be less than 20 moves

reminder

James Peirce
29-07-2021, 08:52 AM
Even at 3mins+2secs I cannot understand how someone rated ~1950 and who exclusively plays the Alekhine against 1.e4 doesn't know about this trap:hmm:
1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Bc4 Nb6 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Ng5+ Kg8 8.
Qxg4 N8d7 9. Qe6# 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
31-07-2021, 12:14 AM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2021.7.23"]
[White "Sarfati_FM"]
[Black "lm9823N"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Termination "Black king mated"]
[WhiteElo "2563"]
[BlackElo "1983"]
[DateLastMove "2021.7.27"]
[ECO "B13"]

1.d4 c6 2.e4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 e6 7.Nf3 Bd6 8.Bxd6 Qxd6 9.O-O O-O 10.Qe2 Bd7 11.Nbd2 Rfe8 12.Ne5 Qc7 13.f4 a6 14.Rf3 Nxe5 15.fxe5 Ne4 16.Nxe4 dxe4 17.Qxe4 g6 18.Qh4 Kg7 19.Qf6+ Kg8 20.Qxf7+ Kh8 21.Rh3 Rf8 22.Rxh7+ {Black king mated} 1-0

Sheroff
08-08-2021, 05:16 PM
19.Rxf7+ Kxf7 20.Qxh7+ followed by 21.Rf1# also works well.

Capablanca-Fan
31-08-2021, 08:37 AM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Date "2021.8.27"]
[White "Gambler101"]
[Black "Sarfati_FM"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Termination "White king mated"]
[ECO "B70"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 O-O 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.O-O-O Qa5 11.Qf2 Rb8 12.Bxa7 Rxb2 13.Kxb2 Nxe4 14.fxe4 Bxc3+ 15.Kc1 Qa3+ 16.Kb1 Qb2+ {White king mated} 0-1