Thursday, December 9, 2010

Quick Mate

In a recent game at chess.com, my queen and rook quickly mated my opponent. He was Gerakl of Israel who played black. Here are the moves of the game along with my commentary:

1. e4 e6

Black's reply is popular with defensive players.

2. d4 g6

Here black usually plays d5.

3. Nf3 Bg7
4. Nc3 Ne7
5. Bd3 b6
6. 0-0 Bb7
7. Be3 d6
8. Qd2 Nd7

I have good control of the c1-h6 diagonal.

9. Bh6 0-0
10. Bxg7 Kxg7
11. h4 f6

I prepare an attack against the black kingside.

12. Rae1 f5
13. Ng5 Rf6

My knight sits on an excellent square.

14. e5 dxe
15. dxe Nxe5
16. Rxe5 h6

Black makes a mistake. The f6 square needs to be defended. A better move is Bc8.

17. Nxe6+ Rxe6

Black must give up his rook to save his queen.

18. Rxe6 Nd5
19. Rfe1 Qxh4

I prefer to double my rooks at the expense of protecting my pawn. Here it is a mistake to play Nxd5 because then black replies with Qxd5 which threatens mate on g2 and the capture of my rook on e6.

20. Nxd5 Bxd5

My rook is under attack but I do not need to move it.

21. Qc3+ Kf8
22. Rf6+ Kg8
23. Rxg6+ Kf8

The black rook remains on its original square.

24. Qg7#

The black king has no escape. My queen and rooks dominate the board. I achieve victory because of my control of the centre, ability to expose the black king, and coordination of my two rooks and queen.

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