Checkmate in the opening #3: Chess history

Checkmate in the opening #3: Chess history


We are in Rome, Italy. The year is 1619 Gioachino Greco is playing white An unknown player is playing black The rarely seen Owen’s Defense is played The fianchetto bishop is tempted by the rook Mistake #1: he goes for the rook Meanwhile back at the ranch … a nightmare scenario is unfolding The only move If the h-pawn takes, it’s checkmate next move Mistake #2: Bg7 is the better move Note the bishop waiting in d3 The queen has done her job and is no longer needed The bishop delivers a smothered mate Let’s fix mistake#1 and see what happens Play e6 instead of going after the rook Now the king has an escape square White still tries But the king slips away

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