Checkmate in the opening #5: Chess history

Checkmate in the opening #5: Chess history


London, England 1964 Someone named “Dutch” is playing white John Sugden is playing black Sicilian opening The Smith-Morra Gambit The queen is the first piece to deploy The d-pawn is the target The knight is pinned Knight unpinned with check The knight is deployed and check blocked Take the pawn and attack the pinned knight The bishop rushes back to unpin and defend Wants to fork the king and rook from c7 Castling cancels fork opportunity Mistake #1: he will either just lose a knight … Or in getting a knight back …. … he will lose it all. This move is a blunder Nobody home to defend against the battery in d-file The queen sacrifice forces the king into d1 A beautifully coordinated attack by bishop and rook The king is trapped Checkmate Let’s go back to the mistake #2 … and make a different move …. … to defend against the impending attack The threat of mate has disappeared The queens are exchanged A normal opening then ensues

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *