Checkmate in the opening #6: Chess history

Checkmate in the opening #6: Chess history


Plymouth, England 1938 Alexander Alekhine is playing white Ronald McKay Bruce is playing black The two-knight Caro-Kahn opening is played Most would have pinned f3 The bishop seems confused Escape square for the trapped bishop Threatening Bf7 checkmate The correct move
The threat of mate is gone Need a new mate strategy now Watch out! White threatens Nf7 fork
with bishop and queen controlling e6 *Blunder*
Qe7 or Qd6 would have defended e6 The f7 fork comes in
Best way out for
black is to give up the rook Mistake #2: White threatens mate in two
Qe7 would have neutralized this attack The queen can only watch helplessly As her king is cornered and mated Let’s go back to the blunder And play a defensive move Qe7 defends both e6 and f7 The threat of mate has disappeared The opening unfolds normally Both sides have castled
and are fairly equal for the time being

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