Checkmate in the opening #8: Chess history

Checkmate in the opening #8: Chess history


New York, NY 1896 Frank Melville Teed is playing white Eugene Delmar is playing black Dutch opening Bg5 variation Black pawns attack the intruding bishop The bishop allows itself to be trapped … to draw the pawns out … … and open the b1-h7 diagonal … … for his attack Black now senses threat of mate … … and tries to defend g6 with rook But this move is a blunder
It’s all over for black A queen sacrifice will get the rook out of the way Qh5 check! Black must take the queen Now g6 is available The bishop delivers a smothered mate Now let’s go back to change the blunder And give the king an escape square The threat of mate has disappeared White tries to save the trapped bishop But the bishop is toast The opening now unfolds normally With black now ahead in points

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