Saving The Mentalist‘s chess butt

There’s some rather odd moves in this game between Patrick Jane and Tolman Bunting in one Mentalist episode here:

Chess experts will note that Jane has played the English opening. What many people don’t realize is that openings can transpose into other openings. I have downloaded this program called ArenaChess onto my computer which allows me to edit games and go through game analysis. Note, that using its suggestions should NEVER be used for any type of chess unless for POST-GAME analysis–that does not help you and it’s called CHEATING! However, experimenting with it is a great way to apply names to openings of your games.

Running the opening moves of this particular game in The Mentalist through the program allows one to see that 1. c4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. d4 … has actually transposed from the English opening into an opening called Queen’s Gambit Declined. I actually have a game going on right now which Arena has listed as starting from a queen’s pawn game, transposing into Neo-Old-Indian, then into Pirc, then into Maroczy defense, and finally staying at the Philidor defense. 1. d4 d6 2. e4 e5 3. Nf3 …

I theorize that this particular episode heavily edited this game because I really don’t know how a game between an avid chess player and puzzle solver and an intellectual like Patrick Jane could last about 15 moves. This also explains the jumping bishop early on.

Any way, I think the “forced mate in three moves” part at the end was Jane being deceitful trying to trick Bunting into resigning before a draw position occurred…unless you can show me the forced mate, I retain this theory.

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