ShepSu’s sneaky bishop move, update on my match with Fr. Kimel, and beautiful mate with minor pieces!

Username ShepSu (2203) and newengland7 (1343)…this happens to be the most outrageous opening I’ve ever played against. It’s a very unusual opening as well. It combines the Dutch with the Indian defenses. It’s the Dutch queen’s Indian defense–no kidding! I had white pieces and ShepSu had black pieces. Here’s how it went down:

1. Nf3 b6 2. c4 Bb7 3. d4 e6 (normal moves in the queen’s Indian) 4. e3 f5!? (Dutch queen’s Indian!) 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. Bd3 Ne4! 7. Bxe4 f5xe4 8. Ne5 Qg5 9. 0-0? (probably not the best thing to do in the circumstances…) Bd6 10. Nc3 Bxe5 11. d4xe5 0-0! 12. Re1 Rf7 13. Re2 Qxe5 14. Nb5 d6 15. Bc3 Qg5 16. Qf1 Nc6 17. Rd1 Raf8 18. R1d2 Bc8!? (the bishop maneuver!–at this point, I thought I was fairly hopeless so started trying everything to counter) 19. g3 a6 20. Nd4 Ne5 21. h4?? (ShepSu commented that this was my first real, major mistake in the game) Qxg3+!! 22. f2xg3 Rxf1+!! 23. Kg2 Nxc4 24. Rc2 e5 25. Nc6 Bg4! 26. Ne7+ (hoping to get some counter-play in at least and maybe get rooks off the board too) Kh8 27. Re1 Rxe1 28. Bxd1 Nxe3+!! 0-1 (I resigned–king and rook were both forked and ShepSu knows what he’s doing)

This game was between OneKnight (1345) and myself–newengland7 (1167). OneKnight’s been helping me improve in my chess recently. In this game, I made some dubious rook sacrifices and actually mated him with all four minor pieces (no major pieces involved in the mate). Of course, he was threatening mate himself as well with Bh3# near the very end but I beat him to it this time. He’s been helping me think through strategy, play according to the situation, make safety checks before making a move, and always pay attention to your opponent’s plan. The opening in this game was the Pirc defense. I generally have difficulty facing hypermodern openings but I played this one quite well. I had white pieces and OneKnight had black pieces.

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 (looks like King’s Indian defense but it will transpose into Pirc defense) 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 0-0 5. 0-0 Re8 6. Bf4 d6 7. e4 (Pirc defense) Bg4 8. Qd2 Nxe4 9. Qb4 Nc6 10. Qxb7 Bd7 11. Qa6 e5! 12. d4xe5 d6xe5 13. Bc1 Nb4! 14. Qc4 Rb8 15. Qxe4 Bf5 16. Qc4 Nxc2 (at this point, I said in my head to my opponent–“You can have my rook but at a high cost”) 17. Ng5! Qd7 18. Bd5! Re7 19. Bd6 Qd4 20. Qxd4 e5xd4 21. Nc3! Nxa1? 22. Nd5! Re5 23. Bf4! Bd3? 24. Bxe5! Bxf1? 25. Ne7+! Kf8 26. Bxc7! Rxb2? 27. Bd6! Rb1? 28. Nxg6+! (not my best move–I had Nxf7# but double-check is still okay for now as long as the mate threat on me isn’t happening) Kh8 29. Ne7+!! Kf8 30. Nxh7#!! 1-0

Now, in the match between Fr. Kimel and myself, after blunders from both of us, he has a strong 4-1 lead in the series. So I’m going to have to make a comeback if I want to beat him. I have confidence I can though :).

About Emperor Thomas I

Catholic monarch of the New Roman Coalition. Consecrated to the Apostle Thomas, the Holy Martyr Sigismund, and the Holy Martyr Olaf II.
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2 Responses to ShepSu’s sneaky bishop move, update on my match with Fr. Kimel, and beautiful mate with minor pieces!

  1. Fr Aidan Kimel says:

    You should be confident. You were killing me the last game, up until your blunder. I don’t think you’ll make another blunder like that again. You are pushing me to my limit.

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