Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Whole Lot of Chess in Three Minutes

The following game is a roller coaster ride of chess. Hang on, there's whole lot of chess in this 3-minute game!

Philidor 1792 - Bojokrupanj1
blitz 3 0, 2015

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ 

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ke6 7 Qf5+ Kd6 8.f4 Ng6

This line must be considered inexact, as it transposes with an extra move (f2-f4)  to the 6...Ng6 defense, as in Philidor1792 - jenskun, Russia Central Federal District vs Phil, Chess.com, 2015 (1-0, 27).

9.Qd5+ Ke7 10.Qxc5+ d6 11.Qg5+ 

Stockfish 6 likes this move better than 11.Qe3, which appeared in a lot of my games; although it prefers 11.Qa3 the most.

11...Kd7 12.Qg4+ Ke8 13.Qg3 

There is only one other game in The Database with this position, Leonas - amec_pt2005, ChessHere.com, 2009 (0-1, 30) which now continued 13...Qh4 14.Qxh4 Nxh4.

13...Nf6 14.Nc3

14.d3 was correct; now things become more difficult for White.

14...Nh5 15.Qf3 Nhxf4 16.0-0 Rf8 17.d4 Nh3+ 18.gxh3 Rxf3 19.Rxf3 Qh4

White may have lost his Queen for a Rook, but he has not lost his fighting spirit.

20.Be3 Be6 21.Raf1 c6 22.Bf2 Qh5 23.Bg3 Kd7 24.d5 cxd5 25.exd5 Bxd5 26.Rd3 Bc6 27.Rxd6+ Ke8 28.Re6+ Kd7 29.Rd6+ Kc8

Black declines allowing a draw by repetition. This gives his opponent more chances to concoct devious notions.

30.Rf7 Qxh3 

Time is growing shorter. Black grabs a pawn and eyes the White King.


Both players overlooked 31.Nd5!? Bd7 32.Rxg6 hxg6 33.Rf8+ Be8 34.Rxe8+ Kd7 35.Rxa8 and White would have ample material for his Queen. 

31...Qg2+ 32.Ke3 Qg1+ 33.Ke2 Qg2+ 34.Rf2 Qh3 35.Rf7 Qg4+ 36.Ke1 Be8 

White's King has proven elusive, much to Black's dismay. Time is almost up, and White continues combining.

37.Rc7+ Kxc7 38.Rxg6+ 

Here Black's flag must have fallen, as after 38...Qxg3+ 39.Rxg3  Bg6 the position would have been about even.

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