Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Again, "Why Did He Play That Move?"

In every chess game we play, we must often ask ourselves about our opponent, "Why Did He Play That Move?" Failing to do so - or failing to answer the question accurately - can lead to disaster.

Consider the following game.

JeanTylerGabriel - LittleDonkey
Giuoco Piano Jerome Gambit Tournament
RedHotPawn.com, 2016

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7 

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.d4 Bxd4 7.Qxd4 d6 8.O-O Be6 9.Nc3 Bh3 

Out of a normal (for the Jerome Gambit) opening setup, Black plays an unexpected move. Why did he play that move?


A decent enough response.


Again, why did he play that move?


Wrong answer.

11...Nf3+ 12.Kh1 Nxd4 13.Rf1 Qf3+ 14.Kg1 Qxh3 15.Bf4 Nf6 16.Rac1 Nf3+ 17.Kh1 Ng4 18.Rfd1 Nxf2 checkmate

And this is how we reached one of the positions in "Good Knight".

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