Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Smothered Checkmate Tactic in Bird's Opening

The smothered mate is well known, but how often do you actually get to play one? Below I play a smothered mate in a Bird's Opening. I do tactics exercises every day with Chessimo. GM Gilberto Milos developed Personal Chess Trainer which allows you to train on Tactics, Strategy, Endgames and Openings. They changed the product name to Chessimo. I have used every version and love it.

In a 3-minute blitz game vs "klowz" I began 1.f4 Nc6 and set-up as Black in a standard King's Indian Defence. Normally in the Bird's Opening, White wants to control e5 and often play Ne5. The Black pawn on d6 prevents this. I only used 1:38 for the whole game; i.e. a minute and a half total. No deep theory here. Pieces were tossed around and a tactical opportunity presented itself: the smothered mate combination!

klowz (1373) - Sawyer (1902), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 26.07.2014 begins 1.f4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d6 3.e3 g6 4.Be2 Bg7 5.0-0 Nf6 6.b3 Ne4 7.c3 0-0 8.Bb2 f5 [8...e5=] 9.d3 Nf6 10.Ng5 h6 11.Nf3 e5 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.c4?! [13.Na3=] 13...e4 14.Nd4? [14.dxe4 Nxe4=/+] 14...Bd7? [14...Ng4!-/+] 15.Nd2 [15.Nxc6 Bxc6 16.d4 Be8=] 15...exd3 16.Bxd3 Nb4 [16...Ng4-+] 17.Bb1 c5 18.Nc2 Nd3 19.Qf3? [19.Bc3 Bc6-/+] 19...Nxb2 20.Na3 Bc6 21.Qg3 Qxd2 22.Qxg6 Qxe3+ 23.Kh1 Ng4 24.Nc2 Nf2+ 25.Kg1 Nh3+ 26.Kh1 Qg1+ 27.Rxg1 Nf2# White checkmated 0-1

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