Sunday, March 6, 2016

French Defence Mexico Mate

My French Defence Tarrasch game vs Julio Etienne led to a quick sharp Mexico Mate! Normally I played for kingside castling as White. Theory in one line recommended that I answer 9...Bb4+ with 10.Kf1. The theory was that White got an attack, but it made me nervous. What if my attack failed? Usually I won big. Here is an example.

Some people go to Mexico on vacation. They mail postcards from Mexico to friends and family back home. I mailed postcards to Mexico with my chess moves. In my mind, I picture a comedy scene. First I mailed my moves to Texas. Then the cartoon character Speedy Gonzalez ran my postcard south of the border down to Julio in Tampico.

I enjoy meeting a new opponent from a new country. American Postal Chess Tournaments (APCT) players rarely came from Mexico. Every state in the USA was represented. Many players from Canada competed in events I entered. But Julio Etienne was my only APCT opponent from Mexico. That's a fairly popular name, and that's all I remember about him.

Sawyer (2050) - Etienne (1900), corr APCT 1980 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 Qb6 8.Nf3 cxd4 9.cxd4 Bb4+ 10.Kf1 [10.Bd2 f6 11.exf6 Nxf6 12.0-0 0-0 13.Bc3 Bd7 14.Qb3+/=] 10...f6 11.Nf4 fxe5 12.Nxe6 e4 [12...g6 13.dxe5=] 13.Bf4 exd3 14.Nc7+ Kf7 15.Nxa8 Qd8 16.Nc7 [16.a3+-] 16...Nf6 17.Nb5 Bf5 18.a3 Ba5 [18...Be7 19.Ne5+ Kg8 20.Nxd3+/-] 19.Nd6+ Ke7 20.Nxf5+ Kd7 21.Qxd3 Rf8 22.Ne5+ Nxe5 23.dxe5 Ng4 24.Qxd5+ Ke8 25.Qe6+ Qe7 26.Qxe7# 1-0

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