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The Knights Are Better Here!



Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Game Of The Week

Last week I posed the question: Should a game lasting 9 moves be published? I got several people to reply. The general response was that a short game should be published, and I even received a couple of examples.

The shortest example was from Tim of Denver, CO who mentioned the 2-move classic fool’s mate:

1. f3 e6 2. g4 Qh5#

I was going to publish that one (and I guess I just did) when I realized that I had an even shorter game in my USCF database. I played a game in 1999 at the Pikes Peak Open that almost tied the record for shortest game of all time. Had I been black, I would have tied it.

The game actually lasted an hour, but as far as the fewest number of moves to win, it was my personal best. It also was my game with the fewest errors, one.  I played c4 (Fritz recommends e4, with Nf3, Nc3 or d4 as less favorable) and my opponent never found an answer (mostly because he wasn’t there):

Well, I have already published 2 games, and I still have space. I guess that is why I love these short games; they take up so little space and are easy to publish. Of course, there is the possibility that you don’t have enough material to fill up the column…like now.

Well, I guess I will have to throw in a third dwarf game. This one comes from Paul Cornelison who goes by the handle “Sleepy” on



[Event "Main Playing Hall"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2004.04.21"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Gluckspulz, Sven"]

[Black "Cornelison, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A51"]

[WhiteElo "1851"]

[BlackElo "1956"]

[PlyCount "18"]

[EventDate "2004.04.21"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ne4 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Qd3 d5 6. cxd5 Bf5 7. Qb5+ Nc6 8.

dxc6 Nxc3 9. Qxb4 Qd1# 0-1


This Week In Chess

Tuesday May 18, 2004

On 5/11, the CSCC had 19 members in attendance on this particular night. For the USCF-rated match play (G90), 3 games were formed: Alex Arustamyan continued his winning streak by beating Andy Chow, Dan Southard got back on the right track by scoring one point against Allan Ufer, and Tom Mullikin got a victory by outlasting Gary Frenzel. Most of the other members played in the thematic matches (G15). The players were paired off and had to play both sides of 2 different starting positions (see below). Score keeping was encouraged so that Brian Wall would have some examples to add to his lecture. I made the mistake of putting my name on my score sheets as I was trounced by Virgil McGuire 2.5-1.5 (I didn’t keep score in my one victory). Other winners were Gerry Sunderland thrashing Charles Martin 4.0-0-0, Roy Roberts claiming victory over Chris Wykoop 2.0-0-0, and Renae Delaware conducting a fine performance over Larry Smith 2.0-0.0. Also, Mike Jozwiak and Chris McCarty tied with 2.0-2.0.

Thematic Positions

By Brian Wall

Position 1 – 1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Bd6!?


Position 2 - 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 O-O 5. c4 d6 6. O-O a6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. d5 Na5 9. Nd2 c5 10. Qc2 b5 11. b3 Rb8 12. Bb2



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