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Missed Mates

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from my extra games database.  Every so often, I will play a game I like enough to want to look at later.  This one was a Quick game and not something I usually record.  However, it tied my record for largest Mate Announcement.  So, I had to check to see if it was a correct announcement.

The Mate Announcement came about partly because I knew my opponent and partly because he had build a big time advantage and then left the table.

My opponent was Atharva Vispute, one of the top scholastic players in Colorado.  He is currently tied for #85 on the list of Top Age 13 chess players in the US. 

He has a habit of playing very fast when he falls behind in position.  Therefore, he had built a large lead in time.  However, this strategy was probably a good idea because he kept me moving quickly and not getting any time to think on his clock.  He caught me missing a mate in 4 on move 34 (34...Bxf3+ 35. Kh3 Bh1+ 36. f3 Rxf3+ 37. Kh4 Bh6+).

Finally, he left the board, and I made a quick move, trying to set up a Discovery and win a Rook.  However, as I had to wait for him to return, I realized I had mate.  I calculated it out and decided to make the announcement.  What would you announce?

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Missed Mates


[Event "Denny's Quick May"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2016.05.06"]

[Round "2.1"]

[White "Vispute, Atharva"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B13"]

[WhiteElo "1661"]

[BlackElo "1994"]

[PlyCount "86"]

[EventDate "2016.05.06"]

[TimeControl "1440"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. c4

e6 6. Be2 Be7 7. Nc3 O-O 8. O-O Nc6 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. Be3 a6 11. a3 b5 12. Bd3

Bb7 13. Bc2 Bf6 14. Ne4 Be7 15. Neg5 Nxe3 16. Qd3 Nf5 17. Nxh7 Ncxd4 18. Nxf8

Nxf3+ 19. gxf3 Qxd3 20. Bxd3 Kxf8 21. Bxf5 exf5 22. Kg2 Rd8 23. Rac1 Bf6 24.

Rc7 Bd5 25. Ra7 Rd6 26. Rc1 g6 27. Rc2 Kg7 28. Kg3 Bb3 29. Rc8 Bxb2 30. Rac7

Be5+ 31. Kg2 Be6 32. Ra8 Rd3 33. Rca7 Bd5 34. Re8 Bd4 35. Rxa6 Rxf3 36. Kg1

Rxf2 37. h4 Rf4+ 38. Kh2 Rxh4+ 39. Kg3 Rg4+ 40. Kh3 Bf2 41. Rg8+ Kxg8 42. Rxg6+

fxg6 43. a4 Rh4# 0-1


This Week In Chess

On July 26th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a Quick event (6SS, G/24;d/5). 8 players joined.

Standings. July Quick

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Tot Prize

1 Mark McGough 11366481 1714 W7 L5 W6 D3 W2 W4 4.5 $21.00 1st

2 Jeffrey R Fox 12641996 1851 W6 L4 W3 W5 L1 W8 4.0 $14.00 2nd

3 Brian Jo Rountree 12477167 1634 L4 W6 L2 D1 W5 W7 3.5

4 Paul D Anderson 12728345 1984 W3 W2 D5 U--- W6 L1 3.5

5 Earle P Wikle 12126030 1896 H--- W1 D4 L2 L3 W6 3.0

6 Daniel J Rupp 15768473 960 L2 L3 L1 W7 L4 L5 1.0

7 Douglas N Clark 15941617 567 L1 B--- U--- L6 L8 L3 1.0

8 Peter Barlay 14700831 1592 U--- U--- U--- U--- W7 L2 1.0

Categories: 2016

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