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Killer Pawn

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 14, 2020 at 2:40 AM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's event: CSCC Killer Curfew Rapid Online (4SS, G/10+10).  It was played by Vedant Margale and Dean Brown.  Vedant is ranked at 98 for the Top 100 - Age 10 by USCF.  Dean is his top USCF opponent in the past year and fifth all-time.

I had asked for Game Of The Week suggestions during the tournament, and Vedant quickly responded.  I think he had an unfair advantage, as most of our older players don't know how to operate the chat window and may not have seen the request.  I decided to get suggestions this week, as my plan to go over all the games in the online event has not panned out. 

It is funny that when I have to hand-enter all the score sheets myself, I see all the games.  But have the computer do all the work, and I don't look at any games.

I also liked this game because of how it finished.  I was amused by the online computer when it gave me an award for applying checkmate with a Bishop.  The award was called Killer Bishop and started my Killer theme. 

Well, I got another award this week when I checkmated with a Pawn.  I had to pause because I didn't remember winning that way.  As I went over my games, I finally realized that I got the award when I promoted my Pawn to a Queen with checkmate.

Does that count as a Pawn Mate or a Queen Mate?

Here is how Vedant's suggestion ended.  What award would you give him?


White to mate

See the diagram and answer here:


Killer Pawn


[Event "CSCC Killer Curfew Rapid Online"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2020.06.07"]

[Round "3.5"]

[White "Margale, Vedant"]

[Black "Brown, Dean"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B23"]

[WhiteElo "1491"]

[BlackElo "1087"]

[PlyCount "53"]

[EventDate "2020.05.10"]

[TimeControl "600+10"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. d3 Nf6 6. Be2 d6 7. O-O O-O 8. Qe1

Bg4 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Bxf3 Nd4 11. Bd1 e6 12. Ne2 Nd7 13. Nxd4 Bxd4+ 14. Kh1 Qb6

15. c3 Bg7 16. Qg3 Qa6 17. Bb3 Nb6 18. f5 d5 19. f6 Bh8 20. Bh6 Rfd8 21. Qg5

dxe4 22. dxe4 Qe2 23. Bxe6 Qxe4 24. Rae1 Qa4 25. Bxf7+ Kxf7 26. Re7+ Kg8 27.

f7# 1-0

This Week In Chess

On June 7th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held the CSCC Killer Curfew Rapid Online event (4SS, G/10+10).


Place, Player, Score


1 "#1NMBrianWall (1900)" 4.0

2 "#2cschessnews (1807)" 2.5

3 "#3RayFchess (1579)" 2.5

4 "#4Skadelig (1545)" 2.0

5 "#4linuxguy1 (1538)" 2.0

6 "#4JJ7X (1734)" 2.0

7 "#7msmcgough (1427)" 2.0

8 "#8liencam2 (1223)" 1.0

9 "#8KingVed (1481)" 1.0

10 "#10Navajo36us80917 (1087)" 1.0

11 "#10amauer01 (1025)" 1.0

12 "#12CosmicNovaGalaxy (1298)" 0.0

Categories: 2020

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