Saturday, 25 January 2014

Castizo vs Boris Chessky on

I think I was lucky to get a timeout win on this one (although the time limit was 14 days, so a timeout is really like a resignation as far as I'm concerned).

Due to the opponent's low rating, I was a bit pushy with my pawns and careless of my King's safety, so things started to get somewhat... interesting.

Time limit: 14 days per move. 1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 e6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.c3 d6 5.O-O a6 6.a3 b5 7.Ba2 Nf6 8.d4 Nxe4 9.d5 Ne7 10.dxe6 Bxe6 11.Re1 d5 12.Nbd2 f5 13.Nxe4 fxe4 14.Ng5 Qb6 15.Be3 h6 16.Nxe6 Qxe6 17.Bxc5 O-O-O 18.b4 Nc6 19.Bb6 Rd7 20.Qb3 g5 Black wins by timeout

Monday, 20 January 2014

Gibaud vs Lazard, Paris, 1924

This is the shortest game ever played between masters in tournament competition.

It ends in a knockout in four moves!

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nd2 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. h3 Ne3!
Instead of retreating, the Knight hurls himself into the enemy camp with an attack on the Queen.

White resigns, as capturing the Knight would be answered by 5 ... Qh4, forcing mate.

Game 1 from 1,000 Best Short Games of Chess, by Irving Chernev.