New Chess Blog

June 6, 2009 at 12:36 pm (Chess, General)

I know much hasn’t happened here in awhile, and I can’t say how much will. I’m heading out into the world, and while I am continuing my writing, many of those projects are to be conducted in private — yes, there is still poetry and novel writing going on.

I also have started a new chess blog with a friend of mine, and if anyone is interested, you can find it at Wrong Rook Pawn.


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5/14/09 Chess Win — Talking Heads

May 14, 2009 at 8:36 am (Chess)

Opening: Petrov/Russian Game: Urusov Gambit (C42)
Result: 1-0

This was, I felt, one of the most solid games I’ve played, and indicates a difference in the level of player I am now versus the level of player I was a few months ago. Everything sort of locked into place as the game continued. I gained a more than sufficient material advantage and used pressure to allow for little room for my opponent to run around in. The opening was also very interesting with some quick trading of pieces. Anyway, this is a pretty solid win for me, and I think it’s worth taking a look at for you chess players out there:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 d5 4.exd5 Nxd5 5.Nxe5 Qd6 6.d4 Nf6 7.Nxf7 Qb4+ 8.Nd2 Qe7+ 9.Qe2 Rg8 10.Ne5 Be6 11.O-O Nbd7 12.b3 O-O-O 13.Ndf3 h6 14.Re1 g5 15.a4 Qb4 16.Bxe6 Rg7 17.a5 a6 18.Ba3 Qc3 19.Qc4 Qxc4 20.bxc4 Re7 21.d5 c5 22.Nf7 Rxe6 23.dxe6 Bg7 24.Nxd8 Kxd8 25.exd7 Nxd7 26.Rad1 Kc7 27.Re7 Bd4 28.Nxd4 cxd4 29.Rxd4 Kc6 30.Rexd7 b6 31.R4d6#

See the game/look at the moves: Talking Heads

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Match & Rematch — Chess Loss & Win, Same Opponent

April 20, 2009 at 11:47 pm (Chess)

Game #1 (Loss)
Opening: Ruy Lopez: Berlin Defense (C65)
Result: 1-0

Game #2 (Win)
Opening: French Defense: Queen’s Knight (C00)
Result: 1-0

Each of these games I intend to take a close look at because I began with pretty much the same opening strategy, but in one I was crushed and in the other I did the crushing. I’m trying to develop the theory behind the Vienna Game that I use so often, so that I am more ready to use it in play, but I haven’t had much time to analyze games lately. I have a few ongoing games now as well that have a similar start that will require some careful contemplation that I might make my opening lines more effective. Still, these two in particular were interesting to me because I lost in the first match pretty quickly, and I won the second one pretty quickly; although, in the second game, my opponent essentially refused to resign even though he was obviously defeated. To be honest, I just played the first game terribly, giving up my queen when there was no need early on; I’m not sure where my head was at–for those who have seen my other games, the second game, which I won, is much more comparable to my usual play-style:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Nc3 d5 5.Nxe5 Bc5 6.h3 a6 7.Nxc6 Qd6 8.e5 Qe6 9.Nd4+ axb5 10.Nxe6 Bxe6 11.exf6 gxf6 12.Nxb5 Ra5 13.Nxc7+ Ke7 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.O-O e5 16.d3 Rg8 17.Qh5 Ra6 18.Qxh7+ Kf8 19.Bh6+ — White Resigns

Watch the game/see the moves: Headless Heads

1.e4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 a6 4.Nf3 c5 5.Ng5 h6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Bf4 Bd6 8.e5 Be7 9.Bd3 cxd4 10.Ne2 Bc5 11.c3 Qa5 12.b4 Nxb4 13.cxb4 Bxb4+ 14.Kf1 Ne7 15.a3 Bxa3 16.Qb3 Qb4 17.Qxa3 Qxa3 18.Rxa3 b5 19.Nexd4 O-O 20.Nxb5 Bd7 21.Nc7 Ra7 22.Nxa6 f6 23.Be3 Rb7 24.Nc5 Rc7 25.Ke2 Bc6 26.Nxe6 Rb8 27.Nxc7 Rb2+ 28.Kd1 Bb7 29.Kc1 Rb4 30.exf6 gxf6 31.Bc5 Nc6 32.Nxd5 Kf7 33.Nxb4 Ne5 34.Nxe5+ fxe5 35.Bf5 Bxg2 36.Rd1 Kf6 37.Bc2 h5 38.Rg1 Bf3 39.Be3 h4 40.Rg6+ Kf7 41.Ra7+ Kf8 42.Ba4 Be4 43.Bc5#

Watch the game/see the moves: The Heads have Eyes

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Chess Win! — Here She Be

April 14, 2009 at 11:35 am (Chess)

Opening: Saragossa Opening (A00)
Result: 0-1

Not sure how I feel about my opponent’s opening choice, and from looking at his other games, I imagine he was trying something new. This is my first time coming up against this opening, and I imagine the intent was that it could draw out a Sicilian from me, and then operate a bit like a Caro-Kann (honestly not certain). Either way, I immediately regarded it as a weak opening to be wary of because any opponent who opens with what I believe to be weak has a good chance of knowing something I don’t. Either way this was a quick and relatively easy resignation to force. I was able to fork his bishop early with my queen and get a piece advantage, getting ahead on pieces if not development, and then with a small sacrifice of knight later on, I put him in a position from which there was no escape:

1.c3 e5 2.e4 Nf6 3.f3 d5 4.exd5 Nxd5 5.Bc4 Qh4+ 6.g3 Qxc4 7.d3 Qc6 8.Ne2 Be6 9.O-O Bh3 10.Re1 Ne3 11.Bxe3 Qxf3 — White Resigns

See the game/look at the moves: Here She Be

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First Chess Loss Online — Wooden Warfare

April 6, 2009 at 11:47 pm (Chess)

Opening: Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation, Short Variation (B12)
Result: 1-0

I lost here as black. I am not a high-caliber chess player, and this game certainly showed it. My opponent opened up his middle lines early, but I used the opportunity to get a small piece advantage; however, when pressured by the knight and queen, I fell into one of the oldest tricks into the book, where I allowed my king to be lured out by a series of checks, until my opponent’s pawn wall could finish the job. This was a really foolish game on my part, and my opponent played it right. Still, I suppose it is a lesson learned about trying to keep my king more towards the back wall when checked, rather than working too much for an advantageous position with a piece I need to protect:

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 Nd7 5.Bd3 e6 6.Bxf5 exf5 7.O-O f6 8.exf6 Ngxf6 9.Re1+ Ne4 10.Ng5 Bd6 11.Qh5+ g6 12.Qh4 Qa5 13.Bd2 Qa4 14.c3 Qc2 15.b3 Qb2 16.f3 Qxa1 17.fxe4 dxe4 18.a4 O-O-O 19.Nf7 g5 20.Qxg5 Rhg8 21.Nxd6+ Kc7 22.Qf4 Rdf8 23.Nb5+ Kb6 24.Qc7+ Ka6 25.Nd6 Rg6 26.Qxb7+ Ka5 27.c4+ — White Resigns

View the game/look at the moves: Wooden Warfare

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Chess Win — Speaking in Riddles

April 6, 2009 at 11:32 pm (Chess)

Opening: Vienna Game: Max Lange Defense (C25)
Result: 1-0

This was a pretty tight game, and I wasn’t sure that I was going to win; in fact, I had a bad feeling from the beginning. Fortunately, I managed to stagger some pieces in the back left and control the area around my own king long enough, while luring my opponent’s king to the middle of the board, so that I could render a checkmate (noticing a pattern? I like the Vienna Game; though, it might be time to work on a few other openings):

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Na5 4.d3 Nxc4 5.dxc4 c5 6.f3 g6 7.Be3 b6 8.Nh3 Qh4+ 9.g3 Qxh3 10.Qd5 Qg2 11.Rg1 Qxf3 12.Nd1 Ne7 13.Qxa8 a5 14.Qb8 Qf6 15.Rf1 Qe6 16.a3 h5 17.Bg5 Bg7 18.Bxe7 Kxe7 19.Ne3 Qc6 20.Nd5+ Ke6 21.Nxb6 Ba6 22.Qa7 Qxe4+ 23.Kf2 Qd4+ 24.Kg2 Bxc4 25.Rf3 Qxb2 26.Qxd7#

View the game/look at the moves: Speaking in Riddles

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Chess Win — Do it to it!

April 2, 2009 at 11:25 am (Chess)

Opening: Sicilian Defense: Snyder Variation (B20)
Result: 0-1

Yet another game against my Briefcase Full of Blues compatriot. This was just a bad game for him that I capitalized on throughout. Not a particularly long game, but gratifying:

1.e4 c5 2.b3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nc6 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.O-O a6 6.Bxc6+ bxc6 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.d3 d5 9.Ba3 Qa5 10.Qd2 d4 11.e5 Nd5 12.Bxc5 Qxc3 13.Bxd4 Qb4 14.Qg5 Bxf3 15.gxf3 Qxd4 16.c4 Nf4 17.Rad1 Nh3+ 18.Kg2 Nxg5 19.Rh1 Qf4 20.h4 Qxf3+ 21.Kg1 Qxd1+ 22.Kg2 Qf3+ 23.Kg1 Nh3+ 24.Rxh3 Qxh3 25.d4 e6 26.f4 Ba3 27.d5 Bc5#

View game/look at the moves: Do it to it!

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Win by resignation — Moments of Desperation

April 1, 2009 at 7:11 pm (Chess)

Opening: King’s Pawn (B00)
Result: 1-0

Even though I won by resignation, this is a game I’m not particularly proud of. I had an opportunity for checkmate 2 moves before my opponent resigned, and I overlooked it, even though I had spent most of my end game trying to set it up. I play anywhere from 3 to 10 correspondence games a time, and sometimes I just forget what my attack strategy was, especially when some of my opponents only make moves once every two days. I have the same problem with tactical chess problems–I have trouble following a game I wasn’t there for the start of. Anyway, yeah, I probably should have lost this one at several points, but my opponent made some blunders as well, and I managed to capitalize on them. The opening is almost the Nimzowitsch Defense: Breyer Variation (B00), but he moved 3. …e6, instead of 3. …e5:

1.e4 Nc6 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.d4 e6 4.Bf4 d5 5.e5 Ne4 6.Bd3 Bb4 7.Qg4 Nxc3 8.Qxg7 Nxa2+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Kxd2 Rf8 11.Rxa2 Nb4 12.Ra3 Qh4 13.g3 Qxd4 14.Nf3 Qxf2+ 15.Kc3 Qxf3 16.Kxb4 Qxh1 17.Bxh7 Qe1+ 18.c3 Qb1 19.Kb3 b5 20.Bxb1 a5 21.Bd3 a4+ 22.Kb4 Bd7 23.h4 c5+ 24.Kxc5 Rc8+ 25.Kb4 Rc7 26.h5 f6 27.exf6 e5 28.h6 e4 29.Be2 — Black Resigns

View the game/Look at the moves: Moments of Desperation

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Another win by resignation! — Thunder Warfare?

March 29, 2009 at 6:19 pm (Chess)

Opening: Scandinavian Defense: Gubinsky-Melts Defense (B01)
Result: 0-1

So this opening is characterized by the moves [1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6]. A very strange start I’ll admit, and perhaps not the best opening, as my opponent quickly laid waste to my queen’s side of the board. I played as black, and worked to corner my opponent’s queen. Once the queen went down, I was able to rally a sufficient amount of momentum to force a resignation:

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.g3 e5 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.Qe2 Bf5 7.Be4 Bg4 8.Qb5+ Nbd7 9.Qxb7 Rd8 10.Qxa7 Qd4 11.Qxc7 Bc5 12.Qxc5 Qxc5 13.f3 Be6 14.d3 Ke7 15.Bg5 Qb4 16.Ne2 Qxb2 17.Rc1 Bxa2 18.O-O h6 19.Bxf6+ Nxf6 20.Na4 Qb4 21.Nac3 Be6 22.f4 Qb6+ 23.Rf2 Ng4 24.Rf1 exf4 25.Na4 Qe3 26.Nxf4 Rd4 27.Ng2 Qg5 28.Bc6 Qh5 29.Nf4 Qe5 30.Rf3 g5 31.c3 Rd6 32.d4 Qa5 33.d5 Bf5 34.Re1+ Kf6 35.h3 gxf4 36.hxg4 Qa7+ 37.Kh2 Bc2 38.Rxf4+ Kg6 39.Nc5 Qxc5 40.Re7 Rf6 41.Rd4 Qxc3 42.Rf4 Qd2+ 43.Kh3 Qd1 44.g5 Qh1+ 45.Kg4 Bd1+ — White Resigns

See the game/look at the moves: Thunder Warfare?

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2 Chess Wins for 3/26/2009

March 26, 2009 at 8:45 pm (Chess)

Opening: Damiano’s Defense (C40)
Result: 1-0

Played as white. A bit of a strange game, but worked out a checkmate without a terrible level of difficulty. There was a fair amount of posturing and positioning in the midst of the game as we each tried to feel out an advantage:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6 3.d4 Nc6 4.c3 d6 5.Be3 Bg4 6.Bc4 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 g5 8.Qh5+ Kd7 9.Qf7+ Kc8 10.Be6+ Kb8 11.Nd2 Qe7 12.dxe5 Qxf7 13.Bxf7 dxe5 14.Nb3 Nh6 15.Be6 Nb4 16.cxb4 Bxb4+ 17.Bd2 Bd6 18.O-O Rf8 19.a3 Re8 20.Bf5 Nxf5 21.exf5 h5 22.Rfd1 e4 23.Nd4 h4 24.Ne6 g4 25.Bb4 Be5 26.Rac1 c6 27.Rd7 g3 28.Rcd1 gxf2+ 29.Kxf2 a5 30.Bc5 a4 31.Rd8+ Rxd8 32.Rxd8#

See the game/look at the moves: Winning Made Difficult

Opening: Vienna Game: Stanley Variation (C26)
Result: 1-0

Another game as white. My friend from the other blog again. Not as good as our usual games I don’t think. More pieces were exchanged, but I was able to chase his king around and pick off a few of his more versatile pieces towards the end, allowing me to lock him into a checkmate situation:

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 d6 4.Nge2 Nc6 5.d4 exd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 c5 8.Qe3 Ng4 9.Qf4 Ne5 10.Bd5 Qf6 11.Nb5 Qe7 12.Bd2 a6 13.Nxd6+ Qxd6 14.Bc3 Ng4 15.Qxf7+ Kd8 16.Ba5+ b6 17.Bxa8 bxa5 18.Rd1 Qd4 19.Rxd4+ cxd4 20.Qd5+ Bd7 21.Qxa5+ Ke8 22.Qxa6 Bb4+ 23.Ke2 Nf6 24.Qb6 Bg4+ 25.f3 Be7 26.fxg4 Nxg4 27.Qb8+ Bd8 28.Bc6+ Ke7 29.Qb7+ Kd6 30.Qd7+ Kc5 31.b4+ Kxb4 32.Qxg4 g6 33.Rb1+ Ka3 34.Qg3+ Kxa2 35.Qb3#

See the game/look at the moves: A Parliament of Rooks

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Every Game’s a Gambit — (D20) Chess Win

March 24, 2009 at 11:20 am (Chess)

Opening: Queen’s Gambit Accepted: Central Variation, Greco Variation (D20)
Result: 1-0

This was an interesting game, and the first time I’ve forced an opponent to resign. 3. …b5 is the Queen’s Gambit Accepted: Central Variation, Greco Variation (D20). The merits of this defense elude me, but it does not seem particularly disadvantageous to black nor particularly advantageous. It’s just an offside defense that my opponent didn’t seem to play to. Can’t say for sure, as I’m not really that good. Either way, here’s another victory for me as white (I select play as random on the site, but I seem to play as white a lot):

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 b5 4.Nc3 a6 5.a4 c6 6.axb5 cxb5 7.Be3 Bd7 8.d5 Nf6 9.Nf3 g6 10.Be2 Bg7 11.Qd4 O-O 12.O-O Ne8 13.Qc5 Nd6 14.Ra2 Qc8 15.Qb6 Be8 16.Bg5 Nd7 17.Qe3 f6 18.Bf4 g5 19.Bxd6 b4 20.Bxe7 Rf7 21.Bxb4 Nf8 22.Nd4 Bd7 23.Bd6 Ng6 24.Ra4 Qb7 25.Rxc4 Qxb2 26.Rb1 Qa3 27.Nf5 Bb5 28.Bxa3 Bxc4 29.Bxc4 Rc7 30.d6+ Rxc4 31.Rb7 Bf8 32.Bb2 Rd8 33.Qb6 Nf4 34.Qxd8 — Black resigns

View the game/look at the moves: Every Game’s a Gambit

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A New Thrilla in Manila — Chess Win

March 22, 2009 at 1:02 pm (Chess)

Opening: Sicilian Defense: Nimzowitsch Variation, Closed Variation (B29)
Result: 0-1

Another game against Briefcase Full of Blues, but this time I played as black and opened with the Sicilian (although I didn’t follow anything resembling a good plan after that; I lack the experience to really know how to use the Sicilian, but I’m learning!). I had him up against a wall at the end; although, he caved a bit earlier than usual this time:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Bc4 d5 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.d3 a6 7.Bxd7+ Nbxd7 8.O-O Bd6 9.exd5 exd5 10.Re1+ Be7 11.Bf4 d4 12.Na4 Qa5 13.b3 Nd5 14.Re4 f5 15.Re6 Nxf4 16.Re1 b5 17.g3 Ng6 18.Nh4 Nxh4 19.gxh4 bxa4 20.Qf3 Rd8 21.Qxf5 Qc3 22.Qg5 O-O 23.Qxe7 Qxc2 24.Qe6+ Rf7 25.f4 Qxd3 26.bxa4 Nf8 27.Qe5 Ng6 28.Qxc5 Rxf4 29.h5 Rg4+ 30.Kf2 Qd2+ 31.Kf1 Qg2#

See the game/look at the moves: A New Thrilla in Manila

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End of the night win! — For the Win

March 20, 2009 at 9:27 pm (Chess)

Opening: Vienna Game: Stanley Variation (C26)
Result: 1-0

Finished up a chess game with my buddy over at Briefcase Full of Blues. Opened up with the Vienna Game again, and in 26 moves, managed a successful assault as white:

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 d6 4.Qf3 c6 5.d3 Bg4 6.Qg3 b5 7.Bb3 h5 8.Bg5 Na6 9.f3 Be6 10.Bxe6 fxe6 11.Nge2 Qb6 12.O-O-O d5 13.Qxe5 Nc5 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Qxf6 Rh6 16.Qg5 b4 17.Nb1 Na4 18.exd5 cxd5 19.b3 Nc5 20.Nf4 Qa6 21.d4 Nd7 22.Rhe1 Qxa2 23.Rxe6+ Kf7 24.Rxh6 Be7 25.Qg6+ Kf8 26.Rh8#

See the game/look at the moves: For the Win

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Chess Win for 3/20/2009 — Spilling Over the Edges

March 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm (Chess)

Opening: Vienna Game (C25)
Result: 1-0

This was a good game, opening up with the Vienna Game. I managed to keep a high level of pressure on my opponent for the whole game, and at the end of the game it would take only a single mistake on his part for me to checkmate. He did blunder, and I did win; much to my relief, as I was already considering an array of other possible moves that I thought he would be more likely to make, which would cost me a good deal of pieces to get back into a solid mate position. I played as white:

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 c6 3.Nf3 f6 4.d4 d5 5.dxe5 fxe5 6.Nxe5 Nf6 7.f3 Bd6 8.Bf4 b5 9.Nd3 Be7 10.Ne5 Bb4 11.Qd4 Qb6 12.O-O-O Nbd7 13.Rd3 Nc5 14.Rd2 a5 15.exd5 cxd5 16.Nxd5 Nxd5 17.Qxd5 Bxd2+ 18.Kxd2 Ra7 19.Bg5 Nd7 20.Qf7#

Watch the game/look at the moves: Spilling Over the Edges

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2 Games — Live Game + Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

March 16, 2009 at 1:30 am (Chess, General)

Game 1–
Opening: King’s Gambit (C30)
Result: 1-0

Game 2–
Opening: King’s Pawn (C20)
Result: 0-1

Two wins for 3/15/2009–

One against a friend of mine who runs the Briefcase Full of Blues blog. This was one of my first games using the King’s Gambit, but of course, it was initially declined. Played with a half hour timer & 5 seconds regained with each peace captured. Beat him playing as white in what I think is our longest game yet at 51 moves:

1.e4 e5 2.f4 f6 3.c3 c6 4.Nf3 exf4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bg4 7.Bxf4 Bd6 8.Be3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 Nh6 10.Bf4 O-O 11.O-O g5 12.Bxd6 Qxd6 13.Nd2 c5 14.Qh5 Kg7 15.Rf5 Nxf5 16.exf5 Qf4 17.Nf3 c4 18.Bc2 Nc6 19.Re1 Rae8 20.g3 Rxe1+ 21.Kf2 Rc1 22.gxf4 Rxc2+ 23.Kg3 Rxb2 24.fxg5 Rxa2 25.gxf6+ Rxf6 26.Qg5+ Kf8 27.Qxf6+ Ke8 28.Ng5 Rc2 29.Qh8+ Kd7 30.f6 Rxc3+ 31.Kg2 Nxd4 32.f7 Rc2+ 33.Kh3 Ne6 34.Nxh7 Rc3+ 35.Kg2 Nf4+ 36.Kf2 Rc2+ 37.Kg3 Ng6 38.Qe8+ Kd6 39.Nf8 Rc3+ 40.Kg2 Rc2+ 41.Kh3 Nf4+ 42.Kg3 Ne2+ 43.Kf3 Ng1+ 44.Kg3 d4 45.Nd7 Rc3+ 46.Kg2 Rc2+ 47.Kxg1 Rc1+ 48.Kf2 d3 49.f8=Q+ Kd5 50.Qe5+ Kc6 51.Qc8#

Watch the game/look at the moves: Live Game

Second game was against someone whose online ELO was much higher than mine, but went down much quicker. This was a simple double-king’s pawn opening–very little opening strategy. I think my friend I played the first game against could likewise have made short work of this opponent. I played as black:

1.e4 e5 2.d3 Bc5 3.Nf3 f6 4.Nxe5 fxe5 5.Qh5+ Kf8 6.b3 Nc6 7.Be2 Nf6 8.Qf5 d6 9.Qf3 Nd4 10.Qg3 Nxc2+ 11.Kd1 Nxa1 12.Bb2 Bd4 13.Bxa1 Bxa1 14.Na3 d5 15.exd5 Qxd5 16.Bf3 Qxd3+ 17.Ke1 Bc3#

Watch the game/look at the moves: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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