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Richard Maclannan shares a fun game

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1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4

(The Blackmar Diemer is a bit of a favourite. White gets lots of pieces out very quickly.

I must admit to not having had all that much success with it though.)

3. Nc3 Bf5

(3…Nf6 is more normal.)

4. f3 exf3

5. Nxf3 e6

6. Bd3 Bxd3

7. Qxd3 Nf6

8. Qb5+ Nbd7

9. Bf4 Qc8

(This is my first mistake I think. 9. Bf4 aims for the queen to take

on c7 after taking on b7, but is simply met by …Bd6.)

10. d5 a6

(Closely followed by my second. The obvious reply is 10…Nxd5, whereupon

11. Nxd5 c6 and I’m stuffed, e.g. 12. Nxf6 Nxf6 13. Qb3 Nd5 14. Bd2 Bd6, and so on.)

11. Qe2 Nb6

12. dxe6 fxe6

13. Nd4 Kf7

14. 0-0-0 Be7

(I preferred to castle queenside, despite Fritz’s recommendation

of castling Kingside. 14. 0-0 Bc5 looked a bit scary.)

15. Rhe1 e5

(Better was 15…Re8, forcing 16. Qxe6, otherwise if 16. Nxe6,

the bishop moves and the Knight is pinned.)

16. Bxe5 Re8

17. Qf3 c6

18. Nf5 Nbd7

19. Bd6 Bf8

(Missing 19. Bxf6 Nxf6 20. Rxe7+ Rxe7 21. Nd6+

and an early train home.)

20. Bxf8 Kxf8

21. Nd6 Qc7

22. Rxe8+ Rxe8

23. Nxe8 Kxe8

24. h3 Kf7

25. Ne4 Ne5

26. Nd6+ Kg8

27. Qf5 Ned7

(Mate in 5 which I don’t appreciate, as you’ll realise.

The knight critically blocks the black queen’s access to f7.)

28. Qe6+ Kh8

29. Nf7+ Kg8

30. Ne5+ 1-0

(As Mr Bishop pointed out to me immediately afterward, 30. Nh6+ makes

for the nice smothered mate; 30. Nh6+ Kh8 31. Qg8+ Nxg8 32. Nf7 mate.)

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