Another Queen-Rook Combination Checkmate

I won this Correspondence Chess game earlier this month with the Black pieces by placing the White King in a Queen-Rook combination Check mate. While my Black Queen delivered the mating move at 36…Qa4#, her Rook on b3 was blocking the White King’s only possible escape.

The position of pieces at game’s end is above, and our full move record is below, as is an animated gif showing the game from beginning to end.

  1. e4 e5 2. Qf3 Nf6 3. Bd3 Nc6 4. Ne2 g6 5. Nbc3 Bg7 6. Bc4 O-O 7. b3 d6 8.h3 Qe7 9. Ba3 Na5 10. Bd3 b6 11. Ng3 Bb7 12. Nb5 a6 13. Nc3 Rad8 14. O-O-O Qe8 15. h4 h5 16. Nd5 Nxd5 17. exd5 c6 18. b4 Nb3+ 19. axb3 cxd5 20. Qe3 d4 21.Qe2 Bxg2 22. Rhg1 Bb7 23. Nxh5 e4 24. Bxe4 d5 25. Nxg7 Kxg7 26. f3 dxe4 27. fxe4 d3 28. cxd3 Rh8 29. Bb2+ Kf8 30. Bxh8 Kg8 31. Bf6 Rd6 32. e5 Rd4 33.e6 Rxb4 34. Kb2 Bd5 35. e7 Rxb3+ 36. Ka1 Qa4# 0-1

This game was tight for awhile.

The Queen-Rook checkmate I used to win this game recently was pretty basic. Despite that, my opponent and I were playing a very evenly balanced game until the 24th move when I captured the White Queen.

The full move record of this game:

  1. e4 d6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Bc4 e6 5. e5 d5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. Ba4 b5 8. Nxb5
    cxb5 9. Bxb5+ Bd7 10. Nd4 Bxb5 11. Nxb5 Ne4 12. O-O Bg7 13. Nd6+ Nxd6 14. exd6 O-O 15. d4 Nd7 16. Qg4 e5 17. Rd1 exd4 18. Rxd4 Bxd4 19. Qxd4 Qf6 20. Qe3 Qxd6 b3 Rfe8 22. Qd2 Nf6 23. Bb2 Ng4 24. Qh6 Nxh6 25. h3 d4 26. a3 Re2 27. b4 Rxc2 28. Bc1 d3 29. Bxh6 d2 30. Rd1 Rac8 31. g3 Rc1 32. Rxc1 dxc1=Q+ 33. Bxc1 Rxc1+ 34. Kg2 Qd5+ 35. Kh2 Qh1# 0-1

And an animated gif showing the game from opening move to the end.

Another win that came far too early

I won this Correspondence Chess game (being played with a 5-day time control!) yesterday when my opponent playing White resigned, giving me the win with Black by default.

He still had several days left on his clock, so he wasn’t in any kind of time trouble. And we were only eight moves into our opening which was pretty well balanced at this point. Why he chose to quit remains a mystery. There was still so much chess to be played here.

Our full move record in pgn format is below, and the short game played out visually in a gif file.

  1. e4 a6 2. d4 e6 3. Nf3 h6 4. c4 d6 5. Nc3 Nd7 6. Bd3 d5 7. e5 Bb4 8. O-O Ne7
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Queen-Queen Checkmate

Checkmating a White King is easy when you have a pair of Black Queens. I won this correspondence chess game yesterday with the Queen-Queen mate pictured above.

When I replayed this game after it finished I saw some missed moves on my part that could have ended it sooner, but I’ll gladly take my wins however they come. As it happened this was the last game to be completed in a small club tourney, and my win here gave me the second place finish among all the other players. And that made me happy.

The animated gif below shows this entire game played, move by move.