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Junior Ganymede dominates BCC and T&S

April 07th, 2009 by GST

The leading Mormon blogs so far have not been able to beat the Junior Ganymede in at least one category: chess.  Recent victories over T&S blogfather Nate Oman and BCC newcomer Scott B. below.

Anyone else want to play?

After 12.Bf4, Nate realizes that he doesn’t want to get his queen pinned on the king, so he castles queenside. However, he loses the exchange when his queen is skewered on the rook on 13.Bg5.

On 19.Qf3, I threaten to fork his rook with 20.Nf7+. Nate guards that with 19…Be8??, leaving open the fatal fork of his queen with the winning 20.Ne6+.

Needless to say, I get no little satisfaction from beating this noted smarty-pants.

After 10.Bb3, Scott probably should have given me double pawns by trading knight for bishop. As it went, he let me forced the trade resulting in his doubled pawns on the 12th move. He ultimately was unable to protect the lead doubled pawn.

My 15.Nf4? appears to be a mistake. Why didn’t I take the d4 pawn then? Or at least protect my e pawn? Dunno.

Not protecting his knight on move 16 was a key miscalculation by Scott. He might have been thinking that after 17.Qxe5, he could take my knight with 17…Bd6 (Queen cannot cover knight on f5, f6, g5, e4, or e3). But it can cover it from d4, after it captures the doubled pawn. I think Scott realized that too late, and didn’t bother to try to skewer the queen, but rather get his rook on an opening file with 17…Re8.

He did subsequently win a pawn with a queen skewer on 18…Bf6, but to little effect.

Black offering to trade queens on 21 didn’t make much sense to me.

I won a pawn on each move from 24-26, and he couldn’t recover. I used my three passed pawns to force trades until I was up a rook and a passed pawn, and he resigned.

I also lose games, but for some reason those aren’t as fun to post.

Comments (7)
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April 07th, 2009 12:29:25

Adam G.
April 7, 2009

Never underestimate the power of this fully operational chess blog.

April 8, 2009

And as an encore, GST will be covering my thumb with paper cuts and pouring lemon juice on it.

Scott B.
April 8, 2009

I object to your use of my first chess match in 2 years as a case study in your chess prowess. Nevertheless, I confess that I had no strategy from the outset, and struggled to keep my hope alive as long as I did.

April 8, 2009

I am up for a game sometime.

April 8, 2009

Nate, will that be a pay-per-view event?

April 9, 2009

Trevorm, I suspect that you are better than me. So, no.

Eric Nielson
April 11, 2009

I also would like a game.

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