Thursday 16 November 2023

I have now seen this happen

 While most players know the shortest checkmate for Black (2 moves) and the shortest for White ( 3 moves), they normally do not appear in real life, unless there is some funny business going on. So when I did see it in real life the other day I was certainly shocked. 

The game was between two young juniors, and it was certainly a proper game (it certainly wasn't arranged). It ended in a win for White after 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 Ke7 3.Qxe5# In fact the checkmate cam as a surprise to both players, as they weren't sure it was a mate, and spent a couple of minutes before they were both convinced it was. When I asked the Black player what happened, she simply said "I touched my King, and had to move it"

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