Don’t try this at home, kids. (nothing-to-write chessblogging, OR: Sicilian, poisoned rook variation)

I have nothing to say here, so I’m going to post a believe-it-or-not cyber-correspondence game. Yes, correspondence! As in, my opponent had three days per move! And wasn’t a beginner! And still managed to end up with the choice of losing the queen (admittedly, I’d let enough wood go, and the position was sharp enough, that it would only mean a small material disadvantage for him) or getting checkmated on mvoe 10. And chose (blundered) the mate!

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qb6 5. Be3 Qxb2 6. Nxc6 Qxa1 7. Bd4
Qxa2 8. Nc3 Qa3 9. Nb5 Qa4 10. Nc7 mate!!!

(the line I was expecting was 9. … dxc6 10. Nxa3 e5 11. Nb5 cxb5 12. Bxb5+ Ke7 13. Bxe5 where I have a queen for a rook and a knight, and a very healthy attack. Although it occurs to me now that 9. … bxc6 nets him an extra pawn and avoids completely giving away the position as in the above.)


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