Chessblogging: missed opportunities for violence.

Quiz: where did I, as white, go wrong here?

1. e4 e5 2. f4 Qf6 3. Nf3 exf4 4. Bc4 Bd6 5. O-O h6 6. e5 Bxe5 7. Re1 d6 8. d4 Ne7 9. dxe5 dxe5 10. Nxe5 Qb6+ 11. Kh1 h5 12. Bxf7+ {Black resigns in view of 12. … Kf8 13. Qd8 mate}

Answer: rather than moving the king on autopilot, I should have jammed the harassment check right back up his throat by playing 11. Be3! Then black doesn’t have to blunder into the forced mate, instead, he has to give up a queen and pawn for two pieces to avoid it.


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