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Single check chess. Checking the opponent wins the game. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Graham Waddingham wrote on 2005-06-16 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Heres a follow-up game to Nick's Queenless-first-check-wins variant

Graham Waddingham(FM)-Nick Pelling, Correspondence May 2005
1. Nc3 e5
2. Nf3 Bb4
3. e4 f6
4. Bc4 Kd8
5. O-O Nc6
6. d4 Nxd4
7. Nxd4 exd4
8. Bf4 d6
9. Nb5 Bd7
10. Nc7 Kc8 
11. Bd5.

Its an interesting variant of Chess in that it has remarkably long 
forcing sequences. Black second move 2...Bb4, on the face of it, seems to
be a great move. Knights are *very* strong pieces in the game, and the
seems to win one of whites knights immediately. However, it can never be
taken. The open d-file and activity of white's two bishops would then be
enough to secure the victory. In hindsight Bb4 on move 2 seems to give
white the extra move required to turn the first move initiative into a
forced win. Black is so much on the back foot, that even the smallest
error is enough to finish him off.