Pure insanity

Another computer surprise here. Not part of my recent-game-analysis-improvement program. Just a historical scoresheet I threw into Stockfish out of curiosity.

The following game features the most ridiculous attack I ever played, and believe me, you will agree it’s ridiculous.

It’s all about move 22.

Slater (1854) – Foushee (1990), Louisville KY, Summer 1985.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Qc2 d5 6. Ne5 c6 7. Bg2 Be7 8. O‑O O‑O 9. Rd1 Qc8 10. b3 Nbd7  11. Nd2 Bb7 12. Bb2 Rd8 13. Rac1 dxc4 14. Qxc4 c5 15. Ndf3 h6 16. dxc5 Nxc5

Backstory here. Short version: This was the tournament right after high school where I abruptly converted from mild-mannered to aggressive chess.

17. b4

Blech. Stockfish: 17.Rxd8+ Qxd8 18.Nxf7 is pretty much winning. See if you can see why. Did not occur to me at the board. After playing this 17.b4 stinkbomb, white has holes all over the queenside and is worse.

17…Rxd1+ 18. Rxd1 Bd5

Hm, my position is disintegrating, I thought.


19. Qh4 Na4 20. Rc1 Qa6 21. Rc7

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Now this is where it gets really interesting.

Stockfish after white’s 21st move: -1.60  (21…Qxe2 is best here.)


Stockfish after black’s 21st move: +6. A seven-pawn swing. Ouch.

Incredibly, what follows after this error IS ALL CORRECT and winning for white.

22. Nxf7!!

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22…Nxb2 23. Nxh6+ gxh6 24. Qxh6 Bxc7 25. Ng5 Resigns.

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The indignity is that white wins back ALL the material and THEN mates:

25… Rf8 26. Bxd5 exd5 27. Qg6+ Kh8 28. Ne6 Rg8 29. Qxf6+ Kh7 30. Qf7+ Kh6 31. Qxg8 Be5 32. Nf8 Qd3 33. exd3 Bg7 34. Qh7+ Kg5 35. Qg6#

Like I said. Pure insanity.

Never in the last 30 years did I once imagine Nxf7 was actually sound.


6 thoughts on “Pure insanity

  1. I had seen your reference to this game but finally got here to see the whole thing…why did you ever doubt the brilliance of Nxf7, o ye of little faith? Admittedly, it’s not the kind of mate-in-three thing that’s easy fun. I probably would have agonized over it for about 30 minutes, back when I was worried about playing “perfect” chess! The real fun is that you get to play Nxh6 immediately thereafter! “Something”xh6 is certainly my favorite move of all time.

    1. Hm. Good question. I guess it was played in desperation so it didn’t feel convincing. Also, that was the first time I ever (successfully) threw everything overboard. Fun!

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