All the times I missed Nxf7 (aka I can see Matt Phelps rolling his eyes in disdain)

I. Slater – Pan (2100)

Previously mentioned.

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After 17.Nc3 Qd6 18.Nxf7, Stockfish doesn’t even recommend taking the knight. +7.

(I played 17.f4. Sad face.)

II. Slater – Foushee (1950)

Also previously mentioned.

After 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

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I played the execrable 17.b4.

Instead, Stockfish gives 17. Rxd8+ Qxd8 18. Nxf7 Kxf7 19. Ne5+ Kg8 20. Bxb7 Nxb7 21. Qxe6+ Kh7 22. Qf5+ Kg8 23. Nc6 Qd6 +1.4. Not completely crushing, but winning.

III. Slater – Klegon (2078)

Played back in the mid-1800s, shortly after the Civil War.

1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Ne5 Nf6 5. d4 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Nxd7 Qxd7 8. c3 e6 9. O‑O Be7 10. Qe2 O‑O 11. Nd2 Rfc8 12. f4 a6 13. Bd3 g6 14. Nf3 Na5 15. Ne5 Qc7 16. Bd2 Nc4 17. Bxc4 dxc4 18. Rae1 Bf8 19. g4 Bg7 20. f5 exf5 21. gxf5 Nd7

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OH SRSLY DOH who misses Nxf7 in this position?!

22. fxg6  22…fxg6 23. Nxg6 hxg6 24. Qe6+ Kh8 25. Qh3+ Kg8 26. Re7 Rf8 and I won narrowly.

Stockfish: 22.Nxf7 (+2.4)  Kxf7? 23. Qe6+ Kf8 24. fxg6+ Nf6 25. gxh7 and mate is unstoppable.


4 thoughts on “All the times I missed Nxf7 (aka I can see Matt Phelps rolling his eyes in disdain)

  1. Indeed. For the piece you got two pawns plus a half-pawn of compensation. Materially not at all different from playing BDG or any other (perhaps slightly dubious) one-pawn gambit opening.

    Reminds me of Morozevich, annotating one of his own games:

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 “In the past I used to blunder a pawn with 2.f4.”

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