French Defence (Reti Gambit):
Example of a Checkmate Opening win for Black's Army

Checkmate in the Opening
Black Wins in 9 Moves
[French Defence (Reti Gambit)]

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French Defence (Reti Gambit)
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9 Moves

French Defence...
1. e4 e6

...(Reti Gambit)
2 b3 d5 3. Bb2

Checkmate Sequence
1. e4 e6 2. b3 d5 3. Bb2 dxe4 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Qe2 Bb4 6. O-O-O Qe7 7. Nxe4 Ba3
8. Nxf6+ Qxf6 9. Bxa3 Qa1# 0-1

White's Game-Losing Mistakes

White's game-losing mistakes appear to be ...

  • 4. Nc3, blocks the effectiveness of Bb2, while also seems to invite Black's dark-Bishop to attack at b4 (5...Bb4), which subsequently troubles White on the Queenside, throughout the remaining moves of the game, playing a significant role in White's early Checkmate victory.

    Black's e4-Pawn is weak and without support, though also in an awkward position for White - can't play Nf3, while Ne2 blocks the light-Bishop's option of Bf1-c4.

    What is noted is Black has developed only Pawns, so, while not definite, it's likely that a Piece would emerge next.

    Perhaps White's better option would be 4. Ne2, aiming also for g2-g3 & Bf1-g2, and let either the d2- or f2-Pawn deal with an attack by ...e4-e3 ... and then seek to Castle Queenside.

    I wonder whether White's problems were made worse by playing the Reti Gambit, which invited Black's d-Pawn to e4, in the first place?

  • 6. O-O-O, seems to Castle the King into trouble, which is counter-intuitive to the purpose of Castling (seeking to get the King into safer, more-secure territory, as development progresses.

  • 7. Nxe4, Black's e4-Pawn has probably been bugging White's thinking. Having Castled Queenside, and with Rd1 in prime position, it might have been better to invite e4-e3, then White's d2xe3 unleashes Rd1 on what would be the Open d-file, while transferring the d-Pawn to the e-file, an improvement over its current d2 predicament versus Black's e4-Pawn.

  • 8. Nxf6+, attempts to prevent Black's KN joining in, but only serves to let in Black's Queen, the Piece that Checkmates White's King (9...Qa1#).

    By taking the Knight further away towards Black's Kingside territory, White clearly wasn't alert to his King being left to defend, first, the dark-Bishop (Bb2), then the Queenside.

    Once Bb2 was cleared from the board, White's Queenside Pawns left this region weak and open to attack ... which is what Black's Queen exploits with 9...Qa1#.

Checkmate Sequence + PGN

Here's how the French Defence (Reti Gambit) can lead to a Checkmate Win for Black, in the Opening phase:

[Event "Checkmate Opening - French Defence (Reti Gambit)"]
[Date "2012.02.02"]
[White "?"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "18"]

1. e4 e6 {French Defence} 2. b3 d5 3. Bb2 {Reti Gambit} dxe4 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Qe2 Bb4 6. O-O-O Qe7 7. Nxe4 Ba3 8. Nxf6+ Qxf6 9. Bxa3 Qa1# 0-1

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