Richter-Veresov Attack:
Example of a Checkmate Opening win for Black's Army

Checkmate in the Opening
Black Wins in 12 Moves
[Richter-Veresov Attack]

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Richter-Veresov Attack
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Richter-Veresov Attack
1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bg5

Checkmate Sequence
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bg5 c5 4. Bxf6 exf6 5. dxc5 d4 6. Ne4 Bf5 7. Ng3 Bxc5
8. Nxf5 Qa5+ 9. c3 dxc3
10. b4 Bxb4 11. Qc2 Qxf5 12. Qxf5 c2# 0-1

The Richter-Veresov Attack (see the Checkmate Sequence, below), is practically a Ruy Lopez in reverse, albeit with the addition of Black's Phalanx-forming c5-Pawn for White to consider.

White's Game-Losing Mistakes

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

  • 4. Bxf6, perhaps worried about 4...Nf6-e4. But, if that's the case: 5. Nc3xe4 dxe4 6. d5 creates an Advanced Pawn, protected by Qd1, with Black giving himself Doubled Pawns on the e-file, while the still-present Bg5 is in place for 6...e4-e3.

    Following 4. Bxf6 exf6, even though Black has Doubled Pawns on the f-file, the f6-Pawn is actually helping to prevent White's d4-Pawn control the e5-square. Black, currently, controls the Center.

  • 5. dxc5, lets Black capture back, placing the c-Pawn onto the d-file, in the Center, in White's territory and backed-up by Black's Qd8. Furthermore, White is forced into two more consecutive moves of the QN (6. Ne4, 7. Ng3), which waste precious development time.

    Meanwhile, Black is able to develop with greater potency, giving Black an ever increasing advantage and certainly more attacking options.

From 5...Bf5, onwards, Black's moves seem in control and much better coordinated, while White's moves appear more desperate and out of control, by comparison, as Black takes White to the cleaners.

Checkmate Sequence + PGN

Here's how the Richter-Veresov Attack can lead to a Checkmate Win for Black, in the Opening phase:

[Event "Checkmate Opening - Richter-Veresov Attack"]
[Date "2012.02.02"]
[White "?"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "24"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bg5 {Richter-Veresov Attack} c5 4. Bxf6 exf6 5. dxc5 d4 6. Ne4 Bf5 7. Ng3 Bxc5 8. Nxf5 Qa5+ 9. c3 dxc3 10. b4 Bxb4 11. Qc2 Qxf5 12. Qxf5 c2# 0-1

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