Ruy Lopez:
Example of a Checkmate Opening win for Black's Army

Checkmate in the Opening
Black Wins in 13 Moves
[Ruy Lopez]


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Ruy Lopez
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5

Checkmate Sequence
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O Bg4 6. h3 h5 7. d3 Qf6 8. Be3 Ne7 9. Nbd2 Ng6 10. hxg4 hxg4 11. Ng5 Nf4 12. Qxg4 Qxg5 13. Qxg5 Ne2# 0-1

White's Game-Losing Mistakes

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

  • 4. Bxc6, White answers The Ruy Lopez Question with the capture of Black's Nc6.

    I'm not picking this out as a definite mistake by White (not at this stage), but I do make note of this move as, had this Bishop still been on the board, it might have been able to prevent 13...Ne2#.

    Maybe it even helps to answer The Ruy Lopez Question?

  • 6. h3, doesn't chase away Black's light-Bishop, but contributes to Black's plans to open and Control the Useful Open h-File with the Rh8, which is a major aspect of White's Checkmate loss.

    White's e4-Pawn is currently undefended, so either 6. d3 or 6. Nc3 would have been better developing moves that didn't weaken the Castled King's stronghold. The latter (6. Nc3) doesn't block the path for a potentially-retreating Bb5.

  • 10. hxg4, helps Black to Open the h-file, with 10...hxg4, giving White's King no escape route due to the presence of Rh8, which now Controls the Open h-file, for Black's advantage.

    This further compounds the earlier error of playing 6. h3.

From 10...hxg4, onwards, Black appears in total control for another example of an early Checkmate victory.

Checkmate Sequence + PGN

Here's how the Ruy Lopez can lead to a Checkmate Win for Black, in the Opening phase:

PGN
[Event "Checkmate Opening - Ruy Lopez"]
[Date "2012.02.02"]
[White "?"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "26"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 {Ruy Lopez} a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O Bg4 6. h3 h5 7. d3 Qf6 8. Be3 Ne7 9. Nbd2 Ng6 10. hxg4 hxg4 11. Ng5 Nf4 12. Qxg4 Qxg5 13. Qxg5 Ne2# 0-1



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