Sicilian Defence (#1):
Example of a Checkmate Opening win for Black's Army

Checkmate in the Opening
Black Wins in 10 Moves
[Sicilian Defence (#1)]

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Sicilian Defence
1. e4 c5

Checkmate Sequence
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bc4 Qc7 7. O-O Nf6
8. Qe2 Ng4 9. h3 Nd4
10. Nxd4 Qh2# 0-1

White's Game-Losing Mistakes

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

  • 6. Bc4, White's intention is to Castle Kingside (7. O-O), which will leave Black's King and Nf3 as the only Pieces defending the Kingside stronghold.

    Black goes on to exploit this by threatening to Fork White's Qe2 and Nf3 with 9...Nc6-d4, which causes White to capture with 10. Nf3xd4, leaving the King incapable of dealing with 10...Qh2#.

    6. g3 would have prevented the Black Queen's assault down the b8-h2 diagonal, with 7. Bg2 putting the Bishop in place to enable Nf3 to deal with the threat of 9...Nc6-d4.

  • 8. Qe2, White fails to spot the pattern for Black's Knight Fork on d4, and places his Queen in danger.

    8. Bd3 should have been played first, perhaps.

  • 9. h3, plays into Black's hands ... White understandably wants to chase Black's Ng4 away, believing it to be vulnerable against a lowly Pawn, which it IS - in isolation - but White doesn't take into account the specifics of the position:

    • the weakness of the Kingside stronghold;
    • the greater vulnerability of his King;
    • the significant vulnerability of his Qe2;
    • ... all of which is combined with the attacking potential of Black's waiting Nc6-d4 and Qc7-h2.

Checkmate Sequence + PGN

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

[Event "Checkmate Opening - Sicilian Defence (#1)"]
[Date "2012.02.02"]
[White "?"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "20"]

1. e4 c5 {Sicilian Defence} 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bc4 Qc7 7. O-O Nf6 8. Qe2 Ng4 9. h3 Nd4 10. Nxd4 Qh2#

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