Ruy Lopez (#1):
Example of a Checkmate Opening win for White's Army

Checkmate in the Opening
White Wins in 12 Moves
[Ruy Lopez (#1)]


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Ruy Lopez (#1)
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12 Moves

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

Checkmate Sequence
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O d6 5. d4 Nxe4
6. d5 a6 7. Bd3 Nf6 8. dxc6 e4 9. Re1 d5 10. Be2 exf3 11. cxb7 Bxb7 12. Bb5# 1-0

Black's Game-Losing Mistakes

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

  • 4...d6, This seems to be the beginning of Black's undoing ...

    Before this move, White's Bb5 was just attacking Black's Nc6. After 4...d6, it's Black himself who turns the plain attack into an Absolute Pin, sticking the Nc6 against its King.

    4...a6 has a better chance of pushing back White's light-Bishop, followed by 5...b5, developing another Pawn, (making White move the Bishop AGAIN, if it only retreats to either a4 or c4), while also putting an extra Pawn on the h4-e8 diagonal, reducing the pressure on the King along this line.

    That then frees up Nc6, breaking the Pin, and enables 4...d6, to support the e5-Pawn.

    So, 4...d6 appears to have been played a couple of moves too early.

  • 5...Nxe4, Seems harmless, as it "wins a free pawn".

    But, Black has actually obliged White's Clearance Sacrifice - the e4-Pawn was in the way of White's KR taking its role in the Discovered Check which Checkmates Black's King (12. Bb5#).

  • 10...exf3, Black possibly got over excited with his Pawn Fork against White's Knight and light-Bishop that he can't have properly assessed the re-positioning of White's light-Bishop, in front of Re1 ...

    Black has left a clear path all the way to his King, ready for the aforementioned Discovered Check.

    In hindsight, Black's Pawn should have stayed put on e4, possibly advancing his b-Pawn to b5, which prevents Black's final headache: White's own Pawn Fork against Black's Ra1 & Bc8!.

Checkmate Sequence + PGN

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

PGN
[Event "Checkmate Opening - Ruy Lopez (#1)"]
[Date "2012.02.01"]
[White "?"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "23"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 {Ruy Lopez} Nf6 4. O-O d6 5. d4 Nxe4 6. d5 a6 7. Bd3 Nf6 8. dxc6 e4 9. Re1 d5 10. Be2 exf3 11. cxb7 Bxb7 12. Bb5# 1-0



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