Ruy Lopez (#2):
Example of a Checkmate Opening win for White's Army

Checkmate in the Opening
White Wins in 15 Moves
[Ruy Lopez (#2)]


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Ruy Lopez (#2)
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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. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 exd4 7. Re1 d5
8. Nxd4 Bd6 9. Nxc6 Bxh2+ 10. Kh1 Qh4 11. Rxe4+ dxe4 12. Qd8+ Qxd8 13. Nxd8+ Kxd8 14. Kxh2 f5 15. Bg5#
1-0

Black's Game-Losing Mistakes

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

  • 5...Nxe4, removes White's e-Pawn, which becomes a greater problem in a couple of moves time, as 7. Re1 Pins the Knight against his King.

    Black might have been better off continuing development (perhaps with the view to Castling Kingside, e.g. 5...g6, 6...Bg7, 7...O-O), rather than attacking without adequate back-up.

  • 6...exd4, gives Black the weakness of Doubled Pawns (on the d-file), albeit a temporary Pawn structure weakness (8. Nxd4 sees to that).

    But, as just alluded to, this move also leads to Black's Knight being Pinned on e4. It all stems from misguided eagerness to attack with 5...Nxe4.

  • 7...f5, turns Black's own attacked Nf6 into a Knight Pinned against his King. A really poor choice, but again, it's Black trying to make amends for his Pinned Ne4, reinforcing the error of 5...Nxe4!

  • 8...Bd6, fails to appreciate the danger of White's Nd4, in combination with Ba4, I might add. Letting White play 9. Nxc6 gives Black an unenviable choice: any other move loses the Queen, but the only Queen-saving move (9...bxc6) allows White to creates an Absolute Fork Attack with 10. Bxc6+.

    Black's done-up like a kipper, and it only gets worse from here!

  • 14...f5, the final mistake, though White's victory was almost inevitable by this stage.

    Black's two-square Pawn advance leaves the final dark-square diagonal clear for White's current Bc1 to move to g5 and criss-cross with his light-square Bishop to Checkmate Black's King.

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 (#2)"]
[Date "2012.02.01"]
[White "?"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "29"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 {Ruy Lopez} a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 exd4 7. Re1 d5 8. Nxd4 Bd6 9. Nxc6 Bxh2+ 10. Kh1 Qh4 11. Rxe4+ dxe4 12. Qd8+ Qxd8 13. Nxd8+ Kxd8 14. Kxh2 f5 15. Bg5# 1-0



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