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

Checkmate in the Opening
White Wins in 20 Moves
[Sicilian Defence (#1)]


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Sicilian Defence
1. e4 c5

Checkmate Sequence
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nc3 e6 5. Nxd5 exd5 6. d4 Nc6 7. dxc5 Bxc5
8. Qxd5 Qb6 9. Bc4 Bxf2+ 10. Ke2 O-O 11. Rf1 Bc5
12. Ng5 Nd4+ 13. Kd1 Ne6 14. Ne4 d6 15. exd6 Bxd6 16. Nxd6 Rd8 17. Bf4 Nxf4 18. Qxf7+ Kh8 19. Qg8+ Rxg8 20. Nf7# 1-0

Black's Game-Losing Mistakes

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

  • 2...Nf6, places Black's KN into danger, being more vulnerable against the forward thrust of White's e-Pawn. Following 3. e5, Black is forced to move the KN for a second time, violating the principle of one-move-per-piece in the Opening phase.

    Already controlling the d4-square with the c4-Pawn, 2...Nc6 would have developed a Knight to a good square, shared control of the e5-square with White's Knight, while reinforcing Black's control of d4. As it is, Black's active Knight comes under attack for a second time, though this time it proves fatal for the Knight ... not even the 'protection' from 4...e6 prevents White playing for the Knight Exchange, which only serves to weaken Black's Pawn Structure on the central files.

  • 6...Nc6, doesn't stop 7. dxc6, nor does it trouble White's e5-Pawn. Instead, it leaves Black without any Pawns in the Center, following 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Qxd5.

    It might have made a difference playing 6...d6, making the light-Bishop available for action. Also, then, if 7. exd6, Black's dark-Bishop could be developed with Tempo to d6, capturing White's Pawn in the process (7...Bxd6). Alternatively, if 7. dxc6, then 7...dxc6 maintains Black's c- and d-file Phalanx, with its presence in the Center.

White's play, from 7. dxc5, onwards, is excellent ... especially the Queen Sacrifice (19. Qg8+), which forces Black to build his King's very own tomb (19... Rxg8), fit for imminent burial (20. Nf7#).

Checkmate Sequence + PGN

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

PGN
[Event "Checkmate Opening - Sicilian Defence (#1)"]
[Date "2012.02.01"]
[White "?"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "39"]

1. e4 c5 {Sicilian Defence} 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nc3 e6 5. Nxd5 exd5 6. d4 Nc6 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Qxd5 Qb6 9. Bc4 Bxf2+ 10. Ke2 O-O 11. Rf1 Bc5 12. Ng5 Nd4+ 13. Kd1 Ne6 14. Ne4 d6 15. exd6 Bxd6 16. Nxd6 Rd8 17. Bf4 Nxf4 18. Qxf7+ Kh8 19. Qg8+ Rxg8 20. Nf7#
1-0



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