Friday, March 22, 2013

A Six [Seven? Eight?] -Queen Game and More

Nothing to do with Jewish chess, but...

...I was looking for a picture to illustrate that "Chess is Hard", as a note about my previous post. I came across the following amateur game, played June 2009. Yes, the two players are obviously amateurs, the game is a fast ICC blitz game [1 minute with a 3-seconds increment], and, yes, White misses -- or rather, ignores -- numerous faster mates. But still...

Edited to add: a quick database check found no six-queen games in my 2005 Chessbase database, although there are a few five-queen games of a similar nature. Like here, the winning side obviously was trying to maximize the number of queens on the board instead of simply mating. These include also a game played by two 2000-2100 players. Tim Krabbe notes there had been another six-queen game, but not with all queens on one side, in 2009. Also, he notes that a supposed seven-queen game has been proven to be spurious.

That said, this game surely sets the record for the total number of queens during a game:  7 for White [all the six queens in the final position were created by promotion] and 8 [including the original black queen] altogether. For what it's worth, here's the new game, with the first move of every queen -- "natural" or promoted -- highlighted in red.

White: "eadon"
Black: "Vortex" 

King's Gambit [C34]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 f6 4. h4 h6 5. d4 Bd6 6. Ne5 Bxe5 7. Qh5+ Kf8 8. dxe5 Qe7 9. Bxf4 fxe5 10. Bxe5 Nf6 11. Bxf6 Qxf6 12. Nc3 c6 13. O-O-O b5 14. Bd3 a6 15. Rdf1 Qxf1+ 16. Rxf1+ Ke7 17. Qf7+ Kd8 18. Qxg7 Re8 19. Ne2 d6 20. Ng3 Be6 21. Nf5 Bxf5 22. Rxf5 Nd7 23. b3 Ne5 24. Qf6+ Kc7 25. Rf2 Nxd3+ 26. cxd3 Rad8 27. Qxh6 Rd7 28. Rf6 Red8 29. h5 c5 30. Qg6 b4 31. h6 Rh8 32. Rf7 Rxf7 33. Qxf7+ Kc6 34. h7 Kb5 35. Qg8 Rxg8 36. hxg8=Q c4 37. Qe8+ Kc5 38. dxc4 a5 39. g4 a4 40. bxa4 b3 41. axb3 d5 42. exd5 Kd6 43. g5 Kc7 44. g6 Kb7 45. g7 Kc7 46. g8=Q Kb6 47. d6 Kc5 48. d7 Kb4 49. Kc2 Ka3 50. d8=Q Ka2 51. c5 Ka3 52. c6 Kb4 53. c7 Ka3 54. c8=Q Ka2 55. b4+ Ka3 56. b5 Kb4 57. b6 Ka3 58. b7 Kb4 59. a5 Ka3 60. Qgf8+ Ka2 61. b8=Q Ka1 62. a6 Ka2 63. a7 Ka1 64. a8=Q#

The winner also played another odd game, ending in an unusual smothered mate, played March 2011, this time against "jbuenoa", in another king's gambit:

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d6 3. Nf3 exf4 4. d4 Be7 5. Bxf4 Nf6 6. Nc3 O-O 7. Bc4 Nc6 8. O-O Bg4 9. Qd3 Nb4 10. Qe2 Bxf3 11. Rxf3 Re8 12. a3 Nc6 13. Rd1 Bf8 14. Bg5 Be7 15. Rg3 h6 16. Bxh6 g6 17. Rxg6+ Kh7 18. Bxf7 Rf8 19. Rg7+ Kh8 20. Bb3 a6 21. Rg3 Nh7 22. Bxf8 Qxf8 23. Rg8+ Qxg8 24. Bxg8 Kxg8 25. Qg4+ Kh8 26. Rf1 Rg8 27. Qe6 Bf8 28. Ne2 Bg7 29. c3 Nd8 30. Nf4 Nxe6 31. Ng6# 

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