Thursday, June 02, 2005

Napoleon Bonaparte's Chess Games



Napoleon Bonaparte, the French Monarch with the crazy mission to rule over the whole world, was a good fighter not only in the battlefield, but also over the chess board.
In the earlier days chess was considered a royal game and so it is no wonder that Napoleon I was a good chess player and brilliant in tactics as is evident from the following games.

Game 1
[Event "Malmaison Castle,1804"]
[White "Napoleon I"]
[Black "Madame de Remusat"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C41"]

1. Nc3 e5
2. Nf3 {Napoleon loves the cavalry} d6
3. e4 f5
4. h3 fxe4
5. Nxe4 Nc6
6. Nfg5 d5
7. Qh5+ g6
8. Qf3 Nh6 (8... Nd4 ?? 9. Qf7# {Checkmate.})
9. Nf6+ Ke7
10. Nxd5+ Kd6
11. Ne4+ Kxd5 (See Diagram)



Position After Black's 11th Move
White to play and mate in 3 moves. Can you find the mate?

(11... Kd7;12. Bb5 Nf5; 13. d3 with a winning position for White)
12. Bc4+ (12. d3 Bf5 turns the tables on white)12... Kxc4
13. Qb3+ Kd4
14. Qd3# {Win by Blitzkrieg.}
1-0

Credits to Duvvuri Ravishankar, Mumbai, India

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2 Comments:

Blogger Ricardo said...

Viva,

Temos que combinar um jogo! Já tenho saudades de jogar um, hehe

Abraço,

1:52 AM  
Blogger JFS said...

Agora que as reformas antecipadas foram congeladas, é caso para pensar em actividades lúdicas e desopilantes durante o horário normal de trabalho. E o xadrês na net talvez seja uma boa opção, hehe.

Um abraço,

7:34 PM  

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