When a Pawn Checkmates a King

Apr 6, 2017, 2:47 PM |
Recently I've played a game as white where the opponent played a strangle opening, pushing the pawns on the H and G files.
Sometimes, pushing side pawns can serve to gain space advantage, or to break open the King's castle. However, seeing that my opponent was gaining on my kingside, I decided to castle queenside and take advantage of black's undeveloped pieces.
Perhaps my opponent was not expecting my response, and the game degraded to a laughable advancing of my F pawn from starting position to the 7th rank to checkmate the king. My advice to players who play unconventional openings is be prepared for how your opponent plays against your opening, and adapt to the situation on the board. Otherwise, choose a more sound opening.
The game can be found here: https://www.chess.com/live/game/2036367997.