My Favorite Miniatures

Barefoot_Player

A Miniature is a game lasting 25 moves or less. Grandmaster draws (which are draws with only a few moves played) and time forfeits are excluded. Ideally, they should be both educational and/or entertaining.

 

Feel free to post your favorite miniatures. They could be by you, or a favorite player of yours. Discussion of the games is also encouraged. (But please no bughouse or 960 games. Let's just try to post the classical game.)

 

Thanks!

 

And have fun!

 

 

Barefoot_Player

Here's a good one from MacDonnell, a 19th century English player.wink.png

 

 

Barefoot_Player

There are some games worth playing over and over again. This is one of them.

 

 

Barefoot_Player

I believe this game was the shortest ever played in the US Chess Championships.

 

 

 

blueemu

 

Barefoot_Player

 Good one Blue! =)

 

Who was your opponent and when was it played?

blueemu

That's not mine. It was played at the height of the Cold War, in Bulgaria in 1962 between two almost-unknown Soviet-block masters, Yuri Troinov and Luben Popov. Because of the poor political relations at the time, many of the games from that period are virtually unknown here in the West.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1503130

 

blueemu

This is one of mine, an off-hand game that was played between rounds at an over-the-board tournament about 30 years ago, in the Canadian Maritimes.

 

Barefoot_Player

Cool!

 

I didn't know either of the two games. Thanks for showing both!

blueemu

Here's a miniature that I played right here on chess.com. The only really cool point (from my point of view) was at move eight, where I found a "new" piece sacrifice right in the opening. It later turned out that the move had been played before, but I was still quite pleased to have found it over-the-board.

 

Barefoot_Player

I was living in Los Angeles and experimenting with the Grand Prix Attack at this time. You can label this game as, "The Two Long Diagonals".

 

(For some reason I am having trouble inserting this game in the post. Agggh! So we will just have to post the game as this way. Apologies to all! =)

 

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Escalante-N.N.
Blitz Game
Pasadena, Aug. 17 1990
1.e4 c5 2.f4 d6 3.Nf3 Nd7
{This move only makes the weak f7 square even more of a target.} 4.Bc4 {White lays claim to the important a2 to g8 diagonal and directly hitting the f7 square.} 4...g6 {A move that is too slow and does nothing to challenge the a2 to g8 diagonal.} 5.O-O Bg7 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Qb6 8.Be3 Qxb2 {Remember the commandment about not taking the b2 pawn with the queen? Here is another reason why this commandment should not be broken as the both the main diagonal (a1 to h8), and the d4 square is dominated by White. And Black has yet to challenge the a2 to g8 diagonal.} 9.f5 Qxa1 {If 9...Bxd4, then 10.Bxd4! wins} 10.fxg6! {Now it’s all over for Black as both diagonals are available for White.} fxg6 {Best for Black is 10...Ngf6. But even in this line, 11.gxf7+ Kf8 12.Ne6+ Kxf7 13.Bd4 wins again.} 11.Bf7+ Kd8 12.Ne6# 1-0

 

 
Barefoot_Player

Sometimes lower rated players can produce some interesting miniatures.

Here's one to enjoy!

 

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[White’s knights have a field day attacking the opposite queen and taking loose pawns. They then sacrifice themselves so their queen can mate.]

 

 

 

johnsmith475
 
There were two mistakes that I had made, thanks to computer analysis. 10. e5 (10. Nd2 h6 11. Bh4 e5 12. f3 Qc813. Nc4 Re8 14. Qd2 a5) and 15. Bxf6+ (Blunder)(15. Qd2 Rh8 16. Rfe1 Rh5 17. h4 c518. Qf4 Rc8 19. Rab1 Nd5)
Barefoot_Player

 johnsmith,

 

I usually have good results playing against ...e6 and ...b6 systems. It seems to be a combination of the French and Owen;s Defences; not really accomplishing much except for presenting weaknesses and giving the time for White to exploit those weaknesses.

 

melvinbluestone

    I guess you could call this "the Mouse-slip Gambit". A funny line I stumbled into in the From Gambit:

 

Barefoot_Player

Ooohh- From's Gambit!

 

And nicely played! =)

 

MawarBerdarah

 

Barefoot_Player

 MawarBerdarah,

 

Did you play this game? Interesting that Black has to trade his well-placed bishop for a knight on t he 10th move.

 

 

MawarBerdarah

Tulis Barefoot_Player:

 MawarBerdarah,

 

Did you play this game? Interesting that Black has to trade his well-placed bishop for a knight on t he 10th move.

 

 

it's a weird game.. anything could happen in low rating chess.. of course it's interesting, that's why i recommend to keep your rating low..muahahaha

melvinbluestone
Barefoot_Player wrote:

Ooohh- From's Gambit!

 

And nicely played! =)

 

     Thanks! I love playing either side of Bird's Opening. It's a lot of fun for club level players, even really mediocre ones like me who rely on cheap shots, swindles, and the possibility that my opponent is drunk....... wink.png