Chess Game of the Day: 8-Move Closed Sicilian

 

One of my online chess games. A few annotations below.

2. Nc3 (Closed Sicilian Defense)

5. …Bg4 Everything’s been pretty standard thus far but this is unusual compared to, say, Be7.

7. Nxe5! I’m generously giving myself an exclamation point on this.

7. …Bxd1?? That must have been very tempting but it leads to a forced mate. Better to take the knight on e5.

8. Bxf7+ After 8. …Ke1 (forced) 9. Nd5# is mate.

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