Blindfolded timed chess game

Today (21-10-2019) I was challenged to a game of chess with the black pieces. Nothing special, as it happens 50% of the time. However, in this case I was blindfolded (literally) and the game was timed (9 minutes per person for the whole game).

My opponent told me his moves, and I told him mine. He moved both the white and black pieces, and handled the clock for both sides (pretty fair ;-)).

Here is how the game went:

  1. e4 c6
  2. Nf3 d5
  3. Nc3 Bg4
  4. Be2 e6
  5. 0-0 Nf6
  6. d4 dxe4
  7. Ne5 Bxe2
  8. Qxe2 Qxd4
  9. Bf4 Be7
  10. Rad1 Qb4 – The Silicon Monster even likes white position. White has a lead in development, and the black king will be stuck in the center.
  11. Rb1 too passive. 0-0
  12. f3 -trying to complicate matters, but now the position is lost. exf3
  13. Rxf3 Nbd7
  14. Nxd7 Nxd7
  15. Rh3 Bc5+ (I missed Qxf4, winning the bishop.)
  16. Be3 Rad8
  17. Qh5 Bxe3+
  18. Kh1 Bh6
  19. Re1 Nf6
  20. Qe2 Bd2
  21. Rf1 Bxc3
  22. bxc3 Qe7
  23. Rxf6 Qxf6 – 1 minute on the clock!
  24. Qh5 Qg6 – Missed a mated in one 🙂 Qf1++ Time pressure and being blindfolded don’t mix well.
  25. Qd1 A final trick Rxd1++ Black sees it, it’s just mate.

Not too bad. Next time, two boards blindfolded!

Beating a computer at chess (max level)

Now and then I play a quick game of chess against on my mobile phone. We all know that computers are much better at the game nowadays. I’m impressed by the way modern chess computers play, and here’s another example. However, now and then I manage to beat the computer (AI Factory), which has an estimated elo rating of around 2000. Here’s a nice example of me winning a chess game against a computer at max level, within 20 moves:

“][Date “2019.04.11”][White “U”][Black “Cpu (12)”][PlyCount “37”][Result “1-0”]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 a6 4. d5 exd5 5. exd5 d6 6. c4 Bf5 7. Nc3 Nd7 8. Bd3 Ne7 9. O-O g6 10. Re1 Bxd3 11. Qxd3 Bg7 12. Bf4 Nb6 13. Ne4 Nb6c8 14. Bg5 O-O 15. Bf6 b5 16. Bxg7 Kxg7 17. Qc3+ Kh6 18. Nf3g5

Final position after Nf3-g5, in which black resigned. The black king is in trouble.