Chess at the Ballet

Chess at the Ballet

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Chess at the Ballet

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I am sure you have all heard of Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss (1891-1975). It was
he who wrote the music for the ballet ‘Checkmate.’ which was first performed in 1937.

One of the scenes is where the Black Queen fights the Red Knight.

The fight

The Red Knight wins he but cannot bring himself to put the Black Queen
to death because he loves her. (a good excuse as any for losing a game.)
The Red Knight turns away and the Black Queen stabs him in the back.

dead red knight

The love struck Red Knight is laying slain at his King’s feet.

I found an RHP game that re-enacted the dance of the Black Queen v Red Knight

red knight

The Red Knight is the b1 Knight. The Black Queen is Queen.

I cannot lay my hands on the music that goes with the ballet so I experimented.
I find that this game goes best with Booker T and MG’s playing: ‘Time is Tight.’

MarkusDaBrave - CopeyLue RHP 2017


Again we walk up the garden path in Never-Never Land looking for a fantastic
and unplayed wonderful checkmate so we can show it to our grand children.

The first 8 moves are Nicksten - Tea Boy RHP 2021

That Bxh7+ and Queens off is a good idea to stick in your pocket for a rainy day.

Here I pointed out that the tempting 11...Nh5 would work if White took the Knight right
away but by slipping in 12.Bxh7+ 13. Qxd8 and then 14.fxg4 White would be winning.

So then I searched the RHP database for examples of Bxh7+ and QxQ to see what I
could find and I found a wonderful unheard melody. It’s a missing a piece of Mozart.

AttilaTheHorn - Quester RHP 2012

White to play. 1. Bxh7+ Kxh7 2.Qxc6 dxc6 3.Rxd8 wins...or does it?

green pawns

I was going through an old notebook of mine and I found this:


And that is all I have. So I set it up on the board and we get this:

Black is threatening Bxc7 mate. There is only one way to stop it 1.Bh2.
After that White has to keep finding all the moves to stop the mate on c7.

It soon becomes apparent that this must be done in the correct move order because
White has to free the b5 square for the a3 Knight to reach b5 and hold c7 Knight.
But there is a wee twist in the tail. Does anybody the know composer of this gem.

(someone has came through. It was composed by Boris Sidorov in 1981.)

White to play and draw!

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