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    Trice's Chess has been played since the year 2000. Previously it was known as "Gothic Chess." Some of the games in the earlier stage of development, the so-called "formative years," lack sophistication compared to some of the most recent games. We include these here for the sake of posterity, and to showcase how play has changed "over the years." Initially, we played many games by opening with 1. f4 which is the functional equivalent of 1. e4 in older 8x8 chess. Later, 1. d4 become more fashionable, but not for the corresponding reason to the liaison opening in regular chess. It is more flexible, tends not to "hem in" either Bishop, and allows White the opportunity to initiate the first real threat in the game. Lately, National Master John Vehre and Ed Trice pioneered the 1. g4 line, referred to as The Spike opening. That opening is the most aggressive, offers the greatest scope for original play, and is one of the most complicated ways to create middlegame tactical shootouts.

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    October 16, 2004 Ed Trice vs. Robert Colanzi
    White checkmates in 15 moves
    This game between "old chess friends" Rob Colanzi and Ed Trice makes it to number 1 on our list because of the interesting sudden turn of events. Black plays a typical "King's Indian" type of game, with a fianchetto of the King's Bishop on the primary long diagonal for his side. Notice there are actually three long diagonals in each direction (a1-h8, b1-i8, c1-j8) and (j1-c8, i1-b8, h1-a8) in Trice's Chess. The game proceeds in a logical fashion, each side develops their pieces in a typical manner with some shared symmetry. White plays the move 7. j3 which appears to be a complete waste of time, but the objective of the subsequent manuever Nh3-j2-i4 requires the j2 square to be vacated. After 13. g4! almost everyone looking at the game thinks White has dropped his Queen, and indeed Rob plays NxQ (which is 13...Nxd4) next. But there is a stunning mate in two with just the Knight and Bishop after immediately sacrificing another major piece: the deadly Archbishop. After 14. Aj6+ either 14...Kj8 15. Bxi7# mates, or the finish my smiling opponent saw and chose to allow for posterity.
    December 22, 2004 Ed Trice (USA) vs. Andreas Kaufmann (Germany)
    Black resigns on move 21
    Part of a 4-game match from the first Internation Tournament for Trice's Chess. Both Andreas Kaufmann and Uwe Kreuzer of Germany made strong showings in this tournament, and the Trice-Kaufmann battles captured the most attention. This game features a gradual build-up, then with one Knight incursion, the initiative swung convincingly to white's side. Black's pieces are soon in the awkward situation of having to "interfere" with the radiating attacks from the white pieces, rather than fully defending the position. With one miscalculated move by black, white is able to end the game with a surprise Queen sacrifice leading to a rare solo-checkmate by the Chancellor on the next move. Black resigned without waiting to see it.
    May 16, 2005 Andreas Kaufmann (Germany) vs. Ed Trice (USA)
    Black resigns on move 37
    In one of the first large international tournaments, this was Ed Trice's first lost. Andreas Kaufmann played 1. h4 which is an opening move rarely seen, and perhaps worth further investigation. Both sides have castled by move 14, and the stage is set for an equal middlegame. White is able to control the action, gradually moving his pieces to the kinside for an attack. Black, in unfamiliar territory, commits a few moves demonstrating his indecisiveness. After black grabs a meaningless pawn with 26...Qxa2, white proceeds full steam ahead with his attack. With a Queen and Chancellor hunting the black King, white crowns his victory with a nice sacrifice.
    July 5, 2005 Ed Trice (USA) vs. Andreas Kaufmann (Germany)
    Black resigns on move 35
    A Thematic Tournament was held in Prague in 2005 where Trice's Gambit was agreed to be played in a series of 2 game matches. Each player played the same opening line beginning with 1. c4 f5 2. Nc3 Axc4 as both white and black. This early gambit turned out to produce exciting games with decisive attacks. The question is: Does black have time to grab the c-pawn and retreat without losing too much momentum? This game does not disappoint, as the gambit progenator sacrifices material in an unorthodox fashion to get the black King in all kinds of trouble. After 35 moves, the weary defender calls it quits in an inferior position, some would say too early to resign in, although there are no winning chances for his side. We see a Queen sac, Knight sac, and Chancellor sac in this awesome game.
    April 14, 2006 Larry Lepes vs. Michael Ferris
    White checkmates in 5 moves
    Two newcomers to the game played this on the former GothicChessLive website back in 2006. At the time Larry was rated 1396 and Michael was rated 1294. While it is not recommended to move one's Chancellor early in the game, White correctly sensed Black made some non-essential moves that could easily be exploited. There is no such smothered mate possible in chess, since White essentially has the powers of a Rook in the same file as the black King on the 3rd move. A very entertaining finish.
    July 9, 2017 Sergey Bugaevsky vs. Ed Trice
    Black checkmates in 19 moves
    This game shows one of the longest "check-bait" combinations ever! The opponent is "baited" into unforced moves which allow a clever checkmate. The move 11...e6!! actually looks like a blunder, since white's 12. g5 is a pawn move that threatens both the Archbishop on f6 and the Knight on h6. One of them will be captured on the next move. Incredibly, black allows this, lets the Knight get captured, then lets a Bishop get captured with check, all for sake of setting up a queen sacrifice allowing a checkmate with the Archbishop and Chancellor! It's a sequence that will long be remembered.
    January 31, 2018 Ed Trice vs. Chess V Program
    White checkmates on move 35
    Back in 2018, several amateur 8x8 chess players were speculating on the relative performance of different programs capable of playing 10x8 Gothic Chess. Most of the inexperienced players thought that variant programs were still "incredibly strong," to the point of being unbeatable. While it is certainly true that the best 8x8 chess programs can crush even World Chess Champions of today, programs that play variants can still be outsmarted by clever humans. Ed Trice, author of several programs that played 8x8 chess, checkers, and of course Gothic Chess, has a unique insight into the behavior of software programs. He has demonstrated that giving programs material in exchange for creating weaknesses in the position that they cannot detect is one way to defeat them. This is certainly the "tried and true" recipe that other strong players have used over the years. It is just a matter of observing how the program plays in order to spot potential weaknesses. In the game shown here, Ed does this with remarkable precision.
    April 24, 2019 Ed Trice vs. Jon Fredrik Asvang
    Black resigns on move 36
    Jon Fredrik Asvang is a talented FIDE chess player from Norway. He has a 2000+ FIDE rating and won 1st place in impressive style with a 2345 performance rating in a tournament in the city of Sortland from September 18-20, 2020. In the game shown here, he squares off againt the inventor, Ed Trice, back in the Spring of 2019. Ed passively sacrifices a Knight for 2 pawns + an irresistible Kingside Attack in this game. Jon appears to have a pressure-relieving move with 24...h5 but white is able to extract a winning late-middlegame position. Jon defends with vigor, and the rest, as they say, is "all technique."
    June 26, 2019 Ed Trice (USA) vs. Anders Elsborg Jensen (Denmark)
    Black resigns on move 59
    We see that white "overdeveloped" his pieces in this game, and castled too quickly. In the world of 8x8 chess, getting your pieces into play quickly and castling to make the King safe is rarely punished. Ed made the mistake of playing too strategically, and Anders found a tactical line of play with 15...Nxi3! that demolishes his opponent's kingside. White is left with few options, but fights back with renewed vigor after boomeranging his Queen from d1-d4-i4 to help save the day. When the smoke clears, white survived the opening and early middlegame. Amazingly, there is a momentum-shifting tactic followed closely by a long-distance strategy that leads to a white win (21. Ng5+!! and 24. f4!) although this takes many, many moves. Even more astonishing, the endgame is 1 Chancellor vs. 8 pawns and black is one square away from promoting one of them.
    June 30, 2019 John Vehre vs. Ed Trice
    Black resigns on move 53
    Ed Trice likes to say "This is my favorite loss." And it is full of tactical complexity. The tension from the compound attacks generated in the middlegame are almost too numerous to deal with properly. Any of the trades made in the incorrect order, for 11 moves in a row, could have spelled catastrophe for either side. Black plays in true coffeehouse style by moving his Chancellor on move 1, something that should be avoided! This puts added psychological pressure on John to win. Black trades the Chancellor for the white Archbishop early on to create a solid pawn chain, and white trades a Knight for those 3 formidable pawns. Notice how Ed had the idle threat of Axa2# if white's Chancellor unguards the a2 square, meanwhile John is creating threat after threat from a superior position. The battle is fought hard right down to the Rook and Pawn endgame, that John finally wins. One of the best games in the brief history of Trice's Chess so far.
    October 22, 2019 Ed Trice vs. Jarl Carlander
    White checkmates in 38 moves
    This was a blitz game played online. Early on, it has some dull "weaker piece threatening stronger piece" type of back and forth moves. But, it quickly takes on a peculiar aspect. Black wins a Pawn at the expense of having only one piece in play, his queenside knight, which ends up hopping all the way over to the normal slot for the first move of the kingside knight. Furthermore, white has already castled and has 3 pieces in play, with a 4th about to deliver check. Most interestingly, during the live streaming of this game, black declared he would "toss the kitchen sink" just to play for a draw. With this modified premise in mind, note how he very nearly achieves this goal, even at considerable material expense! Very impressive play by Jarl. Look at the traps lying in wait in the final few moves of this game. Then, when all seems to be going in black's favor, white uncorks a killer mating tactic by sacrificing his Queen.
    October 6, 2020 Matt Gergely (Hungary) vs. Doug Dysart (USA)
    Black checkmates in 28 moves
    From round 1 of the 2020 Chancellor's Cup tournament. This game features white "going for it" with an all-out queenside attack using all three supermajor pieces (Queen, Chancellor, and Archbishop) while black coordinates a counter-attack on the enemy kingside that is less obvious to detect as there is an intermezzo of sorts with a quiet move that does not make immediate landfall. Doug's pieces are put in position to do damage, and he must patiently endure the bombastic tactic that Matt is about to unload right in his face. It takes nerves of steel and precise calculation to handle such a situation, which is why this is one of our favorite "storming opposite sides" games.
    October 26, 2020 Isaiah (Austria) vs. Ed Trice (USA)
    White resigns on move 29
    This game ends in explosive tactics after a gradual buildup. In the opening we see Isaiah try to take Ed Trice out of his "opening book" with 5. Rb1!? which could only be intending 6. b4 to pressure the Knight on c6. Black thought for a while before playing the unorthodox 5...Nd4 intending 6...Ne6 if chased away by a Pawn. This functionally nullifies the Rb1 idea by white, and now both players are in unknown waters. Later we get a sense that white is "timing" his kingside attack, seeing if black will castle into a firestorm. The manuever Ce1-g2-i3 (starting on move 11) is well-known by black, so he plays 11...Bf6 to make it look like he will castle kingside next. The "cloak-and-dagger" game goes back and forth until the sleeping Bishop comes awake with 19...Be6! and the fireworks are about to start. A great game by both players.
    November 14, 2020 KlingonBorgTater vs. Shogi
    Black checkmates in 14 moves
    Another great game played online at Green Chess Dot Net won by Doug "The Disrupter" Dysart. If you have ever seen a game played by the Italian Master "Greco" in the early days of chess when wild attacks were the preferred way to go, this game will not disappoint. Doug forces the white King on a deadly march up the board, heading to his impending doom. It is both entertaining, and a "cautionary tale." One must always be on the lookout for such death marches!
    February 21, 2021 NuclearLightning vs. WizardRunner
    Black runs out of time on move 25
    The first great game of 2021 played online at Chess Dot Com. If someone tells you that Knights are not strong on the 10x8 board, you show them this game. White is able to overuse his Knight to win a Chancellor and a Rook for it, all the while disrupting the black position. In chess, you could never get away with such brazen play. This was a 5 minute blitz game with a 5 second increment per move, so it was hard to find the correct continuation. Even so, white could not checkmate his strong opponent, whose mini-fortress could not be overtaken despite the material handicap. A great blitz game on chess dot com!
    February 22, 2021 NuclearLightning vs. Nauthnim
    White checkmates on move 21
    Another wild game played online at Chess Dot Com. Ed opens with The Spike (1. g4) which is often misplayed by black, and such was the case here. Black must disallow the pawn push to g5 and other pawn incursions, especially seemingly sacrificial "tossings" to the 6th rank. White strives to make the position more complex, allowing pieces to hang, after carefully verifying that their capture leads to even greater losses. You may need to take back and replay a few of these moves to digest the consequences of the alternative replies that were possible. Considering this was another 5 minute game with a 5 second increment, this was well played by the combatants.
    February 26, 2021 ArchbishopCheckmate vs. NuclearLightning
    White resigns after move 31
    A recent discussion on the Trice's Chess discord server prompted the playing of this game to explore options for black in the Genesis Opening. One of the most common and most flexible of Gothic Chess openings, sometimes blitz players overlook deeper ideas that lie beneath the surface. Look at the alert 14. Cf2! by white, ignoring his own hanging Knight on g5 since the black Bishop on f6 was not out of danger. And black's 16...Ne3!! is a shocking move, considering white has pawn x pawn with check on the 7th rank, the King and Queen both attacked by the pawn. Such moves are a full dimension deeper than 8x8 chess moves, and the late middlegame tactics are the icing on the cake.
    March 11, 2021 NuclearLightning vs. Indirect
    White checkmates on move 18
    What would happen if an experienced Gothic Chess player was pitted against the most dominant blitz player on chess.com in a 10x8 battle? The ever-speedy Indirect was not going to lose on account of time, and NuclearLightning was probably not going to be checkmated, so it was going to come down to who could force the other into "their element" first. White employs The Spike opening yet again, ironically 1. g4 and 2. f3 are two solid opening moves in Trice's Chess but result in a mate-in-2 on the 8x8 chessboard. Black moves very quickly but leaves his King surrounded by his own Archbishop and Chancellor, which is exploited by the surprise 11. Ng6+! which of course, cannot be taken since the white Archbishop is gunning for the g6 square from d3. White draws first blood, and from the comfort of a castled position, sets up an Archbisop + Rook knockout punch.
    March 28, 2021 NuclearLightning vs. tiagoalves3000
    Black resigns on move 24
    Here we have an excellent example of "Gothic Chess vs. Chess." By this I mean the player with the white pieces is playing with 10x8 strategies and motifs in mind, while the player with the black pieces seems to be accessing only 8x8 chess knowledge. Black allows white to grab The Broad Pawn Center which negatively impacts his choice to develop pieces later. In fact, white gets the near-ideal Gothic deployment with his Archbishop on f2 and Chancellor-g2-i3 attacking black's castled king. The attack unfolds without effort once everything is in place.
    April 16, 2021 specialsunflower1 vs. NuclearLightning
    Black resigns on move 24
    This is the 3rd impromptu speed game (5 minutes + 5 second increment per move) between Gothic Chess inventor Ed Trice and 2800 bullet chess player specialsunflower1. After the first 2 games, it appears the more experienced blitz player looked for a line to chop the major pieces and maybe head for an 8x8-like position, but Ed kept the Archbishop tucked away until the very end. The hanging center pawns created by white are powerful in 8x8 chess, but here black just skirts passed them and attacks the supermajors with the typical Knight + Bishop motif seen so often in Gothic. Ed creates an interesting "upside-down" attack here with ...Nc2 followed by ...Bd4 and white wiggles out at the expense of creating the game-ending weakness.
    May 05, 2021 Ed Trice vs. NM John Vehre
    Black resigns on move 17
    The ongoing theoretical struggle in The Spike Opening between Ed Trice and John Vehre always leads to an interesting contest. Here black makes a single strategic error with ...Ai6 and runs into one of Ed's prepared lines. While the simple-looking j4 seems easy enough to comprehend as a retort, white must insure an otherwise "time-waster" of a move will bear fruit before issuing it. John also cited his hasty ...Qd7 as worthy of replacement during the post mortem.
    July 08, 2021 NM eltenedor vs. NuclearLightning
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    Black checkmates on move 26
    National Master eltenedor is new to Trice's Chess, but we still see his skill in tactics throughout this game. Ed is one step ahead with some clever defensive play in the clutch, exhausting white's attack. Black adopts a policy of harassment to force a disorganized retreat before finishing with a fine checkmate featuring a new twist on the theme of interference.


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