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  • Interesting Games

    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.

    Enjoy the games!

    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.
    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!


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