Louise Dana – Kacey Rowe
Interschool – Outer East Zone

A very important rule: Always move your pieces off the back rank ! This is called “developing”.

1.e4 d6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 b6? Black is
making too many pawn moves in the
opening and not developing enough
pieces. 4.d4 f5 You should never move
your f-pawn this early in the game.
Especially now as Black has no pieces
whatsoever developed. 5.exf5 gxf5?
Better would be …Bxf5. 6.Bg5 c5? (see

Dana - Rowe Interschool

Has someone glued all Black’s pieces to the back rank?

Maybe someone has glued all
Black’s pieces to the back rank? 7.dxc5
bxc5 8.Bb5+ Nd7 9.Bxd7+? This is a
very common mistake in junior chess.
Capturing. White wastes a move here
taking Black’s pinned piece. Better would
be Ne5! If dxe5 then Qh5++. 9…Bxd7
10.0-0 Bg7 11.Rb1 Bxc3? Same mistake
again, but other way round. Black wastes
2 moves with her bishop just to exchange
it. 12.bxc3 Bc6 Better would be to bring
out another piece. Every piece must be
moved off the back rank in the opening.
13.Nh4 Qb8?? Oops. 14.Rxb8+ Rxb8
15.Nxf5 Nf6 16.Bxf6 In this case it is
good to exchange as it opens up Black’s
King. 16…exf6 17.Nxd6+ Kd8 18.Nf7+!
One piece attacking two at once is called
a “fork”. 18…Ke8 Better is …Ke7 19.
Nxh8 Ke7 20.Re1+ Excellent. Bringing
more pieces into the attack. Now it is just
a matter of mopping up. 20…Kf8 21.
Qd6+ Kg7 22.Qxb8 Kh6 23.Qf4+ Kh5
24.Qf5+ White could have had mate in
2…can you see how? 24…Kh4 Can you
find mate in 1? 25.Qxf6+ Kh5 26.Qxc6
Greedy. The quicker you get checkmate
the better. 26…Kh4 27.Re4+ Kg5 28.
Qd5+ Kf6 Can you find mate in 1 again?
29.Re6+ Kg7 30.Qd7+ Kxh8 31.Re8# 1-0