Your quickest wins and losses

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Your quickest wins and losses

Post by David Blower » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:47 pm

My quickest loss was 13 moves to a checkmate I didn't see!

My quickest win was 18 moves.

So what are your quickest wins and losses (ECF graded games only, and default wins don't count.)

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Re: Your quickest wins and losses

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:21 pm

I once won in 7 moves in the South Wales international:


and in 7 moves in the Cambridge College League:


I forget who my victims were.

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Re: Your quickest wins and losses

Post by Rob Thompson » Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:22 pm

Quickest loss - 8 moves, to a Budapest gambit trap.

I can't remember my quickest win for sure, but it has an upper bound of 18 moves.
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Re: Your quickest wins and losses

Post by Roger de Coverly » Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:34 pm

David Blower wrote: So what are your quickest wins and losses (ECF graded games only, and default wins don't count.)
Games involving stronger players or strong player v weak player can be very short. But that will be because someone loses material early on and resigns rather than suffer in a lost position while the winning method is demonstrated. At lower levels of accomplishment, players will continue despite early setbacks and in some cases win or draw.

My record with White is a win in 9 moves, several in fact, but resignation rather than mate. Apart from opponents falling into known traps or just giving material away, the best of them was this original effort.



Black can move the Knight from e4, but then Nd6+ wins the Queen.

I've also won in 9 moves with Black in a c3 Sicilian. Nothing special, just the Black move order making a normal move into a game loser.



I actually won in 7 once with Black , but it's a trap almost everyone should know but in a slightly different context.

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Re: Your quickest wins and losses

Post by John Hickman » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:23 pm

Hmm, never though about that before. A quick sort on my games DB gives

Quickest loss, 12 moves :oops: I blame that nearby pub...



Quickest win, 16 moves. The delights of my first visit to Gibraltar :D


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Re: Your quickest wins and losses

Post by Ray Sayers » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:28 pm

A gruesome 10 move effort with me as Black. Plus, queens were exchanged at move 7!


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Re: Your quickest wins and losses

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:11 pm

On the 16th January I was checkmated in 13 moves (I managed not to see it coming either) in the Surrey League.

On the 18th January I gave checkmate in 12 moves in the last round at Golders Green.



I've lost at least two games quicker than that checkmate one. In 12 moves at Penarth 2012 (should have been 9 really) and 7 moves, iirc, when I blundered a piece against the club hotshot in my first year playing serious chess.

I won a game in eight moves in the London League several years ago - and was treated to the most graceless resignation I've ever experienced. I say, 'resignation', but he didn't actually do that. In fact the guy didn't stop the clocks or utter the words "I resign". He just got up and walked away. I think technically I won that game on time.
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Re: Your quickest wins and losses

Post by Graham Borrowdale » Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:14 pm

This one from a long time ago, which actually ends in checkmate:




And this one with a typical loss of a piece:




I think the opponents deserve anonymity in these games!

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Re: Your quickest wins and losses

Post by Matt Fletcher » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:15 pm

As an adult, I don't think I've had many games finishing before move 20. An example from last year:



Looking at my junior games I've found various wins in around 10 moves (quickest being 7), plus a loss in 11 - mostly along the lines of:



I think this is the shortest game I think I've seen between 2 strong (~2000-rated) players:


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Re: Your quickest wins and losses

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:01 am

I've won that last one, but only on the internet!
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Re: Your quickest wins and losses

Post by Joey Stewart » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:35 am

I think I am the forum record holder for fast checkmates - I used to routinely win with this trap when I was younger:

Lose one queen and it is a disaster, Lose 1000 queens and it is just a statistic.

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Re: Your quickest wins and losses

Post by Ian Kingston » Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:10 am

Shortest win:



And shortest defeat:



I could have resigned that one at move 5, but I felt that I had to kick the queen around for a few moves, just to see if I could find something to work with.

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Re: Your quickest wins and losses

Post by Barry Sandercock » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:21 am

I won twice last year in 8 moves with the Budapest gambit smothered mate trap. ( not against Rob Thompson ! )

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Re: Your quickest wins and losses

Post by Tim Spanton » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:58 am

Quickest win:
[Event "Isle Of Man"]
[Date "2007"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Nicholson,J"]
[Black "Spanton"]
[WhiteElo "1910"]
[BlackElo "1982"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Ne7 5.Nxe5 c6
0-1

Quickest mate:
[Event "SCCU 2011-12"]
[Site "Hassocks"]
[Date "2012"]
[White "Ship,J"]
[Black "Spanton"]
[WhiteTeam "Herts"]
[BlackTeam "Sussex"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. Nbd2 Nxe5 8.
Nxd4 Nd3#

Quickest loss:
[Event "N London Spring"]
[Date "1989"]
[White "Rice, Christopher"]
[Black "Spanton"]
1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d4 Nxe4 4. dxe5 Bc5 5. Qd5 Bxf2+ 6. Kf1 Qh4 7. Qxf7+ Kd8
8. Nc3 Nxc3 9. Nf3 1-0

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Re: Your quickest wins and losses

Post by Rob Thompson » Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:39 pm

Barry, it was indeed that trap, though in my defence I was a good 60 points weaker then than now.
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