Crime and Punishment on the Chessboard (Tijuana Style!)

Francisco Anchondo is the most feared chess player south of the border.
Francisco Anchondo is the most feared chess player south of the border.


Francisco Anchondo showed me another example of why players throughout Mexico revere his chess skills.


[Event “Blitz”]
[Site “Tijuana, Mexico”]
[Date “14.1.26”]
[Round “”]
[White “Anchondo, Francisco”]
[Black “Morales, Juan”]
[Result “”]
[Eco “D00”]
[Annotator “Chris Torres”]

{[Blackmar-Diemer Gambit,D00]}

1.d4 d5 2.e4 {!} {Francisco is usually happy to gambit a couple pawns to gain a developmental edge.}

dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 {The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is a fun system to employ. White’s extra piece and
control of the center provide adequate compensation for the gambited pawn.}

The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.
The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.

c5 {Black attacks white’s center with a pawn of his own. The problem is, Francisco is not obligated to accept the pawn. Perhaps Juan should have played something like this:}

( 5…Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Be3 e6 9.Bd3 Nbd7 10.O-O-O Bb4
11.Ne4 Qa5 12.Kb1 Nxe4 13.Qxe4 Nf6 14.Qf3 O-O-O 15.c3 Bd6 16.Rhf1
Rd7 17.g4 h6 18.h4 Qc7 19.g5 hxg5 20.Bxg5 Nd5 21.Rde1 a6 22.Rg1
c5 23.dxc5 Bxc5 24.Rg4 Kb8 25.Be4 {…0-1, Diaz Rodriguez Francisco Javier (ESP) 2179 – Iturrizaga Eduardo (VEN) 2640 , Jaen 2/ 6/2011 It (open) (active)}

6.d5 h6 {?} {This slow pawn move does not develop a piece. Now it is white’s duty to punish black’s play.}
( 6…Bg4 7.Bf4 a6 8.h3 Bh5 9.Be2 b5 10.g4 Bg6 11.Ne5 b4 12.g5
bxc3 13.gxf6 cxb2 14.fxg7 Bxg7 15.Rb1 e6 16.dxe6 Qh4+ {0-1, Boe A H – Pedersen Steffen (DEN) 2431 , Gausdal 1990 Cup Arnold}

7.Bf4 {Francisco now has three against one with a pawn in the center.}
g6 {?} {Another slow pawn move? Juan is asking for trouble.}
8.Nb5 {!} {Punishment for black’s crimes.}

White initiates a dangerous attack.
White initiates a dangerous attack.


Na6 {Juan is forced to put a knight on the rim to defend c7.}
9.Qe2 {Now white is threatening to escalate the violence on d6 and is ready to castle.}
Qb6 {?} {Black is oblvious to Francisco’s intentions. A more reasonable continuation would be something like this:}
( 9…Bg7 10.d6 e6 11.Nc7+ Nxc7 12.dxc7 Qd7 13.Rd1 Nd5 )

10.O-O-O {?!} {An inaccuracy. When Francisco showed me this game, I suggested Nd6! which looks to be crushing.}

e6 {Opening up the e-file makes no sense for black. A better move was, obviously, Bg7.}

11.dxe6 {Too many slow pawn moves have left the black King stranded in the middle of the board with no where to hide.}

Bxe6 {Black is finally getting pieces developed but it is too late.}

12.Nd6+ {!} {Francisco’s knight says, “Hola, mi amigo,” to the helpless king.}

Francisco's knight says, "Hola, mi amigo," to the helpless king.
Francisco’s knight says, “Hola, mi amigo,” to the helpless king.

Bxd6 13.Rxd6 {Now the rook says, “Hola,” to the queen.}

Qa5 14.Rxe6+ {!} {The rook may be worth more, but king safety is more important than material gains.}

fxe6 15.Qxe6+ {Francisco and Juan saw the impending mate and black resigned. Had play continued it would have looked something like this:}
Kd8 16.Qxf6+ Kc8 17.Qe6+ Kd8 18.Bb5 Qd2+ 19.Nxd2 Nb8 20.Qd6+
Nd7 21.Qxd7# *


The final position before black resigned.
The final position before black resigned.


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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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