Shortest Chess Game Ever? White Wins in 2 Moves, but How | Chess Anecdotes & Lessons for Players

Is this the shortest chess game you’ve ever seen? In this video, I share with you a short fun story/anecdote about a correspondence game played between James Franklin Campbell and Alan Ehrlich in 1990. Campbell was playing with the white pieces & Ehrlich was playing with the black pieces and they started with the modern defense chess opening. This was a long distance game & not a regular over the board game where both players sit at the Chessboard and play at the same time. Both players were using the postal method to make & communicate their moves to their opponent. In order to save some time & money for postage, black decided to make two moves at once. This is what white took advantage of & trapped the black bishop & rook. After which, Black resigned in only 2 moves & white won the game. This game teaches us an important lesson in chess. Whether you are playing as white or black, you need to consider your opponent’s moves before making yours. No matter whether its the opening, middlegame or the endgame, every stage of the game is important. Eventhough this is an old correspondence game played via post, but the lesson is relevant even today. You need to keep this in mind even while playing a chess game online.

I also have an interesting Chess Puzzle for you at the end of this video. Let’s see if you can find the best move for white in the given chess problem.

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  1. queen check from F8 If queen take by rook Then check by Knight from e7, If queen take by King Then check by rook from h8 checkmate !

  2. This is actually an insight into upper-class thinking in general.

  3. I think black should see first all the possible moves of white but he didn't see all the moves instead he became over confident about wrote the premove and it is obvious that white will take the advantage. So i will say that the fault is from black side and white had just taken the advantage which obvious in every single game

  4. A correspondence game. Seems like the challenge game based on 1day, 3day or 5day games.

    Yeah back in the day, pre moves were made where ANY “move” was played.

    Basically what happened in the challenge game was:

    d4 g6

    So basically what Black thought at the time was to use Bg7 with no condition that White would use any move given. Black thought only the pawns would be moved and was certain to use Bg7

    In short: k Bg7 (where k is a constant, since c is a registered file)

    But the minute when Black received the envelope regarding the endgame, he was appalled to see that he made a fatal blunder.

    Bh6 Bg7

    The next move from White will kill the Black bsq bishop. After Black’s move, his h8 rook will be dead. And this happened, at the endgame.

  5. Answer:
    1. Qf8+ black has 2 legal moves, Rxf8 and Kxf8, if Kxf8 so,
    2. Rh8 mate.

    If, Rxf8 then,
    2. Ne7 mate.
    Love from Karnataka

  6. Next whites move should be bisop to check

  7. Moral of the story he doesn't want to send more posts so he Resigned

  8. 1.knight to e7 check rook to e7 is forced and the we take back with the queen and then no matter what he plays, Queen to d8 is a strateaway check mate

  9. Solution to the puzzle:
    Knight to e7
    Queen is in danger, so he has to take it with the rook
    Queen takes rook and now, whatever he does Queen to d8 will be checkmate.

  10. I hope Black's opponent didn't get a heart attack

  11. Mr advani can you make a video on French defence or silicilion defence decline

  12. Puzzle- Qf8+, Rxf8, Nd7+, K to any where, Nxg6

  13. Legend says they are still playing in the grave

  14. but the white dark square bishop is undefended and can be captured by knight in that position

  15. Answer to the puzzel in end is
    qf8, Rxf8 , Ne7 #

  16. ez I am 10 years old but I solved it in just 3 sec and the answer is Qf8 if Rxf8 ne7 the game over if Kxf8 Rh8 mate!! but the puzzle was very nice Thankyou for giving this puzzle

  17. Sir, whether online classes conducted for Middle level chess students

  18. Hɪᴍᴇsʜ Rᴀɴᴊᴀɴ Sɪᴋᴅᴀʀ says:

    He could just take that white bishop

  19. Ghar Ka Aangan— Traditional Old Recipes says:

    Black's mistake according to me

  20. What would have happened in the two move game if black had simply taken the white bishop?

  21. First queen f8 check if king takes queen then rook h8 is a checkmate. going back after queen f8 check if rook takes queen then knight e7 is a checkmate.

  22. Qf8+if k×f8 rh8 is game over and if r×f8 ne7 is also game over

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