Brooklyn in Da House: Ashley Plays Blitz [VIDEO]
By Macauley Peterson   
November 4, 2012

Grandmaster Maurice Ashley is interviewed in the November issue of Chess Life Magazine, ("Another World" -- Pg. 30-35). After our photo shoot, Ashley stayed behind in Fulton Park, Brooklyn, to play some blitz with an old friend, Leon Munro. Munro is "Master strength", according to Ashley, who played with time odds of five minutes to ninety seconds.

Have a look:


1.e4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bf4 Bg7 7.c5 0–0 8.h3 Nc6 9.Bb5 Ne4 10.Bxc6 Nxc3 11.bxc3 bxc6 12.Ne2 Ba6 13.0–0 Qa5 14.Bd2 e5 15.Re1 Rfe8 16.Nc1 exd4 17.cxd4 Qa3 18.Nb3 Bc4 19.Be3 Rab8 20.Qc2 a5 21.g3 h5 22.Kg2 Bxb3
22...a4! 23.Nd2 Bd3 24.Qd1 Rb2–+
23.axb3 Qxb3 24.Qxb3 Rxb3 25.Rxa5 Bf6

Ashley overlooked that after the planned 25...Bxd4 26.Bxd4! Rxe1 Black gets checkmated! 27.Ra8+ Kh7 28.Rh8#
26.Ra6 Re6 27.h4 Kg7

Now white must move or defend his e1 rook, but instead blunders.
28.Kf3? Bxd4 29.Rb6 Ra3
Going the wrong way. 30.Kg2 Bc3 31.Rd1 White is much worse, but could still play to win on time.
30...Rf6+! 31.Kg5 Rf5#
 31.Kf3 d4 32.Rb4 dxe3 33.fxe3 Bc3 0–1