Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Chess Game of Shadows

Pictured are Jared Harris (Professor James Moriarty), director Guy Ritchie, and Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes) from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

As shown above, the game starts with Professor Moriarty playing White.  Midway through, Sherlock Holmes takes charge of the white pieces, symbolizing the shift in power from Moriarty to Holmes in their chess game of shadows, based upon Larsen-Petrosian, Santa Monica 1966.

Sicilian Defense, Accelerated Fianchetto

Sherlock Holmes - James Moriarty, Switzerland 1891

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Be3 Bg7 6.c4 Nf6 7.Nc3 Ng4 8.Qxg4 Nxd4 9.Qd1 Ne6 10.Qd2 d6 11.Be2 Bd7 12.O-O O-O 13.Rad1 Bc6 14.Nd5 Re8 

15.f4 Nc7 16.f5 Na6 17.Bg4 Nc5 18.fxg6 hxg6 19.Qf2 Rf8 20.e5 Bxe5 21.Qh4 Bxd5 22.Rxd5 Ne6 23.Rf3 Bf6 24.Qh6 Bg7

25.Qxg6 fxg6 26.Bxe6+ Kh7 27.Rh3+ Bh6 28.Bxh6 Rf5 29.Rxf5 gxf5 30.Bf7 Qb6+ 31.Kh1 Qxb2 32.Bf8#.