Beating a National Master – Hand & Brain w/ my Brother Dustin

Hand/brain is a way of playing chess and popular in chess streaming where one person names a piece, and the other person moves that piece. You don’t get which piece is to be moved, where it is to be moved, etc. If the brain says “pawn” you have 8 to start with, “bishop”, you have two, and so on. This game was played as a hand/brain game for a stream my brother and I did last week. We were surprised to find a titled player, a national master (NM) come up as our first opponent.

When our opponent played 1.e4, I knew when my brother Dustin said “pawn” we were going into the Sicilian, as we both play this opening almost exclusively against e4.

Anyway, not much analysis, but just wanted to share the game. Towards the end, we blundered into a forced perpetual check which our opponent could have used to force draw (as well as continuously avoiding the obvious tactic of taking the knight with the rook, which was outright winning). But, in hand and brain, you don’t get to say “rook takes knight”, you can only say “rook” and hope the other player doesn’t fuck up. It was an exciting game, and ended on time — with the NM dead lost, about to lose a queen or get mated. So, in the end position, we were -10 as black, which is the equivalent of being up a queen (the most powerful piece) and a pawn.

We’d like to think had he more time on the clock, he would’ve resigned after our last move. We’re playing with the black pieces, under our hand/brain account KamikazeInsurance @lichess

Good game, sir. As a matter of transparency, we were winning for the majority of the game, until we blundered later on into a perpetual check. Queen g2 equalized and gave our opponent his chance, but he missed it and we were able to take the win.

Of course, the game ends here:

A bishop for a queen? I’ll take that action.
Also, note the time remaining on our respective clocks: my brother and I (the hand and brain) have 13:42 seconds, while the professional, National Master, has 0.08 seconds to deal with the above position.
Spoiler: it’s lost. -10 for black is so winning that, had there been more time remaining, we would have surely seen a resignation here.

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Brandon K. Nobles

Brandon is an author, poet and head writer for Sir Swag on YouTube. With 630k subscribers. Since February 2021 he has written for the most important and popular series, News Without the Bulls%!t and the least popular work on the channel, History Abridged. Brandon joined the channel in late January, since then his work has been featured every month in News and History. His novels and works of fiction have also been well received, and he continues to be a proficient and professional chess player. In his spare time he like to catch up on work.

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