Chess: Archangel responses

I often get into this exchange (Ruy Lopez, Morphy Defense, Archangel Variation—ECO C78) when I play against the computer.

  1. e4 | e5
  2. Nf3 | Nc6
  3. Bb5 | a6
  4. Ba4 | Nf6
  5. O-O | b5
  6. Bb3 | Bc5

I’ve never beat the machine—because I am a hack player—so I thought I’d record some responses and see what happens.

  1. c3 (to prevent b5-b4) | Nxe4
  2. d4 | exd4
  3. cxd4 | Be7
  4. d5 (attack Nc6) | Na5 (attack Bb3)
  5. Bc2 (retreat from Na5, attack Ne4) | Nf6 (retreat from Bc2, attack d5)
  6. Bg5 (attack Nf6) | Nc4 (?)
  7. Re1 | O-O
  8. Qd3 (attack Nc4) | Nxb2 (attack Qd3)
  9. Qd4 (attack Nb2 and Nf6) | h6 (attack Bg5)
  10. Qh4 (defend Bg5) | hxg5)
  11. Nxg5 | g6 (prevent Bb2+/Qh2+/Nb2#)
  12. Nd2 | Nh5 (block Q moving forward?)
    • Rb1 (attack Nb2) | Bxg5 (fork Qh4 and Nd2)
  13. Re2 | Bxg5 (attack Qh4)
  14. Qd4 (retreat from Bg5, attack Nb2) | Bf6 (attack Qd4)
  15. Qc5 (retreat from Bf6, attack Rf8) | Nf4 (attack Re2)
  16. Re4 (attack Nf4) | Nd3 (attack Qc5, defend Nf4)
  17. Bxd3 | Nxd3

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