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Lothian Championship 2006

The Lothian Championship 2006.

Wester Hailes Community Centre. 7th-9th of January.

This tournament had it's own personality.
Charles Kennedy.
"I have a lot spare time suddenly on my hands - I'll play chess."

Eveything went OK for 4 rounds and then someone said it was the
final round. Charles was last seen running towards the Wester Hailes Bar.

And where was I?

Well they will insist on holding it over the same
weekend as the 3rd round of the cup.

So I went to watch The Spartans beat Queens Park.

Spartans are celebrating a 3-2 win in the middle
of the park. I dash off to get my picture taken.

Two Queens Park fans 'sneaking in.'

Bob France and Rudolf were there as well.
Bob is actually trainer of the Spartans.
Rudolf is the mascot.

Right on with the Chess...

G. Neave - C.Sykes
An instructive moment from this encounter.

It was a Dragon v The Yugoslav Attack.
I find this opening very confusing. White always appears to
make the same moves. Sometimes he wins, sometimes he losses.
It's the little nuances that in the position that make the difference.
The Bishop on e6 suddenly finds itself blocking the e-pawn
which has to move so Black can protect h7 along the rank.

In the following position white sat on his hands and refrained
from Qh6+. Instead he played a good player's move.

16 e5! opening the d3-h7 diagonal and in some lines
freeing e4 for the Knight. Play over the game to see
just how big this move was in the coming attack.

Of course 16 Qh6+ Kg8 then e5 transposes. But the text
shows how much white trusted his attack. Also using the
16 e5 move order makes the opponent feel uncomfortable.
He was expecting 17 Qh6+
Everyone in the room was expecting 17 Qh6+
Just how far ahead has this guy seen?

White wrapped it up with a neat Queen sac. A good game.

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G. Neave - C.Sykes

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Be6 11.Kb1 Qc7 12.h4 Rfc8 13.h5 Nxh5 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.g4 Nf6 16.e5 dxe5 17.Qh6+ Kg8 18.g5 Nh5 19.Bd3 f5 20.Rxh5 Bxa2+ 21.Nxa2 e6 22.Rh2 Rd8 23.Rdh1 Rd7 24.Qxg6+ Rg7 25.Qxe6+

C.Sykes - H.Brechin
The Bishop on e6 figured badly for Chris Sykes in the previous game.
In Chess, as in life, what goes around comes around.
Here the e6 square became the property of Chris for free.

Black's 14...f5 left the e6 pawn screaming it's head off.
There it was as snug as a bug in a rug.
14...f5 and you can sense every white piece switching it's
attention to the sad pawn on e6. (it goes 4 moves later).

I bet if you showed this position to everyone in the
tournament room. 90% would have found the famous
mate in 5. White scorns the very idea. He is after the Bishop.
White played 20 Ned4+ and invented 'The Sykes Legacy!'
Instead the fans wanted...?

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C.Sykes - H.Brechin

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 c5 4.c3 b6 5.Nbd2 Ba6 6.h3 Be7 7.g4 0-0 8.Bg2 d6 9.dxc5 bxc5 10.Qa4 Qb6 11.b4 Nd5 12.bxc5 Qxc5 13.Ne4 Qb6 14.Bd2 f5 15.Neg5 Bf6 16.0-0 Bb5 17.Qb3 Re8 18.Nxe6 Nd7 19.Qxd5 fxg4 20.Ned4+

L.Hughes v A.Roy
Meanwhile far away on another planet we find the mind of Ali Roy.
How else can one explain the following blunder.
Was she deeply thinking of pawn structures and so captured on d5
with the Knight? Tactics first - positional considerations 2nd. Always.

Black played 12...Nxd5? losing a piece to the pawn fork 13 d4.

From then on White could do no wrong whilst Black suffered.
(she lost another two pieces).
Resignation was perhaps delayed by the state of white's clock.
I like this thinking. Get all your blunders out in one game.
I have seen her play better. Just one of those games I guess.

The books tell us the 3 pieces around a King always mate.
Here White had 4 and missed it. White to play and mate in 3

30.Rd7 h5 (what else?) 31.Bg7+ Ke8 32.Re7 mate.
(white played 30 Rd8+ and 1-0 20 moves later)

Lets us continue with a third missed mate.
A.Tate - T.Matko
This one figures another famous mating pattern.
The classic dove tail mate. White to play.

42 Rxe6+! Kxe6 43 Qe5 mate.
White played 42 Rxf7+ Kxf7 43 Qh7+ 1-0

Alan Tate was involved in an exciting game
with Richard Kynoch. Play over this.

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R. Kynoch - A.Tate

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.dxc5 Nxe4 5.cxd6 Nc6 6.Bf4 Qa5+ 7.Nbd2 e5 8.Qe2 Bf5 9.d7+ Kxd7 10.0-0-0 Kc7 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Qc4+ Kb6 13.Be3+ Bc5 14.b4 Qa3+ 15.Kb1 Nxd2+ 16.Rxd2 Nxc4 17.bxc5+ Kb5 18.Bxc4+ Kxc4 19.Re1 Rhe8 20.Red1 Re5 21.g4 Be6 22.Rd4+ Kb5

So where did White go wrong?
In this position instead of 13 Be3+,

13 Qd4+ Qc5 14 Bxe5 gives white a good position.

Later in the game it's a pity Alan failed to find
19...Kc3 in this position. The King is an attacking piece.

One amusing incident here. I found a brilliant mate for
white in the adjournment room. I showed it to Keith in
Bells and he found an even better one.
I've check the score sheets. We were looking at the
wrong position.

Another amusing incident was Alan Tate arguing with
Hugh Flockhart over his share of the prize money.

He was right. Hugh tried to diddle him out of 54p.

Hugh then declared that somebody must have been overpaid
an extra 54p and if he found out who it was he was going
to smash their face in.

The prize giving was held up for 30 minutes whilst Hugh
checked everybody's winnings. He then...

(Chandler is lying - it never happened....Ed)

Instructive bit No1.
Surely pointing at all these missed mates is churlish?
Not at all.
The object of the game is mate. Not to gather material.

Here is how Keith Ruxton (Black) finished his game v A. Green.

A million different ways to win. Yes.
But Keith is disciplined to look for the
most exact moves irrespective of the position.

49...Ke3 50.h6 Rb1+ 51.Kh2 Rh1+ 52.Kg3 Rh3 mate

End of instructive bit. Now who is this?

Donna Officer and daughter Amy at The Wester Hailes Bar.
The drinking did not appear to do Amy's game any harm.

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A.Officer - L.McGregor

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Bc5 5.d3 Ng4 6.Bg5 f6 7.Bh4 h5 8.h3 Qe7 9.Nc3 g5 10.Nd5 Qg7 11.Bg3 h4 12.Bh2 Nxh2 13.Nxh2 d6 14.Qf3 0-0 15.Ng4 f5 16.exf5 Bxf5 17.Qd1 Be6 18.Bc4 Rae8 19.Nde3 Rf4 20.Bxe6+ Rxe6 21.Nd5 Rd4 22.Qf3 e4 23.Ndf6+ Kh8 24.Nxe4 Ne5 25.Nxe5 Rxe5 26.c3 Ra4 27.b3 Ra3 28.d4 Re8 29.Qh5+

S.McQueen v J.Montgomery
This last round game between the two leaders in the Lothian
Knights impressed me. White Clumsily drops a piece (16 Bg5).
Here is the game in progress shortly after the blunder.

Suddenly White has threats and I was expecting Black to walk
into a cheapo. No such nonsense from Black.
He gave the piece back and strolled through an easy won endgame.
Quite a mature effort from the winner of the Knights.

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S. McQueen (1198) - J. Montgomery (1190)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.e3 b5 6.a4 b4 7.Na2 b3 8.Nc3 Ba6 9.Be2 e6 10.0-0 Nd5 11.Bd2 Bd6 12.e4 Nb4 13.e5 Bc7 14.a5 Nc2 15.Rc1 Nxd4 16.Bg5 Nxf3+ 17.Bxf3 Qxg5 18.Qd4 Qxe5 19.Qh4 Qf4 20.Qh3 0-0 21.Rce1 Nd7 22.Re4 Qd6 23.Rg4 Qxh2+ 24.Qxh2 Bxh2+ 25.Kxh2 Ne5 26.Rg3 Nxf3+ 27.gxf3 Rad8 28.Ne4 f5 29.Nc5 Bc8 30.Rc1 Rd2 31.Kg2 Rxb2 32.Rxc4 Rc2 33.Rxc2 bxc2 34.Nd3 Rd8 35.Nc1 Rd1 36.Nb3 c5 37.f4 c4 38.Nc1 Rxc1 39.Rc3 Bb7+ 40.Kg3 Rg1+ 41.Kh2 c1Q

Instructive bit No.2
OK all you over 1200 players look at this position.

What's so instructive about it?
Well both sides have developed their pieces.
It's as simple as that.
No half baked pawn chasing ideas.
No unsound tricky gambits. No Early Queen sorties.
This is how you open a game of chess.

Oh I forgot to mention their grades.
White is 861. Black is 309.
Oh yes there are lessons for us all at all levels.

Black went on to win this and pick up the Giant Killing Prize.
Here is the game.
Of course it gets a bit slack but with two developed armies
slogging it out in the centre of the board it's quite entertaining.

White plays a bad move and drops the exchange but it's a
very difficult win (indeed if it can be won).
It's a pity Black failed to see 29...Re2 in this position.

That would have made things easier.

So the game went on Black finding the correct plan then
undoing all her efforts with other ideas.
White makes a slip (51 Kc5) but Black misses
the skewer. 6 moves later White stumbles again and
this time Black sees it. Game over. 20 up.

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J.Scott (861) - C.McCulloch (308)

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Bc5 4.Nc3 c6 5.e3 0-0 6.Nge2 d5 7.b3 Be6 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Bb2 d4 11.exd4 exd4 12.Nb5 d3 13.Nf4 Qb6 14.Nc3 Rad8 15.Na4 Qb5 16.Nxc5 Qxc5 17.Rc1 Qd6 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.Qh5 Qe5 20.Qxe5 Nxe5 21.Bxb7 f5 22.Rfe1 Ng4 23.Nxe6 fxe6 24.Rxe6 Rfe8 25.Rxe8+ Rxe8 26.h3 Ne5 27.Re1 Nf3+ 28.Bxf3 Rxe1+ 29.Kg2 Rc1 30.Bd5+ Kg7 31.Bc4 Rd1 32.Bxd3 Rxd2 33.Bxf5 Rxa2 34.Kf3 Rb2 35.Be6 h6 36.Kf4 Rxf2+ 37.Ke3 Rf8 38.Ke4 Kf6 39.Bc4 a5 40.Kd4 Rd8+ 41.Bd5 Kf5 42.Kc4 Ke5 43.Bc6 Rd4+ 44.Kb5 Rb4+ 45.Kxa5 Rxb3 46.Ka4 Rxg3 47.Bd7 Kf6 48.Kb5 Ke7 49.Bc8 Kd6 50.Kc4 Ke5 51.Kc5 Kf4 52.Kd4 Kf3 53.Ke5 Kg2 54.Kf5 Rf3+ 55.Ke4 Kf2 56.Kd4 Rf8 57.Bd7 Rd8 0-1

So onto the last game
K. Ruxton - G.Neave
This is a good game. Keith gives up the Queen for 3 bits
in a position that these two have had 3 times before.
It's a difficult position for Black to play.
George is a good player and perhaps he was expecting more
after winning the Queen due to white's uncastled King.

However as the game proceeds you can see the white minor
pieces taking up aggressive squares as the lone Queen has
to cede the centre.
On move 23 Keith offers a Knight and George wisely declines
the offer. It's not too difficult to see the trouble Black
would get in taking it.

The white pieces start swarming around the black King
and Keith was alert enough to see the mate in 4
when the position arose. (see instructive bit No.1).

White to play and mate in 4. A good game.

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K.Ruxton - G.Neave

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Qa4+ Bd7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 Nc6 7.d4 Bg7 8.e4 0-0 9.e5 Be6 10.exf6 Bxc4 11.fxg7 Kxg7 12.Bxc4 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Qxd4 14.Be2 c6 15.Be3 Qb4 16.0-0-0 Rfd8 17.h4 Rxd1+ 18.Rxd1 Qxh4 19.g3 Qb4 20.Rd4 Qa5 21.Rd7 b5 22.Rxe7 b4 23.Bc4 Rf8 24.Bd4+ Kh6 25.Ne4 Qh5 26.Nf6 Qh1+ 27.Kc2 Rd8 28.Rxf7 Kg5 29.Be3+ Kf5 30.Nd7+ Kg4 31.Be6+ Kh5 32.Rxh7

This game was very sportingly sent to J.B. Henderson
for publication in the Scotsman by George Neave.

J.B. Henderson

The Winner Keith Ruxton with one of my Christmas Jumpers.

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