Pawn McCartney singing...Hard Days Knight!
So now what. I have no game to show.
People have stopped sending them in.
I tell a lie. Keith Ruxton showed his win
v J. Grant in the League. But I'm fed up
showing Bells games. Maybe later.
I did get a postcard from Fritz. I can show you that.
So what's been happening?
Well during the past week a few columnists have been
making merry with Jim Plaskett winning 250.000 quid on
Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
Both The Scotsman and The Scotland on Sunday mention it
and sketch in lightly some of Plaskett's background.
Harold James Plaskett, born in Dkeliha, Cyprus in 1960.
Married to Fiona Pitt-Kethley an exotic poet, One child.
Became a GM in 1985 and....
Hold on... Exotic Poet?
What is an Exotic Poet?
At first I though she is one of the talents that put together
the verses for Rugby Songs. You know, Eskimo Nell, Gungerdin. etc.
Some of these poems are brilliant;
There is a dirty stinking toilet to north of Timbucktoo.
There is another one for ladies further south.
This is ran by Sally Tucker...CENSORED
CENSORED and CENSORED CENSORED with CENSORED.
So off I went in search of exotic poems by Fiona Pitt-Kethley.
My party piece at The Oak and Bells is usually 'Wullie Wasell'.
A Burns poem about an ugly woman or (if permitted) Gunger Din.
Perhaps I could spill out some Pitt-Kethley and impress my
late night drinking friends.
So one can imagine my anticipation when I saw this warning:
Selection of poems by Fiona Pitt-Kethley
Warning: the following pages are not suitable for the very young,
the easily-shocked, or those without a sense of humour.
So one can imagine my disappointment when I discover that
the poems are nothing but a collection of words that don't rime.
To make the poems 'hip' the occasional foul word is dropped in.
Google her up and you will see her stuff.
These alternative poets naff me off.
They are like alternative comedians,
the main alternative being they are not funny.
...and don't get me started on Picasso. (a messy sod).
So thank God for Plaskett games.
Here is Jim with a copy of his book about coincidences.
I too have written on that subject. Now is that not a...
So onto this weeks game.
Plaskett games are usually interesting and worth playing over.
Here is a very instructive example of a GM beating a good player.
Andy Muir is a good player (though he has never been on the telly).
Nice simple moves from white who does not fear a Queenless middlegame.
White's piece for 3 pawns sac makes complete sense after you have
played over the game. How many of us would have had the nerve to play
it over the board? How many of us would have seen the idea?
You will enjoy this. It was played in Blackpool, 1988.
[Click here to replay the game]
J.Plaskett vs.A. Muir
1.e4 d5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.d3 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nxe4 6.dxe4 Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 Bc5 8.Ke2 b6 9.Be3 Ba6+ 10.Kd2 Bxf1 11.Rhxf1 Bxe3+ 12.Kxe3 Nc6 13.c3 e5 14.Rfd1 Ke7 15.Rd5 f6 16.Rad1 Rad8 17.b4 Nb8 18.h4 h5 19.Nxe5 fxe5 20.Rxe5+ Kf6 21.Rxh5 Rxd1 22.Rxh8 Nc6 23.Rf8+ Ke6 24.Rc8 Rd7 25.f4 a5 26.a3 Ne7 27.f5+ Kf7 28.Ra8 Nc6 29.g4 axb4 30.axb4 Ne5 31.g5 c5 32.bxc5 bxc5 33.g6+ Ke7 34.h5 Ng4+ 35.Kf4 Nf6 36.e5 Nd5+ 37.Kg5 Nxc3 38.f6+ gxf6+ 39.exf6+ Ke6 40.Re8+
Here we see Jim in action as black in London, 1986.
Black hangs onto a very dodgy looking gambit pawn.
Look at this after 6 white moves. Black is going
to get 'Morphied' and this will be over by move 25.
White's 'attack' come to nothing
His development suffered as he tried to drum up something
by simply putting his pieces on aggressive squares.
This is not the way, White had to bide his time (7 0-0)
and attack depending on how Black got his bits out.
(wait for Nf6 then Ng5 - if Be7 (before Nf6) then Qb3,
the kind of ideas found in any Reinfeld book.
Perhaps Joe Gallagher thought the attack would just work
because Black had no pieces out. Nothing 'just works' there
is always a little thought required.
A classic lesson from Plaskett on how to defend gambit positions.
Take the pawn and give it back at the correct time.
Infact black sacs a pawn and then the exchange and suddenly
it is white who does not make move 25.
Play it over a couple of times so the ideas seep in.
(note the trap - 3...e5 and if 4 Nxe5 Qa5+) Some GM's would
not play 3....e5 as traps are beneath them.
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J.Gallagher vs. J.Plaskett
1.d4 c5 2.e4 cxd4 3.Nf3 e5 4.c3 dxc3 5.Nxc3 d6 6.Bc4 Nc6 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.Ng5 Nh6 9.Bd5 Nd4 10.Qd1 Be7 11.Nf3 Nxf3+ 12.Qxf3 Qg4 13.Nb5 0-0 14.Be3 Qg6 15.Bxa7 Be6 16.Bxb7 Bc4 17.a4 d5 18.b3 Bb4+ 19.Kd1 Rxa7 20.Nxa7 Qb6 21.bxc4 Qxa7 22.Bxd5 Qd4+ 23.Kc2 Qd2+ 24.Kb3 Bc3
A good game that.
I wonder if Jim Plaskett got any begging e-mails?
Here is a picture of Gerald Oswald playing Scrabble.