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The Dragons Latest Trick & Trap

I was sent an email, by someone who wished to remain
anonymous. He brought to my attention the latest
Wandering Dragon ruse. The extra man.

At every match this season Dragons have been turning
up with a dodgy shady looking character who does not
take part in the match.

He hangs around till the match starts and then disappears.

So far this season 4 players have lost by default because
their mobile phone rang during a game. All four at the
time were playing against the Dragons.

S. James (Corstorphine)
K. Williams (Pentland Hills)
B. Breslaw (Edinburgh C.C)
B. Cribbens (Civil Service)

This extra man is obviously 'The Dialer'.

Somehow Dragons have managed to obtain the mobile
phone numbers of all the Edinburgh chess players.
'The Dialer' tries all the opposing teams mobiles
in the hope he can catch the unwary and Dragons can
win a board by default under the 'Mobile rang during a game rule'.

In the match v Civil Service, Dragons had turned up with
only 5 men. B.Cribbens (black) was sitting at an empty
board 6 when his mobile rang.

Mr Cribbens answered the mobile and a voice said,
"You have just lost." and hung up.

Dragons triumphantly claimed the board even though
they never had a board 6 player.

Civil Service objected because their man had not even
made a move so therefore he was not technically playing.

Dragons pointed to the ticking clock and said the game
had begun and the rules clearly state etc...etc...

So even though Dragons had only 5 men they actually won
the board they were going to default and Civil Service
lost board 6 because they were unfortunate enough to have
an extra man. Final Score 4-2 to the Dragons.
What a carry on.

A couple of Corners back I showed a Mike Chisholm game
where Mike played Qh5 threatening an unstoppable mate
due to a triple attack on h7.

M. Chisholm v G. Harold. Lothian Ch. 2006.

I found another couple of game with the same theme.
The first is Blackmar playing his famous gambit.

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Blackmar - Farrar

1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.f3 exf3 4.Nxf3 e6 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.c3 Be7 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Nbd2 h6 9.Ne4 0-0 10.Nfg5 hxg5 11.Nxg5 Bd7 12.Rxf6 Bxf6 13.Qh5 Re8 14.Bh7+ Kh8 15.Nxf7

The second is wonderfully instructive.
Black snatches a very dodgy looking pawn 8...Qxd4.
Then he goes for a trick that looks like it might be on, 9...Bb4+.
White goes along with the gag for one move and then
uncorks the refutation 11 Kf1! which wins a piece.

A few moves later this position appears.
Now with all the clues I have given one can
surely see the continuation White chose.

Whites grade was 2138, black's 2084.
It was played in Czechoslovakia (that was) 2001

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M.Blecha v O.Mejzlik

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Bc4 e6 6.Qe2 Ngf6 7.Ng5 Nb6 8.Bd3 Qxd4 9.N1f3 Bb4+ 10.c3 Bxc3+ 11.Kf1 Qb4 12.bxc3 Qxc3 13.Bb2 Qb4 14.Ne5 0-0 15.Nxc6 bxc6 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Qh5

In Z. Beil v I. Hauser in 1969
Black fell into the same miscalculation
and resigned after move 11 Kf1!

Not so J.Yanez when he as black against R.Cabrera in Lima 1997.
He lost the piece in the same manner but played on. And won!

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R. Cabrera vs. J. Yanez

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Qe2 Nb6 8.Bd3 Qxd4 9.N1f3 Bb4+ 10.c3 Bxc3+ 11.Kf1 Qb4 12.bxc3 Qxc3 13.Bb2 Qa5 14.Ne5 0-0 15.h4 Nbd5 16.Nc4 Qa4 17.Qc2 Qxc2 18.Bxc2 b6 19.Ne5 Ba6+ 20.Kg1 c5 21.a4 Nb4 22.Bb3 Nfd5 23.Nc4 h6 24.Ne4 Rfd8 25.Ned6 Nd3 26.Ba3 N5b4 27.Kf1 Nf4 28.Bxb4 Rxd6 29.Ba3 Rd3 30.Rb1 Rxb3

"Nobody has won a game by resigning." Larry Evans

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