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Chandler Cornered

Scotch Game + Cartoon Competition


Hello Again,
We were playing 5 minute chess in Bells
last Sunday, winner stays on.
Which translates to Keith Ruxton sits in the
same seat all night and hammers all comers.

I was in the queue waiting for my hammering with
Gerrard Oswald. He doodled the following cartoon.



A handful of us failed to come with a witty enough caption
so I decided I would throw it open to the world.
The best entry will get a prize. (a pint in Bells).

Recently I pleaded for games on the Chess Scotland Notice board.
I've been sent an handful so that will keep me going for a
few weeks. First up is John Findlay v Crawford McNab.
Played in the league match Bank of Scotland v Civil Service.

It transposes into a Scotch Game the 7 e5 Ng4 variation.
This opening will set the theme for the rest of this piece.

In this position it's Black to play.



Yes he can win the a1 Rook with 18...Qd4+ because
white must play 19 Rf2 (19 Kh1 Nxg3 mate).
Luckily enough black's position was so good that
the moved played 18...Nd4 (holds c6, hits c2 and e2).
still wins.



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John Findlay - Crawford McNab

1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.Nf3 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bd3 d5 7.e5 Ng4 8.Bf4 Bc5 9.0-0 g5 10.Bg3 h5 11.Be2 Nh6 12.b4 Bb6 13.c4 h4 14.c5 hxg3 15.fxg3 Qe7 16.cxb6 Qxe5 17.Nd2 Nf5 18.Qc2 Nd4 19.Nf3 Qe3+



Next up is Eugene Delmar - Samuel Lipschuetz played in New York 1888.

White gambits the e-pawn knowing he will win a piece
because of the open e-file and the pin on the king.

Black correctly judges the attack on f2 is worth
the piece and it becomes obvious that white missed 13...Bxh3!

Note black's 16...Qf2+ which picks up the rook with check
instead of blindly grabbing the Queen. A good game.


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E.Delmar - S. Lipschuetz


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bd3 d5 7.e5 Ng4 8.0-0 Bc5 9.h3 Nxe5
10.Re1 Qf6 11.Qe2 0-0 12.Qxe5 Qxf2+ 13.Kh1 Bxh3 14.gxh3 Qf3+ 15.Kh2 Bd6 16.Qxd6 Qf2+



Same place, one year later we find Jackson Showalter vs. George Gossip.

This game has a wee story. Gossip was so upset that it was not awarded
the brilliancy prize he produced the critical position (in gold leaf)
on the cover of his next book.

The Oxford Companion of Chess finishes off it's section
on Gossip with the following lines which I find very sad.

He had an unusual talent for making enemies...
Disliked in England, he traveled to Australia, the United States,
and Canada, where he also became unpopular. Unwelcome in chess clubs,
ignored by the chess press, he disappeared from the chess scene in
the 1890s. Near the end he returned to England, the land of his
childhood, there to die.


Here is the position before the combination.
I've let Fritz look at this position for 10 minutes.



It comes up with 24...Qh7. Huh.



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J.Showalter vs. G.Gossip

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bd3 d5 7.e5 Ng4 8.0-0 Bc5 9.Bf4 g5 10.Bd2 Nxe5 11.Re1 Qe7 12.Nc3 Bd7 13.Qh5 0-0-0 14.Bxg5 f6 15.Bh4 Qg7 16.Ba6+ Kb8 17.Bg3 Rhg8 18.Qd1 Ng4 19.Bf1 Ne5 20.b4 Bg4 21.Qb1 Bd4 22.Qb3 h5 23.Rab1 h4 24.Bxh4 Nf3+ 25.gxf3 Bxf3+ 26.Bg3 Qxg3+ 27.hxg3 Rxg3+ 28.Kh2 Bxf2 29.Bh3 Rxh3+



And finally onto me. I used to play the Scotch but as I got
better and found myself playing stronger opponents it became
tougher to get an opening plus. (they failed to play bad moves
and side stepped my traps.)

I gave it up in the end. In 1 e4 e5 games white gets all
his play hitting the e-pawn. 3 d4 is far too early.
Also I don't like the Nf3-Nxd4-Nxc6 manoeuver which to
me swaps a good piece to strengthen black's centre.

However back then I lived in the Edinburgh Chess Club,
the place where the gambit got it's name. I felt duty
bound to play it every now and then.

In the following game I worked out a gambit line with 8 Nc3.

My thinking ran:
"if I castle (8 0-0) he won't touch the e-pawn. I'll leave my
Bishop on d3 his Knight will have made 4 moves in the
first 9 moves only to swap it off. Surely with such a lead in
development I can cook up something."

This is called playing in a 'COMA'
'The Chandler Optimistic Method of Analysing.'




Black helps out with another wasted move 10...a5 (diagram) intending
Ba6 skewering a Rook. I carried on developing as I have Re1 check.

I did see 13...d4 forking Queen & Knight but figured, correctly,
it did not work and if Black took the Knight I'd over run him.
All that was required then was to 'spot the shot' 19 Rxd6+.
(19....Kxd6+ 20 Qd4 mate. 19...cxd6 20 Re7+)

A good game this. Opening development & ideas v materialism.
Played in the Edinburgh Chess Club Minor 1980.



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G. Chandler - D. Thomas


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bd3 d5 7.e5 Ng4 8.Nc3 Nxe5 9.0-0 Nxd3 10.Qxd3 a5 11.Bf4 Ba6 12.Rfe1+ Be7 13.Qe3 d4 14.Qe5 dxc3 15.Qxg7 Rf8 16.Bh6 Kd7 17.Rad1+ Bd6 18.Bg5 Qb8 19.Rxd6+


Thanks for the original game Crawford.


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