It Has Happened...
Where were you on the evening of the 20th February 2006.
The actual date Gaffin Austin won his first league game.
The Patron saint of Chess, Caissa, transcended to
Earth to make her favourite son immortal.
She stood on his right shoulder and guided Gaffin's
pieces to set up this position with Gaffin
(black) to play his 15th move.
Ah yes you can see it.
15..Rxg2 16 Kxg2 Bh3+ 17 Kxh3 Qxf3+ 18 Kh4 Ng6 mate.
Well done. Except it was not what Caissa had planned.
It was not what Gaffin played.
You see white does not take the Rook but plays 16 Nbd2
instead. Yes Black is still winning, but Caissa wanted
this combination to go around the world.
And around the world it would have gone.
It would have certainly appeared in future books
"Black to play and mate in 6."
(The cruel fact is it the combination will be
most likely printed in the 'missed wins" section).
Here is the diagram again.
Now give it a proper look. Mate in 6. All of White's
replies are forced. 4 of black's move are not check.
It's a beauty. Solution at the bottom -give it a go.
Gaffin (remember he is graded 923) missed it.
Caissa bowed head and with a heavy heart she
made her way to the exit.
Suddenly she stopped. She glanced back at her chosen one.
He was now two pieces down and faced mate from all
directions. She sighed and clicked her fingers.
Gaffin was once again presented with a mating
combination. This time he sacced a Rook and
White resigned. The elusive win had been captured.
Here is the game. Enjoy.
(I cannot help but feel sorry for Dave Watson in
this game. But this is one win everyone in Bells,
nay, every follower of this site, was waiting to see.)
[Click here to see Gaffin's win]
Dave Watson vs. Gaffin Austin
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 d6 5.Qb3 Nh6 6.d3 Na5 7.Qa4+ Nc6 8.Bxh6 gxh6 9.b4 Bb6 10.d4 Bd7 11.Qb3 Qf6 12.d5 Ne7 13.0-0 0-0-0 14.a4 Rhg8 15.Kh1 c6 16.dxc6 Bxc6 17.Nbd2 d5 18.exd5 Nxd5 19.b5 Nf4 20.bxc6 Rxg2 21.cxb7+ Kxb7 22.a5 e4 23.axb6 axb6 24.Ba6+ Kc7 25.Qc4+ Kb8 26.Nxe4 Qg6 27.Nc5 Rxh2
I leave it to the reader to find all white wins.
26.Bc8 Rxc8 27.Ra8+ Kxa8 28.Qxc8+ is one of them.
In the opening White could have won a piece.
In this position with White to play.
9.d4 exd4 10.cxd4 Bb4+ 11.Kf1!
and 12 d5 will win a piece.
I.Alexander - J. Adamson
Same night, same match. Corstorphine v Bells 4.
And this happened...
Well before the see game. (another swindle).
An amusing incident.
John was playing over the game in Bells.
After 3 moves I said. "Ah the St. George."
"What?" spluttered team captain Robert Burns.
You see Bertie Burns (above) is your actual patriotic Scot.
He drinks only Scotch whisky, He eats only Scotch Eggs,
He holds his trousers up with scotch tape and
he plays the Scotch gambit.
"Ye canna play yon opening in Sandy Bells with an English name."
I explained that St. George is also the patron saint of Russia.
This is a Russian opening. (Sorry Mike Basman but it kept the peace).
This game has many interesting moments.
In this position white should have sat on his hands.
He played 15 Bxc5 when 15 b4 would have won a whole rook.
Near the end Black could have finished cleverly.
In this position with black in check. 24...Bb8+ works.
25 Kg2 Qh2+ 26 Kxf3 Qg3 mate.
However he had worked out that he can give up the h8 Rook
and mate. So no harm done. (though he should have lost).
Both Bells players had wins from totally lost
positions. Perhaps Caissa drinks in Bells.
[Click here to replay the game]
I. Alexander - J. Adamson
1.e4 e6 2.d4 a6 3.Nf3 b5 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.0-0 c5 6.c3 Qb6 7.e5 d6 8.Bf4 Nd7 9.Qc2 Bxf3 10.gxf3 g6 11.exd6 Ngf6 12.Nd2 Rc8 13.dxc5 Rxc5 14.Be3 Bxd6 15.Bxc5 Qxc5 16.Ne4 Nxe4 17.fxe4 Bf4 18.Kh1 Qh5 19.f3 Ne5 20.Qe2 Nxd3 21.Rad1 Ne5 22.Rd6 Nxf3 23.Rxa6 Bxh2 24.Ra8+ Ke7 25.Rxh8 Bg1+ 26.Kg2 Qg4+ 27.Kh1 Qh3+ 28.Qh2 Qxh2
Bells 4 won 5-1. It should been 3-3.
But then we would not have had these
two very entertaining games.
Solution: to Gaffin's missed brilliancy.
16 gxf3 Bh3 (threat Bg2 and Bf3 mate)
17 Rg1 (best) Rxg1+
18 Kxg1 Rg8+
19 Kh1 Bxf2 (hard to spot this one without a hint)
and 20...Bg2 mate cannot be prevented.
Oh Gaffin - if only you had seen it.
Never mind - at last a win!
What depresses me is there are hundreds of these
fascinating games played in the lower leagues.
They are laying in score books and will never ever
see the light of day.