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3 Games from the Scottish National League

and after that you put it back in the cupboard or
why not send some to a friend.

Right onto Chess.
Three games from Scottish National League.

F.Murray - W.Burnett
I have a theory about Andrew and Walter Burnett.
When they were kids their parents took away their TV
and locked them in their bedroom with a chess set.

This was a special chess set with most of the pieces missing.
That is how both players are so good at playing material down.

In this game black declines the Morra Gambit pawn.
Both sides then stand off each other whilst they develop.
Black cleverly places his Knights on aggressive squares,
white appears to set up a 'wait and see' defence.

Then a nice piece of chess.
White has an idea starting with 20 Nf3.

White thinks he has tempted black into 20...Rxf3!
as black picks up the Rook on a8 with a check.
Black has seen deeper - 21...e6 blocks the Queen's
retreat and white has to give up the Queen and a Knight
for the two Rooks. After that the end is not in doubt.

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F.Murray - W.Burnett

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 d3 4.Bxd3 Nc6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.f3 0-0 9.Nge2 Ne5 10.b3 d6 11.0-0 Nfd7 12.Rc1 b6 13.Qd2 Bb7 14.Rfd1 f5 15.Nd4 Nc5 16.Bb1 fxe4 17.Nxe4 Bxe4 18.Bxe4 Nxe4 19.fxe4 Qd7 20.Nf3 Rxf3 21.Qd5+ e6 22.Qxa8+ Rf8 23.Qxf8+ Bxf8 24.Bf4 Ng4 25.Rc3 d5 26.h3 Bc5+ 27.Kf1 Nf6 28.exd5 exd5 29.Be3 Qf5+ 30.Ke2 Ne4 31.Rcd3 Ng3+ 32.Kd2 Nf1+

Quickly moving on. W.Burnett - C.Sykes

A quiet sedate Vienna. That is until Black's 0-0-0.
White sacs his queenside pawns for the open files.
Black seems to be holding his own and with 23. f5 and Black is on top.
It does get played 4 moves later but by then the damage had been done.
White's fine exchange sac on move 25 opens black up.

White played 25 Rxa5!

A nice game with a humorous finish. White lets
black keep an extra pawn to avoid stalemate tricks.

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W. Burnett - C. Sykes

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bc5 4.Bg2 d6 5.Nge2 Nc6 6.0-0 Be6 7.h3 Qe7 8.Nd5 Qd7 9.Kh2 0-0-0 10.b4 Bxd5 11.exd5 Nxb4 12.d4 exd4 13.c3 dxc3 14.a3 c2 15.Qd2 Na6 16.Qxc2 Rde8 17.Bg5 Re5 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.Nf4 Bb6 20.Bf3 Nc5 21.a4 Ba5 22.Rfb1 Kd8 23.Bg4 Qe7 24.Rb5 b6 25.Rxa5 bxa5 26.Rb1 Na6 27.Qc6 f5 28.Qxa6 Qd7 29.Rb8+ Ke7 30.Rxh8 fxg4 31.Rxh7 Qf5 32.Rh5 Qc2 33.Rxe5+ dxe5 34.Qe2 Qxe2 35.Nxe2 gxh3 36.Kxh3 Kd6 37.Kg4 Kxd5 38.Kf5 c5 39.g4 Kc4 40.Kxe5 Kd3 41.Nf4+ Kc4 42.g5 Kb3 43.Ne6 fxe6 44.g6 c4 45.g7 c3 46.g8Q c2 47.Qxe6+ Kb2 48.Qc4 c1Q 49.Qxc1+ Kxc1 50.f4 Kb2 51.f5 Kb3 52.f6 Kxa4 53.f7 Kb3 54.f8Q a4 55.Kd4 a3 56.Qf3+ Kb2 57.Qc3+ Ka2 58.Qc2+ Ka1 59.Qb3 a2 60.Kc3

The Two Burnett games are good but I have saved the best till the last.

J. Clifford - I.McLean
As always with the Najdorf interesting positions arise.
Black's idea of hitting f4 threatening to win the Queen
is very plausible. In the diagram white to play.

It meets with an excellent try. 19 Ng7+
Black should have tried 20...Kd7. (he played 20...Ke7)
It's possible he simply missed white's 21st move.
We are then treated to a very nice finish.

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J. Clifford - I.McLean

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.g4 b5 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.h4 Bb7 13.Bd3 b4 14.Nce2 Rc8 15.Ng3 Nc5 16.Rh2 Nxd3+ 17.Qxd3 d5 18.Qe3 Bd6 19.Nh5 dxe4 20.Ng7+ Ke7 21.Ndf5+ exf5 22.Nxf5+ Kf8 23.Rxd6 h5 24.Rhd2 hxg4 25.Rd7 Qa5 26.Qc5+ Qxc5 27.Rd8+

A good game that.

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