Following the recent publicity chess received thanks to
the girls playing the politicians at the £450 million
parliament building (now falling to bits). Tommy Philpin
asked for a grant to aid and further chess interest in Edinburgh.
£1,000 was forth coming and this was given to Treasurer
Graham Whiteside. Graham immediately took Edinburgh's finest
chess players to that well known hot bed of chess, Florida!
Edinburgh's finest chess players consisted of Mr & Mrs Whiteside,
Mark Whiteside (14), Clara Whiteside (11) and Josh Whiteside (6).
"I did not know Josh played chess."
Asked Ian Gallagher at the latest Council meeting.
"He can't." replied a very tanned Mr Whiteside.
"Actually neither can Clara." and then added.
"Clara played Mickey Mouse on a giant Snow White chess set.
She dropped Grumpy the dwarf on Mickey's toe. He was taken
away on a stretcher by Goofy and Foghorn Leghorn."
Later in the meeting it was decided to send Bob France to
Miller House School to teach the kids how to play chess.
(I have to tell my overseas surfers that Miller House is a
pretty tough school - it has it's own obituary column in the
school magazine. One kid recently killed his mum and dad
so he could go to an orphans party.)
Mr Whiteside threw a £20.00 note on the table and said that's
all there was left. He then proceeded to show the council
members pictures of the Florida trip.
They gave Bob the £20 note and directions how to get to
Miller House. He was mugged by a group of 13 year hoodies.
The eternal love triangle was in action down in Division III.
Corstorphine's boards 3 & 4 have always been Mr & Mrs Winters.
for as long as anyone can remember.
Well last season Mrs Winters was chatted up by Bank of Scotland
board 4. Rupert 'Cass' Williams. As fate would have it these two
were paired against each other again in the recent BOS v Corstorphine match.
Mr Winter spent so much time watching Rupert and his wife that
he did not concentrate on his game. He lost in 16 Moves.
[Click here to replay the game]
Tony Duval vs. Mr. Winter
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Nf3 c5 4.c3 dxc3 5.Bc4 cxb2 6.Bxb2 d6 7.0-0 Qe7 8.e5 Be6 9.exd6 Qd8 10.Re1 Nf6 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.Rxe6+ Kf7 13.Qb3 Kg6 14.Ne5+ Kf5 15.Qh3+ Kg5 16.Bc1
He was unperturbed as this meant he could devote all of his time watching
his wife and Mr. Williams. This position arose. Williams was white and to play.
Williams winked at Mrs Winters and played 44 Rxf3 stalemate.
This infused Mr Winter as he did not know what to do.
A draw meant his side won the match, but this cad was at again.
Out of frustration he punched fellow bystander and
team mate Cliff Miller. Bedlam.
In Division one and we travel to Pentland Hills for their home
match v Livingston. There was a touch move argument.
In this position white (the Livingston player) attempted
to play the winning 16 c6. In doing so he accidently
knocked over the black pawn on c4.
White put the white pawn back on c5, picked up the
black pawn and put it back on c4. Then he played 16 c6.
"You have to play 16 dxc4." said Black.
"Why?" replied white.
"Because you touched the pawn on c4" came the answer.
All the clocks were stopped whilst everyone became involved
in the ensuing argument. Back and forth went the claims
and counter claims. Two hours later it was decided
that there was not enough time to finish the match.
The captains decided that the following night the teams
would reconvene and continue the match with white playing 16 dxc4.
The reasoning behind this was that Livingston captain realised
his team were losing on all boards (except this one).
That night he would feed the positions into FRITZ and find
The following night Livingston won 5-1. Losing the touch move game.
Here is the game in question. Note Black could have mated rather
neatly with 28...f2+ 29.Kd1 f1Q+ 30.Re1 Qge2+ 31.Kc1 Qfxe1+ 32.Qd1 Q2d2
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WHITE vs. BLACK
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Nc3 d6 6.h3 Be6 7.Nd5 Qd7 8.Bg5 Bxd5 9.exd5 Nd4 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.c3 Nxf3+ 12.Qxf3 f5 13.0-0 0-0-0 14.b4 b5 15.bxc5 bxc4 16.dxc4 dxc5 17.Rab1 e4 18.Qe2 Rhg8 19.Qb2 Qd6 20.Qb7+ Kd7 21.Qxa7 f4 22.Qa4+ Ke7 23.Rfe1 f3 24.Rxe4+ Kf8 25.g3 Rxg3+ 26.fxg3 Qxg3+ 27.Kf1 Qg2+ 28.Ke1 Qg1+ 29.Kd2 Qxb1 30.Rh4 f2 31.Rxh7 f1Q 32.Rh8+ Ke7 33.Qc6 Qfd3
What an amazing past few days - who said chess was boring.
The stalemate was Bachelor v McDonald. Univ 1 v Civil Service 2.
The touch move game was sent to me by Heather Lang. It was played
this year at Oxford in a County Girls Championship.
White was a six year old girl - Black was an eight year old.
There was no touch move incident.
The game Mr Winters lost was actually a game won by Bob France
in the league. Bob sends me games but never the names of his victims.
Bob was white and black was the Corstorphine Board two.
He punishes black for slack opening play in an instructive manner.
Bob scores very well with the Goring Gambit
simply because nobody knows what to do against it.
He has been giving all the lower league players lessons in gambit play.
He wrote to me complaining he never fills out more that half his
Bob plays 1 e4 e5 2 d4. (he stalls 2 Nf3 to avoid the Petroff,
the Philidor, the Latvian, The Elephant, etc) 2...exd4 3 Nf3.
3...c5 is a shocker. Better is 3...Nc6 4 c3 d5 5 exd5 Qxd5 this will
isolate white's d-pawn. DO NOT try and win it till you
are fully developed. You will side step all the opening traps
and get a playable middle game. That's all you want with Black.
There are hundreds of games with this line in any database. Usually drawn.
Have a look at them. Don't go into this line cold. There is still
a lot of chess left in this position.
In the same letter Bob said he should be teaching the Tiger Cubs.
The image of the cubs rolling cigarettes and wearing cloth caps
had me in stitches. (that is why I sent him to Miller House).
I'll finish with a nice piece of chess using this line.
Stawiarski v Gignoux, France 1988.
In this position White to play, he comes up with a wonderful plan.
Can you see it? Any ideas? Play over the game.
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Stawiarski v Gignoux
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.cxd4 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 Bb4+ 8.Nc3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 Qc4 10.Bxc6+ Qxc6 11.0-0 Ne7 12.Qb3 Bxc3 13.bxc3 0-0 14.c4 Qd7 15.Ba3 Rab8 16.Rad1 Rfe8 17.d5 a5 18.Bb2 b6 19.Qg3 Ng6 20.h4 Re2 21.Ba1 h5 22.d6 cxd6 23.Rxd6 Qe8 24.Rd5 Rc8 25.Rxh5 Rxc4 26.Qg5 Rc5 27.Rh8+
and 27...Kxh8 28 Qh6+ and Qxg7 mate. Brilliant.