Derek White v Chris Linskaill
A few weeks back Dave Archibald dared to bring into
Sandy Bells a chess book called 'The Dynamic English'.
Mike Chisholm immediately called it an oxymoron.
We all looked baffled and confused.
Charlie the manager wanted to ban him for swearing.
Spider, the bar dog, tried to bite him for using long words.
(speaking of spiders - how come there is no chess
opening named after an insect?)
Eventually Mike explained to us that aoxymoron meant an opposite meaning.
There was no such thing as a Dynamic English.
Oh. (I knew that).
We then made merry about the book and various situations.
If you passed a house that was on fire.
Throw in the book - the fire would go out.
If you were onboard a ship in rough seas.
Throw the book overboard - immediate calm.
Charlie wanted the book off the bar as
it was turning the beer flat.
Time passed and just yesterday Hoo Zhe Hui the University
player sent me this game played in Division two on board 5.
Now I could give diagrams of the critical moments
but that would ruin for you what happened to me when
I first played over the game.
I'll leave you to experience the joy of finding
the wins for both sides. Enjoy.
[Click here to replay the game]
Derek White - Chris Linskaill
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.g3 g6 7.Bg2 Bg7 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.Qc2 0-0 10.b3 d5 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.Bb2 Bf5 13.Qd2 d4 14.Na4 Ne4 15.Qd1 Qa5+ 16.Kf1 Nd2+ 17.Kg1 Rac8 18.Rc1 e5 19.h4 e4 20.Kh2 e3 21.fxe3 dxe3 22.Bxg7 Kxg7 23.Bh3 Bxh3 24.Kxh3 Qf5+ 25.Kh2 Qf2+ 26.Kh3 Ne4 27.Qd4+ Nf6 28.Rcf1 Rcd8 29.Qa1 Qxe2 30.Rxf6 Kg8 31.Rhf1 Rd2 32.Nc3 Qh2+ 33.Kg4 Rd4+ 34.R1f4 h5+ 35.Kg5 Qxg3+ 36.Kh6 Rxf4 37.Nd5 Re4 38.Rf4 f6 39.Rxe4 Qf3 40.Re7 Qxd5 41.Rg7+ Kh8 42. Rh7+ Kg8 43.Rg7+ Kh8
Draw agreed. White goes back and forth with Rh7+ & Rg7+.
Incredibly White can still win with 42 Qc1 (threat Qc7)
Black cannot prevent this and stop White from giving
a check on the c4 (after Rh7+).
One line of play.
42.Qc1 e2 43.Qc7 Qd2+ 44.Kxg6 Qd3+ 45.Kh6 Qe3+ 46.Rg5 and wins.
This game and others of this ilk are one reason why
I keep asking for games from the lower leagues.
Now I'll have to borrow the Dynamic English from Dave.
Finally something with nothing to do with chess
but had me laughing like loon when I read it.
First some background for my overseas surfers.
£451 million was spent on building a new parliament
at Holyrood. It is the ugliest monstrosity ever created.
Earlier this week a wooden beam dislodged itself from
the ceiling and the place had to be evacuated,
The building is no more than two years old.
This letter appeared in The Scotsman.
"There is no need to search for explanations for the timber
beam failure at Holyrood. The answer is obvious.
Faced with the prospect of a lifetime spent listening
to the spin, hypocrisy, evasion and incompetence of
the cream of Scottish politics.
It threw itself from the roof."
Graham McLeod, Kinross.