I don't know why but suddenly I have a link to the
Women's World Championship. Everyday my email account
is full of games and pictures of female chess players.
More about that later. First I have a cartoon to show.
This one is from the latest Private Eye.
Right back onto women's chess.
You know people come up to me and ask me why
I never married a chess playing women?
You have to be joking!
I get nagged for womanising, over-spending
and for coming home late.
Can you imagine the sort of nagging I
would get if she was a chess player?
She would look at my games...
"You have been chasing a Queen all over the board..."
"And why are you grabbing pawns in the opening..."
"You lost on time again..."
Actually my wife did play chess.
In 1977 I stayed in the Edinburgh Chess and entered
a team in the CHESS postal league. a Team of ten players.
Some of the original team are still knocking about.
Donald Heron, Ewan Campbell, Johnny Marr...
We called ourselves 'The Tartan Rooks' we played
in and won Division 4. (here are the front/back of the medals)
I could not get a board ten so I put down Mrs. Chandler
and played her games under her name.
So she has a winners medal and has never pushed a pawn in her life!
One of her opponents started corresponding with his moves...
"Hi, nice to see a lady playing chess etc etc."
I wrote back pretending to be her.
Well I had to keep up appearances.
He was a nice gentleman, said he had two sons at Oxford.
I replied saying my daughter was a nurse and my son
was a Librarian. (I bumped up her age to 57).
Well I had to keep up appearances, She was 21 then. (but looked 57).
Right let's get back to the Women's World Championship
being held in Ekaterinburgh.
(??...are you trying to spell Edinburgh?...Ed)
As I said before I'm being sent games and pictures.
Now I'm not going to stoop low and start ogling
and comparing the nice looking female players.
But I have to say I do like the picture of Elizabeth Paehtz.
Now she is the girl for me. A chess playing girl
who looks like she has her own Panzer.
I quite fancy parking a Panzer in the car park
at Grangemouth for the next National League.
And she plays like me - misses good and winning moves.
In this position she had mate in 2. White to play.
55 Qf8+ Bf7 56 Rxe6 mate.
Never mind, Black resigned a few moves later.
Perhaps she was in time trouble.
Maybe her Panzer was parked on a double yellow line.
In this position it was Elizabeth to play.
and she played 1...Nf6
Now I know you have seen this before.
But never before has it been played so sweetly.
Yup. No doubt about it. If she has her own tank,
I'll marry her. It's a uniform thing.
Another girl whose play impresses is Tatiana Kosintseva.
However I spotted an instructive move
that she missed in her game v Meenakshi.
Now don't start saying aw Geoff is just finding fault
with all the women's games. This is what I always do.
Point out missed wins. It gives us lesser mortals hope.
In this position, Black to play:
Theme - the unprotected piece.
33...Be4+ 34 Kb1 Rd2! winning.
Here is the full game. A nice entertaining struggle
featuring castling on opposite sides.
[Click here to replay the game]
Meenakshi - Kosintseva
1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.Nf3 e6 5.e4 h6 6.Bh4 dxe4 7.Nxe4 Be7 8.Nxf6+ Nxf6 9.Bd3 0-0 10.c3 b6 11.Bc2 Ba6 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.Be4 Rb8 14.Qa4 Qc8 15.g4 c5 16.h4 Bb7 17.Qc2 Be7 18.0-0-0 cxd4 19.Nxd4 Qc4 20.Kb1 Rfd8 21.f3 Bf6 22.Bd3 Qc5 23.Nb3 Qe3 24.g5 Be7 25.Nd4 Bc5 26.gxh6 Bxd4 27.cxd4 Qxh6 28.Be4 Rbc8 29.Qg2 Bd5 30.Rhg1 Rc4 31.Qf2 Qf6 32.Bd3 Rxd4 33.Be2 Ra4 34.a3 Rxh4 35.Rh1 Rxh1 36.Rxh1 g6 37.Qh2 Kf8 38.Qc7 Ra8 39.Qd6+ Kg8 40.Qh2 Qg7 41.Qf4 e5 42.Qh4 Re8 43.Bb5 Rf8 44.Be2 Be6 45.Qe7 a5 46.Qd6 Qf6 47.Ka1 b5 48.Qb6 b4 49.a4 Qd8 50.Qc5 Qd5 51.Qxd5 Bxd5 52.Rc1 Be6 53.Kb1 Rc8 54.Rd1 Bb3 55.Rd2 Kg7 56.Bb5 Rh8
A couple of the girls look familiar.
I cannot make them out - can you?