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Chandler Cornered

Edinburgh Congress 2006

If you want a copy of the 70 odd games played in the Premier
and other tournaments then please email me on I'll send it on in Chess Base and pgn format.

The Premier produced a 7 way tie each receiving 110.00

GM Colin McNab (Dundee Victoria)
GM Daniel Gormally (Wood Green)
WGM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (Edinburgh West)
IM Douglas Bryson (Shettleston)
IM Stephen Mannion (Cathcart)
Nicol Bathie (Wandering Dragons)
Joe Redpath (Hamilton)

For a full list of the prize winners check out
The tournament report on the main site at Chess Edinburgh.

I picked up 50 for the under 2100 grading prize.

Did I say 'picked?' Nicked would have been a better word.
I took a Friday night bye to put a point on the board.

On the Saturday morning I walked into a trap v Joe Redpath.

I'm black and lost. I played 34...Rd3? 35 Bh6+ 1-0.

Round three I wore down Lyndsay McGregor (eventually)
Round four was a classic Chandler swindle which is
getting published in the Scotland on Sunday so I'll give
that game in a later C.C.

In my final game V E. Spencer I was unaware I was in with a shout
for 50 sobs. I sacced a couple of pawns and achieved a totally lost
position. I kept plugging away and suddenly my opponent blundered.

I was walking about waiting for him to move and seriously considered
offering a draw. It was then I looked at the scoreboard and saw if
I won and Alam Tate lost to Colin McNab I get 50.

Here is the game.

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G.Chandler - E.Spencer

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.0-0 Nge7 5.c3 a6 6.Bxc6 Nxc6 7.d4 d5 8.exd5 Qxd5 9.c4 Qxc4 10.b3 Qb4 11.Bd2 Qb6 12.d5 exd5 13.Re1+ Be6 14.Nc3 0-0-0 15.Bf4 d4 16.Na4 Qa7 17.Ng5 Bd6 18.Bxd6 Rxd6 19.Rc1 b6 20.Ne4 Rd5 21.Qf3 Qc7 22.Qe2 d3 23.Qb2 f5 24.Nexc5 bxc5 25.Rxe6 Nd4 26.Nb6+ Kb7 27.Nxd5 Qd8 28.Rb6+ Ka7 29.Qa3 Qxb6 30.Nxb6 Ne2+ 31.Kf1 Nxc1 32.Qxc5

Enough of me. Here are some more interesting things.

Best game was C.Tweedie v C.Woods. I understand this game is
appearing in The Scotsman but will be printed before I post this.

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C.Tweedie - C.Woods

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 Bg7 6.d3 Nf6 7.0-0 0-0 8.e5 dxe5 9.fxe5 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 Qd4+ 11.Kh1 Qxe5 12.Bf4 Qh5 13.Qe1 e6 14.Bd6 Rd8 15.Qg3 Ne8 16.Bf4 a6 17.a4 Bd7 18.Rae1 Bc6 19.Rxe6 Bxc3 20.bxc3 fxe6 21.Bxe6+ Kh8 22.Be5+ Ng7 23.Bg4 Qg5 24.h4 Qe7 25.Bf6 Qd6 26.Be5 Qd5 27.c4 Qg8 28.h5 gxh5 29.Be6

Eddie Perry had a fascinating struggle with Daniel Gormally in round 1.
Infact in this position he could have drawn with 42...Bxb2.

Eddie was worried about 43 Qxf2 hitting the Bishop and threatening
a very nasty and winning discovered check. But 43...Qg6 holds.

Dougie Bryson was in the running for the swindle prize.

Black was under great pressure. White, George Neave,
just played 29 f5? Qxg2! 30 Kxg2 Nf4+ 0-1.

G.Kafka - D.Gormally
This is a good game. Infact if I never used my unfair policy of
not awarding the best game to a prize winner then this may have won.

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G.Kafka - D.Gormally

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Bc4 e6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.0-0 a6 7.a4 d5 8.exd5 exd5 9.Re1+ Be7 10.Nxd4 cxd4 11.Nxd5 Nxd5 12.Qh5 Be6 13.Rxe6 Nf4 14.Rxe7+ Qxe7 15.Qf3 Ng6 16.Qd1 0-0 17.d3 Rfe8 18.Bd2 Rad8 19.Ba5 Rd7 20.Qd2 Qf6 21.Bb4 Qf5 22.Re1 Rdd8 23.Ba5 Rc8 24.Bb6 Nf4 25.Bc7 h5 26.Bd6 h4 27.f3 Rxe1+ 28.Qxe1 b5 29.axb5 axb5 30.Bb3 h3 31.g4 Nxd3 32.cxd3 Qxf3 33.Qf1 Rc1

A scene from the Challengers courtesy of Derek Ward.

D.Grassie - M.Duke
This was a last round game and if only Donald Grassie
had found 23 Rd5!! (stopping 23...Qxd6+) 23...exd5 26 Qg7!!

Then it would have walked the Brilliancy prize.
Here is the complete game.

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D.Grassie - M.Duke

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.e4 c5 4.e5 h6 5.Bh4 g5 6.Bg3 Ne4 7.d5 Qb6 8.Nc3 Nxg3 9.hxg3 Qxb2 10.Nge2 a6 11.Rb1 Qa3 12.Ne4 Qxa2 13.N2c3 Qa5 14.Qf3 Be7 15.d6 Bd8 16.Nf6+ Kf8 17.Kd2 Nc6 18.Qe3 Bxf6 19.exf6 c4 20.Rb5 Qa3 21.Qxg5 Rg8 22.Qxh6+ Ke8 23.Rg5 Qxd6+ 24.Nd5 Rf8 25.Qxf8+ Qxf8 26.Rgh5 exd5 27.Rh8 Ne7 28.Bxc4 Ng8 29.Bxd5 Kd8 30.R1h7 Kc7 31.Rxf7 Qb4+ 32.c3 Qd6

The Swindle Prize was won by Jake Adams in the Bishops.
This was one of those 'you had to be there moments.'
I was playing over all the entries for the swindle prize
in Bells. There was a crowd of 15-20 other players watching
the games unfold.

I was playing out J. Adams v B. O'Donnell.
"Aw this boring Geoff, get on with another game."
I nearly stopped playing it over and when I noticed there
was only a few moves left.

Black to move played 23...Rb8? 24 Nc7 mate.
The whole pub collapsed in unkind cruel and helpless laughter.

"That's it bayed the crowd, nothing can top that."

Mr ? v Bob France
Grumbling and muttering, Bob France entered this position
for the swindle prize. When he found out that his opponent
and NOT him would win the 10 he tried to withdraw it.

Bob is black. It is white to move,

White played 1 Rxh3+ draw. (1...Kxh3 stalemate).

D.Robbie (1135) - C.McCulloch (308)
The grading difference was 827 points.
Black won the Giant Killers Prize 30.

It was a long hard game and white was better for most of the game.
Black hung on and white misplayed it. With the game heading
towards an opposite coloured Bishop draw white miscalculates.

In this position white had to play
51.gxf3 h3 52.f4+ Kxf4 53.e5 Kxe5 54.Bh1 Kf4
Giving us this final drawn position.

Instead it went 51.Ke3 fxg2 52.Kf2 h3 53.g5 Kf4 54.g6 Bb6+

The final position.

And finally. Instructive Game No. 136.
H.McMillan - C.McNab
Colin McNab is a good player. He plays these cunning
openings where he appears to do nothing and then suddenly strikes.

In the following game white is doing OK till he comes up
with an idea. "I'll play f4." and as soon as he plays 14 Nd2...

...Colin sees what he up to and notices the Bishop on e3 losses it's
pawn protection. He sets off a long combination starting with 14...b5.
White must have thought black had blundered with 16...Nxe4 as he had
up his sleeve 18 N2g3. He missed the real target, the Bishop on e3.

Black wins a pawn. That is all he needs.

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H.McMillan - C.McNab

1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Bd3 Bg7 5.c3 0-0 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bf4 Nc6 8.h3 e5 9.Be3 exd4 10.cxd4 Nb4 11.Nc3 Nxd3+ 12.Qxd3 Re8 13.0-0 c6 14.Nd2 b5 15.f4 b4 16.Ne2 Nxe4 17.Nxe4 Bf5 18.N2g3 Bxe4 19.Nxe4 Qe7 20.Nxd6 Qxd6 21.d5 cxd5 22.f5 g5 23.Rad1 Bxb2 24.f6 Bxf6 25.h4 Qe7 26.Bd2 Bg7 27.hxg5 hxg5 28.Rf5 Qe4 29.Qxd5 Bd4+

Hamilton McMillan was the player I beat in Round 4.
(This too was Pirc with a b5-b4.)
He was a perfect gent even though I had swindled him.

If I ever lose again, I'm going to congratulate my opponent as
much as he congratulated me. It really made me feel good.

I think we should get Sandy Bells to sponsor some part of the
Congress. They do a roaring trade. I'll see Charlie the
manager and get him to put up a mate whilst drunk prize.

One of these two will win it.

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