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Edinburgh Congress 2006 (part II)

More interesting games & positions from the Edinburgh Congress.

G.McKay - E.Ferry The Challengers.
White has a perpetual with 28 Rh8+ and Rh7+
Black cannot take the Rook. 28 Rh8+ Kxh8 29 Qh5+ wins

But what if white plays 28 Qh5 now?
Then we are treated to a wonderful piece of chess
28.Qh5 Nf2+ 29.Kg1 Qd4 stopping Rh8+ and threatening
a winning discovered check. Attacking & defending.

One plausible winning line is...
30.Qf3 Ng4+ 31.Kh1 Qd1+ 32.Qxd1 Nf2+

H.Brechin - J.Redpath The Premier Round 4.
A couple of C.C's. ago I showed Joe Redpath getting
himself out of very difficult position. He is at again.
I cannot believe he got away without getting trounced here.
Nothing against Joe, but my gut is telling me there is something.
I've not Fritzed it. I've not had the time. (I've just entered
109 congress games into the database - I'm knackered)
Play it over. He looks busted. Is there a win in the opening?

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H.Brechin - J.Redpath

1.d4 g6 2.e4 d6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.Nc3 a6 5.Bc4 e6 6.a4 b6 7.0-0 Ne7 8.Re1 Nd7 9.Be3 Bb7 10.Bxe6 fxe6 11.Ng5 Nf8 12.Qf3 Kd7 13.Qh3 Qe8 14.d5 Nc8 15.dxe6+ Nxe6 16.Nd5 h6 17.Qxe6+ Qxe6 18.Nxe6 Kxe6 19.Nxc7+ Kd7 20.Nxa8 Bxa8 21.c3 Re8 22.f3 Bc6 23.Re2 Kc7 24.a5 b5 25.Rd2 g5 26.Rad1 Be5 27.Kf2

F.Thomson - S.Wright The Bishops
Contender for the Blunder of the tournament.
(though it is very similar to my lemon
v Joe Redpath - see previous C.C.)
There is no forced win with 13...Bd7 14 Bxd7 Kxd7.

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F.Thomson - S.Wright

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Be2 Nc6 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 Nxe4 7.d5 Qa5+ 8.Nc3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Ne5 10.Nxe5 Qxc3+ 11.Bd2 Qxe5 12.Rb1 Qxd5 13.Bb5+ Kd8 14.Ba5+ b6 15.Qxd5

A.Tate - E. Spencer Premier Rd3
This is a very good game by Alan Tate who had a good congress.
The critical position arose at black's 24th move.

Black played 24...d5. 24...Nxg3 and then 25...d5 holds up
white's attack long enough to get some Q-side activity.
I always enjoy playing over Alan's games. He does not shy
away from complications and he plays what I would play
in certain positions. (I don't know if that is praise).
Play over this - look out for a nice alert finish.

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A.Tate - E. Spencer

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.f3 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Qa5 11.h4 a6 12.g4 Rd8 13.Bd2 Qc7 14.g5 Nh5 15.f4 b5 16.Bg2 b4 17.Ne2 a5 18.Bf3 e5 19.Qf2 g6 20.f5 Ba6 21.Kb1 Bb7 22.f6 Bf8 23.Ng3 Rac8 24.Rc1 d5 25.Nxh5 gxh5 26.Bxh5 Qd7 27.Qe2 dxe4 28.Be3 Ra8 29.Rhg1 Ba6 30.Qg2 Bc4 31.g6 fxg6 32.Bxg6 hxg6 33.Qxg6+ Kh8 34.Rg5 Qh7 35.Rh5 Rd7 36.Rg1 Qxh5 37.Qxh5+ Rh7 38.Qxe5 Bf7 39.Qxe4 Re8 40.Qd4 Rc8 41.b3 a4 42.Qd7 Ra8 43.Qc6 Re8 44.Bd4 a3 45.Qxe8

I.Stokes - A.Burnett Premier Rd4
I was playing out this game in Bells Black has just played 8...Ba6

..and a dozens hands pushed the e-pawn forward to nick the a8 Rook.
"No No No" screamed I. "Black is a chess player."
And I spent an instructive 10 minutes showing the crowd
what Andrew had in mind (at least I hope he had this in mind).
9.e5 Nxe5 10.Bxa8 Qxa8 11.0-0 Nf3+ 12.Kh1

Black wins back at the very least the exchange plus
a couple of pawns. White is a chess player too, he
declined the Rook. Play continued and this position arose.

Black played 34...Rd3 35 Qc2?? (35 Qe1) 35...Qd5
The point being after 36 Rxd3 exd3 the Queen is attacked.
so the Bishop on d8 is lost.
If White had played 35 Qe1 he can still fight on.

J.McLatchie - H.Flockhart The Challengers.
If I had not been swayed by the crowd in Bells then
without a doubt this game would have won my Swindle Prize.
It is really the sort of game I had in mind when I put up
the prize.

Black sacs a piece. He is winning.
He misses the brilliant win and has a losing position.
He keeps plugging away. White trips up. Black wins.
I'm sorry Hugh. Pop into Bells sometime, I'll buy you a pint.

In the game White is doing OK. Suddenly he nicks the h-pawn. 16 Qxh7?

Hugh wrote on the score sheet "I think 16...Rd3 wins"
It looks like it does. But the first move that jumped
into my mind was 16...Ne5 and the threat of 17...Nd3+
forces white to give up the Queen. Black played 16...Bd4.

With the win in his hand White faffs about too much.
The final inaccurate move was 30 Nf2 which blocks the
King's bolt hole. The wrap up is not easy to see.
An entertaining game, an instructive swindle.

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J.McLatchie - H.Flockhart

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.dxe6 Bxe6 5.d4 Bb4+ 6.Nc3 Qe7 7.Be3 Nc6 8.d5 0-0-0 9.Qc2 Bxd5 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Be2 Nxe3 12.fxe3 Qxe3 13.Nf3 Rhe8 14.a3 Bc5 15.Rf1 Kb8 16.Qxh7 Bd4 17.Qc2 Bf6 18.Rd1 Bxc3+ 19.bxc3 Rxd1+ 20.Kxd1 Rd8+ 21.Nd2 Ne5 22.h3 f6 23.Bb5 a6 24.Re1 Qc5 25.Bf1 Qxa3 26.Ke2 Qc5 27.Ne4 Qb5+ 28.Kf2 Qb6+ 29.Kg3 f5 30.Nf2 Qd6 31.Rd1 Nd3+ 32.Kf3 Qf4+ 33.Ke2 Qxf2

J.Banks - J.Tawdrow Bishops Round 4.
This was an entertaining game and I have used it as the base
for an article for SCOTTISH CHESS so I will just give the
bare score and nothing else. For analysis and comments
you will have to get the mag.

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J.Banks v J.Tawdrow

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Bc4 Bf5 5.f3 exf3 6.Nxf3 h6 7.Ne5 e6 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Rxf5 Bd6 10.Rf3 Bxe5 11.dxe5 Qb6+ 12.Kh1 Nfd7 13.Qd6 Qa5 14.Bf4 c5 15.Rd1 a6 16.Rfd3 Qb4 17.Bxe6 Qxf4 18.Bxd7+ Nxd7 19.Qxd7+ Kf8 20.Rf3 Qc4 21.Nd5 f6 22.e6 Kg8 23.Qf7+ Kh7 24.Nxf6

H.McMillan - G.Chandler Premier Rd4.
Here is the game I withheld till after it was published in
the Scotland on Sunday. Dougie Bryson points out
a drawing and winning continuation in this position.

36...Qd2 should draw & 37...Qd2 wins.

36...Qd2 37.Na5 c2 38.Nb3 Qe1+ 39.Kb2 Qb1+ 40.Kc3 c1Q+ 41.Nxc1 Qxb8=

36...f6 37 Rb7 Qd2 38.Na5 c2 39.Nb3 fxe5 wins.

I have to admit I totally missed the strength of 36..Qd2.
I was fixated with getting the Bishop into the game.
Fortunately 38...Qd2 sets a neat trap my opponent fell into.
I can spot the traps. The good moves go over my head.

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H.McMillan v G.Chandler

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be3 0-0 6.Qd2 c6 7.0-0-0 b5 8.Bd3 b4 9.Ne2 Ba6 10.h4 Bxd3 11.Qxd3 Qa5 12.Kb1 h5 13.Nd2 Nbd7 14.f4 Ng4 15.e5 dxe5 16.Nc4 Qc7 17.dxe5 Nb6 18.Nd2 Nd5 19.Bg1 Rfd8 20.Qf3 Rab8 21.Bc5 Rb5 22.Ne4 Qa5 23.Nd4 Rxc5 24.Nb3 Qb6 25.Nbxc5 Nge3 26.Rd3 Nc4 27.Rhd1 Qb5 28.Nb3 Rb8 29.Nd4 Qa4 30.Nxc6 Nc3+ 31.Nxc3 Na3+ 32.bxa3 bxc3+ 33.Ka1 Qxc2 34.Rd8+ Rxd8 35.Rxd8+ Kh7 36.Rb8 f6 37.Rb7 fxe5 38.Nxe5 Qd2 39.Qd3 Bxe5 40.Rxe7+ Kh6 41.Qxd2 cxd2+ 42.fxe5 d1Q+ 43.Kb2 Qd4+ 44.Kb3 a5

Now here is a rare sight.

Young Kafka buying a round.

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