Chess coincidences have always followed me around.
The most frightening being years ago when I done a cartoon of
Danny Kopec getting knocked off his bike by Phil Condie.
Weeks later Danny skidded off his bike coming down
The Mound in Edinburgh. A car stopped to see if
Danny was OK. (thankfully he was).
The driver of the car... Phil Condie.
In the previous C.C. 'Weak Squares + Slack Alice + and a Dalek'
I finished the piece with a doodled picture of a Dalek.
Originally I had posted the above diagram.
It's from C. Sykes v A. Nisbet, Glasgow open 2005.
White played 22 Kc3?? giving the Rook on c6 no
retreat. 22... b6 and white resigned.
I had it surrounded by a Monopoly board stating.
White goes to jail, directly to jail, he does
not pass Go and does not pick up 200 grading points.
Straight after posting it I checked my emails.
There was one from Chris Sykes (that was quick).
Chris has never emailed me before.
Chris's email had nothing to do with his game,
it had only been up for about 30 seconds.
He thought I had made an error in my analysis
during a previous C.C. (I had not).
I then thought, I bet Chris thinks I have put up
his blunder just because he 'dared' to challenge
my analysis. So I removed it and put on the Dalek.
(I worry about upsetting people if I don't so it on purpose).
A few weeks ago I emailed Craig Pritchett, Dougie Bryson
and John Henderson asking them for a recent picture
as I intended to do a piece involving these three columnists.
The idea was:
an unknown Morphy v Staunton game would be found inside
a copy of a second hand book and these three would argue
as to who had the right to publish it first.
The pictures arrived and I intended to do the piece this weekend.
He is one of the pictures that Dougie Bryson sent in.
Don't you think he looks like Jeffrey Archer?
Come to think of it. When Jeffrey Archer was
inside I cannot recall seeing Dougie Bryson.
So on Friday I checked my emails...
Having enjoyed your column for some time I thought it was time for some
payback in the form of a world exclusive.
Recently I acquired an antiquarian chess book, Games of the Chess Congress
of 1862 by J. Lowenthal, published in 1864. Within the pages of the book
were various newspaper clippings & some hand recorded games. One of these
games is recorded on a "Gambit Chess Rooms, 3, Budge Row, Cannon St, EC"
score sheet dated 18-09-1919 & is between Capablanca & CG (I think). It is
a 16 move miniature, notable only for its one-sidedness, but I have failed
to find it on any database & therefore must assume it has remained unknown
until now. Thus "Chandler Cornered" has the opportunity to premiere a game
by the great Capa himself!
The score sheet is accompanied by a newspaper clipping of the 19th Sept 1919
(probably the Times)in which the story of the previous night's exhibition is
told. Unfortunately our mystery man does not get mentioned but Capa played
40 games, starting at 6.25 & finishing at 10.15, the score being 37.5-2.5 in
the great man's favour.
I have added the game below & also attached a copy of the original score
sheet. If you require further details let me know.
Keep up the excellent work,
and here is the game.
[Click here to replay the game]
Capablanca vs. C.G.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 a6 4.d4 f6 5.dxe5 Bc5 6.Bc4 d6 7.exd6 Bxd6 8.0-0 Ne5 9.Nxe5 fxe5 10.Ne2 Nf6 11.Ng3 c6 12.Nf5 Bxf5 13.exf5 Qe7 14.Be6 Bc7 15.Bg5 h6 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Qh5+ Kf8 18.Rad1
and here is a copy of the scoresheet.
A bit of a mess (is C.G. a distant relation of Pat Coffey?)
That was the first thing that entered my mind.
It's the chess player in me. Trust nobody.
I thought Pritchett, Bryson and Henderson had got together
to hoodwink me as an act of revenge for all leg pulling
and laughs I have had at their expense.
But surely three fertile imaginations could come up
with up with a much better game?
(I even tried looking for an anagram from 'Tommy Barrett'
Try me tomb rat was the best I could find.)
So it's research time:
The Unknown Capablanca by Hooper & Brandeth. and we find this...
Capa did indeed play a simultaneous on the 18th September 1919.
I think it's genuine and I thank Tommy Barrett
very much and I feel quite ashamed for doubting him.
Now if he could only email with what story I am now
going to use involving Pritchett, Bryson and Henderson.
I'd be eternally grateful.