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Chandler Cornered

I'm Sorry - Meet The Loader

I'm sorry... I really am sorry.

Jeezy peeps, some people can just not take a joke.

I am of course referring to me airing a John Shaw game on this site.

"...Damn your eyes Chandler... I want sacrifices - unsound sacrifices." Bugnug, Canada.

"...I fell asleep and spent 3 weeks in a coma." Lenny the Lion, Hertford

"... I kept waiting for the punchline. This has to be the best Chandler wind up yet...
You were serious..." Sad Sacker, Crosby on the Nash.

Ok I make amends.
This one has sacs on f7. wandering Kings, missed wins, 13 checks
and a hopelessly played endgame. This is fodder for the Corner.
Sit back and wallow in the sheer brutality and misery that was...

Nick Hudson - Andrew Hard, Bank of Scotland Championship 2006.

[Click here to replay the game]
Nick Hudson - Andrew Hard

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 3.a3 Ba5 4.b4 Bb6 5.Bc4 d6 6.Nd5 Ne7 7.Nxb6 axb6 8.f4 Nbc6 9.Nf3 Bg4 10.0-0 Nd4 11.Bxf7+ Kxf7 12.Ng5+ Ke8 13.Qxg4 h5 14.Qd1 Ng6 15.Nf3 Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 Nxf4 17.g3 Qg5 18.Kh1 Ng6 19.Qf7+ Kd8 20.d4 Qg4 21.Qd5 Rf8 22.Be3 h4 23.dxe5 hxg3 24.Rxf8+ Nxf8 25.exd6 Qf3+ 26.Kg1 Qxe3+ 27.Kg2 Qf2+ 28.Kh3 Qxh2+ 29.Kg4 g2 30.Qg5+ Kc8 31.Kf5 cxd6 32.Qxg7 Qe5+ 33.Qxe5 dxe5 34.Kxe5 Kc7 35.Rg1 Nd7+ 36.Kf4 Rxa3 37.Rxg2 Rc3 38.Kf5 Rc4 39.e5 Nxe5 40.Kxe5 Rxb4 41.Kd5 Rb5+ 42.Kc4 Rc5+ 43.Kb4

And before one of them could blunder away their last Rook,
they agreed a draw.

The most obvious missed win was 31...cxd6?? 31...g6+ wins easily.
I suspect the Black player was in time trouble.
No excuse 'time trouble.' The clock is your 17th piece.

Paul Roberts, on the Scottish Notice board,
"...anymore pictures of the girl in the tank?"
No sooner requested..."

...than done.

The latest CHESS (May 2006) has a great game by Colin McNab
pretty well annotated by Andrew Greet.

It also gives an extract from this book:

I'm not in the habit of reviewing books I never read.
So here goes...

Tactical ideas never change. A combination ending in a
back rank mate is a combination ending in a back rank mate.

I think the term combination covers all tactical ideas.
You get the idea by recognising the pattern.

Modern chess writers have this tendency to give everything buzz words
in an effort to show how much more learned they are than previous
writers and feel the need to dissect and discuss even the simplest
position as though the reader was a cretin.

Here the buzz word for Chapter Four is 'The Reloader.'
And here is the 'The Reloader' at work. White to play.

1 Qa6+ bxa6 2 Rx6 mate. The Rook is called a Reloader.

Now, after a few more examples, the author summerise's:
The Role of the Reloader.

* Two pieces of the same kind able to occupy a square
without any loss of impact when it is only defended once.

* The second piece occupying the square of the first
does not have to be of higher value but it has
to compensate for the loss of the first.

* The Reloader may be used to eliminate a defender.

* If a square or a piece is protected against a
particular piece, any other piece can occupy that
square or capture that defending piece.

(I'm not making this up - it's on page 40 CHESS May 2006. it rambles on...)

* The Reloader enables pieces to occupy vital squares
that are defended by the enemy's pawns and pieces.

* Think about what any defender could do on the square
of the piece it is defending. (What on Earth does that mean?)

* If you use The Reloader against the enemy King,
it will almost always mean a gain of tempo.

Right go outside to the street.
Put your ear to the ground.
Can you hear it? That rumbling noise?
It's Fred Reinfeld spinning in his grave.

I'm going to defend the poor guy and say it's
all been screwed up in the translation.

How would I explain the above combination?

White spots the basic Rook and King mating pattern and plays 1 Qa6+
Recognition, Calculation and Execution.

Giving names to all the pieces that take part in a combination
will only serve to baffle and confuse the student.

Here is another example from the same article.
White to play. Which piece is the Reloader?
Held - Rohrmueller Germany 1995.

OK you can spot the forkable King & Queen.
You can bring either Knight to the critical square (f5)
this square is only defended once.
1 Ngf5+ or Ndf5+

This example shows you just how silly it is to start
messing about and giving spin to simple tactics.
This combination is covered by the author thus:

* Two pieces of the same kind able to occupy a square
without any loss of impact when it is only defended once.

Yes that fits the above position, but these positions
rarely just appear. Chess is not a game of pot luck moves
hoping something turns up (though some of my games...)

No the author is wrong. This is the tail end of a series
of moves that set up the critical position.
This was the position a few moves beforehand and it's
where the combo starts. It's from here the student
should have been directed.

White to play and he has seen the
forkable King & Queen (Recognition) so he gets into position.

28 Nd4 Bb7 29 f5! ...

When we now have two Reloaders (both Knights).
This situation is not covered in the summary.
Maybe it only works on two move combinations.

29...Nf8 30 fxe6 and then we have to choose a Reloader.

Nonsense. Stick to Recognition, Calculation, Execution.

To master it you need to study and then some more.
There is no easy cheap method. Study these positions,
then back track to see how they came about.
This is the bonus of having a database.
Look at some combinations from any good book on positions,
see how the critcal positions came about.

Sometimes you discover that the winning combo did not win
the game as the guy falls for a cheapo later on.
You will also discover that the winning combo was not played.
It was actually missed.

I hope it's just that one chapter that uses buzz words.
I fear not, pity, the examples chosen seem quite good.

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