Date: May 14th 2006
Exact Location: The bathroom of Chris Sykes.
Chris Sykes looked at his reflection in the mirror.
He stared into his cold steely eyes and made a decision.
In the history of Chess there is not enough
examples of the 'family fork.' Later that day in this
position Chris played 16...Rad8 to hold the d-pawn.
17 Nf6+ and Chess history has yet another example
of the 'family fork.' Mission accomplished.
Findlay Murray was white.
The above position was lifted from Round 5 in the
recent East of Scotland Championship won by
Edwin Spencer 4½/5 (£200 + Title) .
George Neave had the happy task of entering
the games he could decipher and e-mailed them to me.
I know what he means by 'decipher' see a few C.C's.
back and you hear me too complaining about the handwriting
of chess players.
At least he was compensated by entering in some sharp
and enjoyable games. There must have been something in
the Grangemouth air. The players were saccing pieces for fun.
Duncan Walker sacced his Queen - correctly!!
In this position v Carbello Perez, Duncan played 22 Qxg6!
Black resigned. No chance of Duncan fluffing this win.
However he very nearly did in Hogg v Walker.
In this position Duncan played 28...Nc6?
White played 29. Kg2? instead he can draw with
29.Rb7 Qa4 30.Qd7 and the pinned Knight falls.
Black should have played 28...Nd3 29.Rd8 Qb1+
30.Kg2 Nf4+ 31.Kg3 Ne6 and if 32. Re8 then
Black has mate in 3.
E.Campbell v G.Saxton
This was another interesting game with a defensive
resource missed. Black to play and he stumbled with
29...b3? 30.Rxg7 Ra8 31.Rxg6 mate.
He should have played 29...Bxf6 30.Rxf6 Re8
31.Rff7 b3 32.Rxh7+ Kg8 and White has nothing
but 'Blind Swine.'
Why 30...Re8. You have to stop the e-pawn advancing.
if 30...Rb8 31.Rff7 b3 32.Rxh7+ Kg8 33.Rcg7+ Kf8
34.e6 b2 35.e7+ is mate in 3.
A.Bell - C.Woods
This one had an odd opening that had me
studying for a while. Is it theory?
After the opening Black shuffles everything
over to the Kingside and won. I kept finding
defensive ideas for White. I'm not 100%
convinced Black's attack is as potent as it looks.
Another example of the attacker always wins.
Here is the complete game.
Consider 29 fxg4 instead of 29 Bh2.
I cannot find a mating win.
[Click here to replay the game]
A.Bell - C.Woods
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Nd5 Nxd5 8.exd5 Nb8 9.Qf3 Be7 10.Qc3 Na6 11.Be3 0-0 12.Nxa7 Nc7 13.Bb6 Rxa7 14.Bxc7 Qd7 15.Bb6 Ra8 16.Be2 f5 17.0-0 f4 18.f3 Qf5 19.Rfe1 Rf6 20.Bf1 Rh6 21.Kh1 Bh4 22.Re2 Bg3 23.h3 Bd7 24.Rd2 g5 25.Qd3 Qf7 26.Qe2 Kh8 27.c4 Qh5 28.Bg1 g4 29.Bh2 Bxh2 30.Kxh2 gxh3
W.Hulme - F. Murray
We started with a Findlay Murray 'family fork' on f6.
We end with a Findlay Murray blunder on f6.
In the following position 12...f5 and Black is OK.
Instead 12...f6? 13.Bxg6 hxg6 14.Qxg6+ Kh8 15.Rf3 1-0.
I recommend when the games appear on the Chess Scotland site
print them off and play over them on a proper set.
I have just selected a few games and positions.
There are some funny and interesting games in the
East of Scotland 2006.
Neil Berry is having a nice time in Turin.
He appears to have picked up a girlfriend.