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More Turin Games (and punch ups)

More moments from Turin.

I.Njobvu - A.Fulton I'm seeing stars...
A Knight on f5 is good, a Knight on e5 is good.
Knights on f5 & e5 then the combo's start to appear like the
stars at night. You see one, then another, then another.
You sometimes have trouble picking the brightest.
White hits the pawn base with a Knight sac, followed up with
a check on e6. Black resigns. 16...Kh8 17 Ng6+

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I.Njobvu - A.Fulton

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.e3 b6 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.0-0 e6 6.Nbd2 d5 7.c3 Bd6 8.Ne5 Nbd7 9.f4 0-0 10.Qf3 Ne8 11.Qh3 f5 12.Ndf3 Nef6 13.Ng5 Qe7 14.Nxe6 Qxe6 15.Bxf5 Qe7 16.Be6+

J.Chalemba - Z.Saleem Punch drunk
Deep in the game, holding on, is it a draw, why is he checking me,
this guy is a tube, he does not know how to win this...

White has just played 44 Rb6+ Black played 44...Kh5??
45 g4+ and Black resigned ( 45...Kh4 46 Rh6 is mate).

D.Smerdon (2460) - S.Hansen (2555) A Technical Knock Out

D.Smerdon (Australia) pulls a trick that the late Bill Smerdon
would have been showing us for weeks in the Edinburgh Chess Club.
White to play... What would you do?

The trouble with being a good player is that you can see
your defeat coming a long time off. Weaker players don't
realise this until mate in two is upon them.

White is losing.
The good player starts setting the tricks and traps right away.
The weaker player would only start looking for salvation when
it is far too late.

White marched his King to h4 and then played g3.
The White King has no moves. The last two white pawns
fell (they were sacced) a pair of Rooks came off and
suddenly Black realised why White was not resigning.
White to play.

49 Rd2 Re6 (it does not matter where he goes it's too late
the draw in unavoidable) 50 Rd6 and 51 Rxe6 stalemate.

W.Yueh (white) tried the same thing against
J.Medina but Black was far too alert.

White played 79 Re1+ black played 79...dxe1 and
promoted to a Bishop! 0-1.

And staying with the same theme M.Saud v C.Juarez Flores.
Black to play. Very similar to a study this one.

59...h2+ 60.Kh1 Ng4 61.e5 Nf2 mate.

A.Hernandez (2287) - B.Jiravorasuk (2286) Slogging it out, toe to toe.
This is a good game. A real fight.
It looks like White is going to crash through but Black
sets up a White pawn defence. White cannot take his own pawns
so this barrier is impregnable.
Black takes the initiative and he makes a much better job of attacking.
The final wrap up leading to mate had to be calculated very carefully.
Most players would have not gone into this line but freaked out
when they saw their opponent was going to get two Queens.

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A.Hernandez - B.Jiravorasuk

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.g3 e6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.0-0 Qc7 9.a4 0-0 10.Nb3 Nc6 11.f4 Rb8 12.g4 Nd7 13.g5 Re8 14.Rf3 Bf8 15.Rh3 g6 16.Qe1 Bg7 17.Be3 b6 18.f5 Nb4 19.f6 Bf8 20.Qh4 h6 21.gxh6 Kh7 22.Nd4 Ne5 23.Kh1 Nc4 24.Rf1 Nxe3 25.Rxe3 Bb7 26.Rg3 Nc6 27.Nf3 Ne5 28.Nxe5 dxe5 29.Rd3 Bc6 30.Rfd1 b5 31.axb5 axb5 32.Qg3 b4 33.Ne2 Bb5 34.R3d2 Red8 35.Ng1 Rxd2 36.Rxd2 Ra8 37.Bf3 Ra1 38.Bd1 Bc6 39.Qh4 Qb7 40.h3 Bxe4+ 41.Kh2 Bc5 42.Ne2 Bd5 43.Qg3 Qb6 44.h4 Bf2 45.Qxe5 Be1 46.Rxd5 Qf2+ 47.Kh3 Qxh4+ 48.Kg2 Qf2+ 49.Kh3 Qf3+ 50.Ng3 Qxd5 51.Qc7 Rxd1 52.Qxf7+ Kxh6 53.Qg7+ Kg5 54.f7 Bxg3 55.f8Q Qh1+ 56.Kxg3 Rg1+ 57.Kf2 Qg2+ 58.Ke3 Re1+ 59.Kd4 Qd5

Enough of this fighting talk - let's have a look at the Women's Olympiad.

12 year old Rhian Hughes scored 1 from 7 but the experience gained was invaluable.

In her round 2 game v A.Stolarczyk (2036) she had a wonderful
chance to bring off a classy win.
In this position Rhian played 20 Nf4. This was OK but led
to a difficult position to play and she eventually went astray.

I can find nothing but easy wins with 20.Nh5+ Kg8 21.Nh8.
What a great pity, her play leading up to this position
was very impressive. Here is the full game.

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R.Hughes - A.Stolarczyk

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e4 c6 4.e5 Ng8 5.d4 d5 6.Nf3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb4 9.0-0 Ne7 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bxe7 Qxe7 12.Rc1 Bb7 13.Ne4 0-0 14.a3 Ba5 15.Bb1 Rd8 16.Qc2 g6 17.Nf6+ Kg7 18.Nh4 Rxd4 19.Nxg6 Qd8 20.Nf4 Rxf4 21.Nh5+ Kf8 22.Nxf4 Qg5 23.Qc5+ Kg8 24.Qe3 Nd7 25.Nd3 Qxe3 26.fxe3 Bd2 27.Rcd1 Bxe3+ 28.Kh1 c5 29.Rfe1 Bd4 30.Nxc5 Bxc5 31.Rxd7 Bd5 32.Rf1 Rf8 33.Bd3 a6 34.b4 Bd4 35.Re1 Rc8 36.Rf1 Bxe5 37.Rdxf7 Bb2 38.Ra7 Bxa3 39.Rxa6 Bxb4 40.Rb6 Rc3 41.Rxb5 Bd6 42.Rxd5 exd5 43.Bf5 Kf7 44.g3 Kf6 45.Bh7+ Ke6 46.Kg2 Bc5 47.Rd1 Ke5 48.Kh3 Be3 49.Kg4 Rc7 50.Bb1 d4 51.Bd3 Rg7+ 52.Kf3 Rf7+ 53.Kg2 Rf2+ 54.Kh3 Ra2 55.Bh7 Ra3 56.Bc2 Kd5 57.Bd3 Kc5 58.Kg4 Ra2 59.Kh3 Kb4 60.Be4 Kc3 61.Bd3 Bd2 62.Be4 d3 63.Bg6 Kd4 64.Rf1 Ke3 65.Rd1 Ra5 66.Rb1 Bc3 67.Kh4 Bf6+ 68.Kh3 Ke2 69.Kg2 Rc5 70.Kh3 d2 71.Kg2 d1Q 72.Rxd1 Kxd1 73.Be4 Ke2 74.Bf3+ Ke3

The success story for Scotland in the Olympiad was the excellent
international debut by Amy Officer. Her score of 6pts from 9 games
netted her a WFM title. Her is Amy...

...wiping the floor with her opponents (groan...ED).

Here is Amy (Black) in action v S.Mazariegos Kummenfeld.

25...Rxe3! 26 Rxe3 Rd1+ and wins the Queen.

I've showed some disasters in the Men's event. So to restore the
balance here is one of the mishaps I've found in the Women's.

Black can play 34...Qxh1+ and mate in 2.
She missed it and played 34...Qe2+ and 35 Bxe2 would
have been a disaster. I would love to have been a spectator
at this one. Just imagine the end with onlookers pointing out
all the missed wins.

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G.Widmer Babic - S.Elnami

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 a6 4.c3 Bc5 5.d4 Bd6 6.d5 Na5 7.Bd3 Be7 8.b4 b6 9.bxa5 Bf6 10.axb6 cxb6 11.0-0 d6 12.Nbd2 Ne7 13.Ba3 Ng6 14.g3 Bh3 15.Re1 Qd7 16.Qe2 Bg4 17.Bxa6 0-0 18.Bb5 Qc8 19.Bxd6 Rd8 20.Nc4 Ra7 21.Bb4 Bh3 22.Qe3 Bg4 23.h4 Bh5 24.Nh2 Qh3 25.g4 Bxg4 26.Nxg4 Qxh4 27.Nxf6+ gxf6 28.Qg3 Qh5 29.Be7 Rc8 30.Bxf6 h6 31.Kg2 Kh7 32.Nxe5 Rg8 33.Rh1 Nf4+ 34.Kf1 Qe2+ 35.Kg1 Rxg3+

And finally... Danny Gormally.

There has been a lot of tut-tut-tutting, a mass wringing
of hands and a holly than thou attitude over this one.

We all know the story by now - or think we do.

Look at the publicity Chess got from this one.
It was even on 'Have I got News for You.'

For those of you that missed it. It was on the spinning
picture board. Danny's bit was a white Knight with a black eye.

"He beat him up." howls a horrified Lisa Tarbuck.
Merson and Hislop shrugged their shoulders.
An Englishman abroad hits a foreign guy in a bar...
..This is news?

I've no qualms about him getting involved in a minor
drunken scuffle in some night club. If he had hit out
after losing a game then that would be different.

Also the report I read about Danny remaining seated
during a tribute for those who died in the Indonesian

I've no reason to doubt the story. I can only summarize
that this 'protest' was aimed at something else
and was not meant as an act of disrespect.

At the recent Edinburgh Congress, me, Danny and Eddie Perry shared
a pint or three in Bells. He told us he had not had the ideal
preparation for the Congress. He had just come out of the nick after
being arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

He struck me as a good lad with a wry sense of humour.
Sounds like he may have a few problems where drink is concerned.
But I'm not going to analyse or blame Danny Gormally.

I'm sure 99% of us have seen punch up's at a Chess tournament.
Buy Eddie a pint and he will tell you of the night Alastair
White - yes 'The Alastair White', ended up with two black eyes.

Danny's incident was the kind of thing that
happens in pubs and clubs throughout the country.

Some guy hits another guy in a bar over a women.
Danny's has wee bit more class to it.

Danny hit an Armenian in an Italian Disco in a fight
over a girl from Australia.

Here is a picture of Danny with the girl from Australia.

She is quite nice looking. Not as nice as Elizabeth Paehtz.
And if he disagrees I'll hit him.

I'll hit an Englishman in a Scottish pub in a fight over a German girl.

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