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Enid + Tolkien + Junior Art & Games + Anecdotes

The above was lifted from the brillo mungo Scottish Junior Site.

Chess Scotland Juniors

Not bad for a 6 year old.
(Actually Joe is 39. It took him 6 years to do the drawing.)

Of course I jest. Wee Joe's drawing sets this column up for some
junior chess. But first let us back track to Enid Blyton. (see previous C.C.)

I've had e-mails from Edward Winter, Bill Wall and 'Heather' who runs
one of the Enid Blyton Appreciation pages.

Mr. Winter is gathering all the facts on whether or not
this fascinating writer played chess.

(this is going to get done correctly and will not be one of my
normal slap dash effort).

So you will have to go there to see the outcome of his
investigations which may be posted in a week or two.

Edward Winter Chess Notes.

When I bought 'The Missing Man.' I also purchased
'The Land of Far Beyond.' Written in 1942.

I bought it mainly because inside the cover was a
smashing drawing of Knight.

Out of curiosity I read the first page.

I could not put it down. After I finished it I gave
to the girl who conned me (see previous C.C).

We agree. Tolkien ripped this off and wrote Lord of the Rings.

Read it for yourself. The similarities are amazing and the
coincidences are far too numerous to be listed here.
(In the Intro Enid admits she wanted to write a watered
down version of 'Pilgrims Progress' at least she
gives the nod to another author.
Read it yourself, see what you think.

I can come to only one conclusion.
Tolikien and Enid Blyton were the same person!
(this is the Chandler slap-dash method at work).

Right onto the Chess.

J.Scott (861) - I.McDonald (638). CS Junior Finals, Aberfeldy, 2006.
Jonny Scott has been on this site before.
I used one of his games to show the nice position he
built up just by making simple straight forward developing moves.
He lost that game due to middle game inexperience.

He appears to have sharpened up his tactics and in this game he
learned the valuable lesson of how hard it is to win a won game.

Black does strange things with his Bishop in the opening.
5...Be7, 7...Bb4, 11...Be6 (where it is unprotected).

White spots and plays a game winning combination. 12 Nxf7!

Later in the game White could have put Black in trouble...

...had he found 28.Rh6 Ng8 29.Rh7+ Ke8 30.Bg6+ Kd8 31.Bf7.

The game went down a different path with Black dropping
a piece due to a clumsy 29th move. (29...Ke5 saves the piece).

White slowly wraps up the game but just when it seemed
Black should resign, it was White's turn to drop a piece
when Black spotted a neat shot. (37...g4+)

White did not panic. He picked himself up, dusted himself off
and carried on with the win. Black out-tricked himself in the end
and dropped a Rook.

A good lesson here for White. Remember when you are winning
your opponent is actually thinking harder and deeper than you.
Nothing spurs on a player better than the fear of defeat especially
if he senses his opponent has relaxed.

I'm afraid the lesson will only be complete when young master Scott
actually chucks away an easily won game and losses. It will happen.
Oooh it's painful.
He will not sleep that night, he will curse the game.
He will want to give up chess.

This will pass. And there will come a time when he wins a game
he should have lost. What goes around comes around.

Oooh the joy. He will float on air for days.
And once again Chess will be a wonderful game.

So young master Scott please do not forget to send me the
game of the 'one that got away.' You are getting better but
chess has this nasty habit of insisting you learn from your losses.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Scott - I.McDonald

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 h6 7.Bf4 Bb4 8.Ne5 Ne4 9.Qc2 Qf6 10.Bd3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Bd6 12.Nxf7 Kxf7 13.Bxd6 dxc4 14.Bxc4 Qg6 15.Qxg6+ Kxg6 16.Bd3+ Kf7 17.Be5 Rd8 18.Ke2 Nd7 19.Bf4 g5 20.Bg3 c5 21.h4 Rg8 22.hxg5 hxg5 23.Rh7+ Rg7 24.Rah1 Nf6 25.Rxg7+ Kxg7 26.dxc5 Bd7 27.Be5 Kf7 28.Bxf6 Kxf6 29.Rh6+ Kf7 30.Rh7+ Kf6 31.Rxd7 b6 32.cxb6 axb6 33.Rb7 Rxa2+ 34.Kf3 Rb2 35.c4 Rb3 36.Be2 Rb2 37.c5 g4+ 38.Kxg4 Rxe2 39.Kf3 Rc2 40.cxb6 Rc6 41.Ke4 Rc4+ 42.Kd3 Rc5 43.Kd4 Rc6 44.f4 Kf5 45.g3 Kg4 46.Ke5 Kxg3 47.e4 Rc5+ 48.Kxe6 Kxf4 49.Kd6 Re5 50.Rf7

Two games from the Edinburgh Summer Cup.
I love playing over these under 1600 games.
You never know what is coming next.
Usually it's blunders and miscalculations which brings
a smile to every player's face (except the loser).
There but for the grace of God....

Unfortunately all that seems to happen is we think;
"Cor, that's a good blunder, I must play it sometime."

First up is D.Goddard - J.Melvin The games shuffles
through the opening and into a chances even middle game.
The Queen side becomes blocked and White runs his King
to the Queenside before embarking on a King-side attack.

Black losses a piece when he realises that 36...gxf5 leads
to a mate. He tries to blast through the blocked Queen side
with a Bishop sac. It fails - Black resigns.

[Click here to replay the game]
D.Goddard - J.Melvin

1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.f4 e6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 Ne7 6.Bb3 b6 7.0-0 Bb7 8.Nc3 Nd7 9.Be3 a6 10.Qd2 Nf6 11.e5 Ng4 12.Rad1 d5 13.a4 Nf5 14.Bf2 c6 15.h3 Nxf2 16.Qxf2 0-0 17.Ne2 Qc7 18.Ng3 Rad8 19.Nxf5 exf5 20.c3 h6 21.Qd2 c5 22.Bc2 c4 23.b4 b5 24.a5 Qc8 25.Rde1 Rfe8 26.Qf2 Qc6 27.Qg3 Kh7 28.Qh4 Kg8 29.Kf2 Bc8 30.Ke2 f6 31.Kd2 Kh7 32.g4 Rh8 33.Qg3 Bf8 34.Rg1 Rg8 35.gxf5 Bxf5 36.Bxf5 Qe8 37.Bc2 Bxb4 38.cxb4 c3+ 39.Ke3 f5 40.Re2 Qc6 41.Bd3 Rde8 42.Rc2 Qd6 43.Rb1 Qc7 44.Qh4 Kg7 45.Qf6+ Kh7 46.Qxa6

In N.Craigmile - M.Wallace White misses a shot.
In this position he had the trick...

... 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Nxd5.

White then makes an instructive blunder which Black states
he knew he was going to play. White was so wrapped up in
his own ideas he forgot all about the Knight coming to g4.
16 Bh6 is an Oops? ("I must try it sometime.")

[Click here to replay the game]
N.Craigmile - M.Wallace

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qe2 Qe7 6.d3 Nf6 7.Nc3 Be6 8.Bg5 Nc6 9.d4 d5 10.g3 g6 11.Bg2 Bg7 12.0-0 0-0 13.Rfe1 Rfe8 14.Rad1 a6 15.Qe3 Qb4 16.Bh6 Ng4 17.a3 Nxe3 18.axb4 Nxd1 19.Nxd1 Bxh6

16 Bh6 is the kind of blunder Fred Reinfeld would have
warned us against and then given us plenty of examples...

White played 18 Bxh6 no doubt entertaining Qxh6 and Rd3 - g3 ideas.
This was Fred Reinfeld v A. Simonson, in the USA Championship 1938
White resigned after 18...Ng4.

So I'm sitting up the number 35 going to work and I pick up
what I think is a Metro. It's not, It's The Times.
Inside in Raymond Keene's column is the following excellent game.

S.Rublevsky - S.Mamadyarov, Yalta, 2006
The clever bits are the exchange sac whilst two pawns down. 16...Rxe5.
19...Bb4+ forcing c3 which leaves the White Queen unprotected.
Also 37...Bc2 proves that Black is alert.
He has not relaxed and is not expecting the game to win itself.

Are you watching Jonny. Don't take the boots off till the ball
is in the back of the net.

[Click here to replay the game]
S.Rublevsky - S.Mamadyarov

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Nd4 5.Ba4 c6 6.Nxe5 d5 7.d3 Bd6 8.f4 Bc5 9.exd5 0-0 10.Ne4 Nxe4 11.dxe4 Qh4+ 12.g3 Qh3 13.Be3 Qg2 14.Rg1 Qxe4 15.Kf2 Re8 16.Qd3 Rxe5 17.fxe5 Qf3+ 18.Ke1 Bf5 19.Rf1 Bb4+ 20.c3 Bxd3 21.Rxf3 Nxf3+ 22.Kf2 Nxh2 23.cxb4 Ng4+ 24.Kf3 Nxe5+ 25.Kf4 Ng6+ 26.Kf3 cxd5 27.Rc1 Ne5+ 28.Kf4 Ng6+ 29.Kf3 b5 30.Bb3 Bc4 31.Bc2 Ne5+ 32.Kf4 f6 33.Rd1 Bxa2 34.b3 Rc8 35.Bc5 a5 36.Bf5 Bxb3 37.Rb1 Bc2 38.Be6+ Kh8 39.Ra1 Re8 40.bxa5 Nd3+ 41.Kf3 Nxc5 42.Bxd5 b4 43.a6 Nxa6

Finally...and back to the Junior Site.

Ian Marks recalls an incident when playing in an Irish tournament.
He sat down at the wrong board, nobody turned up and he won
by default.

On the board he should have sat at, someone else sat down in his seat
and duly beat Ian's opponent in 8 moves.

So Ian won two games without actually moving a piece.

This tale reminded me of what happened to the late Phil Condie.

In an Edinburgh tournament in the early 80's there was a minor A & B
tournament. The tables where numbered 1 - 50 in black ink and in
dark blue ink. This caused confusion with players sitting at the
wrong tables and games that started had to restarted at the correct table.

Phil sat down in the wrong tournament and the player who should have
been sitting there never turned up. Phil duly lost his game.
Meanwhile he also lost by default in the tournament he was meant
to have played in.

This all came to light in the next round when the controller, Ian Crorie,

now the bridge correspondent in the Scotland on Sunday, expunged Phil for
defaulting a game. Phil was flabbergasted.

Ian refused to believe that Phil had played a game.
"What happened in the game?" inquired Ian.
"I lost." replied Phil.
"Where is the score sheet?"
"I tore it up."

Eventually Phil produced the player from the other tournament
who had beaten him. Phil was unexpunged.

Although Phil had a reputation for being a wee bit short tempered he saw
the funny side of this incident and proudly boasted of his tournament record.
Played 1. Lost 2.

I can recall being absolutely poorless with laughter
when Phil was telling me what had happened to him.

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