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Chandler Cornered

The Turner Prize + Cows + The Curse of Chandler

(who put cows in the title - I never put cows in the title)

The Duke of Wellington.

The Wellington Chess Club meets at 7.30 pm on Tuesday nights in the
Museum Room, Turnbull House, Bowen St, Wellington, New Zealand.

This game has appeared on the Glenrothes site...

Glenrothes Chess

...and was duly sent to me by Stuart Blyth.
He was impressed with White's one tracked sinlge-minded play.

So am I.

I think 99.9999% of the chess playing world would have played 7 gxf3
(that is because it's the best move - it stops 8...Ng5 and ...Ne6 as a possible defence).
This young lad plays 7 Kf1!!!.
"I'm going to mate you without taking any of your scaffy pieces."

[Click here to replay the game]
Joe Turner (7) vs.Paul Southcott (9)

1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 e5 4. Bc4 Bb4 5. Bb3 Bxc3 6. Qe2 Nd4 7. Qc4 Nxf3+
8. Kf1 Bd4 9. Qxf7

Stuart states he does not know where the idea came from.

"...I don't think he learned it from any of the adult
coaches at Glenrothes...he must have seen an older junior
pulling it off."

Maybe, just maybe. He thought up idea himself OTB.

The idea of Bb3,(vacating c4) Qe2 and Qc4 is beautiful.
The game is refreshing and quite brilliant.

Don't coach this out of him. Encourage him.

If someone, no matter how well their intentions may be,
tries to curb this imagination with a good dose
of 'stale sensible play'. Then you will have him running
back to his Play Station quicker than you can say;
"Bishops are better than Knights."
(it's the Black player that needs a few pointers.)

The 'New' Scottish Chess Magazine is out with
fresh bright young Editors. This is not a moan about
the format of the old one, Sam had business problems
and his livelihood to sort out so the 'old' mag
took second place.

David Oswald and Robbie Coleman have put together an
excellent first copy. Even yours truly has a column.
Club Chandler. I know it's naff. I wanted to call it
'Naked with Knockers' or 'Eat My Festering Spleen' but
for some unknown reason they come up with Club Chandler.

Colour pics. Good games and a smashing bit on Junior chess.
We cannot have enough junior games in print.

3.25 The best way to get a copy is to join the SCA.
Me and the boys in Bells have worked it out.
You are better off if you join because of the reductions
you are entitled too. I'm a member (I posted off my money today).
Go to the Scottish Chess site and join up.

Chess Scotland

The Curse of Chandler
Now then remember this. In the last C.C. I was talking about
young Jonny Scott and how hard it is to win a won game.

'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.'

I'm afraid a few days after this was posted it happened...

J.Scott (861) - S.Graham (1212), Hawick Minor Hawick 2006.

First thing we do is forget those silly numbers 816 + 1212.
The play, especially White's is way out above those grades.

White plays standard sensible moves, a feature of Scott's play
that has much to be admired. (and copied).
Black could have waited till White wasted a tempo before playing
7...Bxf3 (perhaps 7...Nc6 then...e5).
White starts the Kingside attack rolling with Bh6 and h4.
He takes the risk of leaving his King uncastled which
has Black unsure how or where to start his counter play.

In this position one idea was 12...Bxh6 13 Qxh6 and
13...Qa5 or 13...Qb6 to get White eyes off the Kingside.

Instead 12...Nb6 leaves that avenue closed.
Black has to dig in and defend the coming attack
without any counter-attacking chances.

And in this position we see that Black was not quite up
to the task. Here he should play 15...Qd8 or ...Qe7
protecting the Knight and freeing d7 to get the b6
Knight back into the fray.

15...Kh8? 16 Bxg7+ Kxg7 17 h6+ Kg8?(Kf8) 18 Qxf6.

White is a clear piece up. The rest should be a stroll.
Instead White goes off clearing a path for the h-pawn.
White clears the path but ends up getting his Queen trapped.

Black should consolidate but plays a hasty 24...f5?
White is back on top and if White had only played 26 Bh5!
Then the best I can see is Black giving up his Queen.
and go into a bad ending.

(I'll give a proper diagram here. It's an interesting position)

25.Bh5 Rxh7 26.Rxg6+ Ke7 27.Re6+ Qxe6 (27...Kf8 28.Bg6 W+)
28.dxe6 Rxh5 29.exf5 Rxf5 30.Ne4 Nc8 31.Rh1 Kxe6 32.Rh8
It's White who has a very strong pull in this ending.

If Black tries to hang onto his Queen then White has all kinds
of play attacking her. Look for yourself.

But alas it was not to be and Jonny, perhaps down hearted
and not realising he was still in the game, blundered.
In this position...

Oh look, Noddy has wandered across from that article
I doing about Enid Blyton.
"Hello Noddy can you get off the board please."

27 Be4? (27 Rdh1 was the move). 27...Qg5+ 0-1.

Poor lad. I bet he thinks the world is laughing at him.

No. We are smiling with him.
We have all been there. It's the only way to learn.
You cannot teach the feeling. You must drink from the
cup of defeat and taste it's bitterness.

He has to remember that feeling when he realised the win slipped away.
Recall that memory next time he has a won game and use this loss to steer
clear of future disasters.

The Black player needs to look at some counter attacking games
featuring the King's Indian. His position was over the board
defendable before 15...Kh8. He just lacked counter play so
had to go into passive defensive mode.

Very difficult to play defensive positions when your
opponent can concentrate fully on attacking you.

He was lucky that White relaxed but alert enough to grab
his chance when it came. He will have eradicate howlers like
15...Kh8 from his game, but he fought on, (the loss of a piece
is mere flesh wound to an imaginative junior).
A very good game by two good players.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Scott - S.Graham

1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.e4 0-0 6.Be3 Bg4 7.Be2 Bxf3 8.Bxf3 e5 9.d5 c6 10.Qd2 c5 11.Bh6 Nbd7 12.h4 Nb6 13.b3 Qd7 14.Qg5 Rfe8 15.h5 Kh8 16.Bxg7+ Kxg7 17.h6+ Kg8 18.Qxf6 Kf8 19.Qg7+ Ke7 20.Qxh7 Rh8 21.Qg7 Rag8 22.Qxg8 Rxg8 23.0-0-0 Rh8 24.h7 f5 25.Rh6 Kf6 26.exf5 Qxf5 27.Be4 Qg5+

I don't know where these cows are coming from.
Edinburgh is currently covered with them.
You cannot turn a corner without bumping into
a concrete cow. The council keeping moving them about.
I find it all very confusing.

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