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Chandler Cornered

Prizes, Prizes Oh Boy, Prizes. The Sea Gulls

You should have seen the wife's face when I
dragged this set home from the car boot sale.
(it took me half an hour to play out the Morphy game).

Now in my other life I do a column for the New Scottish Chess.
(I wonder when we stop calling it the NEW Scottish Chess -
when it gets older I guess).

Anyway. The editors, David Coleman and Robbie Oswald.
or is it Oswald Coleman and David Robbie...

Well the editors have given me 15.00 to award anyone
who sends in a 'Game of the Issue.' Already I have had
some entries. Those that don't quite make it will appear
in the mag - the unlucky ones will appear here.
(Space restrictions in the magazine will mean I can use the overflow).

So if you have an interesting game send it in.
Even if you are the loser. If it fits the Chandler
Criteria (funny blunders, unsound sacs) then you get the 15.00.

I prefer PGN format WITHOUT the Fritz analysis.
What I do is print them out so I can SOB them.
SOB = study over the board. Remember when you use to do that?
Fritz pidgin English notes and squiffy variations (see example below)
just get in the way. I score them out with a thick red pencil.
"Out damn spot. Begone back to the Hell from whence you came."

So John McBride was quick off the mark and sent me the following game.
I've been sent another couple of games and they will make there
way into the mag. I do not have a clear winner yet so send me
the game that you have been too embarrassed to show.

J.McBride (1753) - D.Cubbitt (1487), Troon, 2006.
This game is a Cambridge Springs Defence. So named because it was
played by Professor Hackennabush in the annual Cambridge v Oxford match.
The good Professor sprung the trap 10 times between 1899 and 1914.
Oxford finally twigged and deliberately lost the toss so the professor
started with the white bits.

(Not quite true. Cambridge Springs is in America and this opening
featured several times in the 1904 tournament...Ed).

I keep getting asked who Ed is... It's Edward Winter of course.

Now when I was at Troon I took some pictures.
I've no idea what John McBride or David Cubbitt looks like so...

They may be in this shot.

Or this one.

Or this one.

Or even this one.

Now the Cambridge Springs has a famous trap.
In the cemetery of chess games there are many tombstones
marked 'Victim of the Cambridge Springs Trap.'

I think I've mentioned this before but I'll say it again.
Donald Heron fell for this trap twice against the same opponent!

Here is picture of Donald Heron (he has the white bits, I wonder
if he fell in the Cambridge Springs again?). Donald is sitting next
to Marty Pellow from Wet Wet Wet. In the background you can see
the current Scottish Champion Jonathan Grant.

Now where on earth was I?

Oh yes the Cambridge Springs trap. Now in the this game the
trap never appeared but I shall give you a game with the trap.

So I fired up my NASA Chess Games Database containing;
240,948,932,743,796,234,122,693,134,567,001 games of chess.
This CD is the same size as an old fashioned vinyl LP
and requires a Quaser Phaser CD rom to access it.

This trap has many variations but the idea is always the
same. It's the loose Bishop on g5 that falls.
D.Buthall - C.Figueroa, Novi Sad, 1990.

[Click here to replay the game]
Buthall - Figueroa

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 d5 3.c4 e6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.e3 c6 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Bd3 Qa5 8.Qc2 Ne4 9.Bxe4 dxe4 10.Nd2 Qxg5

Here is another.
P.Menjon - M.Lacrosse, Massy,1993

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P.Menjon - M.Lacrosse

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 Qa5 7.Nd2 Bb4 8.Qc2 0-0 9.Bd3 dxc4 10.Nxc4 Qxg5

And just to show how good the NASA database is.
Here a game that has not yet been played.

H.Qwilliamski - J.Yaffella. Paris,2013.

(No more Cambridge Springs traps...Ed).

Right back to McBride v Cubbitt.
White gambles and launches a kingside attack with
the King still in the centre. Black cannot decide the
best way to defend (17...Ne8, 18..Nef6). A defensive idea
in this position was 17...Re8 and...Nf8.

Knights on f8 against h7 attacks are Heart Breakers.
(keep your eyes on f7). When the time is ripe the
f8 Knight leaps to g6 hitting f4 and e5 the counter
attack is on the way.

Black's wobbly defence cost him a centre pawn
and I spent a while looking at attacking ideas
in this position with White to play move 21.

I was looking at all the fun to be had with 21 Rg4-h4.
I wrote down some lines and when I was ready to write
this I tried my ideas against Fritz.

Look at the position again. Do know you what Fritz comes
up with? See that useless big pawn of a Bishop on b7.
Fritz plays a pawn winning combination to swap it off.

21.Ndxe4 dxe4 22.Bxe4 g6 23.Nxb5 cxb5 24.Bxb7.

I took over as Black v Fritz.

24...Ra4 25.Rg2 Qc7 26.Be4 Rxb4 27.Ra2 Rxd4 28.Bxg6 hxg6 29.exd4 Qxf4

Black is still lost but has much better chances than what
happened in game. White's King is open, he will get checked
to death. Black has hope whereas before there was none.

In the actual game play continued with White, funnily enough
not playing the Fritz line, but instead he went for the throat.
White sacs on g6 and presses home his attack in fine style.
The attack is actually playing itself.

The uncastled White King receives a check, Black has the makings
of an attack but it's nothing.
Suddenly White forgot the absolute golden rule.

When both players are having a go at each others King,
Under no circumstances make a defensive move.
Do not waste an attacking tempo stopping a harmless threat.
First player to crack and defend losses.

In this position white played 35 Qf1?

35 e7 wins in all variations. 35 Qf1 Ra2 0-1.
(36 Ne4 Bc8 wins - White was in time trouble).

After 35.e7 Qg1+ 36.Kc2 Qxe3 37.Rh1+ Bh6

The win is very easy. I like finding cute fancy
wins in these positions. I found this nice line.
(Fritz prefers 38.e8Q+ Rxe8 39.Qxe8+ Qxe8
40.Nxe8 Kh7 41.Nd6 winning the Bishop.)

From the diagram play goes.
38.Qf6+ Kh7 39.Rxh6+ Qxh6 40.Qxh6+ Kxh6
Giving us this position.

41.Nxb7 (threat 42 Nd8) Re8 42.Nd6 Rxe7 43.Nf5+
forking King and Rook.
Note the King cannot get close to the pawn.
41.Nxb7 Kg7 42 Nd8 the pawn and Knight keep
the King at bay. The Rook checks get nowhere.

Here is the complete game.

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J.McBride - D.Cubbitt

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.e3 c6 6.Nf3 Qa5 7.Nd2 Bb4 8.Rc1 0-0 9.a3 Bd6 10.c5 Be7 11.f4 Qd8 12.Bd3 b6 13.b4 b5 14.Qf3 Bb7 15.g4 a5 16.Rg1 axb4 17.axb4 Ne8 18.Qh3 Nef6 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.g5 Ne4 21.Ncxe4 dxe4 22.Nxe4 g6 23.Rg4 f5 24.gxf6 Bxf6 25.Nd6 Qe7 26.Bxg6 hxg6 27.Rxg6+ Bg7 28.Rxe6 Qd7 29.f5 Rf6 30.Qg4 Rxe6 31.fxe6 Qe7 32.Qg6 Qh4+ 33.Kd1 Qxh2 34.Qf7+ Kh8 35.Qf1 Ra2 36.Ne4 Bc8

Politically Incorrect Joke No. 116
Why do Sea Gulls have wings?

So they can beat The Chandlers to the skip.

And finally this...
I took this picture at 10 o'clock at night.
I never set anything up, It was like this when I saw it.
God only knows why.
I wish I had a chess set with me.
I could have done a postal chess gag.

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