The Summer Cup Final
Corstorphine Castle v Edinburgh West.
7th August 2006 at the Corstorphine Youth and Community Centre.
Right next to the ancient Corstorphine Church.
One can almost smell the history attached to this Church.
Every stone can tell a story. It's a beautiful building.
Stay a while and soak up the sheer magnificence.
Admire the beauty, the craftsmanship, it's superb presence.
(because what follows is not pretty).
Here are the beaten Finalists - Edinburgh West.
The winners: Corstorphine Castle.
Only 5 players because their board one, Brain Gourlay slept in.
(He turned up 25 minutes late, rushed the opening and lost a piece in 7 moves).
The Score - er...
Well Edinburgh West won boards 1,2,3 and 6 - Corstorphine won boards 4 & 5.
But they have this handicap system in the Summer competitions which
I have never quite understood. It's based on handicapping higher graded
players. It worked out that if Corstorphine won just one game then they
would win The Plate. They won 2 games.
If you want to know more about this handicap system, which appears
to work as everybody seems happy with it, then go to the main Chess
Edinburgh site. It will all be explained there.
Right a I have a few games to show.
Here is the disaster that was Board 1.
[Click here to replay the game]
A.Campbell - B.Gourlay
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 e5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.d5 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Qa4+
Black then dug in and made Alistair work for his win.
White was not found wanting in this department and
the Campbell technique never really gave Black a chance.
Board 3 Martin Robinson v Angus Ruthven was a game
with some excellent instructive points and at the moment
it is in the running for the £15.00 'game of the mag' prize.
(see previous C.C. for more on 'game of the mag'.
The opening moves were;
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Bg4 4.dxe5 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 dxe5 6.Bc4 Nf6
Which of course is the first 6 moves of the Morphy game!
White ruined my night by playing 7 Bg5 (7.Qb3!).
I thought I was in for a night at the opera.
Here is a cover pic of the latest Scottish Chess.
Sorry about the poor quality of the pic but my copy is creased
down the middle as I carried it with me for three days trying
to solve the chess problems that are published inside.
This is a good one given by Jacob Aagaard. Black to play and win.
It's from the game Pritchett v Kagen 1968.
I like chess positions from actual games.
I find them easier to solve and they seem natural.
Some of these studies look like they have been composed.
I won't give the solution.
If you want the solution you will have to buy the mag!
Kevin Mayo told me he liked Club Chandler and thought
that is what a lot of players would like to do...
It really is excellent value at £3.25.
And you know me. If it was naff, I'd say it was naff.
It has received some good press from the punters and
I have had an overseas enquiry about it.
I'll see if I can get an address where you can send an SAE
to get a copy. Of course one could simply join the SCA
and get a free copy. Visit the Chess Scotland site.
Now then, I have digressed a wee bit. Where was I?
I was showing games from the Summer Plate Final.
Stuart Crosbie v David Watson
Black equalised and took over the initiative as early as move 10
forcing white to play 11 Nd1.
5.e4?! did the damage. 5.e3 was the move.
This game featured a double blunder.
Black could have won a piece in the following position.
He spotted the two unprotected Bishops on the c-file
just waiting to be skewered by a Rook on c8.
He also saw if 20...Rac8 then 21 Ne2. So he chased the Knight
with 20...e4. 20...Bxf3 and then 21 Rac8 does the trick.
White missed the skewer idea and played 21. Nd4 (21.Nd2).
So in the end 22...Rac8 was played and one of the Bishops was lost.
A few moves later this position arose.
Black to play his 23rd move.
How about this...
Yes, of course. 23...Ne5 and the threat of 24...Nd3+
is a winner. White will have to play Rd1 and Rxd3.
If you ever see pawn protected squares in your opponents
half of the board (they are called outposts), then work
out a Knight path to get there.
Although missing this idea Black did play well from here
on in. He tied up his opponents King with pins and although
there were a few quicker wins, the end was never in doubt.
Here is the complete game.
[Click here to replay the game]
S.Crosbie - D.Watson
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.a3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 c5 6.Nf3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 e5 8.Nf3 Qxd1+ 9.Kxd1 Ng4 10.Ke1 Bc5 11.Nd1 b5 12.h3 Nf6 13.Nc3 0-0 14.Nxb5 Nbd7 15.Bxc4 Nxe4 16.Rf1 Bb7 17.b4 Bb6 18.Bb2 a6 19.Nc3 Nxc3 20.Bxc3 e4 21.Nd4 Rac8 22.Bxf7+ Rxf7 23.Bb2 Re8 24.Ke2 Bd5 25.Rfe1 Ne5 26.Red1 Nd3 27.Bc3 Rxf2+ 28.Ke3 Rxg2 29.Rg1 Rh2 30.Rg3 Rf8 31.Rag1 g6 32.a4 Ra2 33.a5 Ba7 34.Rd1 Ra3 35.Kd2 Rf2+ 36.Ne2 Ra2+
There is a Jamaican guy playing tourists at chess on Princes St.
Everybody has been telling me about him. Even the non-playing
Jakes from my work have been telling me about him.
Twice I've been along Princes St. after work looking for him
but I cannot find him. If you see him, please take a photograph.
My Daughter is getting married today. I am going to sneak
away from the reception and see if I can find him.
I did however manage to capture a few of the Fringe performers.
Now this, so I'm told, is a bloke.
I think this guy has chosen the wrong career.