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Chandler Cornered

Night Classes + Junior Games (I used Fritz)

Above is the advert Lothian Region have placed
inside their programme for evening classes.

I will be taking the evening class. This is something
the Edinburgh Chess League and myself have worked on
to attract more players to clubs.

The class will be aimed at people who can play
but have never been a member of a chess club.
They will get a hand out with all the address's
and contact numbers of chess clubs in Edinburgh.

I will not promote a club, though I will organise
a visit to the Edinburgh Chess Club. It's such a
great place to enthuse new comers and I will stress
one can join there but play for another club as
indeed some players do.

Now I've had 3 emails from club members saying they are
thinking of joining the night class. Well it kind of defeats
the purpose 'To attract none club members.'
Also it will be boring for them as I go through
the basics. So my advice to club members is not to enroll.

However your interest has been noted and it does appear
there are a group of club players who wish to attend
a course to improve their play. Or would like to meet
on a fairly regular basis to go over their games and be
given a few pointers by some stronger players.

I'd like a to know just how many are interested and I
will organise something. So please email me stating
you would like to take part and add your grade.
Make the email heading - Club Players Tuition.
I'd prefer players over 18 year old.
(that because when I see some of your games I
just know I'm going to swear.)

Now on to more important matters.

My mate Neil Berry came through.
He got Elizabeth Paehtz autograph for me.

My life is now complete.

Junior Games
I Downloaded the U-11, U13 and the U-16 games from
the British Championship website.
There is always some good fun to be had here.

L.Rabbitte - X.Guo
Let us start with this major accident from the under 16's.

[Click here to replay the game]
L.Rabbitte - X.Guo

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bb5 g6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Qxd4 e5 7.Nxe5 1-0

Black resigned. Which is slightly odd for a junior game.
After 7.Nxe5 Bg7 8.Nxc6 Bxd4 9.Nxd8+ Kxd8 10.Ne2 Black is only
a pawn and a wretched position down. In some of the games I downloaded
they were playing on against two Queens.

Now here is a good game featuring young Ali Roy.
(you will see what I mean about not resigning).

A.Roy - C.Wellin
In this position, White to play.

Now at first glance 12 Rxf6 looks like a strong move and
I was wondering why Ali did not play it. I think Black
wanted Ali to play 12 Rxf6 so he could play 12...Bxd5.
Perhaps this is why he played 11...Rc8 instead on 11...Bxe5.
So if you now stop looking this wee Black trap looks OK.

However you must look deeper. This is a critical position.
It must be put through the mind mill. So we delve deeper and
there is lovely forced counter trick based on the C8 Rook.

12.Rxf6 Bxd5 13.exd5 gxf6 14.Qg3+ Kh7 15.Nf5 Rg8 16.Qh3 Rg6
17.dxc6 bxc6 18.Ne7. Reaching this position winning back the
exchange and remaining a piece up.

No real harm done because Ali's position is so good 12 Nxf6+ wins.
Though not as forcing as 12 Rxf6 it should still win even without
Black's poor defending. See what I mean about the attacker can
sometimes get away with 2nd best moves.

Here is the complete game.

[Click here to replay the game]
A Roy - C Wellin

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bc5 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 h6 7.Be3 Bxe3 8.fxe3 d6 9.Qe1 Qe8 10.Nh4 Be6 11.Nd5 Rc8 12.Nxf6+ gxf6 13.Qg3+ Kh7 14.Rxf6 Rg8 15.Qf3 Qe7 16.Bxe6 fxe6 17.Rf7+ Kh8 18.Rxe7 Nxe7 19.Qf6+ Rg7 20.Qxh6+ Kg8 21.Qxe6+ Rf7 22.Nf5 Re8 23.Nh6+ Kg7 24.Qxf7+ Kxh6 25.Qxe8 Ng6 26.Rf1 Kh5 27.Rf6 Kh4 28.Rxg6

Ali's 2nd round game v Jude Lenier was a complex struggle.
The two under 11 year old fought out a battle royal that
even more experienced players would have found taxing.

This can be an advantage that young and less experienced
players have over battle hardened veterans.
From move 18 to 40 this game could have swung either way.
Knowing that the game is balanced on a knife edge where a
small mistake will be fatal, veterans can get into a panic and
the blunder will come.

These two, perhaps not realising the peril they were both in,
set about each other trading blow for blow, trick for trick.
It did look at one time as if Ali was in trouble but
she played the stamina sapping defence very well.

Then this position arose.

Black has just played 40...b6 and Ali was alert enough to
play 41 d6! All the more credible when you consider the previous
moves were played at a high level of concentration.

After 41 d6 Black is lost though play could have become a lot
more tricky had 46...Qf6 been played when Black can put together
a dozen or more checks but there is no perpetual.

Here is the full game. Remember both players are under 11.

[Click here to replay the game]
A Roy - J Lenier

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 Nf6 5.0-0 d6 6.Be3 Bb6 7.h3 Be6 8.Bb3 0-0 9.Nc3 h6 10.Nd5 Bxd5 11.Bxd5 Nxd5 12.exd5 Ne7 13.c4 Nf5 14.Qd2 Re8 15.Bxb6 axb6 16.Rfe1 Re7 17.Re4 Re8 18.Rg4 Kh8 19.a3 Ne7 20.d4 f5 21.Rg3 f4 22.Rg4 Nf5 23.Re1 Qf6 24.dxe5 dxe5 25.Qc3 Nd4 26.Qd3 Nxf3+ 27.gxf3 g5 28.Qe4 h5 29.Rg2 Rad8 30.Kh2 Rd7 31.h4 Rg7 32.Kh3 Ree7 33.hxg5 Rxg5 34.Reg1 Reg7 35.Rxg5 Rxg5 36.Rxg5 Qxg5 37.b4 Qf6 38.c5 bxc5 39.bxc5 Kg7 40.a4 b6 41.d6 Qe6+ 42.Kg2 cxd6 43.cxb6 d5 44.Qb1 e4 45.b7 exf3+ 46.Kh2 Kf6 47.b8Q Qg4 48.Q1b6+ Kf5 49.Qc8+ Kg5 50.Qbd8+ Kg6 51.Qg8+ Kf6 52.Qgxg4 hxg4 53.Qxg4 d4 54.Qxf4+ Ke6 55.Qxd4 Kf5 56.Kg3 Kg6 57.Kg4 Kf7 58.Qe5 Kg6 59.Qe6+ Kg7 60.Kg5 Kf8 61.Qd7 Kg8 62.Kg6 Kh8 63.Qg7#

I like Ali's play. However I get the impression that too her
the opening just gets the way of the more interesting middle-game.
Which is correct. Games are won and lost in the middle-game.

"Before the Ending the God's have placed the Middle-Game."
Quotes Tarrasch,

But I say:
"Before the Middle Game the Tricksters have placed the Opening."

If she had taken her time in the opening in her only loss against
the U-11 winner, Craig Whitfield, then she would have found 8.Bb5!

Instead 8 exd5 was played and Black got away with it.
If you don't punish weak opening moves tactically then
they have a habit of turning out to be good moves.
After a few further inexact moves from White, Black
went onto win quite comfortably in 26 moves.

So perhaps she was just having a day when nothing you
do is correct and you miss everything. It's calming to know
under 11's have these days as well as the rest of us.

And finally look at this game from the Under 16 Championship.

A.Khandelwal - R.Hughes
Look at this position. Black to play.

Now you, me and 99.9% of the chess playing world
including King Fritz would play 32 Reh4 and win.

But that was not good enough for Ankush Khandelwal. Oh No.
He played 32 Rxh7 and wins!

"So chalk up another loss to poor defending." says I.

So I set about finding the defence.
I find one, but there is a cute shot that wins.
I find another defence and yet again I spot a shot that wins.

I finally crack.
I shut down my database and fire up Fritz.
"OK you find the bloody defence...Hot Shot."

Well Fritz guffaws at 32 Rxh7. It likes 32 Reh4.
But when I force it to look at Khandelwal's sac
it too cannot find a defence. (I'm glad).

32 Rxh7 is a cracker of a move.

From the above position here is our fantastic variation.

32 Rxh7!! Nxh7 33 Rg4 Nf8 (Rhian played 33 Ne7 which is a pity
It would have been great to see the mainline played O.T.B.)

34.Rxg6+ Kf7 35.Bxf8 Kxf8 36.Rg8+! Kxg8 37.Qg6+ Kf8 38.Qh6+ Kf7
39.Bg6+ Kf6 40.Bh5+ Kf5 41.Qg6+ Kf4 42.Qg4 mate.

This game has a double coincidence. In Bells a few nights ago
I was accused (in jest) of using Fritz more than I say I do
because it's and some of my variations are the same.(?). I deny it.

A few weeks ago in Bells, Keith Ruxton and myself failed
to mate a King with a Queen and a white square Bishop
in the same corner as the above game in a position that had been
agreed a draw. (we should have had Ankush Khandelwal with us).

Here is the complete game. Even though Black failed to find the
best defence and the great win is an unheard melody.
It is still a very good finish.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Khandelwal - R.Hughes

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.c4 Qa5 4.Nc3 c6 5.d4 Nf6 6.Bd3 Bg4 7.Nge2 e6 8.Bf4 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Qd2 Qd8 11.Ng3 Nbd7 12.Rfe1 Bb4 13.a3 Bxc3 14.Qxc3 Nb6 15.Re5 Nbd7 16.Re3 Nb6 17.h3 Bh5 18.Nxh5 Nxh5 19.Be5 Nd7 20.Bd6 Re8 21.Rae1 Nhf6 22.Bb1 b5 23.b3 a5 24.Qc2 Rc8 25.c5 g6 26.h4 Nd5 27.Rh3 Qf6 28.Re4 b4 29.a4 Qd8 30.h5 N7f6 31.hxg6 fxg6 32.Rxh7 Nxh7 33.Rg4 Ne7 34.Rxg6+ Kf7 35.Rg7+ Kxg7 36.Qxh7+ Kf6 37.Bxe7+ Qxe7 38.Qg6#

Remember the name people. Ankush Khandelwal.
The player who forced me to use Fritz.

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