Hello Hello it's 3 in a Row(son)
Jonathan Rowson emulated Jonathan Penrose's when he defeated Jonathan
Parker (too many Jonathan's...Ed), in the final round of the 'Smith & Williamson'
British Chess Championship held at Swansea.
Penrose won 3 titles on the bounce. Now so has Jonathan Rowson.
This is a wonderful acheivement and may never be repeated in the future.
Great for Jonathan and great for Scottish Chess.
Keti - Jonathan (too many Jonathan's...Ed) Grant's wife won the Britsh
Ladies so the mantlepiece will be buckling in the Grant household.
This is unique. The Scottish Champion is married to the British Womens Champion.
Jonathan (Rowson). picked up a cheque for £10,000.
Played 11. Won 7. Drew 3. Lost 1.
Playing a total of 489 moves (£21.32 a move).
In the end after 11 tough rounds it came down to this.
Rowson (Black) attacked the c4 pawn and Parker
could find no sensible way of defending it.
41 Kd3 b5 and the roof falls in.
If you look at the final position you will see that
White has not a shred of counter play anywhere.
Anything aggressive by White rebounds with material
loss and certain doom.
Now I was going to show you J.Rowson v S.Williams from Round 8.
This is a nice game for the Corner and shows Jonathan at his best.
Solid error free play with just enough aggression in his moves
to keep his opponent on their toes.
You won't see this lad blasting off half-cocked and over reaching himself.
And when there is a tactical shot in the position it is
spotted, analysed and if it leads to a plus, then played.
I said, I was going to show you this game. Infact I had
selected the diagrams, added the notes, cracked a joke about
S.Williams being related to the sponsor and placed the game...
just about here...
When suddenly the delightful Mrs Chandler appeared.
"Milk." she mumbles.
"Comes from cows" I replied.
"We have none." she stated angrily.
"We have no cows?" I ask alarmed and shocked.
"We have no milk. Go out and get some."
I'm outside in Edinburgh during the Festival.
You are either Famous, Local or Lost.
I took this photo the other day on the High St.
It's that guy from Little Britain with some
other well known woman who appeared in an advert.
Hey I must tell you this:
There is a dodgy cheap (made in China) street map of
Edinburgh floating about. It's loaded with mistakes.
Princes St. actually turns the corner onto Lothian Road.
There is no Lothian Road but two Princes Streets!.
You get these tourist staring at the Sheridan Hotel
waiting for the One O'Clock Gun.
Where was I - AH yes Milk.
I get the milk, pick up a Herald and there it is.
A map of Edinburgh showing three Princes Streets?
Craig Pritchett has used Rowson v Williams in his chess column.
We even have our notes at the same critical positions.
I ponder a while drinking tea... with milk.
A few weeks ago at Troon I was mistaken for Craig Pritchett.
Now I am writing like Craig Pritchett.
Perhaps I am Craig Pritchett and it was me that actually
wrote that piece in The Herald... I'm not too sure who I am.
So here is Rowson v Williams without diagrams and notes.
The critical bits are moves 18 Ne5 and 30 Bxe5.
If you want a full more complete analysis then read what I
may have written in The Herald. Saturday, 19th. August, 2006.
[Click here to replay the game]
J.Rowson - S. WIlliams
1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 Ne4 7.Qc2 Nc6 8.Nc3 Nxc3 9.Qxc3 Qe8 10.Ne5 Nd8 11.b4 d6 12.Nd3 Bf6 13.Bb2 Bd7 14.Qd2 g5 15.Rae1 Qg6 16.e4 fxe4 17.Bxe4 Qg7 18.Ne5 Be8 19.Ng4 Be7 20.d5 e5 21.Kh1 Bd7 22.Ne3 g4 23.Qe2 a5 24.b5 b6 25.h3 Qh6 26.h4 Qh5 27.f3 gxf3 28.Rxf3 Rxf3 29.Bxf3 Qg6 30.Bxe5 dxe5 31.d6 e4 32.dxe7 Nf7 33.Bh5 Qe6 34.Bg4 Bc8
So I have to choose another game.
J.Houska v J.Rowson (Rd.3).
I play over it and decide after Black's 18...d6
I like White's position.
I play this stuff as White against Sicilians.
Anybody who plays open Sicilians (3 d4) against chess
players graded over 2000 is taking a theoretical risk.
Kans, Dragons, Pelikans, Paulsens... to hell with that.
Play it like 1.c4 e5 and you have saved
£14.95 * 6 on opening books and memory cells.
White played 19 a4. I know me.
I would have played 19 Qe2 here. (e6 calling...e6 calling)
And look at the Knight on g6. If I can get a Queen onto h5...
White has ideas here. I would have enjoyed playing White
from here. Have a look at 19 Qe2.
And if 19...Rfe8, 19...Rce8 or 19...cxd4 then 20 Neg5
and the fun begins. There are some nice perpetuals
and good winning tries in this line.
Happy with a perpetual?
Oh yes. That's what a lower graded player must do.
Use their low grade as Blackmail.
The bigger the difference between the grading
the greater chance the stronger player will take a risk
in a drawn position. Use your low grade as a weapon.
I don't think Jonathan would have been too happy with
his position here but he has put enough latent energy
in his locker to counter attack when white breaks out.
It just requires a mis-timed move or a faulty plan and
Black will be OK. He lurks ready to pounce.
This is a good game of chess (better than Rowson - Williams).
In the game you will see Black setting up a Queen & Bishop
battery against g2. He has seen the sudden Knight hops on g5.
19.a4 was played to get the Rook on a1 into the game.
It gets to the 7th rank but it's presence there only
weakens the back rank. I think White maybe had an exchange
sac (Rxb7) brewing.
When 23...Bc8 was played I muttered "damn."
23...Qb6 24 Rxb7 Qxb7 25 Nxd6 the board is alive.
As the game progresses you will see Jonathan breaking
up the flow of the White pieces and removing targets.
He is a good chess player Jonathan Rowson.
Good players play these double-edged positions well.
Suddenly the Queens are off and I'd like to know just
when Jonathan first saw this mating pattern.
A lot sooner than his opponent did, that's for sure.
White has to give up a piece to prevent it.
Play over and enjoy this one.
[Click here to replay the game]
J.Houska v J.Rowson
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.0-0 Nge7 5.c3 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bc2 Bb7 8.Re1 Rc8 9.d3 Ng6 10.Nbd2 Qc7 11.Nf1 Be7 12.Be3 0-0 13.Ng3 f5 14.exf5 exf5 15.Bg5 f4 16.Bxe7 Ncxe7 17.Ne4 h6 18.d4 d6 19.a4 Nf5 20.axb5 axb5 21.Qe2 Qc6 22.Ra7 Rce8 23.Qd2 Bc8 24.dxc5 dxc5 25.c4 Ngh4 26.Nxh4 Nxh4 27.Qd5+ Qxd5 28.cxd5 f3 29.g3 Nf5 30.Rd1 Nd4 31.Bb1 Bh3 32.Nc3 b4 33.Bd3 bxc3 34.bxc3 Ne2+ 35.Bxe2 fxe2 36.Re1 Rf3
And if you want to discuss the Qe2 idea.
Don't stick it through Fritz and send me the analysis.
I can do that. Tell me what you think.
Morphy, Steinitz, Tarrasch, Lasker, Nimzovitch, Rubenstein, Marshall,
Alekhine, Capablanca, Botvinnik, Tal, Bronstein, Spassky, Fischer...
They never used Fritz.
The Power of Chandler Cornered
They fixed it. Sciennes Primary School fixed it.
Yup. About 2 months after I first showed the broken
chess table in their playground. They fixed it.
Do not underestimate the power of Chandler Cornered.
Sadness and Gloom
West Port Books is closing.
This was great source for 2nd hand chess books
over the past 25 years. These are indeed sad times.
The basement was massive. If I saw a chess book I could
not afford then I use to hide it in another section and
come back and pick it up at a later date.
Some more chess books have appeared.
These will be stashed books that I have either
forgotten to pick up or forgotten where I hide them.
And whilst on the subject of shops.
A wee mention for Gavin Austin's shop on Candlemaker Row.
We have had a lot of fun at his expense over the past year.
So here is an unpaid plug for Deadhead Comics.