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The Email from a Female and a Broken Heart

Opposite coloured Bishops.

and then this arrived...

Hi Geoff, your latest bit Keti - Jonathan (too many Jonathan's...Ed)
Grant's wife won the British Ladies so the mantlepiece will be buckling
in the Grant household.

Reminded me of some bad Scottish chess mags of the past:
Judit Polgar came, saw & conquered,
but did we see even 1 of her games in Scottish Chess?

Then Keti came & won the open with 6/7 - they published her only loss!
After that it was time for me to forget about that mag.
Have you ever seen any of her wins?

Why am I upset about your bit?
Getting 2nd prize in the British seems a lot more impressive
to me than winning the women's prize - the organizers seem to agree,
since they gave her 10 x more for 2nd prize & did you mention that?
All the best, Siegrun (Macgilchrist)

I emailed back saying she has point. (quite a valid point I think).
But she should take it up with Scottish Chess.

Regarding games played by Keti.
Well I only do the funny blunders.
Keti does not do funny blunders.
And if she did and I published one,
her husband would punch me on the hooter.
Is that you want?
Me to get a punch on the hooter?

Anyway, I looked through my database of games played by women
in Aberdeen and found this exciting 'blunder free' game by Keti.

K.Arakhamia-Grant - M.Shepherd, Aberdeen Open, 1998.
Black spots the White aggressive set up with pawns rushing
down the King-side so refrains from castling.
Black presses on the Queenside, White keeps an eye on things
at the same time preparing to tear open the centre.

Black plays a trick. Knight & Bishop for 2 pawns and a Rook.
It is most likely the best option but is slows down the Black attack.
Then with Black threatening mate in one White strikes with a
Rook bomb 33 Rxf6+! (33...Kxf6 34 Qg7 mate).
White, still facing mate in one, then kicks the black
King into a mating net. It's over.

[Click here to replay the game]
K.Arakhamia-Grant - M.Shepherd

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f3 Be7 10.h4 b5 11.Nxc6 Bxc6 12.Bd3 b4 13.Ne2 Qb6 14.g4 Rb8 15.Be3 Qc7 16.Kb1 a5 17.Nd4 a4 18.g5 Nd7 19.h5 Nc5 20.g6 Bf6 21.Bc4 b3 22.axb3 axb3 23.Nxb3 Nxe4 24.fxe4 Bxe4 25.gxf7+ Kxf7 26.Bd3 Bxh1 27.Rxh1 Qc6 28.Rf1 Ra8 29.Bd4 Qa4 30.Qg2 Rhb8 31.Bxf6 gxf6 32.h6 Rxb3 33.Rxf6+ Ke8 34.Qg8+ Kd7 35.Qxe6+ Kc7 36.Qxd6+ Kb7 37.Rf7+

This happened at the Corstorphine v Edin West Summer Cup Final.

"Hi Geoff." said Martin Robinson,
"I read Chandler Corner all the time, it's great!"

"Thank You." I reply, "See if you can give me a game I can use."

M.Robinson (1751) - A.Ruthven (1156), Edinburgh, 2006.
And 6 moves into the game we have this position.

Well regular surfers will recognise it right away.
This game has opened exactly the same as the Morphy Game.

Now white played 7 Bg5?? (7 Qb3!!).
If I had had a weapon in my hand I would have used it.
How on this earth can one forget about the Morphy game?

I went outside, I bowed my head against the ancient
wooden door of Corstorphine chess club and cried.

Whilst I was crying this happened. I never saw
this position till after I played over the game.

Black has just played 10...Nd4? (Black's 11th move is 11...N back to c6!).
White must play 11 Rxd4 here. It just wins. You don't have to analyse it.
Just play it. It wins. Here is one line where Black sheds a Rook to avoid
checkmate or loss of a Queen. It is most likely the best variation.
11.Rxd4 exd4 12.e5 dxc3 13.exf6 gxf6 14.Bxf6 Qd7 15.Bxh8 0-0-0 16.Ba6 c6 17.Bd3.

All this position yielded was the e-pawn.
It was enough to win.
All part of the plan.
White was playing for an ending all the time.
In this position with White to play...

31 Qd8+ got the Queens off. Good play.
31 Qc8+ wins a Rook but apparently that was
not part of the plan.

I still cannot believe he forgot the Morphy masterpiece.
Here is the complete game.

[Click here to replay the game]
M.Robinson - A.Ruthven

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Bg4 4.dxe5 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 dxe5 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.Rd1 Qc8 10.0-0 Nd4 11.Qg3 Nc6 12.Bb5 Qe6 13.Nd5 Rc8 14.Nxe7 Qxe7 15.Rd5 0-0 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Rxe5 Qd6 18.Bh6 Ne8 19.Rxe8 Qxh6 20.Rxf8+ Kxf8 21.Qa3+ Kg8 22.Qxa7 Qe6 23.Qd4 h6 24.a4 Qa2 25.Rc1 Ra8 26.b3 Qa3 27.Rd1 Qe7 28.f3 c5 29.Qd7 Qg5 30.Kf2 Ra6 31.Qd8+ Qxd8 32.Rxd8+ Kh7 33.Rd7 c4 34.Rxc7 cxb3 35.cxb3 Rb6 36.Rc3 Rb4 37.Ke2 Kg6 38.Kd2 Rd4+ 39.Ke3 Kg5 40.Kxd4

I went to Marymass to see what was happening.

Young Kafka in trouble on move 2.

Here is that controller guy. He plays 1.d4.

Here is Jannic Konarski and Donald Heron just after
the following game. I don't know who Mr.Happy in the middle is.

This was a bad game by Donald.
This can happen when you play a pal,
it's hard to motivate yourself.

In the game Black missed two tactical tricks.
14...Nxc3 works and so does 16...Nxc3 in both cases
Black comes out a piece ahead. Perhaps Jannic was also
in first gear due to the fact he was playing a friend.

[Click here to replay the game]
D. Heron - J. Konarski

1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 Bb4 5.f3 0-0 6.Bd3 d6 7.Nge2 c5 8.Qc2 Nc6 9.d5 Ne5 10.dxe6 Nxd3+ 11.Qxd3 Bxe6 12.b3 d5 13.cxd5 Nxd5 14.Bb2 Qg5 15.Kf2 Rad8 16.f4 Qh4+ 17.Ng3 Nxf4 18.Qb5 Nd3+ 19.Kf3 Qg4

and then this arrived.

His name is Merab Gagunashvili. He is a Grandmaster.
Here he is losing a game against someone called Zhong Zhang.

It's actually quite a good game with a very instructive ending.
It looks as if White's passed b-pawn will be enough to draw
but some deft Queen checking by Black and it's 0-1.

M.Gagunashvili - Z.Zhang, Israel,2005.

[Click here to replay the game]
M.Gagunashvili - Z.Zhang

1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.Nc3 Bb7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 0-0 8.Bd3 c5 9.0-0 d6 10.Qe2 Nbd7 11.Rfd1 a6 12.Rac1 Re8 13.a3 Rc8 14.h3 cxd4 15.exd4 Nh5 16.Bxe7 Qxe7 17.Qe3 Nhf6 18.b4 Rc7 19.Re1 Qd8 20.Nd2 Nf8 21.Nb3 Rce7 22.a4 Ng6 23.Bxg6 fxg6 24.a5 e5 25.d5 b5 26.cxb5 Bxd5 27.Nxd5 Nxd5 28.Qd2 Nf4 29.b6 Rf7 30.Re3 d5 31.Rec3 Kh7 32.f3 Qh4 33.Kh2 Ref8 34.Nc5 e4 35.b7 Nxh3 36.Qe1 Qh5 37.gxh3 Rxf3 38.Rxf3 Rxf3 39.Qf1 Qe5+ 40.Kh1 Qf4 41.Kg1 Rxf1+ 42.Rxf1 Qg3+ 43.Kh1 Qxh3+ 44.Kg1 Qg3+ 45.Kh1 e3 46.Nxa6 e2 47.Ra1 Qh3+ 48.Kg1 Qg3+ 49.Kh1 Qc3 50.Rb1 Qd3 51.Ra1 Qe4+ 52.Kg1 Qd4+

Hmmph! I don't care.

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