Thank you Chris McKay for the above picture.
I was given one of these.
It's pricey, £5.99. I know some players
think it is the greatest chess publication ever.
I quite liked it though I found some of the notes
very presumptuous. These guys have more excuses for
losing than a beaten British Athlete.
I also got the sense it was written for a clique
of players who play each other and no one else and
they were setting traps for each other in the notes.
This playing against each other and only each other
is one reason for these fantastic grades they are
One player had me chuckling.
Giovanni Vescovi is reporting on the American Continental Championships.
He was given a hotel room but turned it down in
disgust when he found he could not plug in his computer.
Gosh, all this hassle just because he cannot play his X-Box.
I've been sent a pile of games by Gerry Smith from Ireland.
I have selected two for you entertainment.
G.Smith v J.Buckley, Malahide Club Championship 2006.
Black is graded 2080. This is clearly a case of a stronger
player underestimating a weaker opponent.
Just out of the opening and Black attacks with a sole Queen.
The rest of the Black army stay at home watching her losing
the game all by herself. In the middle game a Knight joined
the Queen. White chopped it with a Rook and obtained a won game.
In this position White had his chance to wrap it up.
25 Qe7+ Rf7 26 Bc3+ and Qxf7 wins.
Instead White played 25 Qe5+ which still keeps
the win in the pocket but now White drifts.
Later in this won position.
He played 29 dxc4 which opened up the King to annoying checks.
White can keep his pawns intact to shelter his King by
29 Qe3+ Kg7 30 Qd4+ and Qxc4. or 29 Qe3+ Kh5 30 Rg1 Bg4 31 h3.
The game ended in a draw. Here it is.
[Click here to replay the game]
G. Smith - J.Buckley
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.d3 Nxf3+ 7.gxf3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Qa5 9.Bc4 Qxc3+ 10.Bd2 Qf6 11.Rb1 Qh4+ 12.Ke2 e6 13.Bc3 Nf6 14.Qg1 0-0 15.Qxc5 Nh5 16.Rbg1 Nxf4+ 17.Kd1 Nh3 18.Rg3 f6 19.Be1 Ng5 20.Qe3 Kg7 21.f4 Qh5+ 22.Kc1 d5 23.exd5 exd5 24.Rxg5 fxg5 25.Qe5+ Kh6 26.fxg5+ Qxg5+ 27.Bd2 Qxd2+ 28.Kxd2 dxc4 29.dxc4 Bf5 30.Re1 Rac8 31.c5 b6 32.Qf4+ g5 33.Qg3 Rfd8+ 34.Ke2 Rxc5 35.h4 Bxc2 36.hxg5+ Rxg5 37.Qh2+ Kg6 38.Rg1 h6 39.Rxg5+
This next one is Smith v Jones
This one is quite funny.
White picks up a middle game pawn (16...Qe6? better was 16...c5)
The win seems trivial and the game is taking it's natural course.
Black suddenly remembers the rule about active Kings
in the ending. So off he goes storming up the board.
"It's OK lads, stand back, I'll handle this."
He then realises he has strayed into a mating net, (OOPS!).
and starts running back to his own side...Too late.
White's 35th move blocking the retreat is the clincher.
[Click here to replay the game]
Smith v Jones
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 Be7 6.c3 0-0 7.h3 h6 8.Be3 Qd7 9.Nbd2 b6 10.d4 a6 11.Ba4 b5 12.Bc2 exd4 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.cxd4 Bb7 15.Rc1 Rfe8 16.f3 Qe6 17.Bb3 Bd5 18.Rxc7 Bxb3 19.Qxb3 Qxb3 20.Nxb3 Rac8 21.Rfc1 Ra8 22.d5 Kf8 23.Nd4 Bd8 24.Rc8 Rxc8 25.Rxc8 Bb6 26.Rxe8+ Nxe8 27.Nc2 Ba5 28.Kf2 Ke7 29.Nd4 Kf6 30.Nc6 Bc7 31.Bd4+ Kg5 32.Ke3 Kh4 33.Kf2 f6 34.a3 Kh5 35.Ne7 g6 36.g4+ Kg5 37.Be3+ Kh4 38.Kg2
When I was talking about the New in Chess I touched
on the subject of gradings and how a group of players
playing each other can inflate their grades.
I think I'll buy a grade of 2210.
I have 4 chess playing friends.
Tom Donohue 1965
James Doyle 1972
Dougie McKerracher 1961
John McLay 1956
My current grade is 1961.
We form a chess club. Carstairs Chess Club.
We agree to play 7 all-play-all tournaments
with the following conditions.
I win all the games.
James beats everyone except me.
Tom beats everyone except me and James.
Dougie losses to everybody except John.
John gets beaten by everybody.
Now using the Excel program that is available
to Chess Scotland members to work out their grades.
This is how the grades change after 7 Tournaments.
Old 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 G. Chandler 1961 2020 2070 2110 2140 2165 2190 2210 J. Doyle 1972 2000 2025 2045 2060 2070 2080 2090 T. Donohue 1965 1965 1965 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 D. McKerracher 1961 1930 1910 1895 1880 1870 1860 1855 J. McLay 1956 1925 1875 1835 1800 1775 1750 1730
Club joining Chess Scotland. £30.00
20 games per tournament at 50p a game = £70.00
I can get a grade of 2210 for £100.
The Power of the Corner (part 23)
That controller bloke is now President of Scottish Chess.
He was a nobody till I started showing pictures of him.
Now look at this.
I had a loose unboxed chess set so I bought one of those plastic
boxes that organised people use when they take their lunch to work.
I go around to Keith Ruxton's house to play some chess.
I open the box and all the pieces had suffocated.
...they are all dead.