Hello again people.
This week I have two smashing games by John Dempsey.
A re-telling of a tale that is a legend (with a bit added).
An instructive position from a junior game.
A picture of a naked lady playing chess with a sea lion.
A link to a site with some movie pictures of a small
match that took place in Iceland in 1972.
And a picture of a empty potato box.
But first a joke.
How many players under 2000 does it take to change a light bulb?
None. They get Fritz to do it for them.
J.Dempsay v S.Hogg Grangemouth Challengers, 2006.
This is a good game. White sets up the Kopec System which is
identified by a Bishop on d3 and a pawn on d2.
This opening system was invented by Danny Kopec who won the
Scottish Championship a couple of times in the 80's.
John Dempsey has won the right to play this opening.
You see in the early 80's, when John was a 1600 player,
he actually beat Danny (then 2300+) in what was called the
Giant Killing act of the Year. (I'll see if I can get the game).
In this game the White set up resembles a Ruy Lopez.
Indeed looking at this position one would think it
arose from a standard Lopez opening.
White gradually builds up an impressive looking force
on the Kingside. Black distracts White with a central
pawn that reaches c2. White brilliantly sacs the exchange
and John is just one brush stroke away from painting
a masterpiece when calamity. He knocks over the easel.
In this position with White to play...
...White crashed with 28 Qd8? when 28 Qe7!! wins.
A bitter shame. Here is the complete game.
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J.Dempsay v S.Hogg
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bd3 g6 4.c3 Bg7 5.Bc2 Nc6 6.0-0 Nf6 7.d3 0-0 8.h3 b5 9.Be3 Bb7 10.Nbd2 e5 11.Re1 Re8 12.Nf1 a5 13.Qd2 a4 14.a3 Qc7 15.Ng3 Rad8 16.Bh6 Bh8 17.Nh4 d5 18.Qg5 d4 19.Nhf5 c4 20.dxc4 d3 21.cxb5 dxc2 22.bxc6 Bxc6 23.Rac1 Qb7 24.Rxc2 Nxe4 25.Nxe4 Bxe4 26.Rxe4 Rd1+ 27.Kh2 Qxe4 28.Qd8
Lets us stay with the Kopec system a wee while longer.
Here is an excellent game by the creator of the system.
D.Kopec v K.Holzmuller, Chicago, 1988
Black should have castled on move 14. Instead 14...a6 allows
White to open the central files. It just needed D.K. to be alert
enough to spot the 19 Bxf7+ trick and Black is toiling.
Nice exact wrap up with the King being hunted down by the minor pieces.
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D.Kopec v K.Holzmuller
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bd3 Nc6 4.c3 Nf6 5.Bc2 e5 6.h3 d5 7.exd5 Qxd5 8.Qe2 Be7 9.Bb3 Qd6 10.Na3 Nd7 11.0-0 Bf6 12.Nb5 Qb8 13.d4 cxd4 14.cxd4 a6 15.dxe5 Ndxe5 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.f4 axb5 18.fxe5 Qxe5 19.Bxf7+ Ke7 20.Qxe5+ Bxe5 21.Bg5+ Kd6 22.Rfd1+ Kc7 23.Rac1+ Kb6 24.Be3+ Ka6 25.a4 Bf6 26.Rd6+ Ka5 27.b4+ Kxb4 28.Bd2+ Ka3 29.Rxf6 gxf6 30.Bc3
Now let us stay with Danny Kopec for a wee while.
This story has passed into Scottish Chess Folk Lore.
I can fill in some of the pieces.
D.Kopec v M. Condie, The Scottish Championship, Troon 1980.
In this position White played 17 Qb3 and went onto win (51 moves).
However, Roddy McKay had glanced at the board and spotted
the beautiful variation. 17 Ng6+!! fxg6 18 Nh4 and wins.
After the game the pack descended on the two players
showing Danny the missed brilliancy on move 17.
Danny was furious with himself, he was such a perfectionist.
He thought everyone in the room had seen the win but him.
Later, when he found out that it was Roddy who spotted the win
and just Roddy, he visibly cheered up.
"McKay would have been the only player in the tournament
to see that move." he said. "Nobody else saw it...Just McKay."
Danny Kopec had a lot of respect Roddy McKay.
(I recently heard the tale related to me again stating that
Roddy also added there was a game where 17 Ng6+!! was played
between two Polish players. I cannot find the game, perhaps
it was analysis - can anyone help clear this one up?).
Right back to John Dempsey.
J.Dempsey v M.Chisholm Grangemouth Challengers, 2006.
Another interesting John Dempsey game. And I'm afraid another loss.
This game transposes into the Two Knights Defence.
Black plays 5...Ne4 which is playable but theory strongly recommends
5...d5. Some books don't even mention 5...Ne4 but that is opening
books for you. (there is no known bust to 5...Ne4 so ignore it).
White does not play the theoretical 6 Bd5
(prevents d5) but by simple chess obtains
a reasonable opening with excellent middle
Black, the winner of the Challengers,
can see difficulties ahead. He is a pawn
down and does not have anything for it.
What is required is what I call 'The Dogs Dinner Plan'.
Mess things up so the board is covered in tactics.
Activity mixed with every cheapo you can think off.
Positional considerations go right out of the window.
Seek solace in the fact you are not going to get
involved in an ending and everything is expendable.
So he rolls the dice. Good play this,
weaker players wait till they are totally
busted before turning the game into a Dogs Dinner.
So here Black shook up the board with...
14...Qg6!? and it's game on.
Now players of a weaker persuasion would see 14...Qxa8
15 Bb7 hits the Queen and g2. End of analysis.
But J.D. looks deeper, he losses his Queen but he gets
enough for it. So he grabs two Rooks for a Queen knowing
all he has to do is survive the Black counterplay.
White stopped the first attack.
Black throws the f-pawn and h-pawn into the battle.
White survives with cool headed defence but just when
Black has fired his last bullet, White falters.
On move 25 he should have gone onto the offensive with 25 Rfd1.
Black losses the thread. He has the better chances but keeps
making defensive moves. Eventually he lets the Queen infiltrate
and it is suddenly all over.
Resignation may seem early, (time trouble?) but after 33...Qxb2
Black has the upper hand and White will be forced to give up a
Rook for the Knight on e4.
Here is the game.
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J.Dempsey v M.Chisholm
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 Nc6 4.Nf3 exd4 5.e5 Ne4 6.0-0 d5 7.exd6 Nxd6 8.Bd5 Be7 9.Bxc6+ bxc6 10.Nxd4 Qd7 11.Nc3 c5 12.Nb3 0-0 13.Nxc5 Qf5 14.Qd5 Qg6 15.Qxa8 Bb7 16.Qxf8+ Kxf8 17.Nxb7 Nxb7 18.Nd5 Bd6 19.Bf4 c6 20.Bxd6+ Nxd6 21.Ne3 f5 22.f4 h5 23.Rad1 h4 24.Rd3 h3 25.Rf3 hxg2 26.Nxg2 Qf6 27.c3 Ne4 28.Rd4 c5 29.Rd5 c4 30.Kf1 g6 31.Re3 Qa6 32.a3 Qb7 33.Rd4 Qxb2
Instructive position No.139
Selina Johnstone v Paul Barnaby, British U10 2006.
It's Black to play. White has just play 14 Bxe4.
It is obvious that when Black hits the pinned Bishop
White will defend it with f3.
So Black needs a move that will hit the
Bishop and prevent f3....See it?
Of course. 14...Qh5. Hitting e4, Pinning the f-pawn.
Black played 14...Bf4? Why.
He did not play 14...Qh5 because it left the Rook
unprotected. Thus 14...Qh5 15 Bh7+ Kxh7 16 Qxe8.
Well spotted Black. Not quite. 15 Bh7+ Kf8!
Golden Rule No.1
The first thing you must think of when someone sacs a piece against you.
"What happens if I don't take it?"
A Naked Lady Playing Chess with a Sea Lion.
Fischy v Spassker World Championship 1972.
(some mistake here Geoff...Ed)
Here is a link from Chris McKay.
Some interesting pictures from Reykjavik 1972.
One odd thing is that the pictures appeared to have been flipped.
It's a black square on the right.
Fischer v Spassky video
Who is C.J. and what do his potatoes have to do with Chess?