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Kopec + Condie + McKay (part 2)

Hello again folks.
Last C.C. I mentioned the famous Kopec v Condie Troon 1980 game.
So first of all here is the complete game. Despite the missed
tactic (see later) the game is quite interesting and instructive.

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D.Kopec - M.Condie

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 0-0 7.Rc1 c6 8.Qc2 Re8 9.Bd3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Nd5 11.Ne4 h6 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.0-0 N5f6 14.Ng3 e5 15.Nf5 Qf8 16.N3h4 Kh8 17.Qb3 g5 18.Bxf7 gxh4 19.Nxh4 Qg7 20.Bxe8 Nxe8 21.dxe5 Nxe5 22.f4 Ng6 23.Nxg6+ Qxg6 24.e4 Qxe4 25.Rfe1 Qd4+ 26.Kh1 Bf5 27.Rcd1 Qg7 28.Re5 Qg4 29.Rde1 Nf6 30.Qf7 Qg6 31.Re7 Rg8 32.Qxg6 Bxg6 33.Rxb7 Be4 34.Re2 Rg7 35.Rb8+ Rg8 36.Rb7 Rg7 37.Rb8+ Rg8 38.Rxg8+ Kxg8 39.Re3 Bd5 40.Ra3 Nh5 41.Ra4 a6 42.Kg1 c5 43.Rxa6 Nxf4 44.a4 Bb3 45.a5 Kg7 46.Rd6 Bc2 47.Rc6 Be4 48.Rxc5 Nxg2 49.Rc4 Bf3 50.Kf2 Bd5 51.Rg4+

Now the fun begins...
In this position:

White missed 17.Ng6+ fxg6 18.Nh4 Qb4 (18...Qd6 stops the mate but does
not save the game) 19.Nxg6+ Kh7 20.Nf8+ Kh8 21.Qh7+ Nxh7 22.Ng6 mate.

Ian Mullen and Moe Moss used this position in their
excellent book 'Blunders & Brilliancies.' No 107, page 40.

"A curious case. Danny Kopec, the 1980 Scottish Champion chose
1 Qb3 and won a strong game in his best positional style.
Later in the analysis room, Roddy McKay mentioned that the
game up to this point had duplicated one played many years
previously by two Polish Masters. He then proceeded to
demonstrate the brilliant finish which has occurred in the
earlier game.

Now the clue here is what Ian wrote in the first sentence.
"A curious case."
The curiosity being that despite extensive search the
game played earlier could not be unearthed.

Remember this was before databases so searches in the
Edinburgh Chess Club Library (which has every CHESS & BCM
plus thousands of books), had to be done by hand.

In 'Blunders & Brilliancies' I actually get thanked in
the dedication. (Kurt Richter is also mentioned, this will
become relevant later on). One of my tasks was to try and
find the original game that Roddy mentioned.

We could not find the game and Ian was of the opinion that
perhaps Roddy just added the Polish players bit to wind up Danny.

I would have none of it, stating something like McKay
is a genius, he does not need to 'psyche people out.'
By simply turning up at the board he psyches you out.

I can recall sitting in the Edinburgh Chess Club surrounded
by books and Ian said "McKay has played a joke on Kopec and
me and you are feeling the brunt of it. It's three o'clock
in the morning and we are looking for a game that does
not exist."

So last C.C. I asked if anyone knew of the original game that
had the same combination. I have searched my data base using the
critical position but cannot find it.

Alan McGowan emailed me.
He said he played in the 1980 Open and saw the position in
question and recognised it and then he too saw the combination.

" all of us chess players know, recognition of positions
is one of the (many) important aspects of the game. So, in my case,
it was simply that: I had already seen the position."

Which enhances something I've been saying here for years.
Every combination you play you will have seen before.
Set up, study and solve, Set up, study and solve and
then Set up, study and solve some more.
You will suddenly get good.

Alan also emailed me his research regarding this position.

That great writer on chess, Kurt Richter, who was editor
of Deutsche Schachblätter printed this game.
It is a Correspondence game from 1933/34.

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S.Leobschützer v R.Backes

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.e3 Be7 6.Nf3 0-0 7.Bd3 c6 8.Qc2 dxc4 9.Bxc4 h6 10.Bh4 Nd5 11.Bg3 N7b6 12.Bb3 Bd6 13.a3 Re8 14.Bxd6 Qxd6 15.Ne4 Qd8 16.0-0 Qe7 17.Rac1 Nd7 18.Ng3 e5 19.Ba2 N5f6 20.Nf5 Qf8 21.N3h4 Kh8 22.Ng6+ fxg6 23.Nh4 Qd6 24.Nxg6+ Kh7 25.dxe5 Qc7 26.Nf8+ Kh8 27.Qh7+ Nxh7 28.Ng6

Then this position arose in 1935 and Richter reminded
his readers of the above game writing a small article on
such repeat games and combinations. (a theme he would use
again in other writings - Alan McGowan).

Engels (Dusseldorf) - Büstgens (Mülheim),Team Event, 1935
Deutsche Schachblätter 1935, 1 April issue (!), page 104.

1.Ng6+ fxg6 2.Nh4 Qd6 3.Nxg6+ Kh7 4.dxe5! Qc7 5.Nf8+ Kh8 6.Qh7+ Nxh7 7.Ng6

Thank you Alan McGowan for your excellent contribution.
My faith in Roddy has been vindicated.
Also note it was a combination that Roddy admitted to
having seen before.

See. Even the very good and gifted players study.

I thought I would clear up who actually first showed the
players the missed win. So I called and spoke to Mark Condie.

Mark remembered the game well and added;

"Roddy came across to us in the analysis room and
showed us the win saying it had been played before.
Danny took it quite well because he had won the game and
it was Roddy who showed him the missed win."

I can recall Danny telling me a few weeks after the game
that only Roddy McKay would have seen the win so perhaps
Roddy told someone else that Danny had missed a shot.

However Alan states he too saw the missed win. I believe him.

I can also recall the day after the game, Danny's missed win
had been set up on every board in the analysis room by some
of the Edinburgh University players. Ah the good old days.

It appears that in Troon 1980 everyone was looking at
everyone else's games spotting errors.

I even got in on the act. I was watching Norris v Bryson
when this position arose with Black to play.

Black missed 69...Rxg3+ winning the Queen.
Dougie played 69...Qc1? and lost.
"...and a murmur went around the tournament hall."
('Blunders & Brilliancies.' No 140, page 51.)
That was me. I'm murmur going around the tournament hall.

I was playing in the Open (I won it). I was playing
Alan Sharpe and in the following position Alan played
12 Qd3 and resigned soon after 12...Nxf2.

Danny Kopec(!) passed by the board. Stopped and looked
for a second or two and then departed. After the
game he said White can get a great game with 12 Qxg7+
or 12 Qxe4. He is right. Here is the full game.

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A.Sharp - G.Chandler

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 a6 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.d4 exd4 7.exd4 0-0 8.d5 Re8 9.Be2 Bb4 10.dxc6 Ne4 11.Qd4 Bc5 12.Qd3 Nxf2 13.Qf3 dxc6 14.Rd1 Qe7 15.Qxf2 Bxf2+ 16.Kxf2 Qe3+ 17.Kf1 Bf5 18.Nf3 b5 19.Nh4 b4 20.Nxf5 Qf4+

Let us finish with a couple of McKay shorts.

The first is from Charlton 1983.
Black is Kevin Wicker who in 1981 wrote '200 Modern Brilliancies'.
Pity he did not wait a couple of years, he could added this one.

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R.McKay - K.Wicker

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 c6 7.Bg5 Ne4 8.Bxe7 Qxe7
9.d5 e5 10.Nh4 Nc5 11.e4 Nxe4 12.Nxf5 Rxf5 13.Bxe4 Rf6 14.Nc3 d6 15.dxc6 bxc6 16.Nd5

This next one is from the Scottish Championship 1988.
Phil Giulian is no mug at the chessboard. he was graded
2270 when this game was played.
After 6 moves White has a Pirc.

6 moves later Black resigned.

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R.McKay - P.Giulian

1.Nf3 e6 2.g3 f5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.0-0 d5 5.d3 Bd6 6.Nc3 0-0 7.e4 fxe4 8.dxe4 dxe4
9.Ng5 Nc6 10.Ncxe4 e5 11.Nxf6+ gxf6 12.Nxh7

I wish Roddy would write another book containing his best games
from 1985 onwards. My 1970-85 copy is a bit battered these days.
Keith Ruxton told me he picked up a 2nd hand copy the other day.
He now has two - he may be willing to sell his spare.

And Finally...
Who is the circled chappie. It was taken in 1970.
Every Scottish chess player knows him.
Clue: He does not play much, just 6 games last year.
But he does attend a lot of tournaments.

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