Coincidence again from a previous C.C.
Last piece I done I mentioned this book
and a few days later I picked
this up at the ASDA car booty for 25p.
This is third time I've bought this book 2nd.Hand.
I sold the other two to Sam. I'll hang onto this one.
It seems the Gods have ordained I must own it.
Here is a game from the book.
One R.Fischer v 'Computer', 1977.
The computer in question was programmed by
Prof.Grunblatt of Massachusetts.
The move to look out for is 10 Nxg5. Fischer
punishes the computer for making such a rash move.
Black is forced to give back the piece 11...Be7 12 Bxf4.
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R.Fischer - Computer
1.e4 e5 2.f4 ef4 3.Bc4 d5 4.Bd5 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Nf3 0-0 7.0-0 Nd5 8.Nd5 Bd6 9.d4 g5 10.Ng5 Qg5 11.e5 Bh3 12.Rf2 Be5 13.de5 c6 14.Bf4 Qg7 15.Nf6 Kh8 16.Qh5 Rd8 17.Qh3 Na6 18.Rf3 Qg6 19.Rc1 Kg7 20.Rg3 Rh8 21.Qh6
I also picked up this.
A fascinating book.
Did you know that in an FA Cup replay
in November 1922, Wilfred Minter of
St. Albans City scored 7 goals against
Dulwich Hamlet. Final score.
St.Albans City 7 Dulwich Hamlet 8.
He scored 7 goals and was on the losing side!
This reminded of some strange matches I
have played in and some I have heard about.
In 1977 playing for Edinburgh IV I won all 11 league
games and the team got relegated. I was then plucked
from a lower division and dropped into Edinburgh 1.
I won most of my games, we won the League and I was
dropped back into a lower division again.
In 1996 Robert Burns lost all his league matches
yet still ended up with a Championship medal.
Instructive Game No.213
E.Delmar - S.Lipschuetz, New York, 1888
This game packs a lot of worthwhile instruction into 16 moves.
1) Look at and study the games from the olden days.
Let their mistakes and it's punishment be a guide.
2) The danger of a tempting pawn push and the
illusion of gaining a tempo. (7.e5)
3) The damage one does to a castled position (9.h3.)
4) Ignoring or underestimating a harmless looking check. (12.Qxe5.)
5) Not playing the obvious, look for the better move (16...Qf2+.)
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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 ed4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc6 bc6 6.Bd3 d5 7.e5 Ng4 8.0-0 Bc5 9.h3 Ne5 10.Re1 Qf6 11.Qe2 0-0 12.Qe5 Qf2 13.Kh1 Bh3 14.gh3 Qf3 15.Kh2 Bd6 16.Qd6 Qf2
How Far Ahead Do Chess Players See?
"Only one move - the best move."
I think it was Capablanca who said that.
"I think only of my next drink."
I said that.
A Sunday night ritual in Bells is to see
who can snare Keith Ruxton with a study.
All week me, Lyndsay McGregor, Gerrard Oswald, David Duncan
and the rest of the clan devote every waking moment into
searching for the a study that will stump him.
A recent try from me was the following study by Novomesky & Siran, 2002.
It appealed to me because it looked impossible. I found the idea in
10 minutes and once you get the idea it's easy.
Keith solved it in 15 minutes. The very big difference
being Keith never moves the pieces. I did and had all
sorts of crazy positions until I finally stumbled upon the idea.
Here is the initial position.
White to play and win, yes Black has 8 passed pawns.
Give it a try. Incidently Keith said he found the key idea
on move 6 in about 10 minutes but spent 5 minutes trying
to 'cook' it. Find move 6 and you have it.
I thought I had him and even took a picture for
posterity just in case he failed to solve it.
The winning sequence takes 33 moves.
If ever you need an example of Zugzwang to show
students then this is it. There are 8 of them.
(I have given far too many clues)
So did Keith see 33 moves ahead?
Well yes and no. He visualised the winning position and then
saw the three move pattern that would bring it about.
(when you see the solution you will understand what I
mean about the three move pattern).
He was also geared on by the fact he knew
there was a win so looked deeper and deeper.
If this had been a normal game then I think he and
anyone else would have gone for the perpetual.
1.c7 2.c8=Q 3.Qc4+ 4.Qc6+ etc.
So yes he forced himself to look 33 moves ahead
only because of the conditions that were set before him.
1.c7 e2 2.c8Q e1Q 3.Qc4+ Qb4 4.Qc6+ Qb5 5.Qxe4+ Qb4 6.Qd3!!
This is a hard move to see (without moving the bits).
Black is in Zuggers and must make pawns moves.
White picks them all up with check (except the a7 pawn).
6...a6 7.Qd7+ Qb5 8.Qd4+ Qb4 9.Qd3 g4 10.Qd7+ Qb5 11.Qxg4+ Qb4
12.Qd7+ Qb5 13.Qd4+ Qb4 14.Qd3 g5 15.Qd7+ Qb5 16.Qd4+ Qb4
17.Qd3 g6 18.Qd7+ Qb5 19.Qd4+ Qb4 20.Qd3 g4 21.Qd7+ Qb5
22.Qxg4+ Qb4 23.Qd7+ Qb5 24.Qd4+ Qb4 25.Qd3 g5 26.Qd7+ Qb5
27.Qd4+ Qb4 28.Qd3 g4 29.Qd7+ Qb5 30.Qxg4+ Qb4 31.Qd7+ Qb5
32.Qd4+ Qb4 33.Qd3
...and now all the pawns have gone and Black
must move and lose the Queen or get mated.
Here is the position after 33 moves.
Black to move cannot cover both a3 and b3 and
moving the b-pawn allows Qd1+ and mate next move.
Note the Qd7+ Qd4+ and Qd3 three move trick.
The Jamaican Part III
I've been emailed a couple of times about this lad.
Apparently the money raised is not for his dying father.
for more pictures and tales about this enterprsing chappie.
The boys at Bells suspected this was the case.
Remember he was not charging anyone for a game.
He asked for a contribution. So you could play
for nothing if you wanted to.
He has been spotted in Montreal, Edinburgh, Sydney and Brighton.
He told some guy that he earns £100,000 a year from chess.
I think if it is a scam then he should carry on playing but
stop taking money under false pretenses. Simply charge
the punters 25p - 50p a game and ditch the dying father idea.
The Meadows Chess Set
There is a chessboard just outside the tennis courts
at the Meadows. Somebody once told me you could hire
chess pieces from the same guy who sat inside a green
wooden hut hiring out tennis rackets and balls.
The Hut is now gone. I wonder what happened to the pieces.