Corstorphine Castle have lost the Castle. From now
on they will be known simply as Corstorphine.
Goodbye Gordon - Hello Iain.
Gordon Davies, left in the maroon jacket, has handed
over the job of league secretary to Iain Hope.
That's Iain in the pale green shirt. Sitting next
to Iain is Terry Purkins the League President.
Terry is talking to some guy who looks like that
bloke who is now the President of the SCA.
The above picture was taking at the recent fixtures meeting.
Prizes where presented to Corstorphine, the club formerly known
as Corstorphine Castle, for winning the Summer Cup & Summer Plate.
Holding the Summer Cup (it looks like a decanter),
is Angus Ruthven of Corstorphine, the club
formerly known as Corstorphine Castle.
He said that Corstorphine, the club formerly
known as Corstorphine Castle, will be defending
the Summer Cup and Summer Plate next er... Summer.
I did make a discreet enquiry as to why Corstorphine,
the club formerly known as Corstorphine Castle, were
now called Corstorphine and not Corstorphine Castle?
"There is no castle at Corstorphine." came the reply.
Hmmm. There is no Hill at Pentland Hills.
Edinburgh West play in the North of Edinburgh
and Lasswade Chess Club play in Dalkeith.
Here is Hugh Flockhart presenting the Summer Plate
to Bruce Crerar of Corstorphine, the club formerly known
as Corstorphine Castle.
Actually it looks more like shield than a plate.
If you zoom in you will see it was won in 2006 by
Corstorphine Castle, The club now known as Corstorphine.
The latest Scottish Chess Magazine is out £3.35.
Packed with news, stories, games and articles.
I offer a £15.00 prize for the best game that gets sent in
for my column. Club Chandler. This is open only to Scottish
players but getting them to send in games is like pulling teeth.
I may have to throw this open to the whole planet.
Keith has done a good article 'Smashing the Glass Ceiling.'
Keith explains the need to fill your mind with patterns,
building blocks of recognisable positions. He emphasis's that
you must set up and solve over and over the same type of combination
until spotting and solving them becomes 2nd nature.
Here are some basic mating patterns. I've always maintained that you
must set them up on the board to store them. Once on the board
move the mating pieces about. Have them delivering the mate
coming in from all angles.
Does it do any good?
Look at this for 1 minute. White to play and mate.
If you failed to find it then look at this.
Now go back to original and see how easy it will
become once you have final picture.
It's a variation from Alekhine - Frieman New York, 1924.
Re8+ Nf8 24.Nh6+ Qxh6 25.Rxf8+ Kxf8 26.Qd8 mate
Try this. White to play. Shamkovich - Atanas, Varna 1970.
First the pattern that Shamkovich saw.
Now go for it.
30.Qe7 Rg8 31.Qxh7+ Nxh7 32.Rxh7 mate.
Finally we get a wee bit tricky.
Here you have to spot the clever check.
First the pattern.
Now the position. Shamkovich - Botterill, Hastings 1977.
White to play.
28.Rxf8+ Kxf8 29 Qc5+! Ke8 30 Qc8 mate.
Easy? Yes the hard part is getting into these positions.
Shamkovich had to spot the idea back on move 26 when he played 26.Ra8!
Most of us would have been thinking about resigning.
Here is the full game. A tactical battle royal
with all kinds of mating patterns cropping up.
[Click here to replay the game]
L.Shamkovich - G.Botterill
1.d4 g6 2.e4 d6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.Qe2 c6 6.Bb3 0-0 7.0-0 Bg4 8.Nbd2 e5 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Nc4 Qe7 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 b5 13.Ne3 Nbd7 14.a4 Nc5 15.axb5 Nxb3 16.cxb3 cxb5 17.Ra6 Rfd8 18.Rd1 Rd4 19.Rxd4 exd4 20.e5 Rc8 21.exf6 Rxc1+ 22.Nf1 Qe1 23.Rxa7 Bf8 24.Qd5 Qe6 25.Qxd4 Qe2 26.Ra8 Rxf1+ 27.Kh2 Rxf2 28.Rxf8+ Kxf8 29.Qc5+
Following all the recent revelations around the
Kopec v Condie game, Danny has got in touch with me.
He has fond memories of the game and wishes all
his friends in Scotland well.
Isn't Chess a wonderful game.
Two players sit down in a Scottish
seaside resort and play a game of chess.
26 years later I make a chance remark about the game
and now both participants and a host of other players
have contacted me about it.
Danny has his own website:
Danny's Chess Site
It has all his latest books, CD's and DVD's.
I liked his Winning the Won Game
written with GM. Lubomir Ftcnik. Batsford Books.
I reviewed it for another site and gave it the thumbs up.
You know me. If I thought it was duff then I
would have said so. See:
My Review of Winning the Won Game
Danny is one of the rare breed. A good Chess player who
can explain why he is a good chess player.
He is a very experienced chess teacher.
If you think you have reached the top of your chess abilities
and are wondering why you cannot progress then check out
Danny's site. Mention you saw his site advertised here and he may,
and I stress may, I've not asked him, Work you out a deal.
He is approachable and always has the time to listen to
less experienced players. Give his site a look.
What have you got to lose? Nothing. A couple of minutes.
What have you got to gain? Grading points and prize money.
Also out is the latest Chess. £3.95.
Someone has to do me a favour here.
I do not subscribe to CHESS. I order it
from my newsagent. RSM McColls at
Nicholson Square. The newsagent says she
has to order two copies and sometimes one
copy is left behind and I get a hard time
from the manageress, (the delightful Mrs Chandler).
Can someone/anyone, please pop in every now
and then and buy the spare one.Thank you.
Note the cover of the October issue.
Leonard Lennox. Apparently he plays chess
so he gets his mug on the cover of my chess
magazine. Can you believe this, I mean
Elizabeth Paehtz is playing in the Isle
of Man and yet they stick a boxer on the cover.
Now I'm angry. If I see Lewis in Bells
I'm gonna punch his lights out.
The October Chess is full of good things as usual.
A nice article on Chess and The Prisoner.
The Prisoner was essential viewing in the 60's.
"I'm not a number." screams Number Six.
Sounds like someone appealing about their low grade.
Andrew Martin's column is always worth the cover price.
This month he looks at a gambit that has no name.
He titled it provisionally, The Crazy Gambit.
1.d4 Nf6 2.g4
Well every Edinburgh Chess League player will recognise it.
Those imaginative attacking players Duncan Stuart (Wandering Dragons)
& Todor Dimitrov (Bells) both play it on a regular basis.
I played Duncan in the Edinburgh Congress in 2003 and
after 1.d4 I played 1...c5 instead of 1..Nf6 to avoid 2 g4.
Not that I feared it. I was scared of me. I would have played
the daft sac which I play against Todor in 5 minute games.
1.d4 Nf6 2.g4 Nxg4 3.e4 Nxf2!?
Funnily enough Andrew makes no mention of this sac.
I think 2.g4 should be called the Duncan/Dimitrov Attack.
Either that or the Sideshow Todd.
(Duncan's nickname is Sideshow Bob and Tod is..well Tod.)
I'll see if I can get a game or two with this line.
I've been experimenting with the sister idea.
1.e4 Nc6 2.b4?! and if 2...Nxb4 then er...