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Marty Feldman + Steve Hilton + Neighbours

I've had emails from various sources
saying I look like Marty Feldman. Huh!

Whilst looking for a picture of Marty I came
across this old 1979 picture of Eddie Perry.

and then this.

Hello Geoff,
My son is a chess player and often tells me about things
on your site. Recently you had a picture of Princes Street.
We are ex-pats and have been away for 25 years can you please
show us a more up to date picture of Princes St. We miss the
old country.

Mark Mansell, Argentina.

No sooner requested, than done.

You will notice that the council have turned the Gardens into a
boating lake. You can see Cockenzie Power Station in the background.

The XI individual world chess championship for the blind
in Goa, 8th-19th October 2006 at the Radisson white sands hotel.

Steve Hilton has spent the best part of October
playing chess in the World Blind Championship at Goa, India.

Here is a picture of Steve playing
Hassanali Ghadiribidhendi (2130) from Iran.
(his opponent has gone to the toilet...)

The player sitting across from Steve on the next board
looks like that bloke who is now president of the SCA.

The list of players had Steve down as being English.
He wore a Scottish top and played under a Union Jack.

So some research is called for.
I examined the name Hilton.
Hilt as in hilt of a sword.
Ton as in the weight.

So I'm looking for a for sword smith
who happens to be a weight lifter.

A quick trip to the Library and in 1450 at the
village of Balmaglory, 110 miles north west of
Inverness. There was a man who made swords hilts and who also lifted weights.
His name was Cedric Hilt and Ton. (Hilton)
Therefore Steve Hilton is Scottish.

Here is a picture Balmaglory.

Steve scored a respectable 4 from 9 games.
Two games featured coincidental Knight checks on h3 and h6.
Steve was on the receiving end in both these games.

This is K.Udupa, (India 2057) v S.Hilton after 19.Nxh6+

And this is Steve v H.Ghadiribidhendi, (Iran 2130) after 22...Nh3+.

Two interesting games. I will be annotating the
Ghadiribidhendi game for Scottish Chess so let us look at...

K.Udupa v S.Hilton
The featured one of those anti-Sicilian variations 3.Bb5+
The safest answer is 3...Bd7 and if 4 Bxd7+ then 4...Qxd7
allowing the b8 Knight comes to c6.

Steve played the fighting 3...Nd7 which avoids the 'dull' stuff
but is very difficult to play. After 10...Nb6 the position is
very close to known theory.

One common plan here and in similar positions
is to conquer and occupy d5 with a Knight.
The manoeuvre Bxb6, Rfd1/e1, Nd2-f1-e3 suggest itself.

Instead from the above diagram White played Rad1
pinning the d-pawn and Black simply lost the e5 pawn.

White worked up a lovely attacking position and
nicked another pawn with 19. Nxh6+ and in this position.

24.Qh3 simply wins in all variations.
Instead White got carried away with his attack most likely
thinking that any aggressive move will do. He plays f4 and
a few moves later discovered he had trapped his own Queen.

However Steve's position was that dodgy that White can
actually give up his Queen and nick a perpetual.
An entertaining game this. Here it is.

[Click here to replay the game]
K.Udupa - S.Hilton

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.d4 Ngf6 5.Nc3 cxd4 6.Qxd4 e5 7.Qd3 h6 8.Qe2 Be7 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Nb6 11.Rad1 Be6 12.Nxe5 Qc7 13.Nf3 Rfc8 14.Nd4 Bc4 15.Bxc4 Nxc4 16.Bc1 a6 17.Nf5 Bf8 18.Qf3 Ne5 19.Nxh6+ Kh8 20.Qf5 Be7 21.Bg5 Rf8 22.Bxf6 Bxf6 23.Nd5 Qd8 24.f4 Nd7 25.Ng4 g6 26.Qxd7 Qxd7 27.Ngxf6 Qc6 28.Rd3 Kg7 29.Rc3 Qa4 30.f5 Qd4+ 31.Kh1 Rac8 32.Rd3 Qxb2 33.Nd7 Rh8 34.f6+ Kh6 35.Ne7 Qxc2 36.Rh3+ Kg5 37.Rg3+ Kh6 38.Nxc8 Rxc8 39.Rh3+ Kg5 40.Rg3+ Kh6

Last Corner I mentioned Andrew Martin in the latest CHESS
analysing the 'Crazy Gambit' 1.d4 Ng6 2.g4!?!?!?!?!

I added that Todor Dimitrov and Stuart Duncan have been playing
this for years. Todor thinks it's called 'The Humphrey.'

A few days after posting the article, right on cue,
Todor produces this. It was played on the 24th October.

T.Dimitrov - A Pentland Hills 2 Player (later informed it was Roy Ramsay).
I'm sitting in Bells struggling over the Sun Crossword.

"Here Chandler."
A crumpled up score sheet lands on 16 across.

He went back to his friends to talk about motor bikes.
(Todor has his own pub motor bike gang... Bells Angels)

I abandoned the crossword, grabbed the bar set and
gleefully played over the game.

Typical Todor game coming up. Those who wish to improve
their game should skip this bit.
Those who enjoy a good strammash should read on.

Look at this position.

See the Bishop on e7. What a defender.
Here Todor played 17 Rhe1 inviting the skewer 17...Bb4
simply to get rid of the e7 Bishop. The fact this cost
the exchange is a mere flesh wound to Todor's way of thinking.

After Black won the exchange lots of other things happened.
Look out for White's alert 24.Be3 spotting Black's mate threat
involving a Queen sacrifice. There is a desperado Knight,
back rank tricks for both sides, a spurned perpetual and
finally the game losing plausible blunder.

White to play and 41.Bxg6 is a perpetual.
41.Bxg6 hxg6 42.Qh4+ Qh7 43.Qf6+ etc. etc. etc.
Todor squeezes out one last trap. 41.Ba2 and Black
seizes his chance with 41...Rb8. Thinking White cannot
defend b2 and hold the f-pawn. Unfortunately White has
mate in 4 after 42.Qe8+. Here is the complete game.
It was played in the Bells II v Pentland Hill II League match.

[Click here to replay the game]
T.Dimitrov - R.Ramsay

1.d4 Nf6 2.g4 Nxg4 3.e4 d5 4.Be2 Nf6 5.e5 Ng8 6.Qd3 e6 7.Be3 b6 8.c4 dxc4 9.Qxc4 Bb7 10.f3 Ne7 11.Nc3 Nd5 12.Bf2 Nxc3 13.Qxc3 Be7 14.0-0-0 Bd5 15.Kb1 Nd7 16.Nh3 a5 17.Rhe1 Bb4 18.Qc2 Bxe1 19.Rxe1 c5 20.f4 cxd4 21.Ng5 Rc8 22.Qd3 Nxe5 23.Qxd4 Qc7 24.Be3 Qc2+ 25.Ka1 f6 26.Nxe6 Bxe6 27.fxe5 0-0 28.Bd3 Qxh2 29.Bf4 Qh4 30.Rg1 Rfd8 31.Qxb6 Qxf4 32.Qxe6+ Kh8 33.Qe7 Rc1+ 34.Bb1 Rg8 35.Rxc1 Qxc1 36.exf6 Qg5 37.Qe4 Qh6 38.f7 Rf8 39.Qe7 g6 40.a3 Qg7 41.Ba2 Rb8 42.Qe8+ Qf8 43.Qe5+

Dave Archibald emailed me stating Chess featured in a recent Neighbours
episode. He then said that his Mother tapes Neighbours and I can view the
tape to see if I can use it for The Corner.

Of course I'm interested. But I don't believe this bit about his Mum
taping the episodes. I think he tapes them.

Neighbours is popular in the Chess fraternity.

It is rumoured that in the 1995 Scottish Open at Hawick,
two players agreed a draw in a rather tense position so they
could both go and watch Neighbours.

Does anybody know the players involved?

Here is a game. By sheer coincidence it is from the Hawick 1995
Scottish Open. A draw is agreed in a rather tense position.

Douglas Will - Jim Stevenson

[Click here to replay the game]
D.Will - J.Stevenson

1.e4 d5 2.d4 c6 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.f3 e3 5.Bxe3 Bf5 6.Bd3 Bxd3 7.Qxd3 Nf6 8.Nge2 e6 9.0-0 Be7 10.Rad1 Nbd7 11.Ng3 0-0 12.Nge4 Qc7 13.f4 Rad8 14.f5 e5 15.Qe2 Rfe8 16.Qf3 Nxe4 17.Qxe4 Bf6 18.Qg4

Meanwhile all the geeks have been running around bumping
into each other and slobbering. Bladders have been weakened.

Fritz 10 is coming.
Fritz 10 is coming.
Fritz 10 is coming.
Fritz 10 is coming.
Fritz 10 is coming.

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