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Chandler Cornered

The SNCL. games and pics + I am not Marty Feldman

The Scottish National League
Rounds 1 and 2, 29th. October 2006.
The Queensferry Hotel, North Queensferry.

A great day out this. Beautiful location.
Nice conditions,everything perfect.

One wee quibble, (there always is), A wee bit pricey.
1.50 a coffee and 3.00 a pint of Guiness.
...and no Glynis bacon rolls.

I knew of the prices because I did a reconnoitre a few C.C's back.
So I brought a flask, sandwiches and a carry out.

Here are some pics.

First of all thank you to the woman who made it all possible. Glynis Grant.

Who is that creeping up behind her?
Is anybody old enough to remember a comic character called Mr. Pastry?

I think more women should take over chess and run things.
There seems to be less arguments (infact no arguments).
I think women should pick the Olympiad teams.
Ooops! Better not go there again.

I told you the playing conditions were good.

Analysis with a priceless view of the Forth.

And a wee picnic area outside. The place is perfect.

Nice. I've become all lyrical.

Pawns were dancing on the chessboard.
Yachts were gliding on the Forth.
A gentle Autumn breeze played with the trees.
I played two games and lost them both.

One does not mind losing in such conditions.
(aye right....Ed).

I lost both my games. Cracking effort against Joe Redpath.
Set wee traps all over the place. Joe side-stepped them all.
I think I'll analyse that one for December Scottish Chess Magazine.

Joe Redpath and Patrick Coffey posing in the posh seats.

I Then sacced a piece and all my kingside pawns
for a check against George Neave.
I also attempted the cheapest trick of my life.
in this position against George I played 27...Rf2!

The ! is for the look of horror George's face.
For a brief moment he thought he had missed something.
When I realised he was not going to play 28 Rxh3 I resigned.

I cannot say enough how much I and everyone
else enjoyed the day out. Beautiful views.

Look. Even No.14 was more interested in the view than playing the game.

...and a bar.

Glynis looked very pleased with all the compliments, here she is
Talking to Bob Carter and Arthur Curley.

That bloke who looks the President of Scottish Chess was there.
He gets everywhere. Who is that chap next him? Looks like
he has just had two ideas with the light bulbs glowing over his head.

Tee Shirt Caption Competition No. 117
He said you can print the picture but...
"Please, please, please, please do not add the caption:"

".... it is the way you play it."

Apparently he has heard this witty comment 100 times.
So the challenge is... come up with a another caption.

First of all see this. It's a standard idea.
Get the Queen onto the h-file with tempo.

1.Rh8+ Kxh8 2.Rh1+ Kg8 3.Rh8+ Kxh8 4.Qh1+ and mate.

Here are two examples from serious play.

Lt.Col Irvine Fortescue - G.Chandler, Edinburgh Summer Cup, 1978

13...Ne2+ 14.Qxe2 Rh1+ 15.Kxh1 Qh4+ 16.Kg1 Qh2 mate.
I'm actually two Rooks and two pieces down. Sometimes my sacs do work.

And G.Soutar - G.Chandler Edinburgh v Musselburgh, 1994

16...Rh1+ and 17 Bxh1 or 17 Kxh1 gets mated by 17...Qh6.

It really is a well known trick.
All the more surprising then when a very
experienced player misses it. White to play.
I.C.Robertson - J.Calder, SNCL, Queensferry. 2006

After all the clues it's easy.
29 Rh7+! Kxh7. 30 Qh2+ and mate.
Fortunately in this case White did go to win.

J.Dempsey - A.McQueen, SNCL, Queensferry. 2006.
This is instructive.
Black tempts White into saccing his Queen again
using a very known motif often seen in the QGD.

Black plays 1...Nxd5 2.Bxd8 Bb4+ wins a piece.

In the actual game this position was reached.

At first glance it looks like 7.Nxe5 Bxd1 8 Ba4+ wins.
The one remembers that pieces can move backward and 8...Bxa4 wins.
It's easy to miss that the Bishop is now on D1.

So with both players knowing that this trick is in the wind,
this position appeared a few moves later.

Now it works. 10...Bxf3; 11.dxc6 Bxd1; 12. cxd7+ Qxe7; 13.Bxd7+
Here is the full game. It's another Kopec system.
This opening is cropping up a lot recently.
I'll have to contact Danny and get the names of
all the people who have ordered the video.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Dempsey - A.McQueen

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bd3 Nc6 4.c3 Nf6 5.Bc2 Bg4 6.0-0 Ne5 7.Ba4+ Nc6 8.d4 cxd4
9.cxd4 Nd7 10.d5 Bxf3; 11.dxc6 Bxd1; 12. cxd7+ Qxd7; 13.Bxd7+ Kxd7; 14.Rxd1 g6; 15.e5 Bg7; 16.exd6 exd6; 17.Nc3

So back home and into to Bells for a jamming session with my pop group. Bates Motel.
The end of a perfect day.

...and finally.
Yet more emails saying I look like Marty Feldman.
Look here is the Gerrard Oswald. He drew the cartoons.
He looks more like Marty Feldman than me.

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