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4..Bd7 in French. Lothian Primary pics.

Flicking through an old CHESS a few days ago.
I came across the puzzle page. Brief pause to see
if anything looked like it could have come from an
interesting game.

I spotted the 'Dance of Death' in the Lanzani - Castaldo game.
All you had to do was spot or recall the mating idea.

Then jiggle the pieces into position.
The King and Queen do a wee Tango.

1...Qe3+ 2.Kh2 Qe5+ 3.Kg1 Qe1+ 4.Kh2 Rf1.

I then spotted that in the Berkvens - Mikhalevski game,
the position I have circled, Black is in check.

I found Black's reply and was amused at White predicament.
So off in search of the full game.

I googled my database of 569,256,214,267,753,159,456,
555,486,149,462,251,457,(I'm enjoying this),548,156,
684,327,795,289,001 games and found it. (it was No.1).

Here is the game. Berkvens (2364) - Mikhalevski (2532), Hoogeveen, 2000.
Black plays a cute 9...Nxd4 using the Desperado theme to net a pawn.
White thinks he has seen deeper and he too plays a Desperado 13.Nxf7.
He has spotted the loose Bishop on b5.
But is was Black who had seen the furthest.
(I wonder how far back he saw the idea?).
I have removed the last Black move - solve it. (easy).

[Click here to replay the game]
Berkvens - Mikhalevski

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 d6 5.c3 g6 6.0-0 Bg7 7.d4 Bd7 8.Re1 0-0 9.Nbd2 Nxd4
10.cxd4 Bxb5 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Nxe5 Re8 13.Nxf7 Kxf7 14.Qb3+

I was emailed some of the Glasgow Open games and a few pictures.
One was of Gerald Bonner. Last time I saw Gerald was
in 1982 when he was presented the Richardson Cup on behalf
of the Glasgow Chess Club.

Here is an instructive game from Gerald v Jacob Aagaard
who was the winner of the Glasgow Open. Jacob is white.

In this position the key feature is the pawn on h6.
Get the Queen unmolested on g7 and it's mate.

Do good players really go for such obvious tricks?
Of course they do. Good players use every characteristic
that is in front of them. Jacob's play using the QG7 mating
pattern and masking his real intention is pleasing.

Look at this position later in the game.
Gerald is no mug. He knows he must keep the Queen out of f6.

There are no fewer than 4 piece covering f6.
It's not enough. 4 moves later Black resigned.

The final position.
But black can play 29...Nxd6 30 Qf6 Ne8 covering g7.
No. because the Queen on b6 hangs.
29...Qb3 fails too 30 Rxf6 and this Rook captures back on f3.
Finally due to the mate White can even drop a Rook with check.
29...Qb3 30 Rxf6 Nxf6 31 Qxf6 Qxd1+ 32 Nf1.

Jacob Aagaard. When Jacob had short hair I always thought he
looked like Brad Friedel the goalkeeper of Blackburn Rovers.

(Come to think of it, you never see Jacob at weekend tournaments
when Blackburn are playing...)

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Aagaard - G.Bonner

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Nf3 Bc6 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.0-0 Ngf6 8.Ng3 Be7 9.c4 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 c6 11.Re1 0-0 12.Bf4 Re8 13.Rad1 Bf8 14.h4 g6 15.h5 Bg7 16.h6 Bf8 17.a3 a5 18.Bb1 a4 19.Ba2 Qb6 20.Rd2 c5 21.Bg5 Be7 22.d5 e5 23.d6 Bd8 24.Bb1 Re6 25.Red1 Ne8 26.Be7 Ndf6 27.Be4 Bxe7 28.dxe7 Rxe7 29.Rd6

That 4...Bd7 in the French was quite common in the
Edinburgh Chess league for a while. Jacob's play against
it will reward careful study. Grab and grip the centre.
Nudge up the h-pawn looking weaknesses. Give Black a
difficult position to defend and remain alert enough
to pounce when the slightest slip appears.

My dying memory cells twitched. I have recently
seen a very good game full of attacking ideas
with this line.

A picture of Danny King appeared in my mind.
A Danny King game? I do not know any Danny King games.
It was a How Good is Your Chess game.
I searched my database of 'games with good ideas.'
(saves me a fortune on opening books and time).
Here it is - I've no idea what CHESS magazine it was in
but I can recall recently lifting it from that publication.

(Oh by the way the beautiful Mrs. Chandler has bowed to pressure
and has now ordered 6 CHESS magazines, she has been plagued with
Edinburgh players going into her shop asking for the magazine.
RSM McColls on Nicholson Square. They should be there next week.)

A cracking game this. White could not possibly have worked
out all the ramifications after the piece sac on move 13.
It was intuition. You cannot teach that.
My advice:
If you see an idea and cannot work out all the calculations.
Then go for it.

It's better to have sacced and lost - then never to have sacced at all.

[Click here to replay the game]
E.Sutovsky - L D'Costa

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Nf3 Bc6 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.Qe2 Be7 8.0-0 Ngf6 9.Neg5 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 c6 11.Re1 Qa5 12.c3 h6 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.Rxe6 Qd8 15.Bg6+ Kf8 16.Qe2 Nd5 17.c4 Nc7 18.Bf4 Nf6 19.Re1 Bb4 20.Bxc7 Qd7 21.c5 Bxe1 22.Bd6+ Kg8 23.Qxe1 Nd5 24.Qe4 h5 25.Be8

As promised here are some pictures from the Lothian Primary
Tournament at the Wester Hailes Community Centre.

The Venue.

White has played 1.a3 and 2.h4 (to avoid Fritz analysis).

This is Jeremy Hughes hard at work.

Dave Taylor and Derek Mills

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