This place has a stack of reasonably priced chess books.
Tal's Best Game by Clarke (a classic), Reti's Modern Ideas.
Alekhines Best Games (algebraic).
I was given a set of recent games in Bells the other night.
They were hand delivered. They can email me them but I suspect
players are using the scores as an excuse to sneak out for a pint.
So let's look at them.
The correct idea - one move too late.
D.Marshall - P.Elders Livingston v Corstorphine
Crucial position this. Black played 29...f3.
Instead 29...Rxg2! 30.Kxg2 f3+ White has to give up his Queen
to prevent mate. OK he has a Rook & Knight for it but Black can
keep the attack going. 31.Qxf3 Nxf3 32.Kxf3...
32 Qxh3+ 33.Ke2 e4 34.dxe4 Rxe4+ 35.Kd2 Bf4+ 36.Kc2 c4
I was dead chuffed to find 36.c4. Then sick that Fritz found
the whole line including 29..Rxg2 in about 20 seconds.
So what happened?
Well Black played 29...f3 30 g4 Rxg4?!
White believed him. 31.Bxd4? Rg1+ 0-1
But White can take the Rook. 31.fxg4 Qxg4 32.Re4 ...
There is no quick knockout. There is still Chess in this position.
Don't trust your opponents analysis.
The exposed King - Does not always win.
J.O'Neil - M.Timms Corstorphine V Dragons 2
This was an interesting and difficult game to play over.
I spent ages trying to get more for White out of the opening.
The critical position is...
White played 25.Qf3 allowing 25...Nxe5.
I went for 25.Nf5+ Kf8 (best) 26 Bc4 and play branches out
in many variations but all lead to the h8 Rook being
out the play for ages.
I suspect White saw 25...Nxe5 but not Black's next move.
25.Qf3 Nxe5 26 Nf5+ Kf6! (impossible whilst the e-pawn was there). 27 Qe4...
The King is running around in front of his pawns and White cannot get at him.
In this very difficult position Black chose 27...Rd8
and White could have nicked the g-pawn 28. Ng3-Nh5+
(28.Ng3 g6? 29.Qh5+ Kg7 and 30.Rxe5.)
Fritz spotted this idea when I was checking my analysis.
White played 28 Nd4 looking for a possible fork on c6.
Play continued 28...Qd6 29.Qh4+ g5 30.Qxh6+ Ng6 31.Nf3 Qf4
Here fearing Rh8 White played 32.Re5 g4 0-1
32 Ne5 would have most likely led to a draw.
32 Ne5 Rh8 33 Nxg6. Also 32.Re4 (Fritz) Qc1+ 33.Re1 Qf4=
(33...Qxf1+ 34 Nxf1 Rh8 is also drawish.)
A tough game to play. Tough to analyse as well.
I had to fire up Fritz to see if I missed anything.
Here is the complete game.
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J. O'Neil - M.Timms
1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 e6 4.cxd4 a6 5.Nf3 b5 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Re1 Bb4 9.Nc3 h6 10.a3 Bxc3 11.bxc3 Qc7 12.Bb2 d6 13.Rc1 Nbd7 14.c4 bxc4 15.Rxc4 Qd8 16.Rb4 Rb8 17.Nd2 a5 18.Rb5 Ba6 19.Rxb8 Qxb8 20.Bxa6 Qxb2 21.Nc4 Qb8 22.e5 dxe5 23.dxe5 Nd5 24.Nd6+ Ke7 25.Qf3 Nxe5 26.Nf5+ Kf6 27.Qe4 Rd8 28.Nd4 Qd6 29.Qh4+ g5 30.Qxh6+ Ng6 31.Nf3 Qf4 32.Re5 g4
After that heavy work here is some mild relief.
It was a 5 minute game played in Bells.
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1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.b4 Qxb4 5.Rb1 Qd6 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.Bc4 e6 8.0-0 a6 9.Rb3 Be7 10.Ba3 Qd8 11.Re1 0-0 12.Ne5 b5 13.Bd3 Bxa3 14.Rxa3 b4 15.Re3 bxa3 16.Rh3 Bb7 17.Bxh7+ Nxh7 18.Qh5
Black was just about to play 18...Re8 when he realised
18...Re8 19 Qxf7+ Kh8 Ng7 mate.
4.b4 is The Mieses Gambit. I've played it a handful of times
with mixed results. I recall winning a couple of league games
with it and losing a tournament game in the late 70's.
Now a funny incident when I played Elaine Rutherford
in one of the Bankton Allegros. I'm White.
This was from a Mieses Gambit.
You really should set up the position to
get the real feel for what happened.
This is not the exact position but it's something like it.
I thought I was losing (I am), when I suddenly saw the win.
I played 1.Rxb7+ Nxb7 2.Rb1 and wins. 1-0.
Another Chandler Brilliancy.
I picked up the Rook on f1 and it changed in my
hand into a Bishop. In my tiny mind the Bishop on f1,
the usual square for a Rook, had become a Rook.
The original Rook was sacced ages ago. 0-1
Another Chandler Misery.