Most of you will know the story of the strong player who
convinces a beginner that the Queen's Knight is a liability.
He takes White, removes his Queen's Knight and wins.
Then the stronger player takes Black, removes
White's Queen's Knight and on purpose, losses.
He does this enough times to persuade the weaker
player that the Queen's Knight is a menace.
The beginner ends up completely baffled.
So I was skipping through Chernev's 1000 short games on
Christmas morning. Sad I know but I've just had a wonderful
peaceful couple of hours listening to 'LOVE' the new Beatles CD.
Highly recommended by the way - best present I've had in years.
I'm a soft target for my relations at Christmas time. Chess stuff.
I've had chess socks, handkerchiefs with a Rook motto, ties covered
in chess pieces, chess t-shirts, hand carved pocket sets, pictures of
cats playing chess, aftershave in bottles the shape of chess pieces.
The latter was from a Canadian company. Over the years I've received
a Rook, a Knight and a King. Then the person who bought them for me died.
I was asked what chess book I wanted this year.
I had a look at the pile that has been published this year.
Anyway, I'm still working my through 'Sorcerer's Apprentice'.
So I asked for some Leyton Orient stuff and a couple of CD's.
I'm sitting here kitted out in brand new O's gear, drinking cheap-dog wine
from a Leyton Orient mug listen to the Beatles, T.Rex and The Jam.
I'm slowly turning all my classic vinyl into CD.
Where was on earth was I?
Ah yes I was talking about Knight odds and skipping through Chernev's 1000.
And why not?
Wee cartoons with a couple of tactical idea's and humorous blunders.
Here is an example I like. I may have shown you this before.
Who cares? It's Christmas. I love this short game.
The instructive elements it packs into 8 moves is incredible.
1. Automatic developing without thought (5.Bc4).
2. Check all check no matter how silly they look. (6...Bb5+)
3. The sloppy pawn move that creates a weak square. (7.c3 - hole on d3)
4. Alert enough to exploit a trick in the position. (7...Bc4)
5. Underestimating or simply no seeing sacrificial combinations. (8.Qg3)
If the end with the dual Knight forks does not
bring a wry smile to your face, then give up the game.
It was played by Leonhardt, Leipzig, 1903.
[Click here to replay the game]
Amateur - Leonhardt
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 Nf6 5.Bc4 Ne5 6.Bb3 Bb4+ 7.c3 Bc5 8.Qg3 Bxf2+
So onto that Knight odds game I've harking on about.
No. First we back track to the previous Corner.
I was telling you about 'Championship Chess' the £89.50
chess playing machine that allows you to play illegal moves.
I've created a problem. White to play and mate in one.
Remember you can play anything you want.
Black has to follow the normal rules of chess.
Answer: 1.Nxd5 mate.
I've invented a whole genre of chess problems.
No computer in the world will be able to solve them.
(unless we get the 'Championship Chess' boys on the job).
The solution is to find and play an illegal move.
A name. I must come up with a name?
Illegal Chess Problems. Brilliant. I'm a genius!
Now here is another using the original layout.
But this time I have to clear up a few things.
White to play and mate in 1.
There may be three possible solutions.
Answer: Slide the Bishop along one square 1.Bd8 mate
Would Chess Champion allow that?
It would be like a new piece appearing on the board.
Once there was a white squared Bishop and now there is none.
Once there was no Black squared Bishop and now there is one.
Would it allow Ng1-a8 checkmate?
I think not because then both side would be mated.
Would it allow Nxd5 mate capturing one of it's pieces?
Does anybody have a Champion Chess computer?
OK onto the Knights odds game.
In this case the odds given were the King's Knight.
This is the starting position.
Now this game playing over thingy I have is good but I
cannot start from a set position. I must always start
from the beginning of the game. So to get to above
position I have to make a few move to lose the White Knight.
The game really starts on move 5. after 4...Nxb8.
Kennedy is White against another unknown. Brighton,1845.
[Click here to replay the game]
Kennedy - Amateur
1.Nf3 Nc6 2.Nd4 Nb8 3.Nc6 Na6 4.Nb8 Nxb8 5.e4 e5 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.d4 Nxe4 8.dxe5 Nxf2 9.0-0 Nxd1 10.Bxf7+ Ke7 11.Bg5
I wonder if that game featured in that chess book 'Startling Castling.'
Note that Black did not have to take the Queen.
5...d5 or 5...Qh5 win for Black.
There is a cute perpetual hidden inside 5...Bc5.
5...Bc5 6.Qd5 Ne4+ 7.Qxc5 Nxc5 8.Bxf7+ Kf8 9.Bd5+ Ke8 10.Bf7+
Rights that's it.
I've just been summoned for my Christmas dinner.
(1 hour later)
And I have had my dinner. Here is my daughter Kelly.
She has to do the washing up.