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Chandler Cornered

An Argument + Sicilain Beware + CHESS 1977

I never had my eraser with me so this produced an argument.

They, the Oxfam shop at Tollcross, wanted 50p for it.
I said it was only 20p when it was brand new.
How come they charge 50p for a second hand book that cost originally 20p?

(I usually rub out their price and pencil in what I think is a fair price).

The lady behind the counter said it's for a good cause.

"A good cause my chuff." I replied and an elderly gentleman
customer agreed with me.

"The good cause is your drinking money." he said.

The manageress appeared.
A gaunt starched woman who reminded me of Mrs.MacGregor a teacher
from my primary days who use to belt me with a leather strap.

"You are the gentleman who rubs out the prices." she said and added.
"I've seen you do it."

She even spoke like Mrs. MacGregor.

"No you have not." I replied, "I do it when nobody is looking."

Anyway, to cut a long argument short. I paid the 50p. The elderly
gentleman got a scarf for 2.00 knocked down from 2.50. Huh!

The book contains a couple of mates in three which I enjoyed solving.

Move this piece first

The White King. What are you going to do with the White King?This is the Black King you idiotLeave this alone

White to play and mate in three.
If you put the mouse pointer over any piece you will get a clue.

move this Knight first.

Why are you looking for a clue from the Black King?
Leave the King alone.This is a Black Bishop you fool.Not this Knight, try the other Knight.

White to play and mate in three.
If you put the mouse pointer over any piece you will get a clue.

Chris McKay from the USA emailed me saying he had obtained
a copy of 'Chess Fever' and had put it on the net.
If you want to watch it and see Capablanca's cameo appearance.

OK all you Sicilianites. Beware.
There has been a whole flood of games recently with the b-pawn
being thrown at the Sicilian Defence on the 2nd. or 3rd. move.

Now this 'Wing Gambit' has always had a tacky reputation theory wise.
But if you look at the players that theory selects to demote this line,
then you will see that in a large amount of the cases Black was going
to win no matter what White played.

It's simply the case that the weaker White player chose to have a go
and got crunched. Thus the 'Wing Gambit' is naff.

Not so. I recall in the 70's Nigel Povah was analysing a gambit
against The English (1.c4 e5) which is basically a Sicilian a move up.
Nigel's line featured an early ...b5 and only failed by a tempo.
2.b4 or 3.b4 and White has the tempo Black lacked.

Hang on...

...ten minutes later...

I knew I had it somewhere. Chess, June 1977.

So if a quick ...b5 causes problems against the English
then just think what a quick b4 will do a tempo up.

If your pet is the Dragon, the Svesnikov, the Najdorf etc.
Best be alert that your memory cells could be defunct after
only two moves and you may be required to play some Chess.

Recent example. G.Basanta,(2328) - H.Wu,(2185),Keres Memorial, 2006.

[Click here to replay the game]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b4 cxb4 4.d4 d5 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.c4 bxc3 7.Nxc3 Qa5 8.d5 Bg4 9.dxc6 Qxc3+ 10.Bd2 Qxc6 11.Rc1 Bxf3 12.gxf3 Qe6+ 13.Be3 Nf6 14.Bb5+ Nd7 15.Rc7 Rd8 16.Bxd7+ Rxd7 17.Rc8+ Rd8 18.Rxd8

The big error for Black was move 13...Nf6. 13...a6 looks forced.
But then 14 Rc7. Maybe Black should try 8...Qc3+ instead of
the luxury move 8...Bg4.
An interesting game with stimuli for the imaginative players.

As a footnote to this line I add a one-sided conversation I
had with a complete nutcase at a chess bookstall in the 80's.
(I'm a magnet for nutcases.)

It ran along these lines.

The 'Wing Gambit' is actually the bust against the Sicilian
but the best lines are being kept from "us" so the Grandmasters and
publishers can sell us books on The Dragon and other Sicilian lines.

I agreed (it's best to agree with these guys). I then added there is
most likely killer variations against The French and Caro Khan but they
too are being buried so they can sell more books.

I was joking but this chap went all wide eyed.
I fear I may have done more damage than good.
Never mind, it gave me an idea.

A few days later I wrote a piece in Capatal (sic) Chess saying the
recent Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship match never happened.
The games were made up so we would buy the book of the match.
I added CHESS and BCM were in on it to complete the scam.

BCM actually wrote a tongue in cheek answer a month later.

And Finally...
I thumbing through this June 1977 CHESS and there is a report on
David Parr who has given up Chess to make a study of the occult.

It continues...

In an Australian tournament Parr pulled out with 2 out of 6 saying;

"The field was too weak for him to concentrate properly."

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