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The Tate & Brechin show

This was dropped into my lap at Bells.
"Did you write this?" was the question.
Sadly I didn't. But I was looking for a title for the
book of the games that have appeared on C.C.
This or 'Games from a Junk shop' seems apt.

I have a typical C.C. game to show but first.
Alan Tate is the 2007 Lothian Champion.
Here he is getting his cheque and trophy from Hugh Flockhart.

Alan kindly sent in a game.
H.Brechin - A.Tate Lothian Championship Round 3.
Critical moment, as pointed out by Alan, arose on move 29.
White to play. Can he play 29.Bxg7 aware it losses a piece with check?

Quite an instructive position.
Analyse gives White a smashing O.T.B. attack after 29.Bxg7 gxf3+.
(29...Kxg7 is better but one only considers this after looking at the mainline).
The mainline ends with White getting his piece back and going into
an ending a pawn up though with Queens on it has a drawish feel.

29.Bxg7 gxf3+ 30.Qxf3 Kxg7 31.h5 Rg8 32.hxg6 fxg6 33.Qg4 Kf7

34.Bxg6+ Rxg6 35.Rh7+ Ke8 36.Qxg6+ Kd7+- 37.Rxe7+ Kxe7 38.b4 ....

And if 38...Qc7 39.Qg7+ Kd8 40.Qxc7+ Kxc7 41.bxa5 White wins the ending.
Here is the full game.

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H.Brechin - A.Tate

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.c3 Be7 6.h3 b6 7.Nbd2 Bb7 8.Bd3 d6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Qe2 Re8 11.e4 cxd4 12.cxd4 a6 13.Rac1 b5 14.Rfd1 g6 15.e5 Nh5 16.Bh2 Nb4 17.Bb1 Qb6 18.Ne4 Bxe4 19.Bxe4 d5 20.Bb1 Rec8 21.a3 Nc6 22.g4 Ng7 23.Bf4 Na5 24.h4 Qb7 25.Kg2 Rxc1 26.Rxc1 Rc8 27.Rh1 h5 28.Bh6 hxg4 29.Nh2 Nf5 30.Nxg4 Nc6 31.Bxf5 Nxd4 32.Qd2 Nxf5 33.h5 d4+ 34.Kg1 Qe4 35.Bf4 Rc2 36.f3 Qc6 37.Qd3 g5 38.Bd2 Qc4 39.Qxc4 bxc4 40.Bb4 Rxb2 41.Bxe7 Rb1+ 42.Kg2 Rxh1 43.Nh6+ Nxh6 44.Kxh1 Nf5 45.Bxg5 Ng3+ 46.Kg2 Nxh5 47.Kf2 Kh7 48.Ke2 Kg6 49.Bd8 Kf5

And now this typical C.C. game.
R.Kynoch - H.Brechin Lothian Championship 2007.
Hugh Brechin entertains us once again.
No critical moments this time.
But watch out for Richard's alert 17.Rxe6! and the tricks with the Knight.
I must admit round about move 34 I was thinking.
"Why have I been sent this?" and considered pulling the plug.

I then recalled Hugh sent this game in. Nobody sends in a loss.
But how on earth does he win from this... it over and weep. There, but for the grace of God...

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R.Kynoch - H.Brechin

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nxd5 4.Bc4 Nb6 5.Bb3 Nc6 6.Qf3 e6 7.Nge2 Be7 8.d3 0-0 9.0-0 Na5 10.Re1 Bd7 11.Nf4 Nxb3 12.axb3 Bc6 13.Qg4 Nd7 14.Nh5 g6 15.Bh6 Re8 16.Rxe6 Bf8 17.Rxe8 Qxe8 18.Qxd7 Qxd7 19.Nf6+ Kh8 20.Nxd7 Bxh6 21.Ne5 Kg7 22.Nxc6 bxc6 23.Ra6 Re8 24.Kf1 Bc1 25.Rxc6 Re7 26.Nd5 Re5 27.Nxc7 Bxb2 28.Rc4 Ra5 29.d4 Ba3 30.b4 Ra4 31.c3 Bc1 32.d5 a5 33.d6 axb4 34.cxb4 Bg5 35.Ne8+ Kh6 36.h4 Ra1+ 37.Ke2 Ra2+ 38.Kf3 Ra3+ 39.Kg4 f5

And if you ask Hugh Brechin I bet he says;

"it was all part of the plan after 17.Rxe6!"

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