I think most people know the format for Desert Island Discs.
The Castaway has to choose 8 records and a luxury item.
The first programme was broadcast on the 29th January 1942
with the Castaway being Vic Oliver, actor & comedian.
I picked up the above book from a junk shop (25p).
It covers the period 1942-1983. I went through it looking
to see who chose a chess set.
Yes I know, glum sadness in all it's glory.
I found seven.
Leo Genn, Actor, June 1953. A chess set and book of problems.
Aaron Copland, Composer, December 1958. A chess set.
Steve Race, Pianist, Composer, Journalist. November 1959. A chess set.
Lorin Maazel, Conductor, July 1971. A chess set and a chess book.
Joe Bugner, Heavyweight Boxer, June 1973. A chess set.
Dr. Jacob Bronowski, Scientist, January 1974. An antique chess set
and a volume of championship play.
Philip Hope-Wallace, Drama and Music Critic, March 1974. An ivory chess set.
The popular choice for a luxury item was a piano.
The most popular piece of music was Beethoven's
Symphony No. 9, last movement. (Ode To Joy)
Some strange choices;
Alfred Hitchcock, Film Director, October 1959. A continental railway timetable.
Oliver Reed, Actor, November 1974. An inflatable rubber doll.
Clive James, Journalist, June 1980. A Space Invaders Game.
In my last piece about the Lewis Gaming Pieces one
of the alleged perpetrators was a Captain Ririe or Pirie.
The next game to arrive was between G.Clarke and D.Pirie
played at the recent Lothian Championship.
An interesting position arose. White to play.
White played the tempting 15.Nxe6 but with best play Black can
wriggle out of this. I like 15.Qg4 Bxg5 16.Qxe6+ Kd8 17.e4.
Always look for the killer moves. The Queen can only attack.
Look for every opportunity to bring her out with her kicking boots on.
(I Fritz it - it found 15.Rxh7! which is actually better than 15.Qg4
there is a Bxg6+ in the wind. Huh. Smart Alec.).
Later we arrive at this position. Black played 17...Bb7?
A better defensive was 17...Qd6 18.exd7+ Kxf7 19.dxc8=Q Raxc8.
Black is certainly not losing this position.
After 17...Bb7? White wrapped it up well.
Here is the game.
(I do not know why 6...Qd7? was played. I can see no
advantage in allowing White to play 7.Ne5 with a gain of tempo.)
[Click here to replay the game]
G.Clarke - D.Pirie
1.d4 d5 2.e3 e6 3.f4 c5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Nbd2 b6 6.c3 Qd7 7.Ne5 Qc7 8.Bd3 c4 9.Bc2 b5 10.Ndf3 Nbd7 11.0-0 Nxe5 12.fxe5 Nd7 13.Ng5 g6 14.Rxf7 Bh6 15.Nxe6 Qb6 16.Nc7+ Qxc7 17.e6 Bb7 18.Rxd7 Qb6 19.Qg4 Bc8 20.Bxg6+ hxg6 21.Qxg6+ Kf8 22.Qf7
And now we shall swim in the disturbing blue waters
of J.Murison - J.Schwartz, played in the Spens Cup 2006.
The opening 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3!? is not all that bad for White.
It called, I believe, The Chigorin and after 2...c5
he can play 3.e4 dxe4 4.d5 an Alpin Counter with a move in hand.
Instead White lured Black into a premature attack.
At least I hope that was the plan. Perhaps he was practicing
his Knights moves, 4 Knight hops in the first 7 moves and an
early f3 to give the Knight a bolt hole.
The premature attack ploy nearly worked. In this position.
White played 15 h3? He could have bargained his Queen for a
Rook, Knight and Bishop. 15.Nxd6 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 Rxf2 17.Ndxf2.
There is a lot of chess in this position. Who do you prefer?
After 15.h3? it was Black who rose above the waves when he sacced
his Queen for a Rook, Knight and a stormy attack.
The Black ship was shot full of holes and could have raised
a white flag after move 28 when the Queen was jettisoned.
Black polished it off with a picturesque two Knight mate.
[Click here to replay the game]
J.Murison - J.Schwartz
1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 c5 3.dxc5 d4 4.Ne4 e5 5.f3 f5 6.Nf2 Bxc5 7.Nd3 Bd6 8.e4 Nc6 9.Ne2 fxe4 10.fxe4 Qh4+ 11.Ng3 Nf6 12.Qe2 Bg4 13.Qf2 0-0 14.Nf5 Qh5 15.h3 Nxe4 16.Qh4 Bxf5 17.Qxh5 Ng3 18.Qg5 Nxh1 19.g4 Be7 20.Qd2 Bh4+ 21.Ke2 Bxg4+ 22.hxg4 Ng3+ 23.Kd1 Rxf1+ 24.Ne1 Ne4 25.Qe2 Nf2+ 26.Kd2 Bg5+ 27.Qe3 dxe3+ 28.Ke2 Rh1 29.Bxe3 Bxe3 30.Kxe3 Nxg4+ 31.Kf3 h5 32.Kg2 Rh2+ 33.Kg1 Nd4 34.c3 Ne2+ 35.Kf1 Ne3
Finally an instructive 'might have been' from the Edinburgh League.
L.McGregor v D.Robertson. White to play.
White is busted. Try 1.Kh4 and if 1...Rxe3? then we see the idea.
2.Rh8+ Kd7 3.Rd8+ Kc7 (3...Ke6 4.Rd6+) 4.Rd7+ Kb8 5.Rb7 and thanks
to the stalemate threat it's a perpetual.
The Black King is stuck on the back rank. Should he head for f8
then White has to be careful not to give himself a move.
Here 1.Rd8+ is stalemate. 1.Re7+? Nxe7 and White has 2.fxe7.
I think Robertson would have smelt a rat and refrained from taking
the Bishop but it was worth a try. The idea never entered White's head.
"I was trying to win it, not draw it." said a cheerful MacGregor.
And with that we leave Chandler Cornered for another week.
It's snowing outside. I'm off to ambush my wife on her way home from work.
I'm gonna scud her with the biggest snowball I can carry.