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Chandler Cornered

Chess a Sport + J.R. watch what you say

Big debate on the Scottish Notice board recently.
Is Chess a Sport?

I checked 'Purnell's Encyclopedia of Sport.'
Chess is not listed.

Yet according to 'Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary.'
Sport: play a game.

So looking up 'game.'

Game: A sport of any kind.
A contest for recreation, a competitive amusement according to a system of rules.

Chess is definitely an amusement according to a system of rules.
Therefore Chess should be classed as a sport.

I'm not bothered either way. Sport or hobby, who cares?
To me it's an addiction. I love it.

I enjoy my weekly viewing of Jonathan Rowson's column in The Herald.

AT first the delightful Mrs. Chandler went ape when I first bought one home.
She was strictly a SUN reader and enjoyed doing The SUN crossword.

1 Across: Domestic pet, not cat (3).

However she has since come round thanks to the General Knowledge crossword.
(it's easy) 8 Down: Citizen Kane's last word (7). (Rosebud).

So I'm reading this weeks column (Jan 20) and was horrified at what
Jonathan may class as a small innocuous note to a game.

The Slav Defence:
"It is rock solid, and, when I see that my
opponent intends to play it, I usually despair."

Oh No. He should not have said that.
He is The British Champion x 3. Does he not realise what he has done?

Every Tom, Rick and Jerry will now start to play The Slav.
The poor Scottish 1.d4 players will now....despair.

OK. Let me see if I can give you 1.d4 slobs some ideas.

The first thing on our side is the phrase 'rock solid.'
So we use Black's psyche against him. He thinks he is safe.

Mr. 'Memorise the First Two Moves'
This guy won't detain us too long. 1...d5. 2...c6 and that is all he knows.

Wait for Bf5. play cxd5 cxd5 and Qb3 hitting d5 and b7.
A.Zuccheri - M.Fabbri, Italy, 1991

b6 will surely come (6...Qd7 is best) then Bb5+.
Watch Black walk into a Bd7 Qe6 mating pattern.
You will almost certainly catch someone with this line.
Black fell for it. His grade at the time was 2210.

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1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Qb3 b6 7.Bb5+ Nbd7 8.Nxd5 Nxd5 9.Qxd5 e6 10.Bxd7+ Ke7 11.Qc6 Rb8 12.e4 Bg6 13.Bg5+ f6 14.Qxe6

The Premature Attacker.
This guy has got the Queens off and thinks he can take the initiative.

Hoffmann - Forder, Magdeburg, 1927
This 3.cxd5 and simple development idea may be a try at
under 2000 level. Black's attack on c2 is very plausible.

Black to play. 9...e6 is the best move.

..but Black was drawn to c2 like a moth to a flame.
9...Nb4 10.Bb5+ Bd7 11.0-0 and White is preferable.
12...Rc8 was a big blunder. 12...Rd8 was necessary.

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1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Bf5 7.e3 Qb6 8.Qb3 Qxb3 9.axb3 Nb4 10.Bb5+ Bd7 11.0-0 a6 12.Rfc1 Rc8 13.Bxd7+ Kxd7 14.Ne5+ Ke8 15.Nxd5 Nc2 16.Nb4

Mr Developer. This chappie simply brings
the pieces out onto their natural squares. He is playing a solid
defence and nothing is going to happen to him. 7...Be7 is the sinner.
7...Nc6. Knights before Bishops is the simple move.

Note the Ne5, g4 idea. If the pawn reaches g5 it kicks the f6 Knight
away and the beast on d7 dies. Hence Black's 'I saw the idea' 11...h6.

Another plausible line which I can see under 2000 players
falling into. Black's grade at the time of this game was 2300.

H.Reefschlaeger - V.Ruehrig, Germany, 1982

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1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Nc3 Bf5 6.Bf4 e6 7.e3 Be7 8.Qb3 Qb6 9.Qxb6 axb6 10.Bb5+ Nbd7 11.Ne5 h6 12.g4 g5 13.Nxd7 Nxd7 14.Be5

The Swapper Offer.
This lad is going to chop wood at every opportunity.
Set him a wee swap off trap.
Players coming into an even middle game from a solid defence
are apt to make mistakes as they relax.

S.Tartakower - M.Euwe, Budapest, 1921.
Euwe was 20 at the time. This was his first International tournament.
He adopts this tough to crack defense, chops wood and he just when he
gets out of the opening when he falls into;
"...a horrible trap." Tartakower.
Black to play. White has just played Bxc8.

15...Raxc8 (the wrong Rook). Now 16.Nf5 wins at least the exchange.

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S.Tartakower - M.Euwe

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bd3 Nbd7 6.Nf3 Bd6 7.e4 dxe4 8.Nxe4 Nxe4 9.Bxe4 e5 10.0-0 exd4 11.Qxd4 Qf6 12.Bg5 Qxd4 13.Nxd4 Nc5 14.Bf5 0-0 15.Bxc8 Raxc8 16.Nf5 Ne4 17.Be7

You are now armed against The Slav.
Recap: Wait till Bf5 and e6 then jump all over the weakened
white Queenside squares.

These strong players will have to be careful what they write.
People are watching.

Now study this diagram. White to play.
Do try not to get mated on g2.

There is only one move that keeps White alive.
1.Rb5 to which Black's only move is 1...Re8. Now what do you do?
Do try not to get mated on e1.

The only move is 2.Rb1 and Black's best move is 2...Rg8.
Now what do you do?
Do try not to get mated on g2.

There is only one move that keeps White alive.
1.Rb5 to which Black's only move is 1...Re8. Now what do you do?
Do try not to get mated on e1.

er...that's it.

If any of you wish to see the piece I've written about
David Bronstein then click on the link below.


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