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Bob and The Beatles + Roy of the Rovers

Picked up this classic on CD today (3rd Feb 2007) for one Earth Pound.
There is an egg on the cover. I've been boring everyone in Bells
to death with this story. Now it's your turn.

The Beatles put Bob Dylan on the cover of Sgt.Peppers, so Bob
wanted The Beatles on his next LP. John Wesley Harding.
Columbia Records said no. So Bob had a word with John Berg the
L.P.photographer and The Beatles duly appeared.

Turn the LP. cover upside down and look at the tree.

I've scanned it in. It's not very clear in the scan but if
you have the original LP. You will see them quite clearly.

G=George, J=John, P=Paul and R=Ringo.

Here is a picture of Dylan playing chess.

The 60's LP's had loads of these wee messages and gimmicks.

I think it's an idea that chess books could copy.
Off the top of my head I cannot think of any chess
book that has a hidden message on the cover.

I recall a book by George Hatfield Dingley Gossip that had the critical
position of his non-brilliancy inlaid in gold on the cover.
He was moaning that it never received the Brilliancy prize it so deserved.

To be fair it was a lovely game. Well it has a nice finish. Here it is.
It was played in the USA Congress 1889. I believe the position after
white's 24th move 24.Bxh4 is on the cover.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Showalter - G.Gossip

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bd3 d5 7.e5 Ng4 8.0-0 Bc5 9.Bf4 g5 10.Bd2 Nxe5 11.Re1 Qe7 12.Nc3 Bd7 13.Qh5 0-0-0 14.Bxg5 f6 15.Bh4 Qg7 16.Ba6+ Kb8 17.Bg3 Rhg8 18.Qd1 Ng4 19.Bf1 Ne5 20.b4 Bg4 21.Qb1 Bd4 22.Qb3 h5 23.Rab1 h4 24.Bxh4 Nf3+ 25.gxf3 Bxf3+ 26.Bg3 Qxg3+ 27.hxg3 Rxg3+ 28.Kh2 Bxf2 29.Bh3 Rxh3+

Another 'egg' I've seen is from Raymond Keene.
I've cannot find the game or the source. Perhaps someone out there
can help. Keene has a pawn about to Queen. It is going to get taken
so he promotes it to a Bishop just to see if any of the World's press
got the score correct.

He then listed all the places that had it correct and those that had it wrong.

Of course the real place for 'eggs' is a DVD.
I only have a few chess DVD's. Does anybody know of any that
have 'eggs' or bonus features?

I want to do a chess DVD. I've a few ideas and it's something I'd
love to do. The one's I have seen are completely devoid of humour.
There is a lot of scope for some fun in these DVD's.

I've made a few enquires and was quoted 400.00 for a
professional cameraman with all the technology. Sod that.

I'll knock one up on the cheap and flog it for 5.00.
Watch this space.

At work and my colleagues were teasing each other with football trivia.

Name the football team with no vowels in it's first five letters?
A. CRYSTal Palace.

Name the only player who has played for Hibs, Hearts, Dundee and Dundee Utd.?
A. Alan Gordon.

So I chipped in.

Who scored a hat trick in a F.A. Cup Final and went in goal when
the keeper was injured (played before subs) and with the score at
3-2 saved a last minute penalty.

This had them baffled for a good 20 minutes.

A. Roy of the Rovers.

They don't let me take part in their quizzes anymore.

Funnily enough a few days later the papers were full of Roy's return.
Last I heard he had lost a foot in an accident but they are going to
overcome that with some stem cell surgery. I wonder if he will limp?

Anyway, that got me thinking. We should have a Roy of Rovers lad
in chess. You know someone who wins game from fantastically lost positions.

Me? No not me. Though somewhere in some old Edinburgh League Sec's
archives there are a couple of score cards with '0' entered
against my name and then scribbled out to be replaced with a '1'.

This was Milne v Chandler. Edinburgh League 1977. (Edin 4 v Heriot Watt)
Both captains had written down a loss for me after my 18th move. 18....Rxf2.
This was hastily changed to a win a few moves later when I said 'Checkmate.'

Here is the game. My 18th move is a mating trap using my Queen as bait.

[Click here to replay the game]
S.Milne - G.Chandler

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d3 Nf6 4.Nbd2 Nc6 5.g3 Bc5 6.Bg2 d6 7.b3 0-0 8.Bb2 Ng4 9.Rf1 d5 10.Qe2 fxe4 11.dxe4 Nb4 12.Nc4 Qe7 13.Ncxe5 dxe4 14.Qxe4 Bf5 15.Qc4+ Kh8 16.0-0-0 Nxe5 17.Nxe5 Bxc2 18.Rde1 Rxf2 19.Ng6+ hxg6 20.Rxe7 Nxa2

I think we should invent some guy. How about Hatfield Dingley?
We start publishing some scorching wins and see if the rest of
world follows. Every now and then I'm going to show a Hatfield Dingley
brillo against some of Scotland top players (and me).
I'll make them up or you can send one in.

Those of you writing columns and other web sites copy the game(s).
See if we can get one into a future database.
See if we can get him on the FIDE grading list.
See if we can get him a norm.
See if we can get his best games published.

Back to reality...

I fired up my database to see if there were any games by Roy Race.
(he of the Rovers). None. But I did find a game by one A.Race.
This is an instructive miniature.

J.Cooksey - A.Race Under 16 BCF Ch. 1967.

In this position it's White to play.
White played 12.Qxe7+ missing mate in 4.

12.Bxh6+ Rg7 13.Bxg7+ Kxg7 14.Qg6+ Kh8 15.Qg8.
Queen and Bishop mating patterns, you must know them and check all checks.
White still won but it was ugly.

[Click here to replay the game]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.Bd2 Nfd7 7.Qg4 g6 8.Bd3 c5 9.Bxg6 Rg8 10.Qxe6+ Qe7 11.Bxf7+ Kf8 12.Qxe7+ Kxe7 13.Bxg8 Nb6 14.Nxd5+ Nxd5 15.Bxd5 Bxd2+ 16.Kxd2 cxd4 17.Ne2

Wasn't Black's 9th move a shocker? 9...Qb6 and he is still in it.

And finally...
When I was searching for a Roy of the Rovers picture I cam across this:

Look familiar?

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