See what my mucker Keith Ruxton brought back for me from Gibraltar.
Keith also brought a programme autographed by Irena Krush for Brian Duncan.
Brian sometimes plays on board 6 for Bells 1 in the Premier League.
I'm going to trick him into giving me her autograph.
It will be as easy as taking pawns from a baby. Watch this space.
Keith is going to annotate his loss v Irena just for this site.
It's a good game and I'll post it as soon as he sends it.
I was emailed by a very old contact who was glad I'm back online.
(it's only been 3 years since I moved sites.)
He recalls a chess game which I turned into a football match.
This lad is going back. This was the 6th C.C. from way back in 2002.
I've made a few changes from the original but keep the same sides.
I could have produced an updated version dropping in loads of
Romanov jokes, Rangers taking and replacing the Scotland Manager,
The mass exodus of talent from Edinburgh to Glasgow.
'Hibs & Hearts find em - Celtic and Rangers buy em.'
But 50% of my regular surfers are from overseas and they won't
know what on earth I am on about.
Why Rangers v Aberdeen? I cannot recall why.
I think at the time Aberdeen had an all black away strip.
Rangers v Aberdeen
"Good evening, Both sides line up with Rangers in their white
away strip and Aberdeen in all black."
1 d4 ....
"...And Rangers kick off the match by
pushing a pawn who actually played in the recent
Chess Olympics. This d-pawn was sacced three times,
promoted twice and isolated six times."
"Aha the old 8-7-1 formation."
2 c4 e6
3 Nc3 Nf6
4 Nf3 Nbd7
"Both sides are now bringing their midfield players into
action. The Knight on f6 is on loan from one of
5 Bg5 .....
"Rangers are bringing their winger out pinning down
one of the midfield Knights"
5 .... Be7
"Black is holding back his winger for defensive purposes."
6 e3 0-0
"Wow, did you see that? a double shimmy and the goal
is tucked away in the corner. But is it safe?"
7 Qc2 ....
"And here comes Rangers star player the Queen. This
Queen cost Rangers a club record £7.95 and came
with a folding board."
7 .... c5
"Aberdeen are not bothered by the Queen move and
make this thrust in the centre. They certainly seem to
have weathered Rangers opening storm."
8 cxd5 ....
"Rangers are attacking in the centre. Will this cross
lead to anything significant?"
8 .... Nxd5
9 Nxd5 ....
"Rangers are tackling heavy. A knight has just been chopped."
9 .... Bxg5
"A new move! Has this been worked out on the Aberdeen training pitch."
10 h4 ....
"Rangers are continuing to play down the wing."
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LET ME REMIND YOU THIS IS ON RADIO.
SKY WILL BE SHOWING THE DIAGRAMS OF
THIS GAME LATER ON TONIGHT.
10 .... Qa5+
"First shot on goal by Aberdeen and it looks a beauty."
11 b4 ....
"Rangers have blocked the shot but surely Aberdeen
can just remove the blocker and shoot again?"
11 .... cxb4
12 Qxh7+ ....
"The Queen has strayed offside and will surely get
taken. Rangers are gambling and have taken off their
12 .... Kxh7
13 hxh5+ Kg6
"Rangers were expecting Kg8 when the Knight slides
onto e7 and heads home a goal. Rangers are in trouble
now, have they have miscalculated?"
14 Ne7 A Goal! What a cracker.
"Incredible. I bet the Aberdeen manager is as sick as a parrot"
The game used was D.Reca v O.Trompowsky, Montevideo, 1925.
White actually missed 11.b4! and played instead 11.Nc3.
White went onto win in 43 moves after Black made some slack moves.
here is the game from the above football match with 11.b4! played).
[Click here to replay the game]
Rangers - Aberdeen
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 0-0 7.Qc2 c5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 Bxg5 10.h4 Qa5+ 11.b4 cxb4 12.Qxh7+ Kxh7 13.hxg5+ Kg6 14.Ne7