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Chess Eggs + Gerry Oswald

Eddie Perry bought me this from a Jenners sale.
A delayed Christmas present. It's a desk calendar with
a chess problem for every day.
Note how the prices have been dropping:
9.99, 4.99, 3.99 and finally 1.00.

This will sit nicely on my desk and will no doubt join
the confiscation drawer along with two pockets sets,
a small chess computer and a book of SF stories by Ray Bradbury.

Out of curiosity here is the problem for the 30th June (my birthday).
Opocensky - Alekhine, Prague 1942. Black to play.

23...Bh3 24.Bxh3 Qe3+ 25.Kh1 Qf3+ 26.Kg1 Qf2+ 27.Kh1 Qxh2 mate
After 23...Bh3 if White does not take the Bishop then he losses
bucket loads of material.


Last time out I was moaning about how Chess books do not have
hidden 'eggs' on them. Well I have this case in point.

This was one of my very first Chess books.

and this is a close up of the cover position.

I can recall all those years ago looking at and setting
up this position on a chessboard to find the trap.
There is none. You would have thought a book of traps
would have a trap on the cover.

A few days ago I scanned my database of 6 trillion games
and the closest position I can find to the one above is
Simagin v Keres, USSR Championship 1955.

Close, but it is a completely different position.
However the game it was taken from is not a bad game. And there
is a trap in the opening that Simagin as white failed to exploit.

In this position White can play the very strong...

... 7.Nxd4 Bxd4 8.Qxd4 Nxd4 9.Nf6+ Kf8 10.Bh6 mate.
Even if Black does not take the Queen bait he has a
wretched position.

White instead played 7.Nxe7? and went onto lose.
The win was quite instructive from the first diagram.

The Black Rook keeps out the White King & Rook whilst
the Black King goes on a long trek to get in about the Q-side pawns.
Here is the Black King's path.

and here is the full game.

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V.Simagin - P.Keres

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nd5 Bg7 6.Bg5 Nge7 7.Nxe7 Nxe7 8.Bc4 h6 9.Bh4 0-0 10.0-0 d5 11.exd5 g5 12.Bg3 Nxd5 13.Be5 c5 14.Re1 Nb6 15.Bd3 Be6 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Ne5 Qf6 18.Qe2 Rfe8 19.Bb5 Bc4 20.Bxc4 Nxc4 21.Qxc4 Rxe5 22.Qb5 Qb6 23.a4 Rae8 24.Rxe5 Rxe5 25.Qxb6 axb6 26.Kf1 Kf6 27.c4 Re4 28.Ra3 Ke7 29.Rb3 Re6 30.Rf3 f6 31.Rb3 Kd7 32.Rf3 Kc7 33.Rd3 f5 34.Rf3 f4 35.g4 Kb8 36.Rb3 Ka7 37.h3 Ka6 38.Kg2 Ka5 39.Kf3 Kxa4 40.Rd3 Kb4

So how come Simagin missed it?
The position in a known trap and is actually TRAP No.56
in the above book except it comes from a Scotch Opening.
Here it is.

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Trap 56

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nge7 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bg5 Bg7 7.Nd5 Bxd4 8.Qxd4 Nxd4 9.Nf6+ Kf8 10.Bh6

Gerald Oswald
Gerry whose artwork first featured on this site has been contacted
by chess publishing house and soon his craft will be seen all over
the place. (I'm going to get him to do Chess Eggs).
I understand a future cover of CHESS will have his artwork.
I've seen the drawing and was very impressed. It's a cracker.

Gerry gave it to me to decorate this site but when I saw it
I realised it would be wasted here, so I passed it onto a more
'serious' publications.

Now onto Gerry's chess playing.
Here is a picture of Gerry after he pranged his bike a while back.

And here is a picture of what I, his team captain, did to him
a few nights ago after his latest effort.....and he WON!

One of Gerry's games recently featured in Scottish Chess and it was voted,
via the Notice board, one of the worst game of chess to have ever been printed.
(personally I think it one of the most entertaining games ever printed).

Here is the complete game. If you want it with all the notes then you will
have to get Scottish Chess No. 207.
( is the email)

G.Oswald v H.Brechin, Bells 1 v Edinburgh 1 2006.
I'll let you and Fritz find all the missed wins and blunders.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Oswald v H.Brechin

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 b6 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.0-0 Be7 6.Qe2 c5 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.c3 Nc6 9.Ne4 Qc7 10.Nfg5 Nxe4 11.Nxe4 d5 12.Ng3 e5 13.Bxh7+ Kxh7 14.e4 Bf6 15.f4 cxd4 16.exd5 Ne7 17.c4 g6 18.f5 Bc8 19.Ne4 Ng8 20.Qg4 Qe7 21.Rf3 Bxf5 22.Rxf5 gxf5 23.Qxf5+ Kg7 24.Qg4+ Kh7 25.Qh5+ Kg7 26.Ng3 Qd7 27.Nf5+ Qxf5 28.Qxf5 Ne7 29.Bh6+ Kxh6 30.Qxf6+ Ng6 31.Rf1 Kh7 32.Rf5 d3 33.h4 d2 34.Rf1 e4 35.h5 e3 36.hxg6+ fxg6 37.Qe7+ Kg8 38.Qe6+ Kg7 39.Qe5+ Kh7 40.Rxf8 d1Q+ 41.Rf1 e2 42.Qe7+ Kh6 43.Qe3+ Kg7 44.Qc3+ Kg8 45.Re1 Rf8 46.Kh2 Rf1 47.Qg3 Qxe1 48.Qxg6+ Kf8 49.Qd6+ Kg7 50.Qe7+ Kg6 51.Qe8+ Kf5 52.Qh5+ Ke4 53.Qg6+ Kd4 54.Qg4+ Kd3

Good fun what?

But that was not the game that got him a belt in the eye.
It was this one. Wait till the captain of Lasswade 1 sees this.
Mark Chapman will end up looking like Gerald.

M.Chapman - G.Oswald, Bells 1 v Lasswade 1, 20007.

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M.Chapman - G.Oswald

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 c6 4.c4 cxd5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bb5 g6 9.d5 a6 10.Qd4 axb5 11.Qxh8 Nb4 12.Bh6 Nd7 13.0-0-0 Nxa2+ 14.Nxa2 Rxa2 15.Bxf8 Nxf8 16.Qd4 Qa5 17.g4 Ra1+ 18.Kc2 Ra4 19.b4 Rxb4 20.Ra1 Qc7+

Right I'm off to solve all the January problems from my
Times Chess Winning Moves Calendar.
I Have a Date with Mates!! (groan....Ed)

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