Don't talk to me about Warburtons Toastie the thick sliced bread.
It's so thick it jammed in my toaster and would not pop up.
So being unable to 'pop up' my clever toaster kept on toasting.
...and toasting and toasting and toasting...
So that's what that plastic thing on the kitchen ceiling is for,
it's a beeper thingy. Beep-Beep-Beep-Beep-Beep-Beep.
Smoke all over the house and we went into a panic.
The last time I experienced something like this was when I was home alone.
The Night of the FLYING JENNY.
(the next door neighbour, a women, came round and killed the beast).
Calm was restored when Mrs Chandler bravely turned off the toaster
and opened a window. Everything now smells of burnt Warburton's toast.
Keith Ruxton kindly agreed to annotate his Gibraltar game v Irena Krush.
Here is the game with his own notes.
I Krush - K Ruxton
Gibtelecom Masters, (7)
King's Indian Defence
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6 5 Be2 0-0 6 Bg5 Na6 7 Qd2 e5 8 d5 Nc5
9 f3 a5 10 h4 c6 11 h5 cxd5 12 cxd5 Bd7 13 g4 Qe8 14 Nh3 b5 15 Nf2 Ra7?!
My first idea had been the theoretical recommendation of ...b4 followed by ...Bb5.
This allows black to exchange a minor piece and thus reduce the congestion a little.
At the time I was concerned about giving white the c4 square for a knight so instead
I opted for this 'multi-purpose' move with ideas of possibly doubling rooks on the
c-file or using the rook along the second rank for defence.
This is all a little vague however and in general such 'sophisticated' moves
are usually wrong. In chess, as in life, there is little reward for being a smart-arse.
16 Ncd1 Qe7 17 Ne3 Rc8 18 Rg1 Qe8 19 Kf1 Kf8?!
Despite the pleasing symmetry of this move it is the start of a faulty plan.
Before playing this, white will be reluctant to exchange on g6 as I can open
the f-file for my own pieces.
After this lax move I will be forced to recapture with the h-pawn which is
not to my advantage.
20 Rh1 Ng8 21 hxg6 hxg6 22 Kg2 Rcc7 23Rh2 Bc8 24 Rah1 f6 25 Bh4 Rf7 26 Bg3 Ne7
From this point on my opponent gives me (us!) a master class in positional play.
The first step is the simple idea of exchanging off my most active piece...
27 Nd3 Nxd3 28 Bxd3 Kg8 29 Bf2 Ra8 30 Qe2 Bd7
In the next phase of the game we are treated to a model example of how the
player with more space can make progress by attacking both wings.
First the bishop is routed to d2 where it attacks the queenside pawns and
also threatens to come to h6 at some point.
31 Be1! Nc8
For better or worse black should try ...f5 as the only chance.
I thought that instead I'd manoeuver my knight to a better post,
rather sophisticated I thought!
In general such 'sophisticated' moves are usually wrong.
In chess, as in life, there is little reward for....
oh hold on I've already said that.
32 Bd2! Nb6 33 b3!...
Prophylaxis! preventing my idea of Na4-c5, leaving my re-routed knight
stuck on the useless b6 square.
33...b4 34 Qf2!...
The star move, aiming at my knight on b6 but also at h4 on the opposite side
of the board. Even the grovelling ...g5 is not possible now due to
Nf5 Bxf5 Qxb6 followed by taking my pawn on d6
34... Rb8 35 Qh4 Kf8 36 Qh7...
When I'd seen this position during earlier calculations I thought for some
reason that after ...g5, Nf5 Bxf5 that white would have to capture with a pawn.
Alas, with the position now in front of me it became obvious that the queen
capture on f5 is killing so I played the only other move...
36... Re7? 37 Qh8+ Kf7 38 Qxg7+! Kxg7 39 Rh7+ Kg8 40 Rh8+ Kg7 41 R1h7 mate.
Here is the full game on the magic moving board.
[Click here to replay the game]
I.Krush - K.Ruxton
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Bg5 Na6 7.Qd2 e5 8.d5 Nc5 9.f3 a5 10.h4 c6 11.h5 cxd5 12.cxd5 Bd7 13.g4 Qe8 14.Nh3 b5 15.Nf2 Ra7 16.Ncd1 Qe7 17.Ne3 Rc8 18.Rg1 Qe8 19.Kf1 Kf8 20.Rh1 Ng8 21.hxg6 hxg6 22.Kg2 Rcc7 23.Rh2 Bc8 24.Rah1 f6 25.Bh4 Rf7 26.Bg3 Ne7 27.Nd3 Nxd3 28.Bxd3 Kg8 29.Bf2 Ra8 30.Qe2 Bd7 31.Be1 Nc8 32.Bd2 Nb6 33.b3 b4 34.Qf2 Rb8 35.Qh4 Kf8 36.Qh7 Re7 37.Qh8+ Kf7 38.Qxg7+ Kxg7 39.Rh7+ Kg8 40.Rh8+ Kg7 41.R1h7
There was a poor showing at the recent North Berwick Open.
Before the start every player shook hands with every other player
making a total of 15 handshakes.
How many chess players were there at the North Berwick Open?
On Monday I went into Sandy Bells and Mickey Rattray
asked me when the next league match was.
"Two days after the day before the day after tomorrow."
On what day is the next match?
This is fun - one more.
38 players turn up for an allegro knockout tournament. The loser is
eliminated and takes no further part. No draws allowed. If the game
is a stalemate or agreed drawn then White losses.
How many games of chess must be played to produce a winner.
Picked this up at the Greenside Car Boot sale. (50p)
I was of course drawn to the sleeve design (by one Billy Devine).
Hollow Horse are actually a Glasgow based and the CD is OK.
Not exactly my cup of tea. I'm a Dylan, Beatles, Stones, Kinks
and anything from the 60's fan. I do not play anything else.
I even have a CD of me recorded at a genuine recording studio.
And I never play that.