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Barden + Puzzles + Poem + Custer's Last Stand

Mike Timms from Corstorphine was the first to email me
with the solution to the last C.C.
Mate in 4 playing Mirror Chess.

There are two solutions:

1.d4 d5 2.Qd3 Qd6 3.Qh3 Qh6 4.Qxc8 mate.
1.c4 c5 2.Qa4 Qa5 3.Qc6 Qc3 4.Qxc8 mate.

So Mike's soul was saved. Old Nick appeared in my shaving mirror
and said he has no room for all the souls who hit my site.
He put them on e-bay, so if you want to get your soul back you
have to log on there and bid for it.

Speaking of the last C.C. Heather Lang sent me a weird picture
I could have used in the Mirror Chess piece.

A strange coincidence involving Leonard Barden.
I appealed on the notice board for more games and was sent one,
also from Heather Lang, of a game played by a wee girl who was in turn
inspired by a game in Leonard Barden's book 'Play Better Chess.'

At the time of writing, this game is a strong contender for the 15.00
Scottish Chess Magazine prize so I shall not reveal it here.

The next email I opened referred to a previous C.C. about Chess Eggs and
I was reminded of Barden's Chess Puzzle Book with test positions
on both the front and back covers.

White to play and win.

On the back of the book is this simple but instructive position for a beginner.

I bought this book years ago and dug it out to reacquaint myself with
some of the positions. I can recall solving this about 30 years ago.

What to play and mate in 4.
Part of the skill is finding the defence that makes the game
last 4 moves. eg. 1.e8=Q d1=Q 2.Qh8+ Qh5 3.Qxh5 mates in 3 moves.
With correct play it is mate in 4 moves.

This next easy one is also a mate in 4: Clue - This is called the King Waltz.

I'm getting bored with this. One more.
This is good. White to play. What is the result with best play.

Alastair White emailed me recently with another contribution.
These days Alastair plays his chess on where he
has a grade of 2500 and recently completed an unbeaten run of 110 games.

He has also entered Chessworld's Poem Competition and has kindly
sent us his entry. The poem refers to a game he played on the net and
this has been given in full at the end. White is H.Potter (true! this is
his Chessworld name - another coincidences from a recent C.C.).

Another game will start today...
The board is ready-me to play!
I hope to win-what shall I do?
I quickly push the e-pawn two;
'Best by test' did Bobby say?
And Fischer wasn't often wrong
And now I wait-but not for long
For soon enough I get reply
'e5' is played-what shall I try?
It's Nf3-that's surely strong!

So will it be a 'Petroff'? - no!
A Philidor? - (that's much too slow)
He's bringing out his queenly horse
And playing it c6, of course
At least that's something that I know!
Now what to play, to get a score?
A Lopez, as I've played before?
But it's been analysed to death
"No fun in that" with muttered breath,
I play the Queen's pawn to d-four

He takes it quickly-e takes d
And now its plain for all to see
That we have reached the 'Scottish' game
But for me that's much too tame!
(I' m sure with that you all agree)
So fortified with plenty wine
I go to play the 'gambit' line
So out to c4 comes my 'bish'
To beat him quickly is my wish
And sacrificing pawns is fine..

But now he picks his other knight
And on f6 it does alight
He plays the double knight defence;
Which no doubt makes a lot of sense
He'll not give up without a fight
I wish he'd played the Caro Khan
But never mind-I have a plan
I will attack-so first e5
He'll not get out of this alive...
I'm going to beat this nasty man!

d7-d5 I now inspected-
not entirely unexpected;
And now my bishop moves once more;
To b5; he goes Ne4;
(he cannot keep his pawn protected).
So with my horse I take his pawn;
It once was there, but now it's gone
Creating threats upon his Knight;
Now it's looking fairly bright
(I'm thinking here that I could win..)

He must 'unpin' to stay alive...
But what's he played? It's Bc5?
I don't think that is usual here
It's bold, of course-he shows no fear
Surely now he can't survive?
But wait a minute-what the score?
Let me analyse some more:
If my Knight takes on his c6
My f-pawn falls, and he has tricks
Like Kf1, then Queen h4?

Not sure of that, I must confide
I think I'll put it to one side
So Bishop takes c6 instead
He takes it back, and now I've played
The castling move to run and hide
He castles too! That can't be right-
I think he does it out of spite!
The c-pawn now is hanging loose
My knight takes it-now the noose
Is round his neck and getting tight!

Now his queen is looking slack
So Qd7-a slight attack
With Nd4 it's easily parried
Now Qe7-my e-pawn's harried
So Nf3-I move it back
I'm winning now; - a pawn ahead
He's wounded and he will be dead
But what's this Bish a6 I see?
My rook is stuck-it cannot flee
I need another move instead!

I'll take his d-pawn with my dame
That will put his knight to shame
And if he dares to capture rook
I'll take the knight, and then we'll look
To see if he can save his game
So Qd5, and now surprise!
I cannot now believe my eyes!
He leaves my hanging rook alone
His Knight to f2 now has gone
A sacrificial enterprise!

That pesky knight it must expire;
And perish on its funeral pyre
So Rf2; but now I've seen
The Queen's rook comes to file of Queen
And things are looking fairly dire
But panic not! with Qe4;
I can defend a little more
My back rank now can be protected
His Rd1+ -as expected
And Ne1 is forced, for sure

Phew! I'm feeling better now
I think I might still win somehow
Material is still ahead
And even if my rook is dead
I'm not too bad, you will allow
For moments there I thought it rough
But now I hope I've done enough
I thought the game was nearly over
But now I think I will recover
So do your worst! Lay on, MacDuff!

He moves! Can he still outscore me?
And what is this I see before me?
Not a dagger but a Queen
On h4 suddenly it's seen
Can this be true? He's trying to gore me!
What can I now? Not very much!
The queen's 'en prise' but safe from touch
Taking it allows him mate!
I cannot now escape my fate
This man's a filthy such-and-such
I've checked and looked at every line
I'd thought the game it would be mine
But now there's nothing I can see
There's several threats of mate in three
There's nothing for it-I RESIGN!!

[Click here to replay the game]
H.Potter-Alastair White

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.e5 d5 6.Bb5 Ne4 7.Nxd4 Bc5 8.Bxc6+ bxc6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Nxc6 Qd7 11.Nd4 Qe7 12.Nf3 Ba6 13.Qxd5 Nxf2 14.Rxf2 Rad8 15.Qe4 Rd1+ 16.Ne1 Qh4 0-1

Along with Alastair's poem came a game he had played recently using
the Kopec System in reverse. What is noticeable about this game is
the way Alastair plays wee combinations to swap off the pieces
steering the game into a clear won endgame. Instructive stuff.

[Click here to replay the game]
'zixin' - A.White

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.e3 Bc7 6.Be2 0-0 7.Bd2 a6 8.h4 d5 9.d4 e4 10.Ne5 Re8 11.g4 Bxe5 12.dxe5 Rxe5 13.g5 Ne8 14.b3 dxc4 15.Bxc4 Be6 16.Bxe6 Rxe6 17.f3 exf3 18.Qxf3 Nd7 19.h5 Ne5 20.Qg2 Qxg5 21.Qf1 Rd8 22.0-0-0 Qe7 23.e4 Qa3+ 24.Kc2 Red6 25.Qf2 Qb2+ 26.Kxb2 Nd3+ 27.Kc2 Nxf2 28.Rh2 Nxd1 29.Nxd1 Nf6 30.Nc3 Rxd2+ 31.Rxd2 Rxd2+ 32.Kxd2 Nxh5 33.Kd3 Kf8 34.Kd4 Ke7 35.Na4 Kd6 36.Nb6 c5+ 37.Kc4 Kc6 38.Nd5 b5+ 39.Kc3 Nf6 40.Nxf6 gxf6

Hatfield Dingley sent me a win v Andy Howie from the recent
Castle Douglas Chess Tournament.

[Click here to replay the game]
H.Dingley - A.Howie

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd3 Na6 7.0-0 c5 8.d5 Rb8 9.e5 Ne8 10.f5 dxe5 11.fxg6 hxg6 12.Qe1 Nb4 13.Qh4 Nf6 14.Ng5 Re8 15.Rxf6 exf6 16.Qh7+ Kf8 17.Nxf7 Kxf7 18.Bxg6+

If 18...Kf8 19.Bh6 threatening 20.Qh8 wins easily.

And finally...
Last night I watched the 'Real Wild West' on BBC2 last night.
Brilliant stuff. What they do is cut through all the chaff and
give the real story about famous legends from the Wild West.

This episode was the truth behind Custer's Last Stand. June 25th. 1876.

Along the road from the Edinburgh Chess Club and right next to
the Hotel where Bells used to play their league games is
St. John's Episcopal church.

There is a plaque on the church wall dedicated to one John S.S. Forbes.
It reads:

John Forbes joined the 7th. Calvary under the name of John Stuart Hiley.
And it under this name he is listed among the dead. Details as to why
he changed his name are a bit sketchy.
I repeat here some research I have gleaned from another site.

"When Hiley's trunk was opened, in it was found among other things,
a Fargo bank book, Hiley being a great gambler.
In the trunk was also a letter from his mother, showing her to be a
lady of the nobility in Scotland. In the letter she informed him that
the trouble he had gotten into in his native country was soon to be
settled up and he could then return home without molestation."

He was a member of 'E' Company, the grey horse company.
(all the horses in that company were greys).

Another interesting fact from Chandler Cornered.
We are here to entertain and inform.

I was going to finish here but Mrs Chandler has just brought me The Herald.
(At least I think it was her. I can never be exactly sure it's her until she shaves.)

Anyway. Another good game in the Jonathan Rowson column.
Aagaard v McNab. Mcnab is mated and Jonathan states;

"Grandmasters don't usually accept the indignity of checkmate,
preferring to resign, but if we feel our opponents have played
well and like them, we occasionally let them do the honours."

So M.Carbello (2095) thought S.Blyth (1470) had played
so well he might as well just let himself be mated.
And here's me thinking it was a blunder.
This is from the Glenrothes Club Championship 2006.

[Click here to replay the game]
S.Blyth - M.Carbello

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Ba6 9.b3 0-0-0 10.g3 f6 11.Bb2 fxe5 12.a3 Re8 13.Qe4 Nf6 14.Qe3 Ng4 15.Qxa7 Qc5 16.Qa8

Also, and this is interesting.
Jacob Aagaard. How do you pronounce his name?


Everytime I have heard mention of Jacob, people have been
pronouncing his surname as Agard. Well you are wrong. has given us the correct pronunciation.
It is pronounced 'Oougoour'.

My name is often mis-pronounced.
I've heard them calling me Cheapo Chandler.

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