Edinburgh 1 retained the Edinburgh Premier Division.
And here are the merry men of Edinburgh 1 posing prior to
their league match v Pentland Hills 1 winning it 4-2.
I've turned it into b/w for arty farty effect.
And here are the luckless Pentland Hills 1 who were relegated.
(there are only 5 of them....Ed).
Their board 5 was late in turning up.
If I was SUN writer we would have headlines like this;
and on page 3 we could have...
(...that is quite enough of that...Ed)
I picked this up for 50p.
100 test positions from Master games played in 1989.
I don't know.
Perhaps all the games played in 1988 were naff.
Perhaps he only has one informator (1989).
Perhaps he could only download a PGN of 1989 games.
(Perhaps you should be getting on with it...Ed).
I always recommend books like this. But I do stress that
one must set up the board to solve it. (get the eyes moving).
Not a bad book with a unique clue feature.
If you are stuck you are given the key components.
Example: L.Christiansen v J.Peters, Los Angeles, 1989.
White to play. Clue: W:Rh8 B: Ke7 Rb7.
1.Rh8+ Ke7 2.Na8 and the Rook must move 3...Rb7/a7 when 3.Rh7+ skewers it.
The theme was to chase the Rook away from c7 so it was unprotected.
I know a few chess players/writers do not like Pandolfini's style.
For example they choke at the following comments all taken from the above book:
"Black's King is surrounded by White's queen-and-rook SWAT team."
"Raucous hurrahs after 1.Rf7+...."
"The road to Mandalay is 1.Na6..."
"Black's king is trapped...kicking like a wounded dinosaur."
"White jumped into hyperspace with 1.Qg6!"
King's in the centre of the board are always lame ducks
and they do not get mated. They get defeathered.
Sometimes one gets the impression Pandolfini has just
swallowed a dictionary...
"How does he integrate these disparate elements in a win?
The synergistic solution is 1.Qe7!"
So next time you are loitering outside a tournament hall
and some bod comes up and asks how you how you got on?
"There I was, in hyperspace, a lame duck kicking like a wounded dinosaur
when along came the SWAT team from Mandalay and defeathered me."
That said, I must add that this is Bruce Pandolfini's style and it does
appear to be successful one. He is by all accounts an excellent teacher,
his books sell, his examples are well chosen. (Why 1989?...why not?)
Also there is a wee bit of jealousy at a missed opportunity surfacing.
In 1980 myself and Ian Mullen did consider writing a book called;
"Traps, Zaps and Crushes." infact I'm sure I referred to it in some
old 1980 CapaTal Chess's.
One of Pandolfini's most successful books, written at least 15 years
later, was called: "Traps and Zaps." Huh!
I had Traps and Zaps once. I gave it to Robert Burns. I think I'll ask
for it back. He does very little Trapping and Zapping these days.
Now a trio of happy games.
I.McLachlan - C.Postlethwaite, Glasgow League Div 1,2006.
Craig sent me in this game featuring a brave and hard to resist
piece sacrifice on f7. White trades two pieces for a Rook and two pawns
giving rise to a game that is unclear to evaluate.
The game swings on this position with White to play.
In these types of positions one can only fall back on experience.
The variation tree is far to complex and long for human calculation.
So as White I would have swapped Rooks simply to rid myself of
a target for Black's three remaining minor pieces and leave the
Black Queen as the sole main defender of the back rank.
I would then plan on shoving the d-pawn and hitting the Q-side pawns.
Activity being the keyword.
White played 24.f3 and chose to triple up behind the d-pawn with
a view of shoving it.
What I feared would happen, happened. The Knights came in and
the cluster of two Rooks and a Queen grouped together soon fell to a fork.
"The lumbering battleships moored in shallow water were no match
for the nimble submarines who soon torpedoed them." Cheers Bruce.
Black could have wrapped it up tactically with 25...Nh4! instead of 25..Rd7.
Which would have highlighted White poor 24th move.
Here is the complete game.
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I.McLachlan - C.Postlethwaite
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.a4 Nc6 8.Nc3 cxd4 9.exd4 Be7 10.Re1 0-0 11.Bg5 Nd5 12.Bxe7 Ncxe7 13.Rc1 b6 14.Ne5 Bb7 15.Qg4 Nf6 16.Qh4 Rc8 17.Nxf7 Rxf7 18.Bxe6 Ng6 19.Qg3 Rcc7 20.Bxf7+ Rxf7 21.Rcd1 Nh5 22.Qe3 Re7 23.Qd2 Nhf4 24.f3 Rf7 25.Ne4 Rd7 26.Qc3 Nd5 27.Qc4 Kh8 28.Rd2 h6 29.Red1 Ne3 30.Qe6 Nxd1 31.Rxd1 Bxe4 32.Qxe4 Rd6 33.b3 Ne7 34.Kf1 Nc6 35.d5 Ne7 36.Qc4 Nxd5 37.Qxa6 Ne3+
Now a couple of games with finishes that will raise a chuckle or two.
First Michael Spurr sent in this very interesting tussle.
M.Spurr - C.Nichol, TAFC Div 1, 2006.
Black has just played 18...Qd6-c6?
Never put your Queen in line for a discovered attack unless
you have fully analysed all the consequences.
Infact don't do it even if you think you have analysed all the consequences.
White played 19 Nd5 and the Bishop on e7 fell with a check.
So White then coasts along to a simple win?
Well not quite - this happened.
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M.Spurr - C.Nichol
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.e3 0-0 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 c5 8.0-0 cxd4 9.exd4 Qc7 10.Qe2 a6 11.Be3 b5 12.Bb3 Bb7 13.Rac1 Qd6 14.Rfd1 Nbd7 15.Bg5 Rac8 16.Bh4 b4 17.Bg3 Bxf3 18.Qxf3 Qc6 19.Nd5 Qxc1 20.Nxe7+ Kh8 21.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 22.Bd1 Ne4 23.Bf4 Rb1 [23...Ra1 This the drawing move. 24.Nc6 Rc8 25.Nxb4 a5 26.Nd3 Ndf6 27.h3 Rc2 28.Kh2 Nd2 29.Qa8+ Ng8 30.Bxc2 Nf1+] 24.Nc6 Rc8 25.Nxb4 a5 26.Nd3 Ndf6 27.h3 Rc2 28.Kh2 Nd2 29.Qa8+ Ng8 30.Bxc2 Nf1+ 31.Kh1 Ng3+ 32.Kh2 Nf1+
A flawed perpetual this one. White can play Kg1 and win because
there is no double check and White simply captures the Rook.
And now we come to the joy and misery that was;
Peter Moore,(1516) - Andrew MacQueen,(1592), Oban Major, 2006
This game threw up a tactical chance in an opposite Bishop game.
Black to play can win a pawn and get rid off the Bishops with 19...Bxh2+
20.Kxh2 Qh4+ and Qxe4.
Black refrained from this pawn winning idea because it would have
given the White King 'luft'. Look at this.
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P.Moore - A.MacQueen
1.Nf3 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c4 d5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bd3 b6 8.a3 Bb7 9.0-0 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Nd7 11.Qe2 e5 12.Nd2 Re8 13.Bb2 exd4 14.cxd4 c5 15.Nf3 cxd4 16.Bxd4 Bxf3 17.Qxf3 Ne5 18.Bxe5 Bxe5 19.Be4 Rc8 20.Rad1 Qe7 21.Bc6 Red8 22.Rxd8+ Qxd8 23.Rd1 Qc7 24.Rd7 Qxd7
Rack up another loss to a weak back rank.
Hey look who has just turned up.
It's Dean Whittaker, the Pentland Hills board 5.