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Chandler Cornered

The Night me and an Irish Lad Forgot Our Morphy




Sunday the 11th March. Sandy Bells is mobbed by hoards of
Irish rugby supporters. (Scotland 18 Ireland 19).
The usual Sunday chess crowd have stayed away. I intended to
stay for one and then amble off home but along with my pint I was
handed the bar chess set. Old habits I guess. If the chess set is
not out and I'm in, then the chess set is out. (does that make sense).

Soon I'm playing and winning against all comers.
I nip outside for a fag, come back to find the Irish lads
have commandeered the set and are playing themselves.

No problem here.
There is only so many times even I can mate on f2/f7 before I get bored.

The loser vacates his seat and another sits down.
The previous winner becomes a loser, he gets up with cheers
from his mates and another takes his place.

These lads enjoy their chess. They are not grandmasters but play quick
and reckless. Enjoyable to watch, it was a good atmosphere.

I stay for another pint and then notice that a player has emerged
from the crowd. This one lad seems to have played before.
King's Gambit with white, Petroff with black.
He wins four on the trot, one involving a nifty piece sac to mate.

I shuffled closer and asked if I could play the winner.

I'm black and answer his King Gambit with a Falkbeer (1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5!).










I've only played the white side of the King's Gambit once. (I won).
I don't like it. It's silly. No really strong player plays it against
another strong player. When was the last time it featured in a World
Championship match?

2...d5 not only equalises. It snatches the initiative.
Clever opening that. White's chucked his opening plus on move 2.

Adolf Anderssen played a Falkbeer in one of my favourite games.

Anderssen was a brilliant chess player. It's a pity that everytime
you see his name mentioned out comes either of the two over-exposed games.
'The Immortal' or 'The Evergreen Game.'

This is a good game. Look out for 16...Red8, that's when Anderssen
saw his Queen sac would work with 19...Be3+. A fine example of
keeping the ball. White is never given a chance to relax.



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J.Rosanes - A.Anderssen

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.Bb5+ c6 5.dxc6 Nxc6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Qe2 Bc5 8.Nxe4 0-0 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.d3 Re8 11.Bd2 Nxe4 12.dxe4 Bf5 13.e5 Qb6 14.0-0-0 Bd4 15.c3 Rab8 16.b3 Red8 17.Nf3 Qxb3 18.axb3 Rxb3 19.Be1 Be3+


Back to our game. My opponent had an idea what he was doing
but drifted into a well known Morphy (Murphy!) position.
Black to play.










6...e3 as in Schulten - Morphy (blindfold) New York 1857.
Here is the game - play it over. Things to be learnt here.


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Schulten - Morphy

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 Bb4 6.Bd2 e3 7.Bxe3 0-0 8.Bd2 Bxc3 9.bxc3 Re8+ 10.Be2 Bg4 11.c4 c6 12.dxc6 Nxc6 13.Kf1 Rxe2 14.Nxe2 Nd4 15.Qb1 Bxe2+ 16.Kf2 Ng4+ 17.Kg1 Nf3+ 18.gxf3 Qd4+ 19.Kg2 Qf2+ 20.Kh3 Qxf3+


Notice how Morphy never grabbed the d-pawn, he used it as a developing tool 11...c6.
Also clever was the switching of the pinned piece. White unpinned the King
with 13.Kf1. Morphy sacced the exchange to pin the Queen instead.

I know this game quite well. In the league Eddie Perry had a chance to
play 6...e3 as black but missed it. I was flabbergasted.

"But Eddie...It's Morphy...don't you know your Morphy?"

I played 6...e3 7.Bxe3 Nxd5? I simply moved too quick.

("But Geoff...it's Morphy...don't you know your Morphy?....Ed)

The game plodded along. I managed to get a lead in development
but it was fast disappearing. I threw up an a-pawn more in hope than
calculation. It distracted him and he took it(?).
I sacced a Rook and in this position I did
not grab the Bishop on g2 but went for a trap.



Get off Foghorn - now is not the time.

I sacced a Rook and in this position I did
not grab the Bishop on g2 but went for a trap.










I played 29...Ra2. I felt OK because if things do not look they
work out I have a perpetual Nf5+ - Nd4+ - Nf5+
29...b6 is a waiting move setting a trap. I was banking on him
being worried about Nc2+ and taking the Rook on e1. It worked.


[Click here to replay the game]
The Irish Lad - G.Chandler

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.d3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 e3 7.Bxe3 Nxd5 8.Bd2 0-0 9.Nxd5 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2 Qxd5 11.Ne2 Re8 12.c4 Qc5 13.0-0-0 Nc6 14.Nc3 Be6 15.Re1 Rad8 16.Kb1 Nd4 17.Ne4 Qb6 18.g3 c5 19.Bg2 a5 20.Qc3 a4 21.Qa3 Rc8 22.Qxa4 Ra8 23.Qd1 Rxa2 24.Kxa2 Qa5+ 25.Kb1 Ra8 26.Kc1 Qa1+ 27.Kd2 Qxb2+ 28.Ke3 Ra2 29.Rhg1 b6 30.Ref1 Qe2+ 31.Qxe2 Rxe2


So that was the game where I forgot my Morphy.

We played again. I'm white. I cannot recall the whole
game but I can remember the final combination.
This time I did not forget my Morphy. (I tripped over him).

This is the position with me (white) to play.










There is most likely a few ways to win - I chose...
1.Rh8+ Rf8 2.Qxb7 Rxh8 3.Bf6 ....










Play continued.
3....Ke8 4.Bxe7 Bf5 5.Bg5....
I admit I never saw the continuation when I played 5...Bg5.
I just moved the Bishop to clear the e-file for a check.










5...Rh7 6.Qd5 Rf7 7.Qd8+ Rxd8 8.Rxd8 checkmate.










Does the final mating pattern look familiar?










Morphy at the opera.

But there is more...
So me and the lad just carried on playing. We bought each other a drink
and the play suitably deteriorated. Witness this. Blunders filled the air.
(yet another similarity to the Morphy game).


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G.Chandler - The Irish Lad

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Nd4 5.Nxd4 exd4 6.e5 dxc3 7.exf6 Qxf6 8.0-0 cxb2 9.Re1+ Kd8 10.Qe2 Ba3 11.Bxb2 Bxb2 12.Rab1 Bd4 13.c3 Bb6 14.d4 d6 15.Qe8+ Rxe8 16.Rxe8


But there is more...
We transposed from a Falkbeer into a Vienna. I may have been a
bit tipsy but my brain of full of opening traps still kicks in.


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Irish Lad - G.Chandler

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Qf3 Nc6 6.Nxe4 Nd4 7.Qd3 dxe4
8.Qxe4 Bf5 9.Qf4 Nxc2+


And that's It I cannot remember anymore.
Well to be honest I can recall something.
See that last game, the Vienna trap?
I actually went onto lose that game.

5.Qf3 is not a duffers move. It was
fashionable in the late 1800's early 1900's.
In The Vienna Game by A.Konstantinopolsky (phew) and V.Lepeshkin. (Batsford).
They fail to mention the 5...Nc5 idea. They go for 5...f5 instead.

So a few days later I fired up the old D.B. to see if I could find anyone
who fell for the 5...Nc6 trap. I could find none but I did find this;

It's A.Fritz v S.Alapin Germany,1889.
I let the game skip through on auto-play.
I felt sure Black missed something. I was correct.
Play it over see if you can see the missed win.
It's a very entertaining game, swinging from end to end.


[Click here to replay the game]
A.Fritz - S.Alapin

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Qf3 Nc6 6.Nxe4 Nd4 7.Qc3 dxe4 8.Ne2 c5 9.Ng3 Qd5 10.Bc4 Qxe5 11.0-0 Be6 12.Bxe6 Qxe6 13.d3 Bd6 14.Bf4 0-0 15.Rae1 f5 16.Bxd6 Qxd6 17.Qc4+ Kh8 18.dxe4 f4 19.Ne2 Nc6 20.Rd1 Qh6 21.Qxc5 Rae8 22.Rd6 Qh4 23.Nd4 Qe7 24.Nxc6 bxc6 25.e5 f3 26.Rxc6 Qg5 27.g3 h5 28.e6 Rf5 29.Qf2 Rd8 30.Rc3 Rd2 31.e7 Re5 32.Qxf3 Rxe7 33.Rc8+ Kh7 34.Rf8 Ree2 35.Rf5 Qe7 36.Rxh5+ Kg8 37.Qb3+ Qe6 38.Qxe6+ Rxe6 39.Rf2 Re1+ 40.Kg2 Ree2 41.Rhf5 Rxc2 42.Rf8+ Kh7 43.Rxe2 Rxe2+ 44.Rf2 Rxf2+ 45.Kxf2


Did you spot it?
In this position Black has a good move.










Black played 35...Qe7 and lost. Instead 35...Qe3+ 36.Rf2
(36.Qxe3 Rg2+ 37.Kh1 Rxh2+ 38.Kg1 Rdg2#) 36...Rd1+ 37.Kg2 Rxf2+
38.Qxf2 Rd2 wins easily.

See that mating pattern that Alapin missed?










Something else twigged in my brain.
"Alapin missed this idea in a famous position."

I looked up Blunder and Brilliancies, position No.10.
Alapin - Levitsky, St.Petersburg 1911. Alapin played 1...Qe8?
What should he have played?










The book quotes K.Richter.

"The most plausible reason for Alapin not having seen the
winning combination was that he did not expect there to be one."

This game was played 22 years after he missed the first one.
1...Qxg8+ and it's mate in four.


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