I had quite a response from the Mirror Chess Problem a
few C.C's back. Check out this site run by Jeremy Gardiner
OK then here is another puzzle for you.
I showed it to the boys in Bells and you will be surprised
to hear Keith Ruxton did NOT get it. Lyndsay McGregor came
up with the solution.
From the initial position, white to play.
White mates in 5 moves with the Queen's Knight (the Knight on b1).
Before mating, the same knight must also capture the Black Queen's Rook.
Normal rules of chess apply.
First one to email me the correct answer (no Bells players).
Will receive the Alekhine book (see below and add your address).
Now here is a picture of that guy who is now President of the SCA.
(or the grammatically incorrect, Chess Scotland, as it is known these days)
He is playing the white pieces against Keith Atkinson
and appears to be batting on a sticky wicket.
1.h3 (forced). Qxf2+ 2.Kh2 Nf4 and it's all over.
I wonder if that is how it happened.
Just about every 2nd.Hand shop in Britain has one of these.
Well it's been reprinted. They have got rid of the pasty faced
young chappie on the cover and replaced him with a healthier looking
lad. The only problem is they have the board round the wrong way.
Here is Hugh Brechin and Jacob Aagaard checking out the new cover.
I was so shocked I went out to Edinburgh Airport and took a
photograph of the SPITFIRE they have just outside the main gate.
Speaking of 2nd.hand shops and boards round the wrong way...
I picked this up from an antique shop very cheap.
It's a hand made wooden pocket chess set.
A minor work of art but the board has been placed
the wrong way around. It's OK for analysing a position
but if two bods want a game then one of the players
has to have the lid full of captured men in front of them.
The wood used was taken from a tree in Fairy Glen
thus giving the set magical properties.
You set up a mate in two, close the lid, wait two minutes.
Open the lid and WALLAH! It is solved.
It is not only chess problems that this amazing set can solve.
I placed an unpaid gas bill inside the box, closed the lid...WALLAH!
My gas bill was paid.
I put my marriage certificate inside the box...WALLAH!
She has disappeared. I'm free. (Glynis...I'm free).
I then put inside the box a slice of bread, a piece of salami,
a piece of lettuce, two cucumbers and a chunk of cheese.
I broke the lid trying to close it.
Here is a wee tale of woe. N.Chapman v S.Dines, Galashields, 2007.
In the following position White has just allowed 11...Nxe5.
Look at the position and you will sense the White shoulders
slumping as his brain spots Qd4+ winning the Bishop on c4.
So now White sits in Galashields all miserable and dejected.
He did not want to resign so gave up the piece for a check (12.Bb4+)
and plodded on to an inglorious defeat.
White could have made things much more difficult for Black with
12.Qh5+ g6 13.Qxe5 fxe5 14.Bf7+ Kd7 15.Bg5 ....
Look at this position.
I've looked at this position for quite a while and found all kinds
of wins, draws and losses. The thing is crawling with tricks and traps.
Black is going to have to give back the Queen and will only be the
exchange up. That is provided Black can gather his composure, erase
the easy piece up win from his mind and do some defending.
If Black tries to hold onto the Queen with 15...Qb8 16.Rd1+ Nd5
(forced as 16...Kc6 gets mated after 17.Rf6+). 17.Bxd5 Bd6
18.Rf7+ Ke8 19.Be6 .... It does not look nice does it?
OK so you have blundered.
But do try to go down fighting.
Putting up stiff resistance in a lost
position can be very disheartening for
the player who thought he was coasting to win.
Getting a won position is easy.
Winning the game is the hard bit."
He are the opening moves to show how White blundered.
[Click here to replay the game]
N.Chapman - S.Dines
1.e4 e5 2.f4 d6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Bd7 5.Nf3 f6 6.0-0 a6 7.Bc4 Nge7 8.d4 Bg4 9.fxe5 dxe5 10.dxe5 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Nxe5 12.Bb5+ axb5
Siegrun Gilchrist emailed me saying if I studied endings more
I could add 200 points to my grade.
So I looked up my current grade. 2064 and studied an ending.
I looked up my grade again and it was still 2064.
Huh! I just wasted 5 minutes of my life.
And now this...
This book was given to me by Nigel Chapman (yes the loser
of the above game - see how I repay a kindness).
It's like one of these historical novels where writers choose some
famous face from the past, Mary Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce, etc.
They then keep to the facts but embellish these events with background noises.
This reads OK though I found it very bland. It was not chessy enough for me.
There are no games in it. No during the game thoughts of variations just
the facts saying what games he won and what games he lost.
I found it a strange experience reading chess players talking
to each other. I do not know why but everytime they were speaking
I kept thinking about the games they had played together or were
going to play against each other.
Also I had to keep reminding myself who Alex and Frank was.
"Hi Frank." said Alekhine.
"Hello Alex." replied Marshall.
"Hey look," said Alekhine, "There is Edward Lasker."
"Hi Ed." said Marshall.
"Well hello Frank and Alex." said Lasker.
The book takes a huge liberty with the death of Capablanca.
Capa died of a stroke walking home after a visit to a Chess Club.
In the book he dies at the chessboard during a game with Kashdan.
He has a heart attack after hearing that Alekhine has written
anti-jewish articles for the Nazis.
See the quiz about mating with the Queen's Knight.