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The Lothian Kids + Prizes + Champion Harry

On Sunday the 25th March it was my great pleasure
to help out at the Lothian Primary and Secondary Chess
Championship held at The West Hailes Community Centre.

They had me coaching and presenting the prizes...

I was also asked to sign 20 copies of my chess
book which were also given away as prizes.

This did my ego no harm at all.

Here are a couple of games from the event.

In the first White's 10th.move can be explained.
He wanted to play 10.Re1 to give the King some running room
but noticed it allowed the mate on f2. So he got himself all
mixed up (who has not been there before?) and protected f2 with the Queen.
The defence was 10.Bf4 but Black is still on top.

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J.Lamb - C.McGillivray

1.d4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.h3 Bxf3 6.gxf3 Qd7 7.0-0 Qxh3 8.e4 dxe4 9.fxe4 Ng4 10.Qd2 Qh2

This second one is a minor disaster for the winner of the previous game.
He is winning easily when he goes all to pot (who has not been there before?)
I can only assume time-trouble played it's part.
Good to see sensible opening moves, both sides castled before move 10.
Edinburgh Division III players please take note!

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C.McGillivray - M.Meehan

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Bg4 4.Bg5 Bxf3 5.exf3 Nf6 6.Bd3 e6 7.Nd2 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Qc2 g6 10.Bh6 Nd7 11.Bxf8 Qxf8 12.Rfe1 Qh6 13.h3 Bd6 14.Rad1 Nxd4 15.cxd4 Qf4 16.Qb3 Qh2+ 17.Kf1 Qh1+ 18.Ke2 Qxg2 19.Qxb7 Rf8 20.Qxa7 Bg3 21.Rf1 Nf6 22.Ke1 Bxf2+ 23.Rxf2 Qg1+ 24.Rf1 Qg3+ 25.Rf2 Qg1+ 26.Nf1 Nh5 27.Qxc7 Nf4 28.Kd2 Qxf2+ 29.Kc1 Nxd3+ 30.Kb1 Qxb2

And Patrick Coffey and Mark Chapman please take note.
Look at this correct neat score sheet filled in by a wee laddie.
Now why can't you two do that?

A lot of people give up a few hours of their spare time
to help run these events. Contact their site at;

Primary Schools Chess

Where you find a full report, loads of pictures, including pics of
daft me presenting prizes and more games.

if Craig Pritchett can help out, then I'm sure you can.
It's actually good fun and you will be putting something
back into a game that has brought you hours of enjoyment.

Also, some of these young player's Mums are really dishy.

And I got a bottle of wine for my trouble.
Actually It was no trouble at all.

A final picture. Note the player on the left is using her
mobile to contact Fritz. I taught her how to do that.

(she is writing her moves down...Ed)

Her opponent is playing out of her shoes. (look at the feet).

Competition Prizes..Oh Boy Prizes.
Last C.C. I set you a wee puzzle.

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.

Heather Lang was first to email me my solution.

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Solution 1

1.Nc3 e6 2.Na4 Qe7 3.Nb6 Nc6 4.Nxa8 Nd8 5.Nxc7

This was the solution I had worked out
so Heather wins the Alekhine book.

Then this arrived from Mr.E.Solomon.

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Solution 2

1. Nc3 c5 2. Na4 Qb6 3. Nb6 Nc6 4. Na8 Nd8 5. Nc7

Which is a much better solution.

Thus making it a much better stipulation.
Mate in 5 moves with the Queen's Knight capturing
on the way the Black Queen's Rook and the Black Queen.

I could not let such imagination go
unrewarded so Mr Solomon will be receiving:

There is something wrong with the sound, I could not understand a thing.
However someone has actually managed to make out what they are saying
and put the words on the screen like sub-titles.

Harold Wins Blackpool

Sandy Bells second team board 1. Harold Borchgrevink won the
Blackpool Open ahead of Grandmasters Mark Hebden and
Alexander Cherniaev. A wonderful result.
Duncan Grassie came 11th. Graeme Kafka came 17th. Stuart Hayes was 53rd.

Here is Harold with the Blackpool Open Trophy.

(Note even wee Sooty behind the bar is celebrating)

The cup has some impressive names engraved upon it.
Tony Miles, Mickey Adams to name just two.

Harold (2297) joined Bells a few months ago. On his first visit
he walloped us all at 5 minute chess so was placed in
the because they had a chance to win their league.
Which they duly won.

Harold says he will treasure more the Division 2 winners medal
more than the winners medal from Blackpool.
He is returning to Norway soon, which is a pity, we could
have used him to help Bells III get promoted.

Something strange happened in Bells later on that night.
I saw Bertie Burns playing Harold at 5 minute chess.

I went outside for a fag. Came back and saw this...

Did Bertie actually win?

The cup is now on display above the bar in Bells.

Here is Horner v Harold.
I've not had time to look at it fully. It looks like White has built up a strong
attack, especially with the Rooks on f3 and h3, but Black defends actively
creating his own threats and it becomes very tricky and entertaining.

Harold said 29.Rxh6 works but in mutual time trouble the moment passed by.
He added it may still be drawn after 29.Rxh6 Qxh6.

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J.Horner - H.Borchgrevink

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.Re1 e5 6.d3 Nge7 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bxe7 Nxe7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Bc4 d6 11.Nd2 Kh7 12.Nd5 Nc6 13.a3 f5 14.exf5 gxf5 15.f4 Rb8 16.c3 b5 17.Ba2 Ne7 18.Nf3 Ng6 19.h4 Nxh4 20.Nxh4 Qxh4 21.Qd2 a5 22.Rf1 Bd7 23.Rf3 exf4 24.Nxf4 Rbe8 25.Raf1 b4 26.Rh3 Qg5 27.Rff3 bxc3 28.bxc3 Be5 29.Bd5 Bxf4 30.Rxf4 Re5 31.c4 Rfe8 32.Qf2 Rf8 33.Rg3 Qf6 34.Kh2 Be6 35.Bxe6 Qxe6 36.Qf3 Qf7 37.Rh3 Rg8 38.Qf2 Rg6 39.Rhf3 Rg5 40.Rh3 Qe6 41.Rfh4 Rg6 42.Rg3 Rxg3 43.Qxg3 Re3 44.Qf4 Rxd3 45.Qf2 Qe5+ 46.g3 Re3 47.Kh3 Rxa3 48.Rf4 Kg6 49.Qd2 Re3 50.Qf2 a4 51.Rh4 a3

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