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Chandler Cornered

Redpath-Burnett and a telephone box full of girls

Hello again people.

Last C.C. I mentioned I presented the
prizes at the Lothian Primary Championship.

I was told I would be doing this about
10 minutes before it took place.
Otherwise I would not have
dressed up like Freddy Kruger.

(that kid on my left is eating my book).

Also in the last C.C. I mentioned the winners of the mate with Queen's
Knight puzzle. One of the winners, Heather Lang, sent me this puzzle.

Initial position. White to play, Black mates in 5 by promoting to a Knight.

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Mate in 5

1.d4 e5 2.Kd2 exd4 3.b3 d3 4.Kc3 dxe2 5.Kb2 exd1N

I emailed the puzzle to Keith Ruxton. He emailed me back in a few minutes
with the solution. "Easy-Peasy." says he.

So I emailed him saying I want a 'NIMZOVITCH' problem.
Initial position. White to play and mate, what is the quickest mate
without moving any of the white pieces?

So Keith reckons it can be done in 5 moves.
Can you solve it or can you do better than 5 moves?

First to email with the solution gets the Hollow Horse CD.

I bought it because it has a chess design on the cover

And now this.

16 girls aged 6 to 16 crammed themselves
into this phone box in an attempt to create
a new world record.
The girls are all from the skipping group.
'Skip 2 The Beat' in the village of Portsoy.

The phone box in question is the world famous
phone box in Pennan, Banffshire as used in the
film 'Local Hero.'

So did they succeed? No.

Oh it's a world record alright.
Beating the previous best of 14 set in a much
less famous phone box on the Royal Mile in 2003.

The people at the Guiness World Records have
said they cannot recognise this attempt because
this phone box is unique to the British Isles.

What a swizzle.

Most phone boxes in Edinburgh have been vandalised
by 6 to 14 year old's. This group of cheerful children
must feel cheated. (go back and smash it up girls).

Unique to the British Isles indeed.
I demand their attempt be recognised.
As a protest I am not drinking Guiness for a month.

I've been there. I used it to the phone a mate at work.

"I'm in Pennan." says I.
"Make a call from the phone box." says he.

J.Rudd - J.Wallace 4NCL. 2007.
Jack Rudd posted this game on the Chess Scotland website.
An interesting effort. I skipped through it making sure the notation was OK.
(you would be surprised how many games I receive totally unplayable).

When I played 31.Rd6 I immediately stopped. "something here." said my inner eye.
And I was correct. After I checked the score I went back to have a look.

In this position White played 31.Rd6.
OK it still wins but 31.Qd6 is so much better and it
carries with it a lovely bag of tactical tricks and ideas.

31.Qd6 is a sneaky move. Hits the Rook but masking the real idea,
namely 32.Bd5. Note playing 31.Bd5 can be answered with 31...Qe2.
31.Qd6 protects the Rook after Bxc6.

So Black tries 31...Rc8 moving the Rook and protecting the Knight.
Now 32.Bd5 wins the Knight on c6 but with the Queen on the 6th rank
new ideas appear. 32.f6 gxf6 33.Qxf6+ Qg7 giving us this.

Now White plays 34.Qxc6 Rxc6 35 Rd8+ and Black has to play 35...Qf8
as 35...Qg8 gets mated by 36.Rxg8. Here is the complete game.

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J.Rudd - J.Wallace

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 b6 5.Nc3 Bb7 6.Bd2 Nf6 7.0-0-0 Bc5 8.Qg3 0-0 9.f4 d5 10.e5 Ne4 11.Nxe4 dxe4 12.Bc3 Qe7 13.e6 fxe6 14.Bc4 Rad8 15.Bxe6+ Kh8 16.Ne2 Ba6 17.Rde1 Bb4 18.f5 Bxe2 19.Rxe2 Bxc3 20.bxc3 Qa3+ 21.Kb1 Rd6 22.Rxe4 Nd8 23.Bb3 Qc5 24.Re5 Qa3 25.Re7 Rd1+ 26.Rxd1 Qxe7 27.Re1 Qc5 28.Qe5 Qf2 29.Rd1 Nc6 30.Qxc7 Qxg2 31.Rd6 Na5 32.Rd8 Qf1+ 33.Kb2 Qxf5 34.Qe7

J.Redpath v A.Burnett, Richardson Cup Semi-Final 2007.
Andrews Burnett kindly sent me this following encounter with his own notes.

In this position after 15...f4 Andrew writes;

This kind of position is very common in the King's Indian Defence.
Although things are slightly different here -e.g. no white pawn on c4,
Black's pawns committed to both e5 and c5.
Black's basic idea is to storm the king-side with g5/h5 and g4,
whereas white has to break through as quickly as possible on the queenside.

Of course, my Bishop on b5 doesn't help in the slightest,
the bishop is needed to prepare the eventual g4 advance.

After 21...h5 Andrew states;

Black is strategically lost here and both Joe and myself were well aware of this.
I can never defend my queenside in the long-term, so just have to plough on
and hope for something to turn up on the king-side.

In the following position with White on the brink of victory,
he played 29.Bxf8?. Andrew said after the game Joe saw the Rook
sacrifice but he missed the perpetual pattern. 29....Rxg2+ 30.Bxg2 Ne2+/Ng3+

Andrew adds. A very lucky escape for me and it almost felt like
I'd won the full point. Apologies to Joe as he probably didn't want
to see this again. Here is the full game.

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J.Redpath - A.Burnett

1.d4 c5 2.d5 e5 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 a6 5.a4 Ne7 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.Nd2 g6 8.Nc4 Nb6 9.Na3 Bd7 10.a5 Nbc8 11.Nc4 Bg7 12.Be3 f5 13.f3 0-0 14.Be2 Bb5 15.0-0 f4 16.Bf2 g5 17.Qb1 Ng6 18.b4 Bxc4 19.Bxc4 cxb4 20.Qxb4 Rf7 21.Na4 h5 22.Be2 Bf8 23.c4 Rg7 24.c5 g4 25.fxg4 f3 26.Bxf3 Nf4 27.gxh5 dxc5 28.Bxc5 Qh4 29.Bxf8 Rxg2+ 30.Bxg2 Ne2

Dougie Bryson says:

If you are playing against a good
player and you have a won position.

Try to consider why they have not resigned.

There must be something in the position
that gives them hope.

In the previous game White could have
snuffed out the perpetual trick with 29.Ra2.

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