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Burke & Hare + Puzzle Solution + Games

It's a shame whats happened to the name of Burke & Hare.
The pub that carries the name has been for the past few years
a lap dancing establishment.

This has put it out of bounds to most tourists which is a
great pity. The Burke & Hare pub would make a great theme pub.

Burke & Hare never robbed a grave. They murdered all their victims
(numbers vary from 16 to 31) and sold them to Dr.Knox.
I have painted the famous Morphy position on the wall.

Speaking of Morphy, I discovered this gem played in 1864, six years
after Morphy at the opera. The mating pattern, Bishop on G5 and
Rook on d8 is exactly the same and was played in the same place, Paris.

White must have seen the idea hence his 'silly' 12.f4! which
diverts the Queen from protecting d8. A clever game this one.

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L.Maczuski - I.Kolisch

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Qh4 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Qd3 Nf6 7.Nxc6 dxc6 8.Bd2 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 Nxe4 10.Qd4 Qe7 11.0-0-0 Qg5+ 12.f4 Qxf4+ 13.Bd2 Qg4 14.Qd8+ Kxd8 15.Bg5+ Ke8 16.Rd8

Last C.C. I said I wanted a Nimzovitch problem. Mate only with pawns.
This was intended as wee April joke as the answer to the previous problem
(mate with a pawn promoting to a Knight) would have sufficed.

The idea of given a puzzle that could be solved with the same
conditions as the previous one appealed greatly.

However In my excitement I messed up the conditions. Saying
White to play and win instead of Black.

I received loads of solutions. The most common being based on this
series of moves. Amongst others I received replies from the USA.
Germany and Pakistan. 80% of those replying said they did not want
the Hollow Horse CD.

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common reply

1.d4 f6 2.f4 Kf7 3.g3 Kg6 4.f5+ Kh5 5.e4

I received a whole load of very imaginative solutions from
Mike Chisholm who added there were possibly hundreds of solutions.
(He is getting the CD. Mainly because I want rid of it.)

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Chisholm 1

1.g4 f6 2.f4 Kf7 3.f5 Qe8 4.g5 h6 5.g6

And this one which is my favourite.

To make the problem legal and genuine we have.
White to play and mate in 5.
Neither side is allowed to move a piece, the Black King included.

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Chisholm 2

1.h4 g5 2.hxg5 Nh6 3.gxh6 Bg7 4.hxg7 a6 5.gxh8R

A good answer that one. What was intended as a
joke has unearthed this wee piece of creativity.

Alan Jelfs has sent in a cracking wee puzzle:
Intial postion: White to play and mate in 5 using the King's Rook.
There is only one solution. This is a good one.

I have some smashing games to show you.
V.Vayser,(2310) - M.Dyer (2140), Correspondence 1995
The player of the black pieces sent me this.
I would have loved to see the face of the white player
when the Postman popped move 21...0-0-0+ through his letter box.
A classic example of unpinning and wining.

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V.Vayser - M.Dyer

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Ne4 8.Qg4 g6 9.Bd3 Nxd2 10.Kxd2 c5 11.h4 Nc6 12.Nf3 Qa5 13.Rh3 cxd4 14.Nxd4 Nxe5 15.Qf4 Nc4+ 16.Bxc4 dxc4 17.Rf3 Rf8 18.Re1 Qb6 19.Nxe6 Bxe6 20.Rxe6+ Qxe6 21.Re3 0-0-0+

N.N. - Em.Lasker Simul.1900.
This next one came from 'B.' in America. who also sent me a solution
to the mate in five problem. he too refused the CD.
Which is just as well. How do I send it?


He added, "You showed a game with the Falkbeer Counter Gambit, here
is an attractive game. The Bishops on e2 & f2 and the Knights on e7 &d7
make this game unique."

True. But the game is marred, Lasker went for the artistic finish because
he could have played 11.Qd4 mate instead of 11.Ne7+ and 12.Nd7 mate.
However let us not nit-pick.

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N.N. - Em. Lasker

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe5 Bd6 5.Nc4 Bxf4 6.Nc3 Qh4+ 7.g3 Bxg3+ 8.Ke2 Bg4+
9.Ke3 Bf2+ 10.Kxe4 Be2+ 11.Kd5 Ne7+ 12.Ke5 Nd7

OK the last two games are over 100 years old.
This was played in the Edinburgh Chess League 2007.
Andrew Masters 1636 - David Marshall 1287
Black finds himself wishing the word pin had never been invented.
His game needed an unpinning move as in one of the previous game. Sadly there was none.

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A.Masters - D.Marshall

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Nc6 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.cxd5 Bxf3 6.exf3 Nxe5 7.Qa4+ Nd7 8.Bb5 Ngf6
9.Bg5 Qe7+ 10.Kd1 Qb4 11.Re1+ Kd8 12.Bxd7 c6 13.Bxc6 bxc6 14.Qxc6 Rc8 15.Re8

The final game is my choice. It's one of my favourite Bronstein games.
G.Veresov - D.Bronstein, Moscow, 1960.
In this position (black to play move 16) Bronstein came up with the
ingenious idea of forming a Queen and Bishop battery.

The red pieces are how Bronstein envisioned them appearing on the board.
White had no idea what black was up to until it was too late.
He tried 20 Kd2 but this left two pieces on d7 and h3 unprotected.
The Bishop fork did the business. Note the trick 22.Ke1 Nc7+.
The more you look at 20.Bf5 the stronger it becomes.

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G.Veresov - D.Bronstein

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4+ 3.Bd2 a5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Qc2 Nc6 7.g3 e5 8.dxe5 dxe5
9.0-0-0 Bxc3 10.Bxc3 Qe7 11.Bg2 Nb4 12.Qa4+ Bd7 13.Qa3 Bc6 14.Bxe5 0-0 15.Bxf6 Qxf6
16.Rd2 Be4 17.Rhd1 h6 18.Bh3 Bh7 19.Rd7 Rfe8 20.Kd2 Bf5 21.Qc3 Bxh3 22.Qxf6 gxf6

And Finally...
A Picture of Toby the Bells Barman, simply because his dad
won't believe his dopey son has appeared in a chess column.

Next C.C. hope to have pics and games from the coming Edinburgh Congress.

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