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Chandler Cornered

Edinburgh Congress 2007 (Part 1)

Friday 13th April to Sunday 15th April 2007

Joint winners of the Premier event,George Neave
& Keith Ruxton each with a cheque for 360.00.

A full report giving winners and grading prize winners
will be posted on the Chess Edinburgh website very soon.

I was once again given the pleasurable task of choosing the best game.

The two main contenders both came from Round 1.
H.Brechin v J.Aagaard and A.Green v A.Burnett though if
Robert McCord had found a wonderful series of moves
leading to a mate in 11 in his game v J.McGregor in the
Knights tournament, I would have seriously considered given it too him.

Hugh Brechin landed it for his win over Jacob Aagaard.

He rose to the challenge with a crowd of onlookers baying for blood
and Jacob sitting there poker-faced. Very unnerving when a stronger
player simply sits there as if you have nothing.

Hugh dug out a forced mate in 7.
An excellent game made all the memorable for Hugh with Jacob's
sporting behavior at the end of the game. A point quite a
few of the onlookers commented on.

Andrew Green v Andrew Burnett too was an exciting tussle with
Black saccing two exchanges for a bucket load of pawns.
Look at this position.

White wins this nine moves later with a really lovely
move that deserves an !!

I have emailed both games to both John Henderson (Scotsman)
and Jonathan Rowson (Herald) with the agreement I shall not
give them on C.C. until either of those two have published them.

Don't worry I have plenty of other good games to show you
and these have no danger of getting into print.

I do have a picture of Brechin v Aagaard in action.

At the end of tournament:

Offered to sell the pieces and boards used at a reduced rate.
I actually bought the board and pieces used on the top board
of the Premier event. It's now pride of place in the study.

(I even picked up the Board 1 tag - circled in red).

I also put up my 10 swindle/blunder prize this is to entice
players to enter all these horrible blunders that never
see the light of day.

This produced the usual tales of misery and woe.
The winner was Richard Carter who sportingly handed his disaster in.

In this position you will notice white has two Queens.

3 Moves later he has none.

Here is the full game. There are some nice tactics happening and
the combo to produce the extra Queen should have won the game.
Don't blink between moves 32-35 you will miss the Queens going.

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R.Carter - J.Wright

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.c4 Nc6 6.Nc3 g6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bg7 9.Nde2 Ne5 10.b3 Qg4 11.0-0 Qh4 12.Bf4 Nf3+ 13.Kh1 Bxc3 14.Bg3 Qf6 15.Nxc3 Qxc3 16.gxf3 Nf6 17.Rc1 Qa5 18.Rc2 0-0 19.Qc1 Qh5 20.Qe3 Rac8 21.Rfc1 b6 22.Kg2 Nd7 23.Rd2 Nf6 24.Rcd1 Rc7 25.Qc3 Kg7 26.Rd5 Qh6 27.Qb2 Rd8 28.e5 Nxd5 29.exd6+ f6 30.dxc7 Ne3+ 31.fxe3 Rxd1 32.c8Q Qxe3 33.Qf2 Rd2 34.Qd7 Qxf2+ 35.Bxf2 Rxd7 36.f4 Rd2 37.Kf3 Rxa2 38.c5 Rxf2+ 39.Kxf2 bxc5 40.Ke3 e5 41.fxe5 fxe5 42.Ke4 Kf6 43.Kd5 Kf5 0-1

This next one is odd. I think, though I may be corrected,
that white is a beginner who entered the challengers.

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N.Bousted - B.France

1.e4 d5 2.d3 dxe4 3.c3 e5 4.b4 c5 5.f4 cxb4 6.cxb4 Bxb4+ 7.Nd2 exf4 8.Nh3 Qh4+
9.Ke2 Bxd2 10.Qxd2 Bg4

What do you when you are faced with mate in one?
In this position, S.Herron (532) v N.Craigmile (942)
from the Knights tournament. White has just played
26.Qf2 and offered a draw.

Black accepted. -.

I mentioned Robert McCord and his game v James McGregor.
Robert was Black and in this position could have won
the Bishop on g5 with...


Here is the full game. It is very entertaining.
Tricks and slips all over the place. Watch Black
move in for the kill but leave his King exposed.

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J.McGregor - R.McCord

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.Bg5 0-0 9.a3 Be7 10.0-0 d6 11.Bd3 Be6 12.Qd2 d5 13.Rfe1 d4 14.Ne2 c5 15.Ng3 c4 16.Be2 Qc7 17.Nf5 Bxf5 18.exf5 c3 19.bxc3 dxc3 20.Qe3 Nd5 21.Qg3 f6 22.Bf3 Rad8 23.Bh6 Bc5 24.Rad1 Nb6 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.Ra1 Nc4 27.a4 Nd2 28.Be2 Bxf2+ 29.Qxf2 gxh6 30.Qh4 Qc5+ 31.Kh1 Kg7 32.Qg4+ Kh8 33.Rd1 Rd4 34.Qh5 Kg7 35.Qe8 Ne4 36.Rxd4 Qxd4 37.g3 Qf2 38.Qe7+ Kg8 39.Bc4+ Kh8 40.Qf8

Good fun. But there is a wonderful variation hiding in there.
If Black had found it then he would have been dining out on it for years.

Rather than give you this line in a note I am
going to give you the same game with the variation.

(I have not yet figured out how to set-up a
position with the playing over the game thingy.)

Simply click on move 28 and it will save you playing out
the whole game again. You will start in this position.

Black played 28...Bxf2+ I was playing over the game in the canteen
and was looking at the stronger 28...Ne4. I could not believe the
Philidor legacy that appeared and whooped with joy when I found
Black's 31st move. An unheard melody. Play this out.

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Analysis from move 28

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.Bg5 0-0 9.a3 Be7 10.0-0 d6 11.Bd3 Be6 12.Qd2 d5 13.Rfe1 d4 14.Ne2 c5 15.Ng3 c4 16.Be2 Qc7 17.Nf5 Bxf5 18.exf5 c3 19.bxc3 dxc3 20.Qe3 Nd5 21.Qg3 f6 22.Bf3 Rad8 23.Bh6 Bc5 24.Rad1 Nb6 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.Ra1 Nc4 27.a4 Nd2 28.Be2 Ne4 29.Qf3 Nxf2 30.Be3 Ng4 31.Bxc5 Qxc5+ 32.Kh1 Nf2+ 33.Kg1 Nh3+ 34.Kh1 Rd1+ 35.Rxd1 Nf2+ 36.Kg1 Nxd1+ 37.Kh1 Nf2+ 38.Kg1 Nh3+ 39.Kh1 Qg1

Jacob relaxing in between rounds. What book is he reading?

I think it's a Fred Reinfeld.

Staying with Robert McCord, I won a brilliancy prize for a game
v Robert way back in 1979. I was playing the black side of a
Latvian gambit. I played a Latvian in this event. This time I'm White.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Chandler - G.Bucher

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d4 fxe4 4.Nxe5 Nf6 5.Bg5 d6 6.Nc3 dxe5 7.dxe5 Qxd1+ 8.Rxd1 h6 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 Kd7 11.e6+ Kd6 12.Nb6+ Kc6 13.Nxa8 Bd6 14.Bc4 Re8 15.Bd5+ Kc5 16.a3 a5 17.b4+ Kb5 18.Bb3 Rxe6 19.Bxe6 Bxe6 20.Rxd6

Black's 18...Rxe6 is the only move because I'm threatening
Rxd6 and Nc7+. (which happened anyway)

If 18...Re7 I had planned the two unique mates.
18...Re7 19 Rd5+ Ka6 20 Rxa5 mate.

Or 18...Re7 19 Rd5+ Kc6 20 b5 mate.

So that is the Latvian Busted?

No. In this position Black can play...

10....Bb4+ 11.Nxb4 c6 (threatens to trap Knight with ...a5).
This avoids all the tricks.

Sitting behind Amy is Connor Woods and at his feet is a football.
This ball was confiscated by David Stewart to stop him and his chums
from playing football in the school grounds

So they played without a ball.

Finally here is wee miniature from the Premier.

Mike Chisholm tried a useful opening trick on Edward Ferry.
He turns a Scandinavian into a Blackmar-Diemar.

Black may not be aware he has strayed into another
heavily analysed opening. Indeed I have seen a book
on The Scandinavian that does not mention this possibility.

1.e4 d5 2.d4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3
1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3

But it is White who plays it like a Scandinavian.
The h3-g4-h4 idea is a Scandinavian manoeuver, the important
thing being there is still a white pawn on f2 and the
Black Queen is on a5. Here the manoeuver is a mistake. 9.h4 is too slow.

Black bravely allows a Queen onto f7 with a check.
But it is the White King that is in danger.
White simply missed the mating idea with 14.Bxc3+

He was expecting something along these lines.
14...Qf2+ 15.Kd1 Qd4+ 16.Ke2 Ng3+ 17.Kf3 Rf8+
18.Qxf8+! Bxf8 19.Rd1 Qxd1+ 20.Nxd1.

A good game this one.

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M.Chisholm - E.Ferry

1.e4 d5 2.d4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Ne5 e6
9.h4 Bb4 10.Bg2 Be4 11.Bxe4 Nxe4 12.Qf3 Qxd4 13.Qxf7+ Kd8 14.Qxg7 Bxc3+
15.bxc3 Qf2+ 16.Kd1 Nxc3

Dougie Bryson (Scotland on Sunday) and me before the start
of our Round 2 encounter. I cannot recall the result.

Next C.C. I'll have more games from the Congress and a
picture of an empty packet of biscuits. True!

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